The April 08 issue of Metropolitan Home features an article entitled Urban Eco-tecture by green guru Eric Corey Freed. The focus of the article is an 8,500 sf warehouse in San Francisco’s SoMA District. Jason Shelton and Amy Shimer bought the warehouse and hired architect Anne Fougeron to convert the place into a modern live/work location. The result is an intriguing fusion of modernism, sustainability, and adaptive reuse.
There was a fantastic article in the NY Times on a positive energy home dubbed Solar Harvest. Solar Harvest generated more electricity in 2006 than what it took from the grid, so Xcel Energy sent the owner a check for $8.45. Nice! Solar Harvest was built by Eric Doub and his company, EcoFutures, in Boulder, Colorado for $1.38 million, including land.
This is Tom Kundig’s first condo project, Eleven Eleven East Pike — a retail- residential use, urban infill structure in Seattle’s Pike/Pine neighborhood. Details of the project are being released today, but I have some inside bits of information for sustainability enthusiasts. In addition to being an urban infill project, Eleven Eleven East Pike will be Built Green 3-star certified and have a Walk Score of 98 (tops = 100). Which means sustainability is integrated with the culture and soul of the neighborhood. Owners will have an opportunity to use their cars less and stay active in the community.
The work of Tom Kundig is highly respected and widely celebrated. I see the same for Eleven Eleven East Pike, which will have five floors of residential (27 homes), ground level retail, and two floors of subsurface parking.
The Pasadena EcoHouse wants to be the first LEED Platinum home in the US to be made with Structural Concrete Insulated Panels ("SCIP"). The home was designed by Studio-RMA and will use SCIPs because they are strong, flexible, efficient, and non-toxic, if made with the right materials. Of note, the home’s construction will be produced for TV to showcase accelerated construction on a budget in an environmentally friendly manner.
LivingHomes, the expert developer of modern, sustainable prefab, strikes again with a new collaborative relationship with award-winning architecture firm KieranTimberlake Associates, designer of the incredible Loblolly House. The duo of KieranTimberlake and LivingHomes puts incredible background knowledge of prefabrication to use, which should enable LivingHomes to build faster, cheaper, and more green homes and townhouses. LivingHomes shoots for a minimum of LEED for Homes Silver on all projects and is guided by the Z6 philosophy: zero energy, water, indoor emissions, waste, carbon, and ignorance. Together with KieranTimberlake, LivingHomes has announced the development of the following:
- LivingHomes Building System (“LBS”),
- Expandable Single Family Residence, and
- New LivingHomes Townhouse.
I’ve been following the 100k House Project since the beginning and I’m completely sucked into the process. It’s a simple concept: low cost, modern, and green — something all houses should be. Today, they posted all new renderings with James Hardie Vertical Panel siding in various shades of gray. The new renderings present an entirely different look and feel that’s incredible. Chad, I’m giving you major props on this one. Interface Studio Architects is right on with that look. I just wish I could buy one of them!