Boulder Real Estate Insights from David Scott: December 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009  

Time Lapse Video of 2002 Alpine Assembly

Would you like to see firsthand how a 4,300 square foot luxury home can be erected in eight days?

Well, here’s the answer to your curiosity. View time lapse footage of Vireo constructing the first American-designed, German-engineered ecoluxury home in the US at 2002 Alpine in Boulder.


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Monday, December 7, 2009  

Earth More Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide Than Previously Thought

ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2009) — In the long term, the Earth’s temperature may be 30-50% more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide than has previously been estimated, reports a new study published in Nature Geoscience.

The results show that components of the Earth’s climate system that vary over long timescales — such as land-ice and vegetation — have an important effect on this temperature sensitivity, but these factors are often neglected in current climate models.

Dan Lunt, from the University of Bristol, and colleagues compared results from a global climate model to temperature reconstructions of the Earth’s environment three million years ago when global temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations were relatively high. The temperature reconstructions were derived using data from three million-year-old sediments on the ocean floor.

Lunt said, “We found that, given the concentrations of carbon dioxide prevailing three million years ago, the model originally predicted a significantly smaller temperature increase than that indicated by the reconstructions. This led us to review what was missing from the model.”

The authors demonstrate that the increased temperatures indicated by the reconstructions can be explained if factors that vary over long timescales, such as land-ice and vegetation, are included in the model. This is primarily because changes in vegetation and ice lead to more sunlight being absorbed, which in turn increases warming.

Including these long-term processes in the model resulted in an increased temperature response of the Earth to carbon dioxide, indicating that the Earth’s temperature is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously recognised. Climate models used by bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change often do not fully include these long-term processes, thus these models do not entirely represent the sensitivity of the Earth’s temperature to carbon dioxide.

Alan Haywood, a co-author on the study from the University of Leeds, said “If we want to avoid dangerous climate change, this high sensitivity of the Earth to carbon dioxide should be taken into account when defining targets for the long-term stabilisation of atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations.”

Lunt added: “This study has shown that studying past climates can provide important insights into how the Earth might change in the future.”

(a) shows predicted global temperatures when processes that adjust on relatively short-term timescales (for example sea-ice, clouds, and water vapour) are included in the model

(b) includes additional long-tem processes that adjust on relatively long timescales (vegetation and land-ice).

This research was funded by the Research Council UK and the British Antarctic Survey.

www.sciencedaily.com December 07, 2009.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009  

Introducing 2002 Alpine in Boulder, CO



2002 Alpine... Completely beyond the ordinary, and offered at $3.4 million.

WeberHaus and Vireo's first project in the US, this extraordinary, contemporary home in Boulder, Colorado is positioned on a hillside capturing spectacular views of the Flatirons, Boulder’s landmark. The home is equipped with state of the art solar photo-voltaic panels, and doesn’t stint on luxurious appointments. An elevator from the garage entrance ascends to the main level where you will enjoy the beauty and amenities of a modern European-inspired kitchen and a stunning dining room and living area. 2002 Alpine is as eco-friendly as a home can be, but has all the bells and whistles including a fully outfitted theater room, master sitting area with bar, and a roof top terrace to enjoy the great outdoors.

An iconic residence… 2002 Alpine is the US prototype home of the future.

Being different by definition means breaking from convention. And 2002 Alpine is a stunningly beautiful residence with elegant appointments and extraordinary attention to detail! The f irst American-designed, urban, hyper-eco-luxury home in America, this 4,300 sq. ft. masterpiece will be completely finished in less than 3 months, and paves the way for a revolution in how we design, build and enjoy our living spaces.

Projected energy use for 2002 Alpine is 18% the average energy use of a typical U.S. home.
An average home built in the U.S. today has 17% waste. Vireo homes have less than 2% waste on average.

The first Colorado private home pressure tested to 100 psi – the key to energy efficiency.
4,300 sq. ft. home built in 4 days, assembled in 9 days, and crafted to last 100 years.
Revolutionary CAD-CAM system delivers unrivaled precision in home (±½ inch over 100 ft. span).

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