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47 posts from January 2008

January 27, 2008

Eva Longoria Talks Candidly About Green Building

Eva Longoria This is seriously lowbrow, and I'm embarrassed to join the likes of celebrity media, but ole' Mrs. Parker has something interesting to say about green building.  She's building a new home in San Antonio, Texas, and wants to go as green as possible.  But the builders have been giving her flack.  Apparently, the problems were so bad that the project was nearly at a standstill.  She said, "Everything is going to be environmentally friendly. We are going to install solar panels for part of the house. All our water is recycled for the lawn for irrigation. It was a fight with our builders; a lot of people don't want change. But it's worth it.

You can do most things for the right price, so I can't understand the issue here, but maybe she flat out hired the wrong builder.  Lesson is, get people with experience.  Green building is high-quality building.  And Joe Dirt probably can't do it.  Maybe we can blog about her home when she's done?  Eva?!

January 26, 2008

Aeropoint Small Wind Turbine Pays Back in 2-7 Years!

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I ran across some news that Marquiss Wind Power just raised $1.3 M in series A funding, which, in and of itself, isn't that big of a deal to me (because funding doesn't = anything).  That said, Marquiss Wind Power has quite the value proposition with their ducted wind turbine product called Aeropoint, a product that comes in three sizes.  It's a small-wind turbine built for commercial buildings of 1-3 floors.  Based out of Folsom, California, the company had encouraging results with the first three test turbines.  Actually, the results were so good the company claims purchasers should have a payback period of 2-7 years.  You'll notice that depending on a lot of different factors, a 2-7 year payback is about 2x faster than the payback for solar. 

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Magic Box, is this the Future of (Green) Prefab?

Magic Box Prefab

I put 'green' in parenthesis because the future is green, whether you, I, or anyone else likes it.  That's where this whole thing is heading.  And several countries rely heavily on prefabrication for construction of homes and buildings.  So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what's to come in the future?  The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small.  It can go anywhere and be used as anything.  But is this the future of (green) prefab?

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January 25, 2008

Austin's Ronald McDonald House Going for Platinum

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Recently, Ronald McDonald House Charities made the decision to integrate sustainable design and energy efficiency in all future facilities, whether new, expanded, or remodeled.  As you can tell with this RMHC of Austin and Central Texas, which has 30 rooms to accommodate families with ill or injured children being treated in local area hospitals, they mean business when it comes to going green.  Here, RMHC is going all the way by seeking that LEED Platinum paper.

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January 24, 2008

Economically Eco-Friendly PowerHouse

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PowerHouse Enterprises is persistently chasing that sweet trifecta of style, economics, and sustainability.  This house here, built in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is en route to get LEED Platinum certification.  Says Quincy Vale, founder and President of PowerHouse:  "Overall, green is good, but the things that work are health and money.  Unless homeowners save money from their investment, I'm not sure it's going to sell."  I think he's hitting it right on the head with that statement. 

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Shigeru Ban Creates Urban Oasis with Greenery

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Just a quick little post on the new headquarters for Swatch Group Japan in the heart of Tokyo's Ginza District.  The building was designed by Shigeru Ban and houses seven of Swatch's luxury brands on each of the first seven floors.  Floors eight through thirteen are used as office space and the top floor as an event area.  You'll notice the interior green wall, which, as Jean Snow describes it, has "so much greenery that you almost feel as if you've stepped into an urban oasis."  I think this represents another example of greenery permeating all aspects of design, both inside and out. 

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January 23, 2008

Tulane GREENbuild: Splendid Combo of Green, Prefab

Tulane Green Build Rendering

The Tulane School of Architecture Green Build program set about to research, develop, and construct an inventive and experimental prototypical house.  A green house.  Made in a factory.  Specifically for post-Katrina New Orleans.  Students first researched everything from construction processes to materials selection parameters.  Above all, access to materials, affordability, and sustainability ruled the day.  In the end, Tulane Green Build came up with a design for a 1,200 sf home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. 

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January 22, 2008

Mashup of Modern Topiary + Living Walls

Louis Vuitton Topiade

Gas Design Group designed this overlay facade, "Topiade", for an already existing Louis Vuitton store.  I think the name "Topiade" comes from a combo of the terms topiary and facade, which is pretty creative, if you ask me.  The idea of taking wild greenery and applying design and creativity through topiary is something I've seen personally in both Japan and Taiwan.  It appears to be popular in France, as well.  So when applied to the vertical context, the environmentalists get excited.  We like green roofs, living walls, and natural buildings. 

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Organic Fabric from Pick Hemp

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Whether you are looking for organic fabric for upholstery, curtains, or a headboard, it is definitely a challenge to find.  You would think that by now there would be plenty of companies to choose from with selections similar to regular fabric, but there aren't.  Pick Hemp, founded in the early 1990's, has one of the best collections of eco-friendly fabrics on the market.  They offer a range of materials including hemp, silk blends, organic cotton, and soybean and bamboo.  Pricing is incredibly reasonable compared to the other options on the market with a range from $4 - $14 /yard.

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January 21, 2008

Office Building of the Future, Just Like a Tree! [S2]

Toweroftomorrow This is a preview of what William McDonough (you know, Cradle to Cradle and Time's Hero for the Planet) will be talking about this week in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit.  Dubbed the "Tree Tower" by Building Magazine, a leading UK construction magazine, the speculative Office Building of the Future was originally just a concept for Fortune Magazine in 2006.  There is no commission for the building, but at the very least, it illustrates principles of good design for all buildings.

Blending nature and man-made construction, the Office Building of the Future will positively impact the environment.  Solar and geothermal power create energy, tree-filled terraces recycle water, and multiple skins weatherproof and insulate the inside of the building.  The building, designed with materials that can either be reused or returned safely to the earth, is made to absorb natural light, too.  In all, it's a super showcase of principles necessary to build something that doesn't take more than it gives.  We'll see if McDonough makes any announcements this week.  Thoughts?

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