Monday, July 28, 2008

Green Zone

The South Waterfront Web site calculates energy savings in the district.

I'm heading out west in a few days and one of my stops will be Portland, OR. I had an interesting conversation with an architect at the firm Ankrom Mosain Associated Architects the other day about some of their projects there. They are completing a building in the South Waterfront District, a new high-rise development located along the Willamette River. The city mandated that all structures be at least LEED silver. When it's completed, it will be the largest entirely "green" neighborhood in the country. The Web site illustrates how the design and planning principles will help achieve energy savings. One of the talking points: "Forty acres of nature saved by living vertically."

I recently edited an article by Brian Libby about other LEED developments in Portland. Brian also maintains a great blog called Portland Architecture. Definitely worth checking out.