Thursday, October 25, 2007

Green architecture is ready

Green architecture is finally ready for its close-up,'' according to Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne, the authors of ''The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture'' .The book documents the rise of high-style, environmentally conscious design, with examples of houses by architects like Shigeru Ban, Rick Joy and Steven Holl, as well as lesser known designers from around the world. Cocks Carmichael's Swart residence in Melbourne, Australia, is an example is designed to accentuate views of the water while minimizing traffic noise and pollution. Photovoltaic cells and solar hot water panels on the roof capture enough energy to make the house self-sufficient much of the year. An inverter ensures that excess electrical energy can be returned to the electrical supply authority. Photograph courtesy of Derek Swalwell

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