CLICK HERE See the Flux House in Ojai **** an internationally, renowned, architect moves the 2013 Solar Decathlon Flux Home to Ojai, CA
The Solar Decathlon is a very cool event – a college competition to build solar homes. Usually in Washington, DC – last year the 2013 Solar Decathlon exhibit was in Orange County, California for the first time. Although I follow the event every year – this year I went to see the houses.
They say architects are at their best when they are old – experienced. This truth exists but there is something really fun, fresh and appealing about these college students taking on the task of building a home – an efficient and new style of home.
lots of shed roofs
passive solar design using shading
open and flexible plans
The Decathlon was held at the former El Toro Marine Air Base – which is being transformed into “Great Park” – at 4700 acre real estate development – CLICK HERE for more info
I love this annual competition. Crazy ideas – experimental – cutting edge – out of the box (as they say!) – weird – fun – they say if you want to learn and be creative – you should take things apart – turn them upside down – backwards – shatter ideas and then put it all together. Well that’s what they do here. Watch all 20 of the competitors entries and I guarantee you will get an education. Watch with an open mind and remember – we are looking for new stuff here!
Press play to watch the SCI-Arc video. Right in my back yard – SCI-Arc is cutting edge and a little bit Hollywood too!
The Portland (and Hood River) Green Building Tours will be the subject of our next Green Building Sessions….
I love Portland! Here for the Green Building Tour, I checked out the city the night before. An amazing energy exists here. The bumper sticker says “Keep Portland Weird.” My cousin, who lives here, says too many people from California and the mid west have been moving here and trying to “normalize” things.
I went to the Denver greenfestival last year. This year the festivals are in Seattle, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. Less about building and more about the greater green picture – this is a chance to see some of the environmental leaders speak.
The NAHB, the National Association of Homebuilders, is the leading organization for home builders in the United States. Besides the annual convention, the NAHB provides all kinds of learning opportunities for builders and those interested in building. The NAHB also has their own Green Building Program and hosts a huge Green Conference this year in Raleigh, NC on May 16 – 18