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New York Times on Masdar City: “technical brilliance”, exclusivity

Abu Dbhabi. An excerpt: It’s only as people arrive at their destination that they will become aware of the degree to which everything has been engineered for high-function, low-consumption performance. The station’s elevators have been tucked discreetly out of sight to encourage use of a concrete staircase that corkscrews to the surface. And on reaching the […]

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New Urban News on SOMO: A melding of new urbanism and One Planet Communities

New Urban News, a monthly online magazine at the forefront of new urbanism, recently featured a long and interesting article about Sonoma Mountain Village. An excerpt: Factory and office buildings that Hewlett-Packard erected in the 1980s — extremely strong, they were built to accom- modate any HP product line — will end up serving a […]

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BedZED in Top 5 Most Important Green Buildings

BedZED ranked at #4 in Architect Magazine’s poll of “the five most-important green buildings” by (mostly) US voters.

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#1 US solar distributor relocates to Sonoma Mountain Village

ROHNERT PARK. In another leasing success for One Planet developer Codding Enterprises, DC Power has moved into 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, and added 55 employees in the last six months. According to vice president of marketing Chris Phipps, at least 20 more will […]

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Vancouver Sun: Urban eco-village concept moves from Europe to North America

January 30 – Vancouver. An excerpt: Already frustrated by the process and results he was seeing in his own LEED projects, Geof Syphers of Codding Enterprises welcomed the challenge One Planet Communities offered when developing the Sonoma Mountain Village. “Even in the very best-case scenario, under an LEED Platinum project, we were only reducing CO2 emissions […]

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Worldchanging.com: Is Green Suburbia Possible?

Seattle. We recently gave Adele Peters of e-magazine Worldchanging.com a tour of Sonoma Mountain Village. Adele’s article suggests: “The community is a good example of how developers can go far beyond the highest LEED standards by taking an approach to sustainability that considers the full system. “ Read more.

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Dwell Magazine declares Sonoma Mountain Village “Best in the US”

Dwell Magazine declares Sonoma Mountain Village “Best in the US”

California. Dwell Magazine, North America’s highly respected industry publication for modern architecture and design, had this to say about Sonoma Mountain Village in the October 2008 edition: “Naturally, sustainability guides the design, from framing made from locally recycled cars to alternative energy for all 1,900 homes. A “five-minute living” layout makes it easy to walk […]

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Washington Post: Sonoma Mountain Village – a gentler footprint

Washington DC. Saturday’s Washington Post real estate section ran an article entitled “In California, Building a Town With a Gentle Footprint”. The article provides a good overview of approaches used at Sonoma Mountain Village, and states that “‘The most interesting aspect of this project could be … creating a sense of community and a consensus […]

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Sierra Club on Sonoma Mountain Village: It takes a village

Rather than carving up open space, Codding is reusing the 200-acre site of a vacant high-tech office park. Four large buildings will be converted into condominiums, retail stores, and office space. Asphalt from the parking lots will be ground up and used to pave streets; concrete and structural steel will be recycled as well. “Part […]

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Codding Enterprises builds steel-framing factory

ROHNERT PARK. Codding Enterprises is bringing manufacturing back to the former Agilent Technologies campus in Rohnert Park. But instead of electronic equipment, Codding’s new venture will produce light-steel structural panels for building homes, offices, schools and other structures. Read the full article in the North Bay Business Journal .

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