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July 23, 2010

First Passive House Retrofit in Nation

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This is the first Passive House in California and the first retrofit Passive House in the entire country, according to a press release issued by Solar Knights Construction earlier this week. The airtight retrofit was accomplished with, among other things, superior insulation, triple-glazed windows, and an energy recovery ventilation system.

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July 07, 2010

Green Building Market to Surge by 2015

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Over the next five years, according to a subscription report published by Environmental Leader, total United States green building market value is expected to increase from $71.1 billion to $173.5 billion.  The EL Insights report projects a compound annual growth rate of 19.5% in green building market value from 2010 through 2015. 

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June 23, 2010

Top 10 Green Building Products [2010]

Top-ten-building-products-sustainable-industries As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2010.  Selections are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges -- Michelle Kaufmann, Barry Giles, Kris Kimble, and Liz Dunn -- based on design aesthetic, environmental performance, compatibility with LEED, and value, scalability/market impact, and innovativeness.  This year, the judges took interest in products that reuse resources or reduce energy.  Here are the top ten:

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June 15, 2010

Green Building Pioneer Launches Network for Regenerative Businesses

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David Gottfried, founder of the USGBC and owner of this super green home renovation, recently launched a new business consortium with several industry experts, 19 founding member companies, and 60 real estate design, construction, and ownership affiliates.  The U.S. Regenerative Network is an invitation only network of green building product manufacturers and service providers with two main goals:

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May 15, 2010

Vertical Farm Concept: Eco-Laboratory

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In 2008, we first looked at this Eco-Laboratory concept for a living building, which won the Natural Design Talent Competition in 2008.  Designed by a team from Weber Thompson, the Eco-Laboratory is now featured in a short film that explains the benefits of vertical farming. 

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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 07, 2010

New Paradigm: Living Built Environment

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Everything is changing over at the Cascadia Green Building Council.  Dropping the word “Region” from its name, the organization has new moniker to go with a new motto, “Envisioning the Living Future.”  But that’s not all.  The mission is new, too.  These changes seem designed to convey an upbeat focus not on individual buildings or projects but the whole built environment. 

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April 22, 2010

2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects!

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As it does every year at this time and just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have announced the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design. 

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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 25, 2010

Net Zero Energy Re-Skinning with Style

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Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies.  To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990.  Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis.  After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors. 

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