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December 21, 2010

Platinum Modern Prefab Drops in Seattle

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Greenfab, developer of well-designed, sustainable homes, just installed six modules in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle for what’s expected to be the city’s first LEED Platinum modular home.  The demonstration home is owned by Robert Humble of HyBrid, project architect and general contractor, and will target net-zero energy and Built Green 5-Star certification.

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December 18, 2010

Bastyr Platinum Project Gets Top Award

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Bastyr University's new student village was named Outstanding Multifamily Project of 2010 by the USGBC.  Located north of Seattle in Kenmore, the 11-building project was designed by CollinsWoerman and earned LEED Platinum certification.  It's estimated to save about 34% on energy costs, as compared to a non-green, similar project, and houses 132 students. 

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December 08, 2010

Solera Strikes LEED Gold in Denver

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Solera Apartments in downtown Denver held its grand opening last month with 30% occupancy and a steady flow of potential lessees.  The 11-story, 120-unit project received LEED Gold certification -- believed to be the first for a project of this kind in the Rocky Mountain Region -- and was named Multi-family Project of the Year by Denver University's School of Real Estate.  Beyond that, Solera is expected to save about 60% or more on energy. 

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LEED Retains Status Quo of FSC Only

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As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems.  The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.

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November 24, 2010

Take a Pledge for Healthy LEED Buildings

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Perhaps you heard about a report by Environment & Human Health, Inc., which was published earlier this year, LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health.  In it, to summarize, the authors suggest that the USGBC creates a false impression that buildings are "healthy" when the LEED system doesn't really do much to remove harmful chemicals from products and buildings.  The report started a media frenzy on the topic. 

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November 18, 2010

H2hotel has a Wavy Living Green Roof

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While not as pronounced as the California Academy of Sciences museum, I think it's safe to say that this undulating green roof covering the new h2hotel is just as beautiful.  The hotel, which gets its name from being the sister to Hotel Healdsburg, was designed by David Baker + Partners and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.  It's also a nominee for the People's Choice Award from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA. 

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November 10, 2010

Austonian Earns 4-Star Green Rating

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There's a lot of green building in Austin, but it's not all single family.  This luxury residential high-rise, The Austonian, recently received a Four Star rating (which is about the same as LEED Gold) from Austin Energy Green Building.  The building sits on less than three quarters of an acre and was built with enough room for 166 luxury family homes.

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October 21, 2010

BUILDER Reveals New Concept Home

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Builder magazine recently announced plans for the 2011 Concept Home, officially called the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.  The home has been designed for net-zero energy use, resource efficiency, and LEED Platinum certification. 

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October 20, 2010

Luxury LEED Townhouse in Manhattan

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Notwithstanding the economy, I imagine there are folks in Manhattan that would drop $6.8 million on a green townhouse without batting an eyelash.  Here’s such a place, now listed with Michael Pellegrino of Sotheby’s, that received a mention in the Wall Street Journal.  The home includes 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 15 closets, 2 laundry rooms, 1 wine cellar, and a personal elevator.  It comes with LEED Gold certification.

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October 07, 2010

Belles Townhomes: First LEED Platinum Multifamily Homes in San Francisco

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Belles Townhomes, a new residential project in the Presidio, recently took home LEED Platinum certification, according to a press release by LivingHomes.  Designed by KieranTimberlake, the seven-unit multifamily community will open for leasing later this year.  Belles Townhomes overlooks shared green space and was developed by Forest City in partnership with The Presidio Trust. 

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