PORTLAND–A recent study by Portland-based Earth Advantage Institute reveals that Energy Star and LEED certification for new and existing homes not only saves money but might also raise resale value. The study, conducted over four years in the six-county Portland metropolitan area, found that newly constructed homes with third-party certifications for sustainability and energy efficiency sold for 8% more on average than non-certified homes, and existing homes with certifications sold for 30% more. A similar study was also conducted Seattle, showing 9.6% price premium with certification. While the results are inconclusive, they are compelling.
From the Washington Post Writers Group VIA Los Angeles Times:
Architects: MARP / Márton Dévényi, Pál Gyürki-Kiss + Dévényi és Társa Ltd. / Sándor Dévényi
Location: Sásd, Hungary
Project Team: Ádám Holicska, Dávid Loszmann
Client: Sásd Town Council
Mechanical Engineer: Dévényi és Társa Ltd. / László Skrobák
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Photographs: Zsolt Frikker
Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA
Project Team: Joshua Brevoort, Principal; Lisa chun, Principal; Casey Borgen, Intern
Fabricators: River Ranch LLC and Meadow Works
Manager: Bud Searle
Carpenters: Neil Harrington, Mark Schrader
Project Area: 1200 sqf
Project Year: 2007
It is a known fact that larger architectural firms have been commissioned work in China for years, giants such as Steven Holl Architects and Goettsch Partners are known to have well-established satellite offices in Shanghai. Without a doubt, Chinese work has filled the void left by the less than impressive American economy, but it is only within the past decade that these projects have been extended to smaller architectural firms within the United States.
Find out how small U.S. architectural firms are profiting from China’s economic boom after the break.
1. Architects broke it
It’s probably our fault to begin with. I don’t really know the exact numbers, but Buildings use more fossil fuels than cars, construction debris makes up the highest percentage of our landfills, building roofs and parking lots account for the majority of storm water run-out issues, and Market driven greed for greater and greater return on investment fueled a decade of speculative office and housing developments at a scale never seen before. And, now entire communities sit vacant and waiting for a recovery that may never happen. Can Architects be trusted to come up with solutions for problems we played a major role in causing in the first place?
More reasons after the break:
Architect: Archinauten Dworschak + Mühlbachler ZT Gmbh
Location: Weliosplatz 1, 4600 Wels, Austria
Client: OÖ Science-Center Wels Errichtungs-GmbH.
Operating Company: OÖ Science-Center Wels Betreibs-GmbH. „Welios“®
Project Management: Archinauten Dworschak + Mühlbachler ZT Gmbh
Photographs: Dietmar Tolerian
This weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the Open Studio event at MoMA’s PS1. As we mentioned earlier, this project posed the daunting question of how to re-think, re-organize and re-energize the concept of an American suburb in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. As MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Barry Bergdoll explains, “Projects will aim to challenge cultural assumptions concerning home ownership and associated settlement patterns, such as suburban sprawl, and assist the public in contemplating a potentially different future for housing and cities. The workshop and exhibition are premised on reframing the current crisis as an opportunity, an approach that is in keeping with the fundamental American ethos where challenging circumstances engender innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. It is our hope that new paradigms of architecture and regional and transportation planning become the silver lining in the crisis of home ownership.” The five multidisciplinary teams chose five different American suburbs to explore, and this Saturday, we jumped from Oregon to Florida, to Illinois, to California and New Jersey, to observe their five quite different solutions.
Check out our preview of the teams’ work-in-progress projects which will be exhibited at the MoMA this February.
Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado has added a new dome to their campus. The expanding congregation commissioned Fentress Architects to create a new Sanctuary to accommodate their growing needs for space. The design is a contemplative space with attentive consideration for the church’s needs and the campus history influencing the design.
Man transforms the environment, interferes with nature producing spaces that harbor their daily activities. This is done by provoking change,building objects, and inserting devises into the the natural environment. This intervention, a design by Estúdio 41, suggests a reflection on the relationship between nature and artifice, proposing buildings that build: artifacts and landscape, cover and relief, shelter and open space. As the 1st place prize winner, their design creates a place where working means life quality, surrounded by leisure facilities, designed for outdoors experience. A place to exchange experiences, to learn, teach and meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Over the last 18 months, Trans_City architecture and urbanism…, has developed a comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of Jacmel, Haiti based upon the concept of satellite cities located at the edge of the existing, earthquake-ravaged city center.(A concept developed
Inspired by the existing lattice pylon originally designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield RA in 1927, New Town Studio…, who was recently shortlisted for the Pylon Design Competition, uses a lattice steel framework to create a vertical structure which retains