organicARCHITECT Announces 2006 Green Products Award Winners|
San Francisco, CA: January 10th, 2006
organicARCHITECT, a green architecture firm and research think-tank, today announced the recipients of its second annual 2006 organicAWARDS. This annual award recognizes the most exciting products introduced in the past year that promote both design innovation and environmental responsibility.
"The winners chosen this year demonstrate much greater comfort with environmental goals," notes organicARCHITECT Principal Eric Corey Freed. "All of our winners are using the concepts in fun and playful ways." Nearly all of the winning products are commercially available to the public right now, showing the surge in public interest in high end green design.
The success of recent products such as the Apple iPod and Mini Cooper demonstrate the public's desire for well designed items. In addition, the need to be green has hit the mainstream as evidenced by the number of hybrid vehicles on the road today.
Perhaps the most innovative product recognized among organicARCHITECT's winners of 2006 is the PV-TV a transparent, modular solar panel that also doubles as a video monitor. The modular, amorphous shapes allow for unlimited design possibilities. "This product could change how we integrate solar into our buildings" according to Freed.
organicARCHITECT's product selections this year demonstrate the tremendous innovation and interest in being green coming out of the design industry. "New products appear every day," said Freed. "We now have staffers working full time on research just to keep up."
One of the biggest drivers in the development of green products is the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which recognizes buildings for having certain environmental characteristics or the energy or water savings they achieve. "Architects, Product Designers and Graphics Designers are looking for green alternatives for their ideas, and manufacturers are responding" said Freed, an architect himself.
Some interesting trends among the winners include the use of bio-composite materials such as plastic polymer made from flax seed and natural materials such as cork and recycled glass.
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