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!
This is a refreshing story of a another innovative green home in Chicago. Frances Whitehead and James Elniski recently had their green home featured in NY Times. It’s a fantastic rendition of green adaptive reuse. Check the images of the living rooftop and two twirling turbines (by Windside). Those turbines cost about $40,000,including installation, and provide about $500 per year in savings. Still, the owners don’t mind the payback of 80 years because their perspective is guided by the realities of a carbon cluttered world. Drastic times require drastic actions?
This live/work residence has some of the following green features: cellulose insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, solar thermal hot water and cooling, photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection cisterns, and water-saving appliances and dual-flush toilets, etc. Perhaps the greenest feature of all is that the building used to be a blighted, 3000 sf, brick warehouse on a chunk of land with a contaminated underground gasoline storage tank. Ugh … removing USTs can be nasty, expensive, and fraught with administrative burdens, too.
There’s a new green project under construction in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district that just so happens to be the first free-standing project for Neil M. Denari Architects. Known as High Line 23, or HL23, the design is defined, at least in part, by the small ground floor footprint of 40′ x 99′. As you can tell from the images, the building starts small and hovers 14 floors into the air over abandoned railroad tracks (note: those tracks will soon be a thriving green park area). The $22 million, 39,200 sf condo tower will have a private garden at the building’s base and 11 condo homes — nine full floor residences and a duplex penthouse on the top floor. Residences range in size from 1,850 – 3,600 sf and price from $2.7 – $10.5 million.
If you own a home, you’re likely to have a remodeling story. The good, the bad, the never-quite finished. One thing’s for sure; every remodel is different. Given the depth and breadth of residential remodeling, the USGBC, in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers, is formally releasing their REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines today at the INTERIORS 08 conference in New Orleans. Not to be confused with the LEED for Homes rating system (a certification program), REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines.
++The House in a Box [WSJ]
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That’s right, these LEED certified homes in Sacramento are saving some serious cashish on energy bills. Roughly up to 75% on energy bills, that is, when the full power of the geothermal heating and cooling system is paired with the solar setup. Not bad. The project is called 9onF — it’s a nine-home community with three-level units ranging in size from 1,300 – 1,550 sf. Prices start at roughly $495,000, and depending on which unit you buy, the home will vary slightly with the others. For example, three units have solar panels, three have the option for solar, and the last three have too much shade (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Also, the homes are maxed out with non-toxic finishes to provide a healthy indoor air quality, and being LEED certified and all, a home in 9onF is certain to have all sorts of green goodies. I’d like to post some real pics if anyone out there has any …
++Eco Houses Hailed in Downtown Sacramento [sacbee]