For some reason, I love this picture...I think its because of the wind turbine on top. Some people install one CFL in their house and call it good...these guys add a little wind mill on top! The Green Building is a mixed use development that was designed by Terry Farrell Architects who had their work cut out for them...they had to design this building on a weird triangular plot of land. But they did it and without any parking garages! Due to the location of the structure, there are tons of public transportation "links" around the area, which eliminated the need parking space. Instead, bicycle parking bays were built. A few of the other green, eco-friendly aspects of The Green Building:
1. A roof-mounted wind turbine that will generate electrical power for communal areas.
2. Solar energy for hot water generation will be captured using roof-mounted panels.
3. Designed to achieve a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions.
4. 40% less water consumption.
5. Highly efficient communal gas boilers were installed.
6. Facilities in the structure to promote tenant recycling.
7. Full length, triple glazed windows on the south facing side of the structure to maximize solar heat gain.
8. No baths in the residences. Showers only. The water taps are designed to use the minimum amount of water necessary.
In 2006, the architects were awarded a Sustainable Civic Trust Award for The Green Building development.
PS: Utah is overbuilding the market and soon builders are going to be losing their shirts. I went golfing today in an area called Eagle Mountain. It's located about 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake. First of all, it is a pain in the rear to get to...driving once was bad, I can't imagine commuting. Its basically a two-lane road to get there and traffic is horrible, stop and go the whole time. Anyway, the golf course was cool but they are building houses out there like crazy. Big ones, 4,500 sq/ft and above. Almost every finished house out there had a for sale sign in it, one next to another next to another. And they were actively building more. Nothing like over-building an area and then letting inventory sit. I guess they can't stop the show now...but if ever you wanted to make a low ball offer on a house, Eagle Mountain, UT is your place.