LIVE image

Green Synagogue

Posted October 05, 2009 02:25 PM by Michael Wentz
Related Categories: Case Studies
We've received some comments about the recent decision to highlight the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation case study in our email bulletin. As the BuildingGreen case study manager, I chose to highlight this case study for one reason: many people have recently spent time in a synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The issue at hand here is that this building uses 50 kBtu/sf while the CBECS 2003 average for religious worship buildings is 43 kBtu/sf. There are definitely higher-performing synagogues and other places of worship around the world - many of which were built hundreds or thousands of years ago - but in order to achieve our goals such the 2030 Challenge we need to look at the highest and lowest performing buildings, and everything between.

While readers may not agree with all of the choices made for this building, I hope that the simple act of featuring the case study will invoke reflection. What is this building used for? What is the occupancy schedule? What are the most important sustainability issues in my area, and how can we get the word out? Implementing green strategies at your church, synagogue, mosque, etc. could be the most effective way to get out the word in your community. If you have something to say, please say it.

In his post Tough Choices on the AIA Top Ten Jury our President Nadav Malin addressed questions about energy performance of the AIA Top Ten Awards from this year, including this building. The way I see it, the conversation that resulted from this year's Top Ten Awards was more useful than it would have been if the ten highest performing buildings in the US and the world had been chosen.

If you enjoyed this article, sign up for BuildingGreen email updates

*

Comments

1 great post... containg lot of posted by muqeer on 02/04/2011 at 10:23 am

great post... containg lot of information thanks for sharing


— Share This Posting!

Recent Discussions

posted by sculptor
on Jan 23, 2015

Hello, I am a sculptor and have been using AAC as my medium for a number of years and my supplier just dried up! I teach classes in it and use...

Roxul Mineral Wool Insulation Batts
posted by tristan
on Jan 2, 2015

Jon, as we wrote in our more detailed EBN review, the binder is...

Roxul Mineral Wool Insulation Batts
posted by jon
on Dec 31, 2014

I was surprised that the review of this product didn't mention the urea-extended ...

Recent Comments


Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC): Will the U.S. Ever Lighten Up?

Carole Murphy says, "Hello, I am a sculptor and have been using AAC as my medium for a number of years and my supplier just dried up! I teach classes in it and use..." More...


Tubular Skylights Introduce Daylight to Dark Interiors

Lisa May says, "What is the manufacturer's name of your unit? We are in midst of a remodel..." More...


Biobased PVC? Take Vinyl Industry Claims with a Grain of Salt

Paula Melton says, "Soil is seriously undervalued, and there is nothing inherently green about biobased plastics, as we discussed in our feature article Biobased..." More...

Evan Intlekofer says, "I agree that the fossil fuels are limited. However, the properties of our top soil is limited also. I live in iowa, after seeing $8.00 + corn the..." More...


7 Tips to Get More from Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Colder Climates

David Leffingwell says, "Hi Amy, I'm looking for an installer in Southern NH. Who did your install?" More...