Posts Tagged Construction

$100 Million Class Action Filed Against LEED

Many of us are aware of the green industry standard called LEED, basically it is a set of guideline that aim to help buildings be more efficient and eco-friendly.  Even though there are many who have jumped on board, there has been a dull roar in the background for quite some time now; People saying that this standard is not stringent enough, misses the mark completely, etc.

Well just a few days ago Henry Gifford filled a class action against the US Green Building Council.

A lawyer put in plain language when she said:

The allegations are essentially fraud and false advertising, an anti-trust claim and a RICO claim thrown in for good measure. His theory is that the USGBC has falsely claimed that its rating system makes buildings save energy, and that building owners have spent more money to have their buildings certified, that professionals have gotten worthless professional credentials and people in general have been duped into thinking LEED has meaning.

She goes on further saying this case has merit, but the plaintiff might not be the best suited for this case.  Gifford, a noted environmentalist, shared his reasoning behind his decision to file stating that he was afraid that if someone within the green community didn’t stand up and provide a check and balance, outsiders – possibly from big oil, “drill baby, drill” camp – could use this as ammo to discredit green initiatives, especially efforts to live more responsibly.

Full article: here

BadGast

Here is a art studio / residence located at an surfing artist community (who knew there was such a thing) made from shipping containers.

BadGast, which roughly translates to Bath Guest, is a modern live/work studio, located in a unique and artistic surfers village called F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) on the beach in Scheveningen near the Hauge. FAST is a new urban beach community with a strong focus on the arts, protection of the sea as well as surfing. The program for the cultural container on the sea began in September 2009 and every month a new person has come to work on a sea or bather related project, which is then presented at the end of their time
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Shelter

This video while I feel like it lacks some substance, it brings up a good point about building something with your hands.  I think that an appeal of Tiny Houses is that they are approachable for people with little to know building experience.  It reminds us of something that is lost in our culture, where lack of this skill, charm and hard work sometimes are cut out of the equation when it comes to a home. Anyway, for your consideration:

16mm color film. 6:43 min.

Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd’s ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.

Tiny House In The Outback

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Once upon a time, I lived in Australia for a while, the thing that  remember so clearly is how big the country is and how much space is available.  The country is the size of the US, with a population well under 25 million, where 80% of that population lives within 50 miles of the coast, this means that the interior of the continent is very very empty.  There is a strong sense of quasi cowboy feel to being in the outback, where I lived while I was there.  This house not only captures that sense of the rough and tumble of the bush, but is sustainable too.  In an odd way this prefab structure has a turret feel, almost medieval.

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This prefabricated structure is sited in an isolated mountainous of Australia. Sheathed in copper, the 10×10 foot building closes down to protect it from brush fire, as well as precipitation. The project also manipulates the elements by employing passive heating and cooling techniques and a water collection cistern (which provides running water).

This small building is an excellent example of contemporary modernism. Formally, it responds to the environment while maintaining a rigorously simple geometric composition. Responding to building technology methods, economy, and siting issues, the unit is completely prefabricated and installed on the site.

From: Casey Brown Architecture

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Water catchment system

Water catchment system

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