2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Flexcar and Commercial Straw Bale
2006, vol. 38
Welcome to the May 2006 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "Business is the only mechanism on
the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes
necessary to reverse global environmental and social degradation."
- Paul Hawken
Lisa Van Veen
Straw Bale Transit Maintenance Facility
Natural building is happening in the commercial sector
as well. The 26,000-square-foot (2,340 m2) administration
building for the new $18 million Santa Clarita Transit
Maintenance Facility in California features exterior
walls infilled with straw bales, lime- plastered on
both sides. HOK provided the full architectural services
for the project.
Tom Nelson, a vice president and senior project designer
in HOK's Los Angeles office, told EBN, "I believe that
this is the first straw bale project to pursue a LEED®
rating. And as far as I know, it will also be the largest
straw bale commercial structure ever built."
The Transit Maintenance Facility’s 12-acre campus
includes an administrative office building, bus maintenance
building, automated bus wash and compressed natural
gas station for city and public use. The innovative
techniques applied in the construction of the facility
position Santa Clarita as a leader in smart, sustainable
building, becoming an inspiration to visitors and the
Article © The Signal and HOK. Picture © limes.us
- Alternative Driving
Welcome to a new era in personal transportation. It's
called carsharing. You share access to hundreds of Flexcar
vehicles, often within a five-minute walk of your home
or work. You reserve a car online or by phone, you drive
- to a meeting, to run errands, or to hit the lumber
yard - and you return, all for one hourly rate that
covers gas, insurance and unlimited miles. All you pay
for is the drive. How simple and smart is that? Plus,
Flexcar is convenient, affordable, reliable, and great
for the planet.
Starting at $8 an hour (they even pay for gas), Flexcar
is your solution. If you live downtown, use Flexcar
instead of owning a car and you'll save a ton of money
on parking, gas, and ownership costs. After all, most
of the places you go are easily accessible by foot,
bike, or public transportation, right? For those special
trips where you need to use a car, Flexcar gets you
there without the hassles of renting or borrowing a
Flexcar is available in the following areas: Seattle,
Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington
D.C. Area, and Chicago (I-Go).
Article and Picture © Flexcar
13th Seminar: Sustainable Building - Making Your Home
More Energy Efficient
Lisa Van Veen for a 3-hour seminar on sustianable building:
Whether you are interested in a new house, remodeling
your existing home, or just adding a few sustainable
features, this innovative class will show you the “in’s
and out’s” of green building and sustainable architecture.
Learn about solar and wind energy, wall systems such
as straw bale, insulated concrete forms and foam insulation,
natural and recycled materials, efficient windows and
appliances and more. Learn how to save money through
State and local rebates.
Instructor: Lisa Van Veen is the owner of a
residential design firm specializing in sustainable
and green projects. She is an Honors’ graduate of the
Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of
Date: May 13, 2006, 9:00am-12:00pm Fee: $29 plus $10
materials fee is payable to the instructor in class
Location: Glendale, CA
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