The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced that they will be undertaking a major renovation of their headquarters in Washington, DC, with the hope of bringing the building to net zero status. This net zero renovation project is set to begin construction in March 2017. The 62,000 square foot office building, located in the Dupont Circle […]
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When renowned furniture designer Hugo de Ruiter decided to turn his Eindhoven home’s old brick construction into a sleek, inspiring design studio, he turned to the architects at Architecten|en|en. It was a solid move, because what they came up with- a unique, metallic workspace called “Studio R-1”- makes full use of the existing structure while […]
Texas, the largest energy consuming state in the nation, wants to reduce carbon emissions by 195 billion tons over the next 18 years- and it’s looking at an innovative program that will allow local businesses to renovate existing commercial and public buildings to lead the way. It’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE, and it’s made […]
Recently, a local Essex family purchased a decommissioned air base that was once home to the 381st Bombardment Group with plans to turn it into a sustainable farm. Essex is located in the southeast corner of England near the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see Europe from Essex – which is exactly why […]
Passive house design has gone from an emerging architectural trend to a firmly established movement that’s entrenched itself in the professional and public mind. Even so, most people – both industry experts and laypeople – take the term literally, and equate “passive house” with, you know, houses. The truth, meanwhile, is that the same principles […]
San Francisco’s HOPE SF Renovates Libraries and Public Buildings in 10-Year Plan with Solar Technologies
Currently, as part of HOPE SF, the Bayview/Hunters Point Revitalization Program is underway. It began more than a decade ago with a ten-year plan devised between San Francisco’s Public Library and the Department of Public Works. It is a multi-million dollar plan to renovate every branch of the library in the city and is called the Branch Library Improvement Program.
One architectural firm that is steadily renovating old buildings and coming up with new spaces while retaining their emphasis on sustainable design is Nicolas Tye Architects.
The Duthie Center for Engineering on the University of Louisville campus recently earned LEED Gold for its renovation project. Highlights included 54% water savings, reuse of 95% of the existing building structure, and recycling 77% of the demolition waste.
In a great discussion of how you need to look beyond the surface, both literally and figuratively, when trying to build a green house (or making other decisions in life), in this TED talk below Catherine Mohr looks at how complicated evaluating different options in a green light can be.
What does it look like to build a house with lots of green features? We see pictures of the finished buildings, and we read about the features that make them green. We know about the importance of good insulation and reducing electrical loads and choosing efficient equipment. But what does it look like while it […]
Editor’s note: This short post from our friends at Low Impact Living points you to a (literal) gold mine of information on incentives for greening your home. Check it out: that energy-efficient upgrade to your home may be even less expensive than you imagined. This post was originally published on Monday, May 19th, 2008. We […]
Editor’s note: Thinking about a kitchen remodel? This week, Low Impact Living takes a look at every element of kitchen use, and how you can both make the space more efficient, more livable, and more earth-friendly. This post was originally published on September 7, 2007. You may not know it, but your kitchen is one […]
Harvard University has achieved several firsts with the recent renovation of an old power plant into an office building. It is the first LEED Platinum certified university building renovation, as well as Harvard’s first Platinum building. More interestingly though, it is the first Platinum building built before the turn of the the century–last century, that […]