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Exciting LEED-certified Design Could Inspire Palo Alto Developers and Citizens

Original post made by Jeremy Loski on Nov 6, 2007

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Here's a very nice LEED Gold certified mixed-use project in Southern California. Palo Alto would do well to invite designs like this into its midst.

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Posted by John, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 6, 2007 at 3:14 pm


That thing is ugly. It reminds me of little boxes of ticky tacky. As usual, it is an attempt by you to increase density.

I think I have a better idea. Don't increase density, but encourage single family homes to become passive solar designs. Passive solar was a big idea a couple of decades ago, but it has lost it shine. It works. We should go back to it. Big payoff in many directions.

Posted by Jeremy Loski, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 6, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Here's a LEED-certified design that could be built somewhere in a dense infill belt, perhaps in a place that straddles Mt. View and Palo Alto. THis would be a higher-density design.

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Here's an interestign post on energy efficient design amd what a small community can do to encourage it
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still another LEED design project
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Posted by janette, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 7, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Here's an attractive solar house, completely off the grid:
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Others at: (scroll down)
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The So Cal building above is pretty ugly, sorry. Some of the Solar Decathalon houses are gorgeous, some a mess.

Posted by janette, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 7, 2007 at 12:25 pm

I looked at the ones with photos in your other links, ugly. No need for an energy efficient project to be ugly.

Posted by Jeremy Loski, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 7, 2007 at 1:09 pm

janette, I was arguing for the aesthetics of there projects, but only to show that they are possible. Also, keep in mind that there is a difference in what you can do with facade, as scale increases. Although not the best designs, I think they are far from ugly - as indicated by the attention they've been getting.

I like the ones you link to, especially the Technische Universitšt Darmstadt house - it's stunning!

Posted by Tired of being dominated, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 7, 2007 at 2:56 pm

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Posted by Wynn, a resident of Southgate
on Nov 7, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Here is an example of passive solar for single family homes.
Glad to see that someone on this blog has not forgotten!

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Posted by Jeremy Loski, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 8, 2007 at 4:38 pm

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A very compelling new policy that sets milestone dates for acheiving carbon-neutral dwellings.

Posted by Greg, a resident of Southgate
on Nov 8, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Passive solar, PV, insulation...all good stuff. But it is all a pimple on a boulder when baseload electrical needs are concerned, especially if one wants to go carbon-free.

The most direct, simple and cost effective way to go carbon-free, while still producing baseload electrical for the huge anticipated demand (electric autos), is NUCLEAR. There is no other way.

Nukes are GREEN! Give them carbon credits, because they are the most deserving of getting them. Nukes also offer huge national security benefits, by getting us off foreign oil dependence.

It's a no brainer.

Posted by John M., a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 8, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Greg, one day you will realize that nuclear technology here is a dead issue - it's gone, over, done on both sides. There is no policy body in its right mind that will engage your fantasy.

Instead of following up on nanomaterials, incentive-based environmental policy, etc. you are fixated on an impossibility.

China would welcome your thoughts, and ideas - try breathing the air in Guangzong, or Shanghai these days, and realize that the Chines are enabling nuclear power, too. That seems the kind of environment you're angling for - one without constraint, where the "cult of efficiency" rules. It's a totalitarian ideal, pure and simple

Posted by Greg, a resident of Southgate
on Nov 8, 2007 at 7:42 pm

John M.

China and India are building nukes because they understand that coal is a current necessity, but not the future. Nanomaterials are interesting, but only that at this stage. Nuclear is here and now, big time. The U.S. should get off coal and methane and bio-whatever. Nukes are clean and, for all practical purposes, an inexhaustable source of power.

Time to get over your hangups, John M. A couple of major blackouts will turn the tide. Too bad we will be forced to suffer such a fate, when such a rational alternative exists.

Posted by John M., a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 9, 2007 at 9:25 am

Here's a neat innovation, the helix wind Turbine. We should be looking into things like this, in an effort to replace fossil fuels.
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