[Run time: 54:30 min.] I was reading the Scobleizer and found a fairly substantial video interview with Toby Long, founder of the San Francisco-based, design-build firm CleverHomes. Cleverhomes is one of those companies swimming upstream in a construction river of anti-progress, anti-innovation, and staunch traditionalism. I love the Scoble laugh, seriously, it makes the interview pretty good. Long talks about the interface of technology + construction, or what I’m calling Construction 2.0, with an added dimension of sustainability. Going forward, the environmental consequences associated with construction need to be figured into a given project’s analysis. He also mentions structural insulated panels (SIPs), building information modeling (BIM), sustainability, and modern vernacular. Get past the beginning and give it go…
As one of the first residential LEED homes on the west coast, the Kelly Woodford home is blazing a trail for the future of residential construction. In addition to its USGBC certification, the home is "net zero energy use" and Energy Star certified. The 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom/two-bath retreat has a great view of Mt. Hood and some pretty impressive green features. Tom Kelly and Barbara Woodford built the home as a family getaway (with the Neil Kelly Company as general contractor), but they’ve also made the home available half the year to Neil Kelly employees to enjoy.
Calm, clear, and cool, very cool, 340 on the Park is the logical choice for city living. It’s rather timely that I picked a Chicago building for today’s Skyscraper Sunday column, because it just so happens that the USGBC is switching locations for Greenbuild 2007 from LA to Chicago. Chicago is making big-time strides in all things green–they’re vying for the position as the greenest city in America. With that in mind, 340 on the Park is going to be the first residential high-rise in Chicago designed to meet LEED standards. It’s huge, too. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, 340 is a 64 story tower with a 2+ floor winter garden starting on floor 25. It will have all the amenities a luxury resident could ask for, including sauna, steam rooms, hot tub, wi-fi, yoga + aerobics room, fitness center, 25-yard lap pool, and men’s + women’s locker rooms.
As far as its green features, I haven’t found many specifics, but 340 will use high-tech, energy efficient heating and cooling; fully-insulated windows; an advanced, air-quality management system; rainwater collection system for landscaping; and environmentally friendly construction materials. Pretty general, I know. With a two-bedroom (roughly 1,650 square feet) residence starting at nearly $681,000, you’re certain to get a nice view to go along with that green home. Construction is set for completion in 2007.
In Portland, Oregon, there’s a sustainable development called The Headwaters at Tryon Creek, which is a 2.88 acre, master-planned, mixed-income community that prioritizes sustainable building practices, energy + water conservation, wildlife habit restoration, and stormwater management. One portion of the development includes the Dolph Creek Townhomes, which are 14 for sale, attached townhouses that are LEED Silver, Energy Star, and Earth Advantage certified. Quite the list of certifications! These luxury townhouses vary in size from 1,585 – 1,695 square feet, and in price from $369,950 – $379,950…purchasers qualify for the State Residential Energy Tax Credit.
In addition to saving up to 45% on annual energy costs, here are some of the green features: solar panels with 80 gallon storage tank, energy efficient windows, green label carpet, formaldehyde free cabinetry and wood products, heat recovery ventilators, on-demand gas and solar water heating, polyfoam insulation, exhaust fans in all the garages, drip irrigation system, and low-flow toilets, showers, and water faucets. Of course, the floors will be bamboo (hopefully not the Chinese import variety) and the patio will have ipe hardwood decking. From what I’ve seen, this looks like quite the community.
Modern Green Living: My House is Smarter Your House™
Modern Green Living: My House is Smarter Your House™A little bit back, I watched Josh Dorfman (owner + CEO of Vivavi, producer + host of The Lazy Environmentalist) unveil Modern Green Living. According to the company, Modern Green Living is a "go-to source for those who wish to build, buy, rent, or remodel an eco-friendly home." According to me, Modern Green Living is a nicely positioned website providing unparalleled access to (1) green experts and (2) green buildings.
Modern Green Living boasts a comprehensive and impressive database of green apartments, condos, and residential communities located throughout the United States and Canada. It’s a veritable reservoir of information relating to modern + green structures, many of which have been featured on Jetson Green: The Visionaire, Arterra, + Green Valley Lofts (to name a few). The site allows visitors to rate green buildings, research a building’s green credentials, and search for green buildings in a certain city. As more buildings are built, this database is only going to get bigger and bigger.
Depending on who you are and what you need, Modern Green Living also has a database of green architects, green builders + contractors, green consultants, green interior designers, green realtors, and green remodelers. Find who you need, where you need, and get yourself listed (if you fit in one of the categories). Overall, I’m impressed with the site’s navigability and clarity–there really is a rich bank of information on green experts and buildings. I’m also surprised at how fast the website has grown in such a short amount of time. Go take a gander…
Going green isn’t all that difficult when sustainability is woven into the fiber and fabric of your company’s existence. There are a few companies in the business world that survive on a green business strategy. Right now, it might be a niche play, but things change as everyone else comes around. Minto is a Canadian real estate company with a history of quality, green developments. Green is in the company’s fabric. In 2006, Minto received the Canadian LEED Silver for MintoGardens (Toronto), a 34-story condominium complex. Now, they’re going after another LEED certification with MintoSkyy. Minto builds to LEED standards to "promote healthier living, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save residents money, and contribute to a healthier planet."
MintoSkyy is all about living in a modern, sophisticated environment with expansive windows and breathtaking views. In addition, suites will have individual meters for water and electricity (you pay for what you use); energy efficient thermal windows; an "all-off" switch at the front door that lets you leave knowing all the lights are off; and energy efficient appliances. Minto also has a rigid common area management system that minimizes consumption of light and energy resources. Also, the building will rely heavily on recycled materials, environmentally friendly paints, and a green roof (which reduces heating + cooling costs). Located at Broadview + Pottery Road in Toronto, this 23-story condo tower looks pretty good to me. :: Minto ::