“To get all the data from buildings ready for public consumption, the USGBC is inviting software developers to make that data legible. Horst showed Fast Company a preview of LEED 2012 in the Council’s airy headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C. Using a database called the Green Building Information Gateway, the software allows an owner to tap into comparable data from similar buildings.”
My friend works for Arborsouth Architecture and they just completed this residence in Eugene, which has received the highest LEED certification of any home in the state of Oregon, and which I had the priviledge to tour last week.
Bonded Logic “takes post-industrial denim and cotton from jean maker’s factories, crushes it down, and uses it for 85% of the “recycled” insulation. It doesn’t itch, doesn’t contain chemicals or carcinogens, you can find it at Home Depot, and best of all, it’s LEED applicable for commercial and residential usage.” you can even watch bill nye demo the product. (via Greener.Ideal)
“Hershey’s Chocolate solar panels and gumdrop wind turbines generate candy-power for the homes while black licorice rainwater collectors reduce irrigation needs. The homes even have a ground source heat pump buried underground, and what looks like green jelly bean and M&M roof terraces.” (via Inhabitat » HOK LEED Platinum Gingerbread House)