Forget biodiesel. To put a dent in global warming, we are going to have to stop using coal, said Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030 at the West Coast Green conference taking place in San Francisco this week. Read the entire article here.
One of our recent kitchen remodels is featured in the October 2007 issue of Midwest Home. Please find it on pages 50 and 51, “Ever Green” or click on this link to the spread.
LOCUS’ Wynne Yelland, Paul Neseth, and Tim Eian are volunteering time on the Great City Design Teams this spring and summer. Wynne and Tim helped with the first team, which focused on the intersection of Central & Lowry in NE Minneapolis. Paul is currently helping with the project on 40th & Lyndale in south Minneapolis.
It’s been a while since we captured our work in photos. Here are a few photos of more recent work that we are looking to expand upon.
Residential Renovation & Addition with solar heat and superinsulated building envelope. 2006-07
Residential addition in South Minneapolis. 2004-05
Corten Steel Siding Project. 2004-05
Our technology partner Innovative Power Systems (www.ips-solar.com) is now featuring two of our projects on their website.
This WI Farm hydronic solar system is estimated to offset 90 tons of CO2 over 30 years! It features 16 collectors (more…)
15 questions to determine your environmental footprint. Since everybody likes surveys, take this one to see how your lifestyle stacks up globally. Caution: Be prepared for the reality check. Here is the link.
Our time at 450 Geary Street has come to an end. Over the next few days Steve Rajninger, Melissa Garcia and Jonas Weber will be moving the office of Locus Architecture San Francisco to Clementina Street, in San Francisco, where we will share our new office space with Herman & Coliver: Architecture.
You will have to check out Citizenre REnU’s website to investigate the details, but their offer is to install a solar electric panel system on your house for only a $500 deposit. You would then, in essence, be buying from Citizenre the power contributed from the system locked into today’s energy prices for up to the next 25 years. The sales pitch is impressive. Are these self-acclaimed ‘ecopreneurs’ the utilities first competitors?
THE end is in sight for the traditional lightbulb after EU leaders yesterday called for a mass switch-off and a push to equip homes and offices with energy efficient alternatives within two years.
Goodbye couch potato! Check this out.
Did you know that The Twin Cities was chosen as one of four pilot communities to receive federal money to increase bicycling and walking? Learn more about The Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP) and its local administrator Transit for Livable Communities (TLC). Look at Maps of upcoming improvements to Minneapolis’ biking infrastructure. Take the Bicycling Survey for your input and support of the program. Explore other aspects of the program such as the Guaranteed Ride Home.
February 23, 2007
Source: Clean Edge News
The Minnesota Senate passed the Renewable Energy Standard (S.F. 4) recently by an overwhelming margin. The standard will require Minnesota utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Additionally, Xcel Energy will be required to generate at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Ives Béhar, who brought us and hopefully the underpriviliged rest of the world Nicholas Necroponte’s One Laptop Per Child, designed the Leaf for Herman Miller. This LED task lamp is looking to become the Aeron chair of table lamps. See for yourself how it is looking to do that.
The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.
The Narrowest House in the World – a house for a family of 4 in Uruapan, Michoacan, MX. At 450 square feet – 125 square feet per person! – it’s smaller than the typical American two-car garage. The house also provides the family with income from tours.
A retired ad executive in South Africa came up with an idea that puts designers to shame. He observed the time and effort it took mothers in rural South Africa to pump low quality water, and observed the lack of facilities where children had to play. His solution, the ‘PlayPump’, is an immediate hit with kids and via the power of play pumps cleaner water from deeper reserves. Watch the video broadcasted on Frontline.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has a bright idea to help cut utility bills in the city. Raleigh leaders announced Monday that the Capital City will become the first LED city. Click for the entire story.
Sounds too good to be true! A community focused on sustainble architecture, helping the environment, organic farming, the arts, politics and interacting with neighbors. See it for yourself.
Back in 2001, UC Berkeley published an interesting article on how eliminating “standby” electricity loss from home appliances could save big on the utility bill. The Government of South Australia published an entire webpage regarding this subject. It offers some numbers as to how much energy some appliances use in standby that I find worth re-posting here:
- Fax machines: 4.7 – 11.6 W
- VCR’s: 2.0 – 6.6 W
- TV’s (68cm): 0.6 – 12.7 W
- Scanners (flatbed): 8.3 – 14.2 W on standby; 0 – 5.1 W switched off
- Printers (inkjet): 1.6 – 8.6 W on standby; 0 – 8.4 W switched off
(Figures sourced from CHOICE Dec 2000)
The only real sustainable option on how to deal with this is to purchase appliances and gadgets that can be turned off entirely. Since this is not always available, the only good advice I can give is to unplug these things when they are not in use. Engadget recently posted about a device that could take care of this for you. The Domia Bye Bye Standby is currently only available in the UK. Nevertheless, this gadget looks like a good start to eliminate standby energy loss.
To help pinpoint which of your gadgets uses the most standby power, look to P3 International’s Kill A Watt.
LOCUS Development is looking to outfit its Red Square retail and office building with a 20.5kW photo voltaic solar system, providing future tenants with sustainable energy and a reduced utility bill.
Well, whether or not vehicles can actually be green is a different story. However, anything green out there in the vehicle world is usually pretty well covered by AutoblogGreen, a division of the Autoblog. You can learn out about what fuels (more…)
I strongly believe that anybody can be convinced to conserve if they saw the real numbers of their energy consumption. I also think that it is crucial to be able to visualize impact when making upgrades to a home or business, or when buying a new car. The Department of Energy offers calculators for all these applications. Here are a few direct links to different categories:
Along those lines I want to mention the Energy Star website as well. It offers similar tools and general information on energy conscious decision making.
Wynne and Paul are currently teaching another class for graduates at the University of Minnesota. This year’s subject focuses on a design/build relief project in Biloxi, MS. These images illustrate the devastation following hurricane Katrina. The students will eventually travel to Biloxi and build their design on site.