LEED Certified Stucco

July 8, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

photo via the-art-of-landscape-design.com

So I’m searching for some LEED certified stucco and I happened upon this little number.  One of my favorite things is when I look at a house and wonder, “How is that not falling down?”  I’m not so sure about whatever the roofline is doing, but I think the house is fantastic.  Any ideas on the architect??  Anyway, there are a few LEED certified stuccos out there if that’s your thing- Stucco Italiano and El Rey Stucco to name a few.

Bonded Logic's Cotton Insulation

March 23, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 
photo via Bonded Logics website

photo via Bonded Logic's website

Hugging insulation is not really something we see children doing every day.  The reason hugging is allowed here is that Bonded Logic has created an insulation using denim scraps from textile mills.  They figure they have saved about 200 tons of denim from landfills.  LEED credits are available because there are no VOC or off-gassing problems, cotton is a rapidly renewable resource, and UltraTouch is made of 85% post-industrial recycled content.  Also, to reach an R-value of 30 UltraTouch needs to be 8″ thick, while the typical Owens Corning Pink Fiberglass Insulation needs to be 9.5″ thick.  The only potential problem is water absorption, which would affect the R-value, but if water has reached your insulation that’s the least of your worries.  I’m always glad to see innovative products like UltraTouch.

Cool City #2: Vancouver

March 9, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 
Thom Quine

Thom Quine

Vancouver, Canada has officially been named our Cool City #2.  Especially for their efforts to make their 2010 Olympics the greenest yet.  Imagine capturing methane gas from a landfill to use for heating the Olympic Village.  That doesn’t sound like a fun job, but Vancouver plans on doing it.  Also, their Community Centre is going to be LEED platinum, while the other buildings in the village are going to be LEED gold.  Besides the Olympic efforts, Vancouver already leads the world in hydroelectric power; and is investing in solar, wave, tidal and wind power sources to reduce environmental impact.  I also read that they are using solar powered trash compactors in their waste baskets to minimize the amount of times their garbage trucks have to collect the waste.  Keep up the good work Vancouver.


March 3, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

So, I don’t know if I’m the last person to have heard of  this, but Serious Materials Inc. has released a product called “EcoRock.”  It’s a very green alternative to drywall.  It’s said to use 80% less energy to create it, and it lives up to all of the same standards as a standard gypsum panel.  “Inhabitat” posted on EcoRock in November, and got some serious discussion going about the quality of the product.  Here’s some stats right off of SeriousMaterials.com:

EcoRock: Superior Performance Attributes and Unique Green Characteristics

  • Meets 100% of ASTM C1396 physical drywall properties
  • Used just like gypsum drywall
  • Cleaner, smoother score & snap
  • Generates less dust than gypsum drywall
  • 50% more mold resistant face (fiberglass) and core
  • Termite resistant face and core
  • Impact resistant
  • Ceiling sag resistant
  • Tile backer board qualified
  • Generates no mercury in production
  • Can contribute up to 8 LEED credits

It sounds spectacular, and it’s supposed to be available right about now.  So check out how sweet it is at SeriousMaterials.com or Inhabitat.com, and let’s hope to be buying it soon.

Nationwide Foam, Inc.

March 2, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Nationwide Foam, Inc. is a company that recycles the foam that is used for making flat roofs.  When demolishing a building or replacing a roof, NFI will place a trailer at your jobsite for you to fill with the foam (hence, the picture).  They also have started a program to recycle EPDM rubber.  The beauty of using their products is that you keep massive amounts of non-biodegradeable products out of landfills, and you can earn LEED points by using their products.  I think it’s fantastic to see people creating services that are so responsible.  NFI services all of North America.

Reclaimed Wood and Bricks

February 24, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

So I guess that I’m in a rut, but here’s another cool product.  The website is Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, and they have some really cool stuff including brick and stone.  I’ve featured my two favorite pictures, but there’s lots more (check out the antique tin and the barn siding).  The Barcelona Chair never hurts, but the wood does look beautiful.  And I’m totally a sucker for herringbone.  Prices on the flooring range from $4 – about $12 a square foot, which is nice, but I couldn’t find a price on the stone.  Elmwood is a member of the USGBC, you can earn LEED points by using their recycled wood products, and they have been awarded the FSC designation.

A Tribute to 3form

February 16, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

So I have this quest to find the sweetest architectural products out there, and create a resource for architects to use- when the need arises.  I posted about a week ago on recycled roofing, but today’s post is more like a tribute.  3form is local company (located at 2300 South 2300 West, Suite B, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119), and they have been “working hard,” as the CEO says, “to produce beautiful, high quality materials using fewer natural resources and less energy.”  We all know that they produce beautiful products (this picture is from the US Green Building Council LEED Platinum Corporate Headquarters), but they have also created their “Path to Zero” campaign.  This means that they will “stop sending manufacturing waste to landfills by April 2009.”  They also plan to be carbon neutral by 2017, they are using “garbage” in their products to make them more environmentally friendly, and they purchased wind power equivalent to all of their office energy use.   If you have a minute, watch the video about their “Path to Zero,” and let’s all support local, green, spectacular products.

Do You Know What LEED Stands For?

February 11, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · 2 Comments 

A LEED Platinum Building

Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock. A LEED Platinum Building

I was at a meeting on Monday, and someone there offered to buy me lunch if I could tell him what the words in the acronym “LEED” were.  “Uh…. leadership in engineering environment…..  design….. wait, leadership in excellence….. I don’t know.”  Turns out he didn’t know either and both of us are involved in a local project that has been LEED certified.  So today’s post goes out to LEED.  It stands for Leadship in Energy and Environmental Design.  Two websites that I recommend looking at are the actual LEED page and the Wikipedia page on the topic.  One thing is for certain, designing a platinum project is really, really involved.  I liked the Wikipedia page because it seemed to me, a little more objective.  It talks about how some institutions, like the Navy, are taking the money they would have spent on certification and spending it on making their buildings even more green.  It also discusses the difference between “green” and “zero energy” building.  So next time somebody asks, you’ll get the free lunch.