Golden Gate Valley Library Reaches LEED Gold Status

Golden Gate Valley Library

When the Golden Gate Valley Library of San Francisco was renovating and updating to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization figured it was also time to green up the space and achieve LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors status. The building has since reached LEED Gold status.

Tom Eliot Fisch and Paulett Taggart Architects worked together on the project, performing a number of eco-friendly upgrades. Rather than adding a ramp or addition to the street-facing exterior, the team used a courtyard on the side of the building for a contemporary style, wheelchair-accessible glass and aluminum elevator.

The team also replaced windows with the most access to sunlight with high-performance glazing to reduce solar heat gain, and restored and cleaned the rest for added efficiency while maintaining the historical structure. They also added in a high efficiency mechanical system and energy efficient lighting to reduce energy use while improving comfort for visitors. Low flow faucets reduce water use, and low VOC paints and finishes improve air quality. Existing furniture was restored, and a photovoltaic rooftop system meets 25% of the energy demand.

To top it all off there is also an improved bike parking area, a new teen area, and improved accessibility for visitors with disabilities. The reservations, completed in 2011, have received several awards for its sustainable preservation of the building, originally built in 1918.

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Affordable LEED Homes Open in San Jose
  2. LEED Gold Hall Built with 184 Modules
  3. LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra

Excerpt from: Golden Gate Valley Library Reaches LEED Gold Status

Assemble Your Tiny Home Faster Than IKEA Furniture with AbleNook

AbleNook Mini Modular House Outdoors

Imagine that you could assemble your home in a matter of hours, as easily as you put together a desk that you bought from IKEA. Imagine that it dissembled more easily than the IKEA desk so that you could take it anywhere, even the harshest of environments.

More sturdy than a trailer, with a more beautiful architectural aesthetic, the AbleNook expandable portable dwelling is a tiny home design that is looking for your help to become a reality for disaster victims, military families, and lovers of sustainable living around the world.

The AbleNook concept shelter is billed as “a rapidly deployable portable structure” of interlocking components that can be put together without tools by just about anyone. Components arrive in a flat-pack box to reduce waste and transportation costs.

Team AbleNook began as part of a summer independent study project and has evolved into a desire to revolutionize dwelling manufacture, deployment, and inhabitation.

Supported by the University of South Florida’s Division of Patents and Licensing, they have filed for a patent on the technology and procured a grant to construct the prototype.

AbleNook Mini Houses Modular Home Solar Roof

Built out, the single module prototype is 20 feet long, 13 feet high, and has a 10 foot high ceiling. It packs into a 4x8x6 cube container.

Able Nook Mini Modular House

The AbleNook project, headed up by Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross, is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. As of this writing, they have received pledges totaling over 15% of their $60,000 goal. You can back this project with a $1 minimum pledge before Monday, February 4 at 2:52 p.m. EST.

AbleNook Mini Houses Modular Setup Details

AbleNook Mini Houses Details

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Tetra Shed is a Creative Tiny Home Office
  2. Aktiv Prefab by Ideabox and IKEA Portland
  3. Ideabox AKTIV with IKEA Hits Portland

Follow this link: Assemble Your Tiny Home Faster Than IKEA Furniture with AbleNook

mlm sponsoring

LEED Platinum Home Addition in Venice

This is the Brooks Residence, and it’s one of the 10 highest LEED-rated homes in California.  Located in Venice, California, the craftsman-style home received 109 points and is one of about 40 local homes certified under the LEED for Homes program.  It was built by Rick Arreola and designed by Duvivier Architects for principle Isabelle Duvivier, who wanted to modernize the existing home with more space, light, and sustainability.

The first floor was opened and expanded to create a larger living and kitchen, as shown in the pictures.  At the same time, Duvivier sought to increase natural light and ventilation through carefully placed windows, solar tubes, and skylights.

To conserve energy, there’s 2

Loll Intros Throwback Eco-Friendly Rapson

Loll Designs recently announced a new line called the Rapson Collection.  As background, it turns out that Toby Rapson, son of the famous Ralph Rapson (architect of Greenbelt Case Study House No. 4), met Loll at an AIA event in Minneapolis and decided to work with the company to resurrect certain of Rapson’s chairs originally designed for Knoll in the 1940s.  Loll and Rapson-Inc. came up with a couple prototypes and shared them at ICFF and Dwell on Design this year.

The result is a comfy collection that includes a high back rocker and low back lounge to begin with.  More Rapson designs will be released in the future.

In terms of pricing, the high back rocker (without arms) and low back lounge (with arms) sell at Loll Designs for $999 and $1099, respectively.  The rocker is made with 344 old milk jugs and the lounge is made with 332.

Minnesota-based Loll Designs creates modern outdoor furniture with recycled materials.  The company uses 100% recycled HDPE, or milk jugs, which can be used with a vivid palette of Loll colors.

[+] More about the Rapson Collection at Loll Designs.

Credits: Loll Designs. 

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Loll Debuts Fresh Eco-Friendly Furniture
  2. Eco Modern Outdoor Furniture on Sale
  3. Haskell Intros Eco Modern Series 9 Line

Read the rest here: Loll Intros Throwback Eco-Friendly Rapson

A Low-Flow Showerhead with Flow

A sleek modern design, the Caroma Flow gives you enough reason install it even before looking at gallons per minute.  At 1.5 GPM, Flow is among the lowest flow showerheads on the market.  (A limited few low-flow heads have been recorded at 1.25, 1, and even .55 GPM.)

Recently having gone through personal trials of the Caroma Flow, the engineering team designed a nozzle which pressurizes the water so you won’t miss a drop.

I was very impressed with the ease and comfort of switching between spray patterns and adjusting the direction of showerhead.  Caroma has manufactured a high quality product in the Flow showerhead, versatile enough for a variety of design settings.  It retails for about $47 but can be found for less online.

[+] More about the Caroma Flow showerhead.

Photo credit: Caroma. 

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Envi WaterSense Rainshower from Moen
  2. Penguin Style Nature Friendly Faucet
  3. Low-Impact One Tonne Living in Sweden

Go here to read the rest: A Low-Flow Showerhead with Flow

REFUsol’s Inverter Technology meets Boots

Last week we featured REFUsol‘s super snazzy high efficiency solar transformerless inverters technology in our Commercial Solar PV Construction Mega Lab. Commercial solar is currently the fastest growing segment of the solar industry. To keep up with the current staffing demands of this expanding and rapidly transforming industry, we here at Boots work hard to keep our curriculum filled with the most current and high quality technology.

We are happy to be teaching our students on some of the best technology in the industry. REFUsol has been in the inverter industry since the 1960s, when they began building inverters for drive systems and energy converters for trains. They have now grown to become one of the top manufacturers in the world delivering 3-phase string and central PV inverters.

Students learning about REFUsol‘s transformerless
inverter technology.

REFUsol’s Inverter Technology meets Boots is a post from: Boots On The Roof

Read more: REFUsol’s Inverter Technology meets Boots

REFUsol

Last week we featured REFUsol super snazzy high efficiency solar transformerless inverters technology in our Commercial Solar PV Construction Mega Lab. Commercial solar is currently the fastest growing segment of the solar industry. To keep up with the current staffing demands of this expanding and rapidly transforming industry, we here at Boots work hard to keep our curriculum filled with the most current and high quality technology.

We are happy to be teaching our students on some of the best technology in the industry. REFUsol has been in the inverter industry since the 1960s, when they began building inverters for drive systems and energy converters for trains. They have now grown to become one of the top manufacturers in the world delivering 3-phase string and central PV inverters.

Students learning about REFUsol transformerless
inverter technology.

REFUsol is a post from: Boots On The Roof

Read the rest here: REFUsol

Compare Auto Insurance Quotes

High Paying “at Home” Fitness & Fat Loss Programs For Women

High Paying “at Home” Fitness & Fat Loss Programs For Women
At Home Fitness Products From Fitness Expert Shawna Kaminski. Busy Women Can Train At Home With These Fat Burning Products With Little To No Equipment. Products And Many Bonus Items Include Ebooks, Reports, Videos, Audio Tracks, And Nutrition Support.
High Paying “at Home” Fitness & Fat Loss Programs For Women

High Demand Takes HiddenRadio Wireless Bluetooth Sound Experience to the Next Level with Multiple Speaker Connection

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 13, 2011

Two designers, 3 weeks and almost $ 300,000 of crowd support is making the HiddenRadio a ?not so hidden? success. The product is only available on Kickstarter until January 18th, and the fans are not only backing it with dollars but with suggestions and ideas as well.

The product was designed on the basis of consumer intuition. No knobs, buttons, or displays: The user simply twists the sleek metallic or graphite black housing to elegantly adjust the volume. While its minimalism remains intact, the device has been upgraded and now multiple speakers can be connected with a simple twist of the cap to literally lift the roof with booming sound.

?Our supporters have asked and we have listened. The extra money has allowed us to add new features and deliver an even higher quality product?, says Australian designer John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen now based out of San Francisco. John and his business partner Vitor Santa Maria founded Hidden Design over 4 years ago. Vitor is from Rio de Janeiro but has been a designer in Milan for over 18 years.

?Our approach is to create simple designs which make a positive impact in people?s lives,? says Vitor. The device is both elegant and extremely useful. Several speakers can be placed around the house, creating abundant sound inside as well as outdoors.

It provides several functions: it’s a wireless Bluetooth speaker with FM radio that works with leading electronic devices like iPhones, iPods, iPads, or any other smartphones, tablets and computers. It runs on rechargeable batteries, which last over 30 hours on a single charge. There is also a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting with non-Bluetooth devices.

A single HiddenRadio and Bluetooth Speaker delivers pure, powerful sound to over 80 dB. ?We’ve tested it side by side with leading products on the market, and it has excelled in both sound quality and battery life,? says John.

The HiddenRadio is available now at Kickstarter.com. The clock is ticking down to pre-order and be the first to own the Bluetooth wireless speaker with FM radio. People can support the development of this product through Kickstarter.com by pre-ordering their unit for $ 119, which will normally retail for $ 175. This will secure delivery of a limited-edition product directly to their homes with global shipping included.

The designers have already invested over $ 50,000 to develop the product and the capital raised through Kickstarter.com will be spent on injection molding tools, Bluetooth certification, initial inventory, and other equipment necessary for mass production. Just in time for the holiday gift season, this is a chance to promote and support the production of this simple, useful and elegant product before it hits the main market.

Orders can be placed for a limited time at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2107726947/hidden-radio-and-bluetooth-speaker?ref=live

# # #





Related Roofs Press Releases

SPG Solar and QKA Dedicate Napa Valley Unified School District?s, American Canyon High School?s 1 Megawatt DC Solar Power System

Novato, CA (PRWEB) November 16, 2011

SPG Solar and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) successfully installed a 1 megawatt DC ground and rooftop solar power system at Napa Valley Unified School District?s, American Canyon High School. This system will generate up to 80% of the campus? electricity at full occupancy and provide a savings of up to $ 17,000,000 over the next 25 years.

?Through the great partnership with Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) and QKA, this system will provide long term financial savings and hands-on learning for the students about the positive impact of solar power,? said Chris Robine, CEO of SPG Solar.

The over 4,000 American-made solar panels, mounted on the school?s roof and on a fixed-tilt ground mount system, will produce over 1.1 million kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to providing power to over 105 average American homes annually.

American Canyon High School has been certified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) ? a green building rating system for K-12 school, similar to LEED for Schools. American Canyon High School is the highest ranking CHPS verified school in California.

?The new solar power system at American Canyon High School is an excellent example of NVUSD?s leadership. By building upon the sustainable design of their campus and showing their commitment to the environment the District will save a significant amount of money that can now be used for educational purposes,? said Aaron Jobson, Principal at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects.

About SPG Solar

SPG Solar is a leading national solar energy company providing distributed solar power systems to large commercial, industrial, government and public energy users. Headquartered in the Bay Area, California, SPG Solar has been delivering the highest quality solar energy solutions to its customers for over a decade. SPG Solar provides the best products and services to clients from the SPG Solar SunSeeker