Green buildings, with their natural light and excellent indoor air quality, have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry. At some point, there’s going to be the world’s first LEED Platinum healthcare facility in the world and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas just might be the location to do it. The 32-acre, $200 M project is on schedule to take LEED Platinum, if everything goes as planned. The pictures are magnificent and we here at Jetson Green think it would be great if no one ever had to go inside! TBG Partners was kind enough to provide photos of the work they’re doing on the project, which includes site planning, sustainable design, and landscape architectural services.
You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.
There's something so rustic, so American about this project. Two brothers. A long history living on the land of your youth.
I was completely intrigued by this article in the New York Times about two architects’ vacation getaway, which just so happens to be green built. And before everyone flips out saying "second homes aren’t green," I’m going to preempt that by not getting into it. The house itself is an example of good design, small living, and green construction. The 935 sf modern home has a living roof, FSC-certified tigerwood flooring with vegetable wax finish, water-efficient toilet, on-demand water heater, and solar tube in the bathroom, etc.