Study Shows Green Homeowners Are Happier With Their Homes and Recommending Them; Cost Savings are a Top Motivating Factor for Buying Green. CarMax Receives LEED Silver Certification and Becomes First Company in Virginia to Construct a LEED Building for Corporate Headquarters. Seth Godin on the No Impact Man; Zero […]
This is the Loftcube, which is designed and engineered in Germany. Including the bathroom and kitchen, there are two models, one for $136,000 and the other for $180,000. I love the look of it … if you had $180k and a vacant roof, would you put it up there? Add some landscaping?
The first time I saw the QR5 was on Inhabitat last year, and ever since then, my thoughts have occasionally wandered back to its simple, elegant design. Now, in April 2007, this UK-based innovation is one the recipients of the 3rd Annual Bottom Line Design Awards. Pictured on the cover of Business […]
I’m going to be in Washington D.C. with a team of MBAs for a real estate case competition this weekend. I have some free time both Friday and Sunday and would like to delve into the greener side of D.C. Any ideas? I’m up for anything.
Green building articles abound, but it’s important to note the subtle differences in perspective, which may change depending on the writer’s geography. An article may give green building advice that doesn’t make sense in your geography. Take this Houston article for instance. It’s a good read. In Houston, the climate requires an innovative balance […]
Recently, in the Week in Review, I blogged about these twin skyscrapers becoming the world’s first commercial development to include large-scale wind turbines in its structure. As you can see from the pictures, Bahrain WTC towers have three, 32-yard diameter propellers that supply about 11-15 % of the buildings’ energy needs, or about 1100 to 1300 megawatts per year. The shape of the towers create an airflow tunnel through the buildings for improved energy generation output and each turbine will be suspended on a bridge connecting the buildings. According to BWTC designer Shaun Killa, solar panels available at the time of construction lost their efficiency due to the high Bahrain temperatures, so wind technology was the better choice for renewable supply. The turbines will be tested throughout the year and the building will open for business later in 2007.
The dueling towers are 50 stories each, with 34 floors of office space. When complete, the entire complex will include a shopping mall, including about 150-200 luxury brand retail sites, and a 5-star Sheraton hotel. In addition to having SMART features that include high-tech security and IT infrastructure, the building will use an environmentally friendly water cooling system. Via GE Eco-Business.