Image courtesy of Embassy Development Corp.
The Insignia, a Belltown condominium complex with two 41-story towers, is being designed by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Perkins & Co. Architecture & Urban Design to receive a LEED silver rating. Construction could begin in March. The developer, Embassy Development Corp., is also the general contractor.
This issue of Building Green, we begin with a look at how designers have
responded to the growing importance of environmental, economic and social
sustainability by initiating eco-charrettes and
innovating sustainable design.
Peter David Greaves of Weber + Thompson talks about designing the
company's space in the Terry Avenue Office Building to meet LEED platinum standards.
Next we take a hard look at the U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED program to see if green buildings really are saving
money and the environment.
Nick McDaniel of NBBJ tells about the design process for the Yale Campus, a
776,000-square-foot office, retail, biotech and life-sciences project in
South Lake Union being developed by The Blume Co.
Can we really eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions in new buildings by
2030? Amanda Sturgeon of Perkins+Will, Seattle, talks about rising to the
challenge of carbon
Going "green" in a building is more than energy efficiency and reduced
consumption. A growing focus on health impacts is
changing how green projects are designed.
Next we look at what
sustainability means in practice, and how it's changing life for
designers and citizens.
Financial services provider Wachovia Corp. has asked Callison to develop a
design prototype to support its retail expansion,
while reflecting the company's commitment to environmental stewardship.
What if the excess heat from commercial buildings could be used to keep
residential buildings warm? This idea of heat sharing is being
used at several area mixed-use projects, and could transform the way the
city uses energy.
Buyers are now asking for green design features, and projects such as
The Schuster Group's Mosler Lofts are
answering the call.
Is your firm practicing what it preaches? Business such as GGLO are
looking at their own environmental impacts and making changes to their
While green building has become a major force in market-rate home
construction, many see a strong need for green building in affordable housing as
With the 2010 Winter Olympics coming up, Vancouver, B.C., is already
thinking gold. The West Vancouver Convention
& Exhibition Centre is targeting LEED gold certification by the
Canada Green Building Council, making it one of the greenest convention
centers in the world.
Finally, we take a look at the city of Shoreline's
efforts to mitigate climate change and make the community more