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Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons by cyu14
September 3, 2008, 2:58 pm
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The Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, located on the Loyola University Chicago campus, was completed in December of 2007.  Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the building to optimize energy efficiency while keeping the majority of the building transparent on the east and west facing sides. A key feature of the building is its concrete ceiling panels. These panels provide a three-in-one solution that is both sustainable and energy efficient. The panels are pre-fabricated to allow for ease of construction and reduced waste. The vaulted shape of each panel provides a greater surface area for the radiant heating and cooling tubing installed within. Additionally, each vault when used with upward lighting increases the distribution of light, reducing the overall strength (and therefore energy) needed to illuminate the building.

Quai Branly Museum by cyu14
September 2, 2008, 10:53 pm
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The Quai Branly Museum, designed by 2008 Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel, is located near the Eifel Tower in Paris, France. One of the key features of the art museum is a 200m x 12m living wall. The expansive green wall utilizes the Vertical Garden system designed by Patrick Blanc. The wall is composed of a 1cm thick PVC sheet riveted to a metal frame, a polyamide felt layer is stapled onto the PVC as the wall’s sole growing surface. The system does not require the use of soil, but relies on an automated system installed to regulate irrigation of the wall. The wall can support the average plant density of 30 plants/square meter.

G-Sky Green Wall Panels by cyu14

G-Sky Green Wall panels provide an alternative ‘living wall’ solution for both interior and exterior walls.  Offering both green roof systems along with wall panel systems and vine containters, G-Sky promotes both the aesthetic and sustainable aspects of green walls and roofs. Benefits listed by G-Sky include reduced heat island effect, stormwater control, sound insulation, air filtration and even an increase in property values once installed. The G-Sky website provides a comprehensive overview of both wall and roof systems along with specifications, green wall plant guide and cad drawings. To start, the pricing for G-sky wall panel system is $100/sq. ft. (Durst,, April 2007)

Earth Centre Conference Building by cyu14
September 2, 2008, 9:52 pm
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Bill Dunster and his firm ZedFactory, were chosen to design the Earth Centre Conference Building in Yorkshire, England, after winning a competition in 1999. The site, formerly used for mining operations, allowed for the building to be inserted into a hillside using the earth as a protective housing. Gabions filled with reused concrete waste are used throughout the building both as primary structure and as interior/exterior cladding.


Solar Thermal Grant Program by kdralle
August 31, 2008, 8:28 pm
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As in the “Solar Energy Post” there are many grants and state programs for building or going green. It is unknown why people do not take advantage of these incentives. In these programs you must meet certain requirements to gain a certain incentive. In this program you must have solar-thermal water-heating and space-heating systems that are approved by the SRCC or a comparable certification organization. Also the systems must have a total cost of at least 50,000 dollars. The incentive for this program is 30% of the total project with a maximum incentive of 400,000 dollars. These programs make going green easier when it comes to finances.

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Solar Energy Rebate Program by kdralle
August 31, 2008, 7:48 pm
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Illinois has several grants and rebate programs for building green. It is unknown why people do not take advantage of this but the state makes some serious contributions if you meet certain qualifications. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This specific program is about solar energy and requires you to have a required design capacity of 1kW. You must also produce 50,000 BTUs a day or contain at least 60 square feet of solar collectors. This program’s incentive is 30% of the total project and has a cap of 10,000k.

This specific program’s details can be viewed at

To view other grants and state programs you can visit this site: