For Scott Kelly, getting folks to go green has a lot to do with the pitch. Kelly, a longtime contractor and the founder of Kelly Green Building Advisors in Los Angeles, has been talking green for a few years, but he’s quick to point out, “I don’t preach green; I preach high performance energy efficiency.” The distinction matters, because it plays on concerns about budget. The knock on green technology for a while now has been that it’s costly. With new building codes in California, though, mandating even higher levels of energy efficiency, green is now a way of life. Kelly is helping his industry colleagues meet and exceed those standards with his latest venture, Energy Upgrade Solutions.
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In the past week or so, a lot of ink has been spilled (both real and digital), and a lot of airtime has been filled about Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to bring Yahoo employees back into the office. Battle lines have been drawn and pundits have weighed in about the virtues of one way over the other.
In a world where nearly 200 million people worldwide live in high risk coastal flooding zones, new design solutions are needed for homes that adapt to this reality. The FLOAT House, created by the Morphosis Team in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is precisely this kind of design. This residential home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward can withstand a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina; it sustains its own water and power needs; and it is manufactured cheaply enough to function as low-income housing.
Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but due to the effort it takes to produce them, they are often overlooked as a time efficient option. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out a beautiful and sustainable hardscape, creating an instant road anywhere it travels. While the process may look magical, the secret lies in a smartly designed gravity-based system.