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November 20, 2010

A Passive House Hotel in Washington?

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The small town of Oroville -- north central Washington four miles from the border -- has big aspirations.  A developer has plans to build the first Passive House hotel in North America, according to Examiner.com.

Developer Steve Morberg already secured Highway 97 frontage for the project and will use a design by Bôd Structures, formerly known as American Container Homes, to construct the hotel in phases. 

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June 18, 2010

Nine Near Carbon Neutral Communities

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Popular Science just published an interesting roundup of green communities in an article now titled, "Nine of the World's Most Promising Carbon-Neutral Communities."  You'll recognize several of these communities as we've mentioned them previously.  What's important is the notion that reducing an environmental impact can be ultra effective when done on a large scale.

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June 10, 2010

Zero Net Energy Homes at Sage Green

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Green One Construction Services just completed phase one in Sage Green, an ultra energy efficient community in Beaverton, Oregon.  The entire project will have a total of 18 homes, and the first five are now on the market with pricing between $257,900 and $259,000.  I guess you can say it's a small price to pay for the desirable, but still rare, benefit of zero net energy living. 

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June 03, 2010

Prefab Eco-Enclave Planned for Toronto

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Living Homes today announced the launch of its expansion into Canada with an eco-enclave of four modern homes in North Toronto.  Steve Glenn, founder of Living Homes, was kind enough to share with us some detail of the upscale project, which will be fabricated by Conquest and developed by a new company called Nexterra Green Homes

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May 12, 2010

Future of Work and Cities [Newsweek]

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Recently, Newsweek asked three well-known architecture firms to explain what cities will look like in 2030.  Using New York City as the location, these firms -- HOK; Cooper, Robertson & Partners; and Richard Meier & Partners -- responded to the hypothetical with The Future of Work and other musings as to how we will work, live, interact, and move around in 20 years. 

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May 05, 2010

Putting the Location in LEED

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Late last week, you may have heard, the USGBC, NRDC, and CNU officially launched LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).  The pilot program opened in July 2007 with about 240 participating projects.  Now, with the launch, project teams around the world can register online and get going. 

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April 21, 2010

Top 10 Green Built Neighborhoods

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Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation.  If there’s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities.  Here’s a quick look at each of the 10 communities; make sure to check out the original article – America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods – for more information.

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March 27, 2010

Nine Modern Homes in Taltree EcoVillage

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After nearly three years of planning, Taltree ecoVillage by YS Development is gaining a little steam.  Located in Redmond, Washington -- not more than a bike ride from the company Bill Gates co-founded -- Taltree includes a collection of nine modern, green homes built to the highest green building and energy efficiency standards. 

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January 05, 2010

$300 M Eco Neighborhood for Quebec

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With the success of Dockside Green on the other side of the country, according to Canwest News Service, Quebec now plans to increase its investment in sustainable development with a $300 million project of 800 environmentally-friendly housing units.  Dubbed Cité Verte, the neighborhood is planned for Quebec City in the Saint-Sacrement neighborhood at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Avenue Saint-Sacrement. 

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November 25, 2009

Off the Grid Urban Block for Dallas

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Several months ago, we profiled all three finalists in the Re:Vision Dallas competition.  The purpose of the competition was to design a sustainable urban city block near Dallas City Hall.  Of these finalists (and several hundred other entries), the Forwarding Dallas entry has now been announced as the winning design.  The off-the-grid block, designed in collaboration between Atelier Data and Moov, is scheduled to break ground in 2011. 

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