I was excited to get an email this morning regarding the pilot episode of The Natural House, which is produced by Distant Planet Media. The beginning of the video takes us through the Kelly Woodford Mountain Retreat in Oregon, a home we talked about previously. It’s a net zero energy home, creating as much energy as it uses. The producers were kind enough to allow embedding on this one, so watch and share away!
There’s an interesting podcast with architect Thom Mayne, principal at Morphosis, and Andrew Blum (contributing editor at Metropolis and Wired). This article at Treehugger explains the building’s green features and striking exterior. Notably, it’s designed to use about half as much energy as a similar-sized office building. Via Andrew Blum.
"How did progress take priority over human mankind? …" I’m the proud owner of season one of e² design, a six-part series that aired on PBS last fall. I can’t wait for the next season and it’s coming soon. Go check out www.e2-series.com. Brad Pitt’s back with “e² design." This grouping of shows will feature Thom Mayne, architect of the San Francisco Federal Building; Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia; and Adriaan Geuze, lead architect of the Borneo Sporenburg development in Amsterdam. PBS also brought on rookie, Morgan Freemen, for “e² energy." This segment will feature Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank; Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute; and Dr. José Goldemberg, Brazil’s former secretary for the environment. This is excellent video content. Incredible content. Unbeatable content.
[Run time: 2:05 min] I hope you enjoy this short video of Shawn Frayne, a young inventor that has created this device to generate, on the micro-scale, energy for LED lights and radios in developing countries. This is the first approach that uses aeroelastic flutter to create super cheap electricity. We’re talking about changing the way wind energy is harvested and captured. Frayne won a 2007 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics, and he deserves it. This incredible technology is 10-30 times more efficient than the best micro-turbines. So, Frayne hopes to fund third-world distribution of the Windbelt through sales in first-world applications. So inspiring …
UPDATE: EcoGeek reports that Shawn Frayne has launched the website for Humdinger Wind Energy. Soon, according to the website, developer kits are going to be available for schools, researchers, and independents.
It’s Friday, why not watch a little video? High quality video content like this is hard to find online, so I thought I would share it. A lot of people think green building is about saving energy. It is. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Buildings. Use. Water. Materials. Land. Space. Air. And. Money. Click on over to KQED for some background information on the above video.
Recently, I wrote an article about the energy efficiency of the PowerPod, and now, CNET’s Martin LaMonica has a video of the first PowerPod demo resting in a defunct coal power plant in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Clicking the picture above will take you directly to the video. I really like the PowerPod. It’s modular, green, and very simple in design. The PowerPod could be used as a home for a bachelor or intimate duo, but it’s more likely going to be used as an office, vacation abode, lake cabin, or something like that. And as far as cost is concerned, with your basic residential green finish out, you’re talking about $100k for 500 sf. You can also view more info and photos at CNET.