Viridian Future Tackles The Living Building Challenge

“Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?” —Rachel Carson, Silent Spring The Living Building Challenge, put forth by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is one of the most important green building strategies yet proposed. The ILFI’s ambitious, global challenge encompasses seven performance areas, or “petals”: Place Water Energy Health and Happiness Materials Equity Beauty Viridian Future’s primary focus remains the “Materials” petal of the LBC, which requires the proper vetting of each piece of material being used in our projects. This includes small-scale items such as…Read more

SunDrum’s Solar Boost; A Better Solar Panel

PV SunDrum Solar, the world leader in today’s hybrid solar systems, provides a unique thermal collector that is thin and flat. Its lightweight design, attaching to the underside of a standard PV, creates a hybrid module that Viridian Future proudly looks forward to utilizing as a means to discharge excess heat in its project home. The conventional solar panel is inefficient in converting solar energy to electricity, with a yield of approximately 18%— 20%, typically 195 watts of total power—with the remainder heat gains escaping into the atmosphere. However, by contrast, SunDrum increases…Read more

Building Green With Oceansafe SIPs

Passive House (Passivhaus) building standards were first developed in Germany during the 1990s to reduce buildings’ heating energy consumption. While rare in the U.S., Europe has adopted the practices in thousands of single-family homes, residences, schools, office buildings and other structures that have been created or remodeled. With Passive House, energy consumption may be reduced by as much as 90% when compared to typical construction methods. Such increased efficiency is essentially achieved by boosting insulation, closing air leaks and preventing thermal bridging, while using passive solar and captured human warmth and heat from…Read more

Sunlit Interiors

Established in 2003 following a project at Sweden’s Chambers University, Parans’s patented technology seeks to “bring the sun inside” buildings. As day-lighting accounts for nearly 30 percent of aggregate global electricity usage, Parans literally has managed to replace artificial illumination with natural sunlight while taking up minimal space. The immediate measurable effect is twofold: Energy costs are lowered and the production of greenhouse gases is reduced drastically. Because of these statistics, GreenStreet, Inc. is proud to incorporate Parans as a featured technology in our Viridian Future Project. According to climatesolver.org, if Parans technology…Read more