Category Archives: Building

America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building

The ECOreport looks at how America’s largest net zero plus building illustrates the future of energy efficient design

By Roy L Hales

The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI),  in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.

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Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper

The ECOreport looks at Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIf we can believe the developers, Joe Nafis’ stunning documentary the Shanghai Tower is much more than a record of how the plantet’s second-highest skyscraper was built. Nafis spent four years filming the World’s “first” eco-friendly skyscraper.

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Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

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Possibly the First Passive House on Vancouver Island

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Winters can be deceptively cold on the West Coast of British Columbia (BC). People from Fort McMurray Alberta – where temperatures often drop to minus 40 – tell me they did not feel the chill back home. It’s the damp cold that soaks into your bones. Hearing this, some of you may be surprised to find that the house pictured above was heated by two little 500 watt heaters through the coldest part of winter. Rob Bernhardt says, “It is the first building Vancouver Island home targeting certification under the international Passive House standard.” (That’s quite a mouthful!) I would phrase that a little differently, it is possibly the first passive house on Vancouver Island.
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Are You Up for the Better Buildings Challenge?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe Department of Energy has just released a new infogram about energy waste in the US. It traces conservation efforts back to the Better Building challenge that President Obama launched in 2011. 50% of America’s energy is wrapped up in it’s buildings. The DOE asks, “Are you up for the Better Buildings Challenge?”
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The Elysian: An Iconic LA Apartment with free EV Charging

By Roy L. Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWilliam Periera’s work has been described by adjectives like “stark,” “heavyset,” “functional” and “grandiose.” He completed over 400 projects, was one of the three architects that appeared on the cover of Time magazine and in the process also picked up an Academy Award, for Special effects on the 1941 action film “Reap the Wind.” Pereira’s work is said to have an unmistakable flair and he is recognized as one of the defining architects of the mid twentieth century. He designed the Metropolitan Water District complex in 1961 and the office tower has recently been transformed into a 96-unit apartment building renamed “the Elysian.”
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Synergy’s Commitment to Excellence brings Gold in Dallas

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the second consecutive year, Synergy’s Commitment to Excellence brings Gold in Dallas. The corporate housing firm was awarded three Gold Supplier Excellence Awards at the Cartus Global Network Conference  recently held in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading Synergy’s Commitment to Excellence brings Gold in Dallas

Underground Elephant’s Latest Community Project: Affordable Housing for Veterans

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Underground Elephant’s most recent community project was in Lakeside, where it teamed up with San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH) to build 4 townhomes “for affordable homeownership by disabled veterans and their families.” “Our employees are committed to giving back, and are dedicated to volunteering our time to great organizations such as Habitat for Humanity,” said Taylor Butler, Director of Human Resources. Continue reading Underground Elephant’s Latest Community Project: Affordable Housing for Veterans

Irvine Platinum, Gold & Silver In San Diego

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1One of America’s leading business property owners, the Irvine Company, just became California’s largest provider of LEED-Certified Office Workspaces. Seventeen of these buildings are in San Diego.
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San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A press release about San Diego’s first Zero Net Apartments was issued two days ago. The 338kW solar installation, of panels made by Kyocera Solar Inc., will provide 100% of the electricity needed by H.G. Fenton Co.’s 114-unit  Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch suburb. In addition to being San Diego’s first net-zero apartments, Solterra is the first in the US to give tenants instant access to their energy consumption via smartphone, enabling them to adjust their thermostats remotely and is incorporating energy-efficient and water-saving features including Energy Star appliances (such as washers that use up to 40% less water ), drip-irrigation landscaping (that requires little to no irrigation) and garages prewired to charge electric vehicles. Continue reading San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex