Tag Archives: Green Building

Over-the-top Houses

22 Jan

I don’t think any of these houses would win any awards for their outstanding architecture but I must say if I had the money I wouldn’t mind getting one.

Warning: Over the top houses to follow.

Arkansas Castle

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60 Richmond

28 Nov

I was flipping through an issue of Architectural Record and was amazed by a photo I came across.

60 Richmond central courtyard, from Architectural Record, July 2010

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Green Retrofits on existing housing in Urban Areas

15 Nov

Found this article reading my weekly Urban Green Council e-mail. Made me think back to all the good times in IIT’s College of Architecture… I think to the Mec/Elec classes learning the basics about reducing energy in design, then re-learning them in Energy Conscious Design, and to the stories told in “The Dwelling” of the houses that were fixed up by Professor Davis. I also remember people thinking its a good idea and something to add to the list of things they’d want to do after they graduate.

Now in a report that will be published by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and Living Cities the idea now is that those fixer uppers will be retrofitted with the means to create Energy Savings, because now there are actually numbers to back up all the talk that older buildings can be made green and that the cost put in will in fact be made back in energy savings. This totally justifies my wanting to retrofit my grandmothers 5 family residence in downtown Brooklyn, this report just made it easier to help convince my family to maybe let me do it. *Fingers Crossed*

See NY Times Article:
Study Clarifies the Energy Savings in Retrofitted Buildings