Last week, the free-market group Environmental Policy Alliance (EPA) released some very unsettling findings regarding LEED: that the supposedly green buildings with LEED certification in Washington D.C. actually use more energy than those buildings that aren’t LEED-certified at all.
Does LEED really lead to better energy performance?
According to the group, even the Washington headquarters of the USGBC, with its platinum LEED certification, scores 236 EUI (energy use intensity), compared to the average 199 EUI for non-LEED certified buildings in the capital. A difference of 37 EUI isn’t so big, but every watt counts when one is aiming for energy efficiency.
If you ask physics …
February might have swooped us in a frenzy of love and romance (Either that or increased awareness of singlehood), but that’s no excuse to miss out on some of the interesting stories that made headlines this month.
These are a few of our favorites, non-green building and green-building news alike. Dig in!
Plans Resume for the World’s Next Tallest Building, the Kingdom Tower
Proposed Kingdom Tower: ambitious, brave, and might not be so crazy after all.
Developers of the much delayed, much controversial skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have turned to an outside consultant to begin testing of the construction materials, specifically steel and high-performance concrete, as well as the tricky logistics of pumping concrete at such dizzying heights.
It used to be that fashion and sustainability were at odds with each other. Fashion was traditionally expected to be luxurious, extravagant, and spectacular: more or less what the sustainable movement was opposed to. After all, sustainability is, among other things, about frugality, practicality, and responsibility.
Eco fashion that’s literally green: Moss Collar by Tara Baoth Mooney (Image from eccoeco.blogspot.com)
Then in 1995 Marci Zaroff coined the term “eco fashion” and opened everyone’s eyes regarding sustainable fibers.
Make Way for the Fungus Building
Aptly named architectural firm The Living will be “growing” a fungus-based tower on the grounds of the Museum of Modern Art Ps1 (MoMA Ps1) in New York set to be opened in June.
The all-organic tower, thanks to corn and fungus
(Image from news.discovery.com)
Called Hy-Fi, the tower is composed of discarded corn husks mixed with mycelium, the vegetative part of fungi like mushrooms. This mix is packed into block-shaped moulds where it will grow into a solid unit, and eventually fuse together into one strong structure. The whole process has low environmental impact, and once it had served its purpose, the tower can be simply dismantled and composted.
Fungi-based building blocks
We’ve always known a bit of sun is good for our health. We always crave for that invigorating sunny stroll in the park, babies appreciate early morning sun baths, and even animals take time to sun themselves. With a few rare exceptions, most living creatures on the planet instinctively gravitate towards the sun.
The premise of Up: escaping the skyscraper-choked city to somewhere sunnier.
That said, sunlight have always played an important …