Innovative Turbines Provide Renewable Energy and Knowledge Growth
Aug 14, 2009
"Portlanders may have noticed a new addition to the downtown skyline this week when four wind turbines were added to the roof of developer Gerding Edlen's new twelve | west building on southwest 12th Avenue," reports Abby Haight at The Oregonian.
These small-scale turbines (45 feet tall compared to the massive 400-foot turbines in the Columbia River Gorge) will produce about one percent of the building's total energy usage. The wind turbines “will be a much-needed learning lab for the possibilities of small, urban wind-power systems. And the details of their development and installation will be available to other developers and urban leaders. 'The bigger point is furthering the knowledge,' said John Breshears, a principal with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects.”
“Even before the turbines, the $137 million Twelve West Building aimed for the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification—Platinum—by the independent U.S. Green Building Council. Its energy-saving systems include motion-controlled lights and storm water capture that will process the water and return it to the building. An eco-roof garden will top the 22 stories, which will include residential, retail and office space.”
"We've completed six platinum and 26 gold LEED certifications and a couple dozen silver,” said CEO Mark Edlen. "We have a very strong belief that you have to innovate. The only way we've gotten where we are with platinum is to take some risks.”