Yerba Buena is a new, green island community in San Francisco Bay

April 20, 2021 by  
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Yerba Buena Island, a ‘secret’ island of parks, open green spaces and beachfront, offers one of the most spectacular views across the San Francisco Bay. The rugged terrain and unique topography of the naturally formed Yerba Buena Island create an unparalleled opportunity for a luxurious green lifestyle. Yerba Buena was the original name of the settlement that became known as San Francisco in the 1800s. It’s also the name of a native herb that is abundant in the landscape. Related: MVRDV’s Mission Rock tower breaks ground in San Francisco Outdoor amenities at Yerba Buena Island include the Hilltop Park, designed by Hood Design Studio and situated at the highest point of the island with 360-degree views of the Bay. The park showcases the steel “Point of Infinity” sculpture by renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto . A collection of remarkable LEED-certified homes is now for sale on the 72-acre island. The 266 contemporary-yet-timeless residences feature intentional environmental design by Hart Howerton , Meyer Davis and Aidlin Darling . Most covetable are The Courtyard Townhomes. These luxury units feature private interior courtyards that define the residences and foster a daily connection to nature. Each townhome includes a dedicated entrance, attached garage and several private balconies. The design of the townhomes follows the structure of the island’s hillsides. The Flats are private, single-floor residences within boutique buildings with dramatic vistas. Interiors open to expansive terraces across the 2,500- to 4,000-square-foot, two- to four-bedroom floor plans, all with sweeping views of the Bay. Living spaces showcase elegant finishes and grand windows. Each home is serviced by a private elevator, and the sleek interior design complements these spacious, three- and four-level residences, which are envisioned for indoor-outdoor living. The Bristol is a six-story, GreenPoint Rated condominium building perched on a forested hilltop. It offers 124 modern residences with views of Clipper Cove and the eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Edmonds + Lee Architects created sustainable, interior designs that look out to a landscaped , open-air inner courtyard. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural lighting. Communal amenities, including a fitness studio, children’s play room, viewing terraces, lounge areas and a rooftop deck with sweeping views of the Bay are included. Protected areas of the island’s sandy beachfront invite calm waters for paddle-boarding and kayaking. Furry friends are even catered to and can play in a scenic, off-leash dog park at the center of the island. “Yerba Buena Island allows residents to experience San Francisco from a new perspective, in the manner in which it’s meant to be lived — with lush nature at your doorstep, a like-minded community , and access to the best of island and city life in one of the most spectacular settings,” said Chris Meany, partner at developer Wilson Meany. Certainly, with so many urban dwellers considering a move to the countryside, this unique development could turn the heads of those looking for a home that offers a near-to-nature living experience in one of the world’s most beautiful urban locations. But of course, such prime real estate won’t come cheap. The lowest rates for studios start at $800,000, with most residences on Yerba Buena Island selling for millions. + Yerba Buena Island Images via Yerba Buena Island

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Emeco’s Za stools offer a lifetime of sustainable beauty

April 20, 2021 by  
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Emeco’s new line of stools is handcrafted with a sleek, modern design. These handcrafted, beautifully modern stools are guaranteed for life, made with recycled materials and maintain a small carbon footprint. In fact, the new Za stools have the smallest carbon footprint of any Emeco product. Named after the Japanese word “za,” which means “a place to sit,” Za stools are constructed through a complicated 77-step process. Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, these stools are made with square aluminum tubing and round seats to create a simple, sleek design. Related: Emeco unveils Navy Chair made of 111 recycled Coke bottles Made to look good wherever you put them, these stools work both indoors and outdoors. Plus, the round seats are made with a defied rim that helps you stay in place while sitting. Three heights are available: small, counter height and bar height. Aluminum is lightweight, strong and non-corrosive. The material is also fireproof and stands up to disinfectant and cleaning solutions. Available in several finish options, you can choose from hand-polished, hand-brushed anodized and natural . Or, choose from six different powder coat colors to get stools in warm grey, light brown, green, orange, charcoal or light blue. In the powder coat and hand-brushed finishes, these stools are ready to withstand the wear and tear of the outside world. Emeco has been making furniture with recycled materials for 76 years. The company’s motto reflects this, stating “begin with what’s left over, turn it into what will last.” The brand’s story began during the dark days of WWII when the Navy faced a shortage of chairs. Emeco answered the call to serve, creating the 1006 Navy Chair in 1944. This chair was built by hand using scrap aluminum. Emeco has been making furniture out of aluminum ever since. With designs this strong, Emeco stands by its lifetime guarantee for each item. + Emeco Images via Emeco

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An urban farm tops a LEED Gold-targeted health education tower in Toronto

March 11, 2021 by  
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Global design practice Perkins and Will has raised the bar for sustainable campus design with the award-winning Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, a Ryerson University facility designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. As an example of “vertical campus typology,” the 28-story tower combines academic departments, residences, labs, administrative offices and even a rooftop urban farm in Toronto’s dense downtown core. Completed in 2019 for $104 million CAD, the health education tower was crowned the 2021 Best Tall Building Award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Located on the east side of Ryerson’s campus near Yonge–Dundas Square, the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex offers nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art living and learning space and serves as a new gateway into campus. The striking high-rise is wrapped in expansive glazing along with white aluminum panels punctuated by vibrant orange accents. As part of Ryerson University’s goal of shaping the future of Toronto , the eye-catching tower features public spaces woven throughout the building. An atrium at the street level also activates the public realm with a café and study spaces. The café kitchen uses fresh produce sourced from the urban farm on the roof. Related: Canada’s first net-zero carbon, mass-timber college building to rise in Toronto The first eight stories of the building house four academic departments — the Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, Nutrition and Occupational and Public Health — with classrooms , teaching kitchens and labs. The tower also includes a digital fabrication lab that is visible from the outside, flexible research facilities and university administration offices. Residence dorms occupy the upper levels of the tower and house up to 330 students. Accessibility is made seamless throughout to encourage inclusivity, collaboration and community. In addition to a productive green roof , the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex integrates a variety of environmentally friendly features including low-impact materials; a graywater recycling system for the faucets, toilets and showers; and a metering and monitoring system that allows residence students to see their energy and water consumption online. The architects expect that the building will use 32% less energy and consume 35% less potable water compared to traditional construction. + Perkins and Will Photography by Tom Arban via Perkins and Will

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Tesla is building a 100MW battery in Texas

March 11, 2021 by  
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Under the guise of Gambit Energy Storage LLC, a secretive subsidiary of Tesla, a new, 100-megawatt battery is coming to Angleton, Texas. Angleton is located approximately 40 miles south of Houston and has a population of about 20,000. The project follows a massive winter storm that rendered the Texas power grid useless. The new battery is expected to work as a backup to the grid, as climate change has made it clear that relying on the grid may not be tenable for the future. The battery is expected to power up to 20,000 homes. When the project is complete, the residents of the town may no longer have to worry about power outages, even in the most extreme weather events. The project is slated to start operating in June 2021. Related: Tesla — the real environmental impact The Gambit project has drawn a lot of attention nationally, not because of its type but due to the secretive manner in which it is being conducted. The locals say that the workers on the site appear to be under strict instructions not to draw attention or respond to public questions. Reporters had to dig deep to link Gambit to Tesla. Elon Musk’s Telsa has been investing in energy quietly but rapidly. “Tesla’s energy storage business on a percentage basis is growing faster than their car business, and it’s only going to accelerate,” said Daniel Finn-Foley, head of energy storage at Wood MacKenzie Power and Renewables. “They are absolutely respected as a player, and they are competing aggressively on price.” In 2015, Tesla introduced its first Powerwall home batteries . Later, it expanded to larger grid offerings with the Megapack. The company has multiple battery projects, including a 100 megawatt project in South Australia, a 20 megawatt Southern California Edison Mira Loma substation just east of Los Angeles and an upcoming 182.5 megawatt system in the San Francisco Bay Area that is expected to begin operations in August 2021. These projects offer clear indications of Telsa’s fight for a space in the green energy market. Musk himself has been quoted saying that the energy business is bigger than the automotive industry, an indication that the company will focus more on clean energy in the future. + Gambit Energy Storage Park Via EcoWatch and Bloomberg Image via Tesla

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Amazon unveils spiraling, tree-covered skyscraper for Arlington HQ2

February 16, 2021 by  
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Amazon has unveiled images of The Helix, a LEED Platinum-targeted, spiraling tower that will serve as the centerpiece building for the Amazon HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia. Like The Spheres, Amazon’s first headquarters in Seattle, the new building takes inspiration from biophilia with a form that mimics the shape and beauty of a double helix. Designed by international architecture firm NBBJ , the 350-foot-tall building — dubbed The Helix — will run entirely on renewable energy sourced from a solar farm in southern Virginia that will be used to power an all-electric central heating and cooling system. Located in Arlington’s Crystal City, the Amazon HQ2 is a planned corporate headquarters and expansion of the company’s existing Seattle headquarters and is expected to consolidate 2.8 million square feet of offices, public gathering areas and street-front retail distributed across three 22-story buildings. The recently unveiled Helix building is part of Amazon’s recently submitted development proposal for HQ2’s second phase of new construction. All new buildings are designed to meet LEED Platinum standards. Related: Amazon’s incredible plant-filled biospheres open in Seattle Described by the tech giant as “an alternative workplace integrating work with nature,” The Helix prioritizes healthy work environments with its indoor-outdoor design that includes a pair of spiraling, fresh-air “hill climbs.” The unique building will be open to the public on select weekends every month. In addition to the LEED Platinum-targeted office buildings, Amazon HQ2’s second phase also calls for 2.5 acres of public space with a dog run as well as an outdoor amphitheater that seats over 200 people; three retail pavilions that comprise 100,000 square feet of new space for restaurants, shops and plentiful outdoor seating; and a dedicated 20,000-square-foot community space that can support educational initiatives and an artist-in-residence program. All vehicular access will be tucked underground wherever possible to prioritize pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly paths. + NBBJ Images via NBBJ

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Sustainable Brook Hollow homes feature unexpected pops of color

February 16, 2021 by  
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Jeannie and Daryl Losaw, owners of Texas-based Losaw Construction and IBS Homes, have begun construction on their affordable and sustainable homes at Brook Hollow Club Estates in San Marcos, Texas. The Brook Hollow homes will have playful, brightly colored exterior accent walls to give them a touch of extra character in the Texas Hill Country. The company, which owns and developed the Brook Hollow Club Estates, has been in operation since 2006. During that time, it has focused on sustainable and affordable homes in Central and South Texas, especially near the state’s capital of Austin. Related: Solar-powered dome in the Texas desert is the perfect place to go off the grid Surrounded by willow trees on a quarter-acre of land, the group of 25 houses will include shed roof styles with clean lines, multiple windows and front porches . The light gray paint on the outside of the homes is accented by a bright splash of color, giving these structures a unique style in an otherwise contemporary design. There are four models available ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 square feet: the Stanton, the King, the Chavez and the Ginsburg. Homes cost anywhere from $220,000 to $259,000, but the many green features included in the design will likely help reduce customer costs in the long run. These include an efficient residential air conditioning system taken from a commercial method where air is exchanged and treated. The system, which also helps keep the interior free from outside allergens, is complemented with spray foam insulation. Aside from this high-performing HVAC design, the Brook Hollow homes use a steel foundation that is more carbon-friendly than concrete, according to the company. These helical pier foundations are easily recycled and moved from place to place if need be, taking up less resources. Additionally, the metal roofing used in construction is also recyclable, highly durable and comes prepared for solar installation. + Brook Hollow Club Estates Images via IBS Homes

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Nordic unveils LEED Gold-targeted visions for Indias greenest airport

February 10, 2021 by  
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Architecture firms Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP have unveiled competition-winning designs for the passenger terminal of Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA) at Jewar, an ambitious LEED Gold -targeted project that could become “India’s greenest airport.” Designed to combine efficiency and hospitality, the airport design will set sustainable benchmarks for airport terminal buildings in India, from its goal of net-zero carbon operations to the infusion of lush green spaces throughout. When complete, the Delhi Noida International Airport will serve as a new gateway to the state of Uttar Pradesh in the quickly developing industrial region between Delhi and Agra. The winning design for DNIA was selected from a three-phase design competition between June and August 2020, during which the invited architecture teams prepared, collaborated and presented their airport designs remotely. The consortium winners were selected by Zurich Airport International (ZAIA); the public limited company signed a concession agreement with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to develop DNIA in the fall of last year. Related: Singapore’s jaw-dropping new airport has the world’s largest indoor waterfall In addition to raising the bar for sustainable airport design, the competition-winning proposal will also help shape Jewar as a future aviation city and include flexible expansion options with a target goal of 30 million passengers per year with minimal environmental impact . Lush landscaping will surround the airport grounds; plants inside the terminal will bring a hint of nature into the light-filled airport. “We are pleased to partner with Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP to design this long-envisioned strategic project at Jewar,” says Christoph Schnellmann, CEO of Delhi Noida International Airport. “The team created the winning design with an efficient layout, convincing design language, multiple high-quality areas, spaced out with lush greenery with a balanced concept for both energy savings and a tangible sense of sustainability. The team demonstrated their proficiency in complementing customer comfort with sustainability, timeless design with flexibility for future needs. We will work closely with the team to ensure a design with everything available that a passenger expects at a world-class airport.” + Nordic Images by Tegmark

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LEED Gold apartments provide supportive housing in Los Angeles

January 22, 2021 by  
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In November 2020, the Westlake / Rampart Village neighborhood of Los Angeles welcomed the Rampart Mint Apartments, a new permanent supportive housing project that provides secure and sustainable housing for people who are experiencing homelessness. Designed by Santa Monica-based firm KFA Architecture in collaboration with the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. (WHCHC) and Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA), the six-story building provides 23 fully accessible studio apartment units, one of which is used as a manager’s unit. The timber-framed building is also designed to meet LEED Gold certification and aims to exceed Title 24 energy standards by 15%. Located on a former city-owned vacant lot between 3rd Street and Beverly Boulevard, the 15,400-square-foot Rampart Mint Apartments provides 22 units of housing for residents who earn less than 30% of the area median income. All units are equipped with kitchenettes and full bathrooms and include Energy Star appliances, low-flow plumbing, VOC-free interior paints and formaldehyde-free wood materials. Landscaping features drought-tolerant plantings. Related: LEED Platinum-targeted Santa Monica apartments are powered by solar energy “KFA has long specialized in designing affordable housing throughout the Los Angeles region, and we are very pleased to be a part of another project with WHCHC,” KFA Architecture partner Lise Bornstein said in a press release. “In addition to providing new, high quality, affordable urban infill housing with an emphasis on design and sustainability, Rampart Mint will also breathe new energy into an abandoned site that had been underutilized for more than 30 years.” Residents will have access to a variety of building amenities including a spacious community room that opens up to a rooftop deck with a community garden and city views, a computer lab, laundry facilities and an office space for social services. Voluntary on-site comprehensive services will also be made available free of charge to all residents by ALA and WHCHC residents services’ staff. + KFA Architecture Photography by Jim Simmons via KFA Architecture

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LEED Certification for Your Home

February 21, 2020 by  
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They say home is where the heart is. Unfortunately, many … The post LEED Certification for Your Home appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Episode 126: United’s biofuels mission, why it’s time to bone up on ’emissionality’

June 1, 2018 by  
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In this episode, we check in with Interface executive Jarami Bond, one of our 2017 30 Under 30 honorees. Plus, why it might be time to overhaul the LEED sustainable buildings certification framework.

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