Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/1795/Op-Ed en GreenSpec Introduces Faster, Deeper Search http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <h3>BuildingGreen is bringing its members changes to the industry-leading GreenSpec tool, making it easier on the eyes and faster to find products.</h3> <p>On April 19, BuildingGreen, Inc. rolled out a new GreenSpec tool to its members that has a new design and makes it easier and faster to quickly find greenest-of-the-green products for your project.</p> <h3><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/GreenSpec_insulation.png" title="GreenSpec&#039;s product searches are easier to drill down into." class="image-right" height="219" width="250" />Things you love that we didn’t change</h3> <p>GreenSpec will continue to be offered to BuildingGreen members as an integral part of our website. Here are some other things about it that aren’t changing:</p> <ul> <li>More than 2,600 product listings (with more added every day, and outdated or sub-par products weeded out) from more than 1,900 manufacturers.</li> <li>Listings screened to the highest achievable benchmark in every key building product category—from windows to insulation, from paints to toilets, from flooring to ICFs.</li> <li>We tell you why a product is green with our Green Attributes and measurable criteria.</li> </ul> <h3>What’s new and improved</h3> <p>Now for what we’ve improved on.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:55:56 +0000 Tristan Roberts 18960 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com My Green Policy Wishlist for 2014 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/my-green-policy-wishlist-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="Standard">Six items on my policy wish-list for 2014 and beyond.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/20120125_yuba_0034_LoRes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/20120125_yuba_0034_LoRes.jpg" /></a> <strong>Safe bicycle commuting and walking is high on my wish list for 2014.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Yuba Cargo Bikes<br /></em></div> <p class="Standard">It's fun for me to dream about stuff—building products and materials—and how we can make that stuff greener. I recently wrote about <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/7-green-building-wishes-2014">7 wish-list items for greener building products and materials</a>. Today I want to talk policy—six changes we need in the public sphere to bring more sustainability to our built environment and beyond.</p> <p class="Standard"><strong>1) Strengthen building codes by recognizing resilience</strong></p> <p class="Standard">I believe that the need for buildings and communities that can withstand heat waves, more intense storms, flooding, drought, and other effects of a changing climate—as well as problems wrought directly by our fellow humans (like terrorism)—point to the need for strengthening building codes and land-use regulations.</p> <p class="Standard"> </p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/my-green-policy-wishlist-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/my-green-policy-wishlist-2014#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:53:20 +0000 Alex Wilson 18102 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Insulation Quiz: The No-Foam Challenge http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/insulation-quiz-no-foam-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <h3><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/stack_of_insulation.jpg" alt="How well do you know your insulation? Photo: BuildingGreen, Inc." title="How well do you know your insulation? Photo: BuildingGreen, Inc." class="image-right" height="239" width="300" />A lot of people are questioning the widespread use of foam insulation. Are you familiar with their concerns, and the upsides and downsides of alternatives?</h3> <p>What are all the environmental and health challenges presented by foam insulation products? What about the healthier substitutes? Are they ready for prime time?</p> <p>These are some of the questions tackled by our new report, and accompanying webcast and course,&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/insulation-webcast">Choosing and Detailing Insulation for High-Performance Assemblies</a>. Even as more designers and builders are thinking twice about using rigid and spray-applied foam insulation, the alternatives to these products are sometimes misunderstood.</p> <p>Our pop quiz tests your knowledge of the application-specific challenges and opportunities of these materials. Score yourself, and then read our answers and explanations below.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/insulation-quiz-no-foam-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/insulation-quiz-no-foam-challenge#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:01:39 +0000 Tristan Roberts 17827 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com What to Avoid in Interior Paints http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/what-avoid-interior-paints <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <p>Occupant health and performance are the key consideration when choosing an interior paint. Most people have heard of low-VOC paints, but there is a lot more to look for. And it’s easy to miss out on high-performing paints when low- or no-VOC is the main thing you’re looking for.</p> <p>We have some editor's picks in this area, and we'll be offering more guidance like this in a members-only <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/specthis1-webcast">August 21st webcast</a>.</p> <h3><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/paintbrush.jpg" class="image-right" height="678" width="216" />First, check for emissions</h3> <p>First things first—paints that offgas a lot of <abbr title="1. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon compounds that participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate). The compounds vaporize (become a gas) at normal room temperatures.2. A molecule containing one or more carbon atoms that tends to evaporate (volatilize) into the air at typical ambi­ent conditions. Some legal definitions of VOCs are restricted to those that react with sunlight to generate smog. Some VOCs are carcinogens, suspected carcinogens, or known irritants at typical levels."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2541">VOCs</a></abbr> are bad for installers and bad for occupants. Even after the air clears those compounds can adsorb onto fabrics and furniture in the interior and stick around.</p> <p>There’s no perfect test right now for emissions from wet-applied products, so the best bet is to make sure it has both low VOC content (under 50 g/L), and has met <abbr title="A leading emissions specification on which many other U.S. certifications are based. Test methods ensure pollutant concentrations in a finished space do not exceed certain levels."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term1821">California Section 01350</a></abbr> emissions requirements.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/what-avoid-interior-paints" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/what-avoid-interior-paints#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:22:13 +0000 Tristan Roberts 17501 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Why Can’t I Buy a Non-Toxic Sofa? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-can-t-i-buy-non-toxic-sofa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/room_without_sofa.jpg" alt="Photo – Greg Habermann (Remixed under CC BY 2.0)" title="Photo – Greg Habermann (Remixed under CC BY 2.0)" class="image-right" height="236" width="316" />After years of living with a nice-looking but rather uncomfortable daybed in our living room, my family and I went shopping for a new sofa. We explored a range of styles and configurations, trying to find something that looked good, would be cozy, durable, and fit in our rather small space. Oh, and we also wanted to avoid bringing <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2004/6/1/Flame-Retardants-Under-Fire/">toxic</a> and <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/5/14/Flame-Retardant-Rules-Result-of-Deception-Says-Investigation/">ineffective</a> flame retardant chemicals into our home.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-can-t-i-buy-non-toxic-sofa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-can-t-i-buy-non-toxic-sofa#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 16:46:03 +0000 Tristan Roberts 13019 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Växjö, Sweden: A Model of Sustainability http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/v-xj-sweden-model-sustainability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="Standard">Växjö, Sweden embraced the U.N's Agenda 21 and is now a model of sustainability</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/VEAB_steam_turb_9240.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/VEAB_steam_turb_9240.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>Växjö Energi AB's wood-chip-fired <abbr title="Combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, generates both electrical power and thermal energy from a single fuel source."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2289">CHP</a></abbr> plant. My host is standing in front of a large steam turbine. <em>Click to enlarge.</em></strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Alex Wilson<br /></em></div> <p class="Standard">My <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-april-fool-s-joke-kansas-threatens-outlaw-sustainability">blog last week </a>about Kansas and efforts to outlaw any mention or promotion of sustainability was so depressing (to write as well read) that I needed to find a more uplifting sequel. I needed to remind myself—and readers—that even if some politicians in Kansas don’t want to make the world a better place for their children and grandchildren, that’s not a universal attitude.</p> <p class="Standard">There are lots of towns, cities, and countries around the world where planning for the future is a priority and whose sustainability stories are truly inspirational.</p> <p class="Standard">I’ll report here on one of those places: Växjö, Sweden (the approximate pronunciation is “VECK’ shuh”), which is often called Europe’s greenest city. Five years ago I had the good fortune to spend a few days in this municipality of 85,000, with an urban core of 60,000.</p> <p class="Standard"> </p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/v-xj-sweden-model-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/v-xj-sweden-model-sustainability#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:36:36 +0000 Alex Wilson 12636 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com No April Fool’s Joke: Kansas Threatens to Outlaw Sustainability http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-april-fool-s-joke-kansas-threatens-outlaw-sustainability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Energy Solutions </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="Standard">Fear of Agenda 21 fuels a bill to ban sustainability planning in the state of Kansas</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Kansas_prairie_BillJohnsonWeb_004.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Kansas_prairie_BillJohnsonWeb_004.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>The Konza Prairie in northeastern Kansas.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Bill Johnson<br /></em></div> <p class="Standard">I love many things about Kansas—from the tall-grass prairies in the <a href="http://www.naturalkansas.org/FlintHills.htm">Flint Hills </a>where I’ve hiked through rolling hills overlooking grazing bison to the dramatic waterfowl migrations in the <a href="http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-3/Cheyenne-Bottoms">Cheyenne Bottoms </a>region in the western part of the state. But a bill currently in committee in the Kansas Legislature makes me wonder whether these natural treasures will be around for future generations to enjoy. Reading about this legislation simply left my jaw agape. At issue is whether the Kansas legislature should outlaw anything that even remotely encourages sustainability planning.</p> <p class="Standard"><a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2366/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-april-fool-s-joke-kansas-threatens-outlaw-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-april-fool-s-joke-kansas-threatens-outlaw-sustainability#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:14:07 +0000 Alex Wilson 12608 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Anthropologist on the Design Team: The Making of An Unangan Home http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/anthropologist-design-team-making-unangan-home <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gail Beverly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Orca_House_Exterior_05-29-12_Final.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Orca_House_Exterior_05-29-12_Final.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>Orca house was a top finisher in a design compeition for Aleutian natives, thanks in part to cultural research.</strong><br /><em>Rendering: David Munford<br /></em></div> <p>This is the story of a design competition, the goal of which was to design an affordable, replicable, sustainable and inspiring home for a family in Atka, an island in the Aleutian Islands chain in Alaska. Competitor teams were to make the house compliant with the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/5/29/The-Living-Building-Challenge-Can-It-Really-Change-the-World/">Living Building Challenge</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/anthropologist-design-team-making-unangan-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/anthropologist-design-team-making-unangan-home#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:26:19 +0000 Tristan Roberts 12566 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Transparency in Building Products, and HPD, Gain Momentum http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transparency-building-products-and-hpd-gain-momentum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russell Perry, FAIA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> GreenSpec Insights </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/hpd.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/hpd.jpg" alt="" /></a></div> <h3>With the HPD now available as a recognized format, design professionals have started to request its use by manufacturers.</h3> <p><em>[Editor's Note: This guest post comes to us courtesy of Russell Perry, FAIA, managing director of SmithGroupJJR's Washington, D.C., office.]</em></p> <p>The global movement towards transparency gains steady momentum. In the design and construction world, the 2012 Greenbuild conference saw the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/11/9/Health-Product-Declaration-Provides-Building-Product-Nutrition-Label/">launch of the Health Product Declaration (HPD)</a> format, the launch of the eagerly awaited Declare format, and USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi’s spirited defense of practitioners’ need to know what chemical exposure comes with material choices.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transparency-building-products-and-hpd-gain-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transparency-building-products-and-hpd-gain-momentum#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:46:59 +0000 Tristan Roberts 12556 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Automated Reporting of LEED, AIA Continuing Education Hours http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/automated-reporting-leed-aia-continuing-education-hours <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen Talks LEED </div> </div> </div> <h3>Read the article, take the quiz, and sit back while your CEUs get automatically reported to AIA, GBCI, BPI, and NARI.</h3> <p>BuildingGreen is now directly reporting continuing education (CE) hours completed through our website to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates who use our <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/topics.cfm">course catalog</a> to maintain their credentials.</p> <p>When completing CE hours on BuildingGreen.com, you can rest assured that your hours will be automatically reported with no further action on your part. BuildingGreen has long offered this convenience for AIA members and continues to do so. Reporting to GBCI took effect January 1, 2013.</p> <p>To take advantage of this, you should double-check your account profile, however.</p> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/my_account.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/my_account.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>Check that your BuildingGreen account information enables automated reporting to AIA, GBCI, and more.</strong></div> <div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/automated-reporting-leed-aia-continuing-education-hours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/automated-reporting-leed-aia-continuing-education-hours#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:20:39 +0000 Tristan Roberts 12549 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com A New Venture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-venture <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <h3>Introducing the Resilient Design Institute: a new nonprofit organization that has been created in Brattleboro.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/DrummandvileQB.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/DrummandvileQB.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>A massive ice storm, in which up to four inches of ice were deposited in early January, 1998, destroyed over 100 power distribution towers and tens of thousands of wooden utility poles, leaving millions without power for up to three weeks in Eastern Canada.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Hydro Quebec<br /></em></div> <p class="Standard">Some 27 years ago, following a five-year stint as director of the <a href="http://www.nesea.org/">Northeast Sustainable Energy Association </a>(which was then based in Brattleboro), I launched my own company focusing on information about environmentally responsible design and construction. That company, now called <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/">BuildingGreen </a>and with a staff of 18, remains a leading player in the green building world—a trusted source of information on green building products, the place to find objective news on happenings in the green building world, an independent voice on the U.S. Green Building Council’s <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/">LEED Rating System</a>.</p> <p class="Standard">It’s a great place to work and I’m thrilled to serve as executive editor at BuildingGreen and be able to research and write about all the cool stuff that our subscribers need to know. Nadav Malin has been doing a superb job at running the company since I handed the reins to him several years ago.</p> <p class="Standard">My shift away from company management at BuildingGreen has given me the space to focus on where we’re heading in the building industry and what sort of changes will be needed to solve the many challenges we face, led by <abbr title="1. Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2008)2.The increase in global average temperatures being caused by a buildup of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This temperature change is leading to changes in circulation patterns in the air and in the oceans, which are affecting climates differently in different places. Among thepredicted effects are a significant cooling in Western Europe due to changes in the jet stream, and rising sea levels due to the melting of polar ice and glaciers."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2296">climate change</a></abbr>. My sabbatical last year, which I began with a contemplative 1,900-mile <a href="http://atwilson.com/2011/05/day-42-%E2%80%93-heading-home/">bicycle trip through the Southwest</a>, provided an opportunity to delve deeply into this thinking.</p> <p class="Standard"> </p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-venture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-venture#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:52:43 +0000 Alex Wilson 12014 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED Pilot Credit 43 and Product Disclosure: Right Direction, Wrong Weighting http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> LEED </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Product Talk </div> </div> </div> <p>There's already been a lot of excellent debate around the new LEED Pilot Credit 43. I find myself agreeing with both sides! Here's where I stand in what may be the eye of the storm.</p> <h3>LEED is supposed to be about buildings--and market transformation</h3> <p>On the one hand, LEED is fundamentally supposed to be about designing high-performing green buildings, and product and material selection is one integrated component. It's not supposed to be about cobbling together a building out of greener products and materials. If the core purpose gets lost amidst the debate surrounding one material (yes, I'm talking <abbr title="Independent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2382">FSC</a></abbr>/SFI), we all lose.</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sunrays-forest.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>On the other hand, LEED is at this point a major market driver for green building products. We need to use all the levers we can find to create truly sustainable manufacturing and sourcing if we're ever going to make it through these pivotal times into a vibrant, thriving, truly sustainable world. So we ought to use LEED for all it's worth in pushing real substantive improvements down through the supply chain.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sunrays-forest.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=48527">sunrays-forest.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LUemailAD2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22889">LUemailAD2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/FreeNewsletterGSI_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12623">FreeNewsletterGSI_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights LEED Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:34:00 +0000 Web Master 9037 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com EPA offers guidelines for broken CFLs, but will we follow them? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/epa-offers-guidelines-broken-cfls-will-we-follow-them <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paula Melton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Product Talk </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//broken-cfl-bulb.jpg" alt="" /> New, improved <a href="http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html">guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) about how to deal with a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) are intended to take some of the mystery out of the purchase and use of CFLs. But by suggesting a response that borders on Hazmat lockdown, the guidelines may potentially add to consumers' uncertainties. <br /> <br />While CFLs have become more popular and less expensive in recent years, they still enjoy only around a quarter of the total market share for residential light bulbs--perhaps in part because of exaggerated reports about mercury toxicity and the difficulty of cleanup and disposal, some of which have prompted debunking sites like <a href="http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cfl.asp">Snopes.com</a> to clear the air. The average bulb contains around 5 mg of mercury, about 100 times less than an old-fashioned oral thermometer. <br /> <br />Still, mercury in any quantity should not be taken lightly, particularly in a home where children or pets live. Mercury in fish and other foods is a serious issue, but mercury vapor is even more toxic. Ingested mercury is not well absorbed by the body, while in contrast, inhaled mercury enters the bloodstream readily.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/broken-cfl-bulb.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36088">broken-cfl-bulb.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/epa-offers-guidelines-broken-cfls-will-we-follow-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/epa-offers-guidelines-broken-cfls-will-we-follow-them#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:14:00 +0000 Web Master 9112 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 10 Questions with 2010 Hanley Award winner Alex Wilson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greenbuild '10 </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen Talks LEED </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Passive Survivability </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ALEX wilson.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Alex Wilson, the founder of our company and our current executive editor (i.e., my boss), is being named the 2010 Hanley Award winner in a special event here at Greenbuild 2010 tomorrow. In recognition of this achievement, and to better understand how this innovative, always-curious visionary looks at the world, I recently asked him 10 questions. Here's the conversation.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ALEX_wilson.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=96967">ALEX_wilson.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/people_alex_bio.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=53413">people_alex_bio.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED BuildingGreen's Top Stories Greenbuild '10 Op-Ed Passive Survivability Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:37:00 +0000 Web Master 9129 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Passive House in North America http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/passive-house-north-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Whitmore_RaisingWall_LoRes1.jpg" /> </p><p>Our April <em>EBN</em> feature article--<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2010/3/31/Passive-House-Arrives-in-North-America-Could-It-Revolutionize-the-Way-We-Build/">"Passive House Arrives in North America: Could it Revolutionize the Way We Build?"</a>--went online today. This was a fun article to research and write, because it put me in touch with my low-energy building roots. Until digging into the history of Wolfgang Feist's German <a href="http://www.passiv.de/07_eng/index_e.html">Passivhaus</a> standard, I hadn't realized that this building system really had its origins in North America--with the passive solar energy and superinsulation movements of the late 1970s (back when I got involved in this field while working in New Mexico).<br /> </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Whitmore_RaisingWall_LoRes1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=143756">Whitmore_RaisingWall_LoRes1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/passive-house-north-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/passive-house-north-america#comments Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:11:00 +0000 Web Master 11943 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Is LEED on Track to Save the World? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.greenerbuildings.com/research/report/2009/11/05/green-building-market-and-impact-report-2009"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gbmir09.jpg" border="0" /></a>Rob Watson recently published &quot;<a href="http://www.greenerbuildings.com/research/report/2009/11/05/green-building-market-and-impact-report-2009">Green Building Market &amp; Impact Report</a>,&quot; his second annual report on the impact LEED is having in addressing environmental problems. The report highlights the continuing remarkable expansion of LEED: 2009 registrations for new design and construction projects in the U.S. may actually exceed total new construction starts! (This is possible because projects don't typically register when they start construction, and a flurry of projects were registered just before the requirement to use LEED 2009 kicked in, to keep their options open.)</p> <p>Watson takes note of the shift from whole building construction to Commercial Interior tenant fit-outs (CI) and Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (<abbr title="EBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations&Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2345">EBOM</a></abbr>) registration and certification. And he compares 2009 certifications to registration numbers from 2006 and 2007 to see what fraction of projects are making it through the system.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gbmir09_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15505">gbmir09_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:09:00 +0000 Web Master 11887 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Green Economies of Scale (post-Greenbuild ruminations) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-economies-scale-post-greenbuild-ruminations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <p>By the end of Greenbuild, I was exhausted/troubled/elated with all sorts of conundrums swirling around in my head &mdash; not to mention a few partly written blogs, abandoned in favor of the next conversation... </p> <p>... I had wanted to write about the 'executive roundtable' that happened that Wednesday &mdash; and responses to the twitter-submitted question &quot;what single thing would have to change to make buildings actually regenerative?&quot; (as in, way past 'less damaging' &mdash; past neutrality, even). I was encouraged to hear the execs express what I see as core issues (summarized and/or quoted below &mdash; no, I didn't record who said what): </p> <ul> <li>Waste and consumption is ridiculously cheap. If energy costs go up to the tune of $150/barrel for oil (or on-site renewables became radically cheaper), and/or if a cost is attached to emissions (not just air &mdash; also sewer and solid waste), we could get there.</li> <li>Our financial accounting systematically discounts the future. &quot;We're trapped in a paradigm of net <abbr title="The current value of one or more future cash payments, discounted by an appropriate interest rate."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2488">present value</a></abbr> (<abbr title="Net present value: The total discounted value of all cash inflows and outflows from a project or investment, or a formula used in assessing the value of an investment, calculated by taking the present value of an investment's future net cash flows and subtracting the initial investment."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2462">NPV</a></abbr>) &mdash; one of the worst tools known to man.... We need a new tool &mdash; 'Net Future Value'...<br /> </li></ul> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-economies-scale-post-greenbuild-ruminations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greenbuild '09 Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-economies-scale-post-greenbuild-ruminations#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2009 21:42:00 +0000 Web Master 11888 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Confronting Water Shortages &mdash; Post-Greenbuild Travels in Southern Arizona http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/confronting-water-shortages-mdash-post-greenbuild-travels-southern-arizona <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Rainbow_Jer_Adj_9714_MedRes.jpg" target="_new"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Rainbow_Jer_Adj_9714_MedRes_sm.jpg" border="0" hspace="2" /></a><br /> <div align="right">(click photos for larger versions)</div> </p><p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//SabinoCanyon_0187_MedRes.jpg" target="_new"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//SabinoCanyon_0187_MedRes_sm.jpg" border="0" hspace="2" vspace="2" /></a> </p><p>Greenbuild in Phoenix was the usual high-energy panoply of educational sessions, new product introductions in an ever-larger trade show, networking events, and &mdash; the reason our company sends so many of us &mdash; opportunities to promote our green building information resources.</p> <p>But this year, I was also looking forward to some vacation time following the conference. Jerelyn and I took five days' of vacation after Greenbuild to explore southern Arizona and celebrate our 25th anniversary.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Rainbow_Jer_Adj_9714_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=25612">Rainbow_Jer_Adj_9714_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/SabinoCanyon_0187_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36363">SabinoCanyon_0187_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/PrickleyPear%2526Saguaro_9722_MedRes_sm.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24904">PrickleyPear%26Saguaro_9722_MedRes_sm.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Saguaro_9724_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=23512">Saguaro_9724_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Ocotillo_9719_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=19057">Ocotillo_9719_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/SonoitaCreek_0126_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20863">SonoitaCreek_0126_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Cottonwood_27%2527_circ_0142_MedRes_sm.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=34655">Cottonwood_27%27_circ_0142_MedRes_sm.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/SabinoCanyon_0184_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=26414">SabinoCanyon_0184_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/SabinoCanyon_sunset_0200_MedRes_sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=19336">SabinoCanyon_sunset_0200_MedRes_sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/confronting-water-shortages-mdash-post-greenbuild-travels-southern-arizona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Greenbuild '09 Nature & Nurture Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/confronting-water-shortages-mdash-post-greenbuild-travels-southern-arizona#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 21:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11893 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Great Passivhaus Face-off http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//phbremen.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <div align="right">The low energy use of the first Passivhaus in Bremen, Germany, is surprising, especially since the house has neither solar collectors, nor a PV array, nor a boiler.</div> </p><p>I've been a big fan of building scientist <a href="http://www.johnstraube.com/">John Straube</a> for a long time. And equally as big of a fan, for just as long, of deep-energy engineer <a href="http://www.energysmiths.com/about/bio.php">Marc Rosenbaum</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/phbremen_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20883">phbremen_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Living Future Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:50:00 +0000 Web Master 11875 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Why are people drawn to design inspired by nature? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-are-people-drawn-design-inspired-nature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://images.google.com/images?&amp;q=%22design+inspired+by+nature%22"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bynature.jpg" border="0" /></a><br />I received an email from a Design student at Kingston University (London) writing a dissertation on &quot;why people are drawn to design inspired by nature.&quot; Three questions were sent; I went overboard answering the first one, and basically wussed out on the second two. I'd be interested in your takes on this highly subjective stuff, and will be sure to let our dissertation author in on the discussion.</p> <p><a href="#1">1. Why in your opinion are people so drawn to design inspired by nature?</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/10/13/Why-are-people-drawn-to-design-inspired-by-nature#2">2. What in your opinion is the finest example of design inspired by nature in the field of product and furniture design (my course)?</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/10/13/Why-are-people-drawn-to-design-inspired-by-nature#3">3. Do you think there are psychological benefits to design inspired by nature, and what do you think they are?</a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/bynature_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=14888">bynature_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-are-people-drawn-design-inspired-nature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-are-people-drawn-design-inspired-nature#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:36:00 +0000 Web Master 11882 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Stimulus-Funded Green Jobs = Left-Wing Conspiracy http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/stimulus-funded-green-jobs-left-wing-conspiracy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-building-blog/stick-em-i-ve-got-caulk-gun"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//stickemupcaulk.jpg" border="0" /></a>Over at GreenBuildingAdvisor, veteran journalist Richard Defendorf combined his abiding interests in green building and politics by <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-building-blog/stick-em-i-ve-got-caulk-gun">taking a look at a Fox News Forum opinion piece</a> from the policy director the conservative advocacy group (natch) Americans for Prosperity. It contained gems like this one:</p> <p>"Most green jobs consist of hiring low-wage workers with caulking guns to weatherize buildings. We are trading away high-wage, high-value manufacturing jobs for these green caulking jobs. Any time you spend billions of dollars you will create some jobs, but the key question is, what the cost is when you divert resources from higher-value activities?"</p> <p>Defendorf had the audacity to respond with thoughtfulness and logic. Take a couple minutes to read it: <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-building-blog/stick-em-i-ve-got-caulk-gun">Stick 'Em Up, I've Got a Caulk Gun!</a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/stickemupcaulk_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12418">stickemupcaulk_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/stimulus-funded-green-jobs-left-wing-conspiracy#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:48:00 +0000 Web Master 11863 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Living With Climate Change: How to Design Buildings and Communities for Adaptation http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-climate-change-how-design-buildings-and-communities-adaptation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/cgi-bin/scale.cgi?width=250&amp;src=/articles/images/1809/GGreen1.jpg" /><br /> <div align="right">The living space in this new home built by Global Green in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans is elevated four feet (1.2 m) to keep it above expected flood level. Numerous other &quot;passive survivability&quot; features are included.</div> </p><p>A lot of people have been working for a long time to try to head off global warming &mdash; and some progress is being made. Buildings are becoming more energy-efficient, fuel economy standards for vehicles are finally rising again, and use of renewable energy is burgeoning. </p> <p>We need to continue these efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon dioxide, but the reality is that it's too little, too late to prevent <abbr title="1. Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2008)2.The increase in global average temperatures being caused by a buildup of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This temperature change is leading to changes in circulation patterns in the air and in the oceans, which are affecting climates differently in different places. Among thepredicted effects are a significant cooling in Western Europe due to changes in the jet stream, and rising sea levels due to the melting of polar ice and glaciers."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2296">climate change</a></abbr>. Even if the <abbr title="Carbon dioxide"><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2298">CO2</a></abbr> spigot were turned off tomorrow, the earth would still see significant warming and the other predicted impacts of climate change: more intense storms, flooding, drought, wildfire, and power interruptions.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/GGreen1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">GGreen1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/FreeNewsletterGSI_56.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12623">FreeNewsletterGSI_56.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-climate-change-how-design-buildings-and-communities-adaptation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Passive Survivability The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-climate-change-how-design-buildings-and-communities-adaptation#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2009 20:34:00 +0000 Web Master 11868 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Men Should Pee Sitting Down http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/men-should-pee-sitting-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allyson Wendt </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//peeingsitting.JPG" />Men should pee sitting down.</p> <p>Now before you call me a strident feminist, let me say that I'm backed up on this one by male colleagues and the reasons aren't what you think. I'm not arguing for toilet equality here.</p> <p>I'm talking about urine-separating toilets, which are much easier to use for men and women when sitting down. The bowl of these toilets takes urine in the front, feces in the back. It's hard enough to aim for the whole bowl (or so the evidence of many bathroom floors tells me), much less the front part of the bowl. One guy put a pee can in the corner, but that seems inefficient: pee in the can, then pour it down the toilet. Why not just pee in the toilet?</p> <p>Why should you care? Because urine contains up to 90% of the nitrogen and 50% of the phosphorous in domestic wastewater. Those chemicals make for great fertilizer &mdash; stuff we have to use a lot of energy to produce artificially. In healthy populations, urine is sterile, and removing it from feces makes composting the solids easier and more effective.</p> <p>Two models of these toilets are available in the U.S., both from <a href="http://www.ecovita.net/">Ecovita</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/peeingsitting_0.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=15748">peeingsitting_0.JPG</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/men-should-pee-sitting-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/men-should-pee-sitting-down#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:21:00 +0000 Web Master 11848 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com How Green is Polystyrene Insulation? EBN's Position, and How It Affects GreenSpec-Listed Products http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-green-polystyrene-insulation-ebns-position-and-how-it-affects-greenspec-listed-products <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//epschrtlg.png"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//epschrtsm.jpg" border="0" /></a><br /> <div align="right">Chart from the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/7/30/Polystyrene-Insulation-Does-It-Belong-in-a-Green-Building">feature</a> (requires login):<br />Human Health and Environmental Concerns with Polystyrene Constituents</div></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/epschrtsm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=11354">epschrtsm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-green-polystyrene-insulation-ebns-position-and-how-it-affects-greenspec-listed-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-green-polystyrene-insulation-ebns-position-and-how-it-affects-greenspec-listed-products#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:49:00 +0000 Web Master 11852 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Avoid Polystyrene Insulation http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/avoid-polystyrene-insulation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div> <h5>Polystyrene Molecular Structure</h5> <p><img src="/cgi-bin/scale.cgi?width=300&amp;src=/articles/images/1808/Poly_M.gif" title="Polystyrene Molecular Structure" alt="Polystyrene Molecular Structure" /></p></div> <p>Let me start by saying that insulation is an absolutely critical component of buildings. I like insulation and I like a lot of insulation. In northern climates, I recommend a minimum insulation value of R-40 in walls, for example, and I would personally aim for R-50 were I to build a house today. </p> <p>That said, insulation materials are not all created equal. When we consider the health and environmental impacts of products over their life cycle (with <abbr title="1. Life-cycle assessment is an analysis of the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process, or service.2. The practice of quantifying and characterizing all the resource and pollution flows associated with a process or product, for the purpose of documenting its environmental impact. It is defined by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) as"a compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life-cycle.""><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2436">life-cycle assessment</a></abbr> or LCA), some materials look a lot better than others. That's just as true with insulation as it is with any other product, from flooring to adhesives and paints.</p> <p>This brings us to the issue of polystyrene insulation.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-gif" alt="image/gif icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Poly_M.gif" type="image/gif; length=0">Poly_M.gif</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/EBNad1_4.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">EBNad1_4.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/InsulationSmallBanner_13.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13582">InsulationSmallBanner_13.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/avoid-polystyrene-insulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/avoid-polystyrene-insulation#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2009 21:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11857 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com TURI Loses Funding... maybe. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//turi.png" />We recently learned that the <a href="http://www.turi.org">Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)</a> is <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2009/07/01/mass_agency_focused_on_cutting_toxic_use_loses_funding/">losing its Massachusetts state funding</a>. This strikes particularly close to home for me as I worked briefly with TURI after grad school and was quite impressed with the caliber of their work (and yes, full disclosure, I still have friends there). TURI is one of a select few organizations nationally that successfully champions the needs of both industry and the environment &mdash; <a href="http://www.metro.us/us/article/2009/07/10/03/0336-72/index.xml">for 20 years now</a> they've been finding that practical common ground where we can really move forward in widespread adoption of safer alternatives. </p> <p>With our GreenSpec directory, editors at BuildingGreen constantly struggle to assess the use of a plethora of toxics in building products and manufacturing processes to determine what constitutes safe and healthy products and still gets the practical job done of building quality green buildings today. This requires the kind of pragmatic alternatives assessment that TURI excels at.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/turi_0.png" type="image/png; length=18402">turi_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Politics Science & Tech The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:35:00 +0000 Web Master 11827 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Repower America: 100% clean electricity within 10 years http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//rnwbls.jpg" />Its website says:</p> <p><a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/">Repower America</a> is the bold clean energy plan to &quot;repower&quot; our country with 100% clean electricity within 10 years. By making buildings and homes more <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/energy-efficiency/">efficient</a>, ramping up <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/renewable-generation/">renewable energy generation</a>, constructing a <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/unified-national-smart-grid/">unified national smart grid</a>, and transitioning to clean and affordable <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/clean-cars/">plug-in cars</a>, we can address our country's economic and national security challenges &mdash; all while making huge strides to solve the climate crisis.</p> <p>Is it possible? Yes, it is. Will we actually do it? I'm less certain about that.</p> <p>John F. Kennedy famously said in 1962, &quot;We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade.&quot; And in seven years, we did. We implemented new technologies and knowledge at a tremendous pace to support a vision, and we pulled it off.</p> <p>What motivated us? What was at the root of that amazing achievement?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/rnwbls_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=33761">rnwbls_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Politics Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:35:00 +0000 Web Master 11808 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Putting wind turbines on buildings doesn't make sense http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/putting-wind-turbines-buildings-doesnt-make-sense <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bahrainbigwind.jpg" />For the EBN feature article this month I spent weeks learning about building-integrated wind. I'm a huge fan of wind energy in general, and the idea of putting wind turbines on top of buildings &mdash; or actually integrating them into the architecture of buildings &mdash; was really appealing. Why not generate the energy right where it's needed, and by putting turbines on top of buildings wouldn't you be getting them up higher where it's windier? What a cool idea.</p> <p>Unfortunately, as I point out in this month's feature article, &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/4/29/The-Folly-of-Building-Integrated-Wind/">The Folly of Building-Integrated Wind</a>,&quot; it's actually pretty hard to get wind turbines to perform well on buildings and, even if you can, the economics are not very good. A huge challenge is noise and vibration. Spinning things tend to generate noise and vibration, and that can be a big problem when people are occupying the building those turbines are mounted on.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/bahrainbigwind_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24269">bahrainbigwind_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/avx100_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20945">avx100_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/putting-wind-turbines-buildings-doesnt-make-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/putting-wind-turbines-buildings-doesnt-make-sense#comments Fri, 01 May 2009 14:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11798 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Greg Franta's Body Found http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greg-frantas-body-found <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gregfranta.jpg" />They found Greg, and his car, yesterday &mdash; a month after <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/2/20/Greg-Franta-FAIA-Is-Missing-RMI/">he mysteriously disappeared</a>. According to the <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/nationalpolitics/ci_11886903">Denver Post</a>, he had slipped off the road and rolled into a ravine. <a href="http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2009/mar/11/missing-boulder-architect-greg-franta-found-dead" />Daily Camera</a> has a more detailed article.</p> <p>I was hoping that when we found out what happened to Greg, even if the news was bad, there would be relief in the closure. There is some of that relief, but it's overwhelmed by the suddenly concrete sense of loss. And of my own vulnerability. It's funny how my response to someone else's huge misfortune becomes about me and my fears, but that's how it's playing out right now. </p> <p>Greg exuded vitality and energy. He embraced and energized those around him, literally all over the world. If someone with that strong a presence in the world can die so unexpectedly, what does that mean for me? A reminder that we're all here on borrowed time &mdash; at least in our current form.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gregfranta_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13186">gregfranta_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greg-frantas-body-found" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellania Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greg-frantas-body-found#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:07:00 +0000 Web Master 11756 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Remembering Gail Lindsey http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gaillindsey1.jpg" /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gaillindsey1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=17107">gaillindsey1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gaillindsey2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10900">gaillindsey2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:59:00 +0000 Web Master 11739 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Growing Greener http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/growing-greener <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//growinggreener1.jpg" />Over 18 years and more than 160 issues of Environmental Building News, I've written quite a few articles &mdash; I hesitate to think about how many &mdash; but out of all of those, I think I had more fun and learned more in writing my most recent than ever before. &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/29/Growing-Food-Locally-Integrating-Agriculture-Into-the-Built-Environment/">Growing Food Locally: Integrating Agriculture into our Built Environment</a>&quot; examines opportunities for producing food around, and on, our buildings that few architects, builders, or developers have yet considered. </p> <p>I think I had my first vegetable garden when I was five or six &mdash; back in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. There were a few years during college and perhaps some of my time in New Mexico when gardening didn't fit into my life. But other than that, growing some of my food has always been important to me. Thus, I surprised myself to realize a few months ago that I had yet to write &mdash; or even consider &mdash; an article for EBN addressing the potential for integrating food production into our built environment.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/growinggreener1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18134">growinggreener1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/growinggreener3_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10492">growinggreener3_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/growinggreener2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=14801">growinggreener2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/growing-greener" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Case Studies Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Passive Survivability http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/growing-greener#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:46:00 +0000 Web Master 11741 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com A LEED-certified building walks into a bar... http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-certified-building-walks-bar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//mural.jpg" /></p> <p>What's so funny about green building? <a href="mailto:tristan@buildinggreen.com">Email me</a> and let me know, or comment below.</p> <p>Here's my latest contribution to the genre of <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/12/3/Green-Building-Jokes">green building jokes</a>:</p> <p>A LEED-certified building walks into a bar around closing time. It orders a drink, throws it back, and leaves. The next night, it comes in again, asks the bartender for a shot, throws it back, and leaves. It does this every night for the next year, without fail.</p> <p>On the 365th night, after the building has had its shot, the bartender is surprised to see it sidle up to the bar's piano instead of leaving.<br /> The building grabs a microphone and warbles Sinatra's "My Way." Before the bartender can interrupt, the building starts immediately into a shaky rendition of "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" from "Oklahoma!" Again, before the bartender can interrupt, the building continues right on, belting out Abba's "Dancing Queen."</p> <p>After the third song the bartender is finally able to get the building's attention. "What's going on?" he says. "All you've done for the last year is come in here and quietly have a drink just like any other average person after a day of work.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/mural_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=66434">mural_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-certified-building-walks-bar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-certified-building-walks-bar#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:31:00 +0000 Web Master 11704 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Should the Plastic Bag Be Saved? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/should-plastic-bag-be-saved <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.potkettleblack.com/ireland/sw-ireland_1-of-4.html"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//irelandstore.jpg" border="0" /></a>I've traveled outside of North America only once in my life, and that was to <a href="http://www.potkettleblack.com/ireland/sw-ireland_1-of-4.html">Ireland</a> in 2002. That was the year they switched from the Irish Pound to the Euro, and it was when they put a tax on plastic bags. We dopey tourists didn't know anything about that plastic bag thing before we got there. The deal, in theory, was this: If you wanted a plastic bag when you went to the store, you had to pay for it. But, at least where we were, in the southeast, the little goods-and-grocers we went to weren't even offering the option to buy a plastic bag &mdash; they simply didn't make them available at all. Or paper.</p> <p>Once I found out about the new tax, I asked quite a few people there how they felt about it &mdash; people working in stores, and people shopping in them. To a number, every response was positive. The older folks remembered when that's the way it was anyway... everybody brought their own cloth bags and wicker baskets when they went shopping. No big deal. The younger folks said that it made so much sense, even if it wasn't as convenient.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/irelandstore_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24860">irelandstore_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/logo_embd.png" type="image/png; length=2384">logo_embd.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/should-plastic-bag-be-saved" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nature & Nurture Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/should-plastic-bag-be-saved#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 19:07:00 +0000 Web Master 11713 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com GreenBuildingAdvisor.com Launches http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenbuildingadvisorcom-launches <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/ID/4100/">As promised</a>, <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com">here it is</a>.</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gbahead.jpg" border="0" /></a></div> <p><strong>GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is dedicated to providing the most useful, accurate, and complete information about designing, building, and remodeling energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes.</strong></p> <p>A product of <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com">BuildingGreen, LLC</a>, a provider of information on sustainable building for more than 23 years, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com also draws on the resources and expertise of partner Taunton Press, the publisher of <a href="http://www.finehomebuilding.com"><em>Fine Homebuilding</em></a>.</p> <p>Most of us who bring you GreenBuildingAdvisor.com (<a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/team">Our Team</a>) are former builders, remodelers, and architects. Because of that we know the need for a single resource where design and construction professionals and knowledgeable homeowners can get the full complement of the information &mdash; and insight &mdash; they need to design, build, and remodel green.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gbahead_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18954">gbahead_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenbuildingadvisorcom-launches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Op-Ed Product Talk Q&A The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenbuildingadvisorcom-launches#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:37:00 +0000 Web Master 11714 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Coal in Your Stocking http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/coal-your-stocking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <div align="center"> <p>&quot;<a href="http://action.thisisreality.org/page/s/coalergy">Smudge</a>&quot; &mdash; <a href="http://www.thisisreality.org/">more here</a></p></div> <p>Happy holidays!</p> Books & Media Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/coal-your-stocking#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:43:00 +0000 Web Master 11692 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Video: Household carbon emissions are... creepy http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/video-household-carbon-emissions-are-creepy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p>If M. Night Shyamalan did a movie on carbon emissions, it might look something like this.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wecansolveit.org/" target="blank">Alliance for Climate Protection</a> has a video that helps homeowners visualize their carbon emissions. After all, they're colorless, odorless, and come with a nifty time-delay of consequences that can lull a person into thinking that it's all going to be fine.</p> <p>Everything was fine... until someone left the coffeemaker, but who? The bed is made, but no one's home. Whom does the dryer tumble for? The ancestral photo in the hallway? The lamp is on and blowing balloons. The refrigerator is strangely empty. Wait... it's happening in the whole neighborhood! "Village of the Damned... Emissions"?</p> <div align="center"></div> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/video-household-carbon-emissions-are-creepy#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11678 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com We are living in exponential times http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/we-are-living-exponential-times <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>No wonder you're having trouble keeping up. From the video <a href="http://wimp.com/coolfacts/">Shift Happens</a>:</p> <p>&quot;It is estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The amount of technical information is doubling every two years. By 2010, it's predicted to double every 72 hours.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist... using technologies that haven't been invented... in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.&quot;</p> Books & Media Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/we-are-living-exponential-times#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2008 15:52:00 +0000 Web Master 11685 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Big Wind Turbine Failures http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/big-wind-turbine-failures <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.windaction.org/articles/18387"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//windfail.jpg" border="0" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/2/26/Video-violent-wind-turbine-collapse">Watching a big wind turbine flying apart is spectacular</a>. Even seeing still photos of the aftermath of a catastrophic failure, such as the one shown here, is pretty fascinating, in a train-wreck sort of way. </p> <p>The picture was taken in Searsburg, Vermont, at the only industrial-scale wind farm in the state, which produces about 12 million kilowatts annually. <a href="http://www.windaction.org/releases/18394">According to the Industrial Wind Action Group</a>, &quot;one of the blades came in contact with the turbine's tower causing it to buckle during high winds.&quot; It isn't clear from that whether the blade &quot;came in contact&quot; with the tower before or after it broke off from the hub this past September 15.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ibrattleboro.com/article.php/2008101822554469#comments">It's been suggested</a> that the failed blade had been previously repaired after a lighting strike, which may have left it in a weakened condition. Whatever. It's not the first failure of this sort, and it won't be the last.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/windfail_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22117">windfail_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/vycollapse_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=21627">vycollapse_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/big-wind-turbine-failures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/big-wind-turbine-failures#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2008 18:53:00 +0000 Web Master 11634 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Elevated Freeways: The Low Road? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/elevated-freeways-low-road <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//cars.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.cnu.org">Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)</a> promotes neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. As part of their <a>Highways to Boulevards</a> initiative they recently listed ten <a href="http://www.cnu.org/highways/freewayswithoutfutures">Freeways Without Futures</a> &mdash; elevated urban freeways that they say wreak all manner of economic and social havoc on cities and are ripe for being torn down.</p> <p>The highway-building boom that started revving up in the late '50s to support our exploding car culture undeniably destroyed many urban neighborhoods, particularly ones where the less-wealthy lived. It &quot;solved&quot; two &quot;problems&quot; with a single solution. (And, frankly, it's a lot easier to push the poor folks around than the rich ones.) In addition to leveling great swaths of housing, it created noisy, air-polluting divisions between what was left.</p> <p>Elevated highways are, in theory, an answer to part of those problems. The noise and air pollution is lifted up above ground level, and the real estate is less interrupted.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/cars_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16553">cars_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/elevated-freeways-low-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/elevated-freeways-low-road#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2008 19:31:00 +0000 Web Master 11642 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Miniature Earth http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/miniature-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <div align="center"></div> <p>Better version: <a href="http://www.miniature-earth.com">ww.miniature-earth.com</a></p> Miscellania Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/miniature-earth#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:55:00 +0000 Web Master 11621 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Hurricane Disney: Stormstruck in Orlando http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hurricane-disney-stormstruck-orlando <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//mickeyumbrella.png" /><br /> I was down in Orlando last week &mdash; land of asphalt, ChemLawns, and Mickey Mouse. As is typical in that part of the world, it was too hot outside and too cold inside. In one of the mammoth Disney hotels, I was participating for two days in the Tenth Anniversary Annual Meeting of an organization called <a href="http://www.flash.org/">FLASH</a>. FLASH is the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes &mdash; it used to be the Florida Alliance for Safe Homes, which explains the &quot;L.&quot;</p> <p>FLASH is all about disaster resistance, so the sessions were about communicating fire-resistant construction practices, hurricane codes, 2x4 projectile penetration of wall systems, safe rooms in houses &mdash; cool stuff like that. In one session, two different speakers addressed pandemic flu &mdash; not because that's in the purview of FLASH, but because the challenges of educating the general public to those concerns are very similar to the challenges FLASH faces in communicating disaster resistance.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/mickeyumbrella_0.png" type="image/png; length=65555">mickeyumbrella_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/stormstruck_0.png" type="image/png; length=115748">stormstruck_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hurricane-disney-stormstruck-orlando" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hurricane-disney-stormstruck-orlando#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2008 12:28:00 +0000 Web Master 11631 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Headlines from the year 2020 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/headlines-year-2020 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//future_science_fiction_195301.jpg" /><br /> Here's a fun exercise that a group of architects, designers, and others completed today as part of the Designing for a Living World symposium that I'm attending, hosted by <a href="http://www.interfaceinc.com/" target="blank">Interface</a> at <a href="http://www.shelburnefarms.com/" target="blank">Shelburne Farms</a> in Vermont. It's a little thing I call... "Headlines from the Future."</p> <p>Here's the deal. Take these ten topics:</p> <ol> <li>Oceans</li> <li>Agriculture</li> <li>Energy</li> <li>Poverty</li> <li>Terror</li> <li>Climate</li> <li>Water</li> <li>Health</li> <li>Cities</li> <li>Geopolitics</li> </ol> <p>Now, imagine you are reading a newspaper (whatever form that might take -- pulp of dead trees, lit screen, cave scratchings -- from the year 2020. It might be a local rag, a national or international journal, a trade publication. It might be the sports, business, news, or entertainment sections.</p> <p>Write a headline for each of those ten topics. Take about 10 minutes to do this.</p> <p>If possible, do this in a group. A group from school, from work, your family, friends, you name it. Share what you come up with. Discuss.</p> <p>I'll give some examples in a sec.<br /> But first...</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/future_science_fiction_195301_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36470">future_science_fiction_195301_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/headlines-year-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/headlines-year-2020#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2008 22:26:00 +0000 Web Master 11609 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Suburban sprawl and recycling don't mix http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/suburban-sprawl-and-recycling-dont-mix <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/7/29/Suburban-sprawl-and-recycling-dont-mix"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//29recycle2-337.jpg" /></a><br /> Add another item to the list of reasons why suburban sprawl is bad for the environment: recycling rates. Other environmental problems with sprawl are well-documented, such as the fact that <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2007/8/30/Driving-to-Green-Buildings-The-Transportation-Energy-Intensity-of-Buildings/">the transportation energy intensity</a> of driving to buildings can dwarf the operating energy of those buildings.</p> <p>I'm sure this is nothing new to sprawl watchers, but the New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/29recycle.html?hp" target="blank">reports</a> that Houston's dismal recycling rate -- it ranks the lowest out of the 30 largest U.S. cities, recycling 2.6% of its total waste -- is at least in part to blame on its sprawling layout:<br /> The city's sprawling, no-zoning layout makes collection expensive, and there is little public support for the kind of effort it takes to sort glass, paper and plastics.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/29recycle2-337_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=23288">29recycle2-337_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/suburban-sprawl-and-recycling-dont-mix" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/suburban-sprawl-and-recycling-dont-mix#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2008 16:59:00 +0000 Web Master 11578 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Counting Carbon... Wrong? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/counting-carbon-wrong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//carbon_1_original.png" border="0" />Oops... (corrected graphic below) </p><p>Well, all you can do when you screw up is try to make it into a learning opportunity, I guess. The image we featured most prominently with our &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/6/27/Counting-Carbon-Understanding-Carbon-Footprints-of-Buildings/">Counting Carbon</a>&quot; article in July had a blatant error. In our defense, the image we asked for was OK &mdash; we just failed to make sure that the one we got was the same as the one we thought we were getting...</p> <p>The graphic had cubes representing one metric ton of steel, concrete, and wood, and much larger cubes representing the associated carbon emissions. The carbon quantity shown for concrete, however, actually represented the carbon associated with one metric ton of cement. A ton of concrete is responsible for much less carbon, because cement only represents about 12% of a typical concrete mix, and the other ingredients are much less carbon intensive.</p> <p>In addition to the fully justified outcry we got from the concrete folks about this graphic, we also got a complaint from the steel industry.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/carbon_1_original_0.png" type="image/png; length=43418">carbon_1_original_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/carbon_1_corrected_sm_0.png" type="image/png; length=35921">carbon_1_corrected_sm_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/counting-carbon-wrong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/counting-carbon-wrong#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:22:00 +0000 Web Master 11584 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Gospel of Consumption http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gospel-consumption <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//shoppingcart.png" /><br /> America's buildings are no small contributor to our environmental difficulties and energy use... but they're far from the biggest part of the problem. The enemy is us &mdash; the choices we make individually and as a society. America's building envelopes are getting better and tighter, our heating and cooling systems are getting more efficient, but every year we keep using more energy. And our carbon emissions keep going up, not down.</p> <p>Part of the equation, certainly, is that the U.S. builds more buildings and is home to more people all the time. But per-person energy use and emissions aren't just staying the same, they're increasing. The LIVE post <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/1/22/Plug-Loads-and-the-Small-Electronics-Boom">Plug Loads and Small Electronics</a> addresses just one small piece of the puzzle, but the example is cross-applicable.</p> <p>An article in the current Orion Magazine, <a href="http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/2962">The Gospel of Consumption</a>, takes a look at salient lifestyle trends over the last 80 years or so, with a dual emphasis on workplace issues and consumerism. (Excerpts below.)</p> <p>Yes, life is different than it was 80 years ago. It's different than it was ten years ago, or even five.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/shoppingcart_0.png" type="image/png; length=14774">shoppingcart_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gospel-consumption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gospel-consumption#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2008 12:16:00 +0000 Web Master 11585 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Declaration of Energy Independence http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/declaration-energy-independence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>Over at <a href="http://newamericanvillage.blogspot.com/2008/07/declaration-of-energy-independence.html">the New American Village</a> blog:</p> <p>When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Emotional and Economic bonds which have connected them with a destructive Energy Policy, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should chart a New Course.</p> <p>We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Energy sources are not created equal...</p> <p><a href="http://newamericanvillage.blogspot.com/2008/07/declaration-of-energy-independence.html">It goes on.</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/declaration-energy-independence#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2008 23:37:00 +0000 Web Master 11595 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com &quot;The Anti-American Non-Energy Bill&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-anti-american-non-energy-billquot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <div align="center"></div> <p>Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-LOtKIIKcg">swings and swings and swings and misses</a> the point entirely. As do most of <a href="http://youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&amp;v=e-LOtKIIKcg&amp;fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3De-LOtKIIKcg">the comments</a> &mdash; over 2,200 of them so far. So much darkness.</p> Op-Ed Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-anti-american-non-energy-billquot#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:26:00 +0000 Web Master 11567 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Carbon Calculator Morass http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-calculator-morass <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//calc-mini.gif" />In the process of looking into carbon calculators for buildings as a behind-the-scenes assistant for the EBN feature article &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/6/27/Counting-Carbon-Understanding-Carbon-Footprints-of-Buildings/">Counting Carbon: Understanding Carbon Footprints of Buildings</a>,&quot; I took a short detour into the wider carbon calculator world. While construction calculators may still be rare, the Web offers a multitude of general carbon calculators for businesses and households and also specialized calculators for everything from <a href="http://www.nzwine.com/swnz/publications.html">wineries</a> to <a href="http://atkinsrocc.com/Public/Default.aspx">land remediation activities</a>. It seems everyone is getting into the act &mdash; utilities, environmental groups, oil companies, government agencies, and offset providers (especially offset providers) are all offering up their own calculators.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-gif" alt="image/gif icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/calc-mini_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=60950">calc-mini_0.gif</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/BIE_0.png" type="image/png; length=65324">BIE_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/WRI1_0.png" type="image/png; length=17867">WRI1_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/WRI2_0.png" type="image/png; length=16147">WRI2_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/WRI3_0.png" type="image/png; length=16618">WRI3_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-calculator-morass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-calculator-morass#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:06:00 +0000 Web Master 11570 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Trucking, Hunger, and Resilience http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucking-hunger-and-resilience <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Wilmeth </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//truckers.jpg" /><br /> A friend of mine near Barcelona wrote me that truckers in Spain are on strike and are blocking roads. They demand the government set a 35% haulage tariff, which would be in proportion to the increase in fuel costs in the past year. Anticipating the stores will soon be empty, my friend made a trip into town, by train, to get a 50-pound bag of rice and some butane cylinders to run his family's kitchen stove. News reports say perishables are expected to run out within a week. Of course, if people make a run on the stores, perishables and non-perishables alike could be scarce faster. </p> <p>Is this how famine starts?<br /> Europe isn't suffering crop failures or drought. There's food. But if it doesn't get where it is needed, hunger can set in quickly, especially in places where people are accustomed to shopping frequently and tend not tend to store much in their homes. </p> <p>The truckers say that they're better off not working than losing money on every delivery due to fuel prices. The interruption in food shipments is unlikely to last long, this time. A political solution will be devised. But I can't help seeing in this strike a foreshadowing of things to come.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/truckers_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=68097">truckers_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucking-hunger-and-resilience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucking-hunger-and-resilience#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2008 13:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11573 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Beware of CGREPs (it's not THAT easy being green) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beware-cgreps-its-not-easy-being-green <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Wilmeth </div> </div> </div> <p>Greasy Socks and Certifications</p> <p>Recently I was doing research for a brief item about green education for "real estate professionals," that is, real estate agents, appraisers, house inspectors, and loan officers. I read about a new course being offered, covering global climate issues, green building, indoor and outdoor air quality, and, last but surely not least, using all this green material in marketing. Those who complete this course are allowed to add CGREP -- for Certified Green Real Estate Professional -- to their collection of post cognomenal letters. It sounded good until I discovered how much time was allotted to instructing prospective CGREPs in all this: three hours. Three hours? I would spend about that long finding out about the course and writing my 200-word brief. </p> <p>I began to perceive the stink of greenwashing.<br /> Soon I was feeling perturbed, then angry. I decided to talk to the person who developed this three-hour session, and while I knew I would be polite, I wasn't feeling very open. I thought of it as a confrontation.</p> <p>In the course of the interview, she told me about being diagnosed with emphysema, her subsequent keen interest in air quality, and her decision to end her real estate practice and devote herself to educating her fellow REPs about matters environmental.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beware-cgreps-its-not-easy-being-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beware-cgreps-its-not-easy-being-green#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2008 15:06:00 +0000 Web Master 11575 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com About half of the homes, office buildings, stores and factories needed by 2030 don't exist today. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/about-half-homes-office-buildings-stores-and-factories-needed-2030-dont-exist-today <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>So says the <a href="http://www.uli.org">Urban Land Institute</a>. </p> <p>The following grabs are from a couple slides in <a href="http://www.uli.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&amp;Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&amp;ContentFileID=1424">A Plan for Tomorrow: Creating Stronger and Healthier Communities Today</a> and the nearly identical <a href="http://www.uli.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&amp;Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&amp;ContentFileID=1426">A Plan for Tomorrow: Creating Stronger and Healthier Cities Today</a>, companion PowerPoint presentations to <a href="http://www.uli.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&amp;CONTENTID=41895&amp;TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm">Higher Density Development: Myth and Fact</a>.</p> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//uli1.png" border="1" /> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/uli1_0.png" type="image/png; length=20990">uli1_0.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/uli2_0.png" type="image/png; length=63052">uli2_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/about-half-homes-office-buildings-stores-and-factories-needed-2030-dont-exist-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/about-half-homes-office-buildings-stores-and-factories-needed-2030-dont-exist-today#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:50:00 +0000 Web Master 11577 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com AIA: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-part-problem-or-part-solution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//aia-logo.png" /><br /> In some of the posts I <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/5/15/AIA-Convention-2008-The-Morning-of-the-First-Day">wrote</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/5/15/AIA-Convention-2008-Product-Certifications-and-Social-Justice">during</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/5/16/AIA-Convention-2008-Preparing-for-the-2030-Challenge">the</a> recent AIA convention, I was coming down pretty hard on &quot;credit-chasers&quot; in the ranks. (AIA members are required to earn <a href="http://www.aia.org/ces_m_default">18 &quot;learning unit&quot; hours annually</a>, with at least <a href="http://www.aia.org/cesfaq_default#gues9">eight</a> about health, safety, and/or welfare.)</p> <p>The conferences I typically attend are smaller and more focused than <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/5/16/Overheard-at-AIA08">the AIA behemoth</a>, and the people who come to them are eager to wring out every bit of information from the sessions that they can. At AIA, on the other hand, people began streaming out of most of the sessions I attended as soon as it was clear that the presentation was nearly over.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/aia-logo_0.png" type="image/png; length=5726">aia-logo_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-part-problem-or-part-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Books & Media Events Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-part-problem-or-part-solution#comments Wed, 28 May 2008 19:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11541 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Here it Comes: The Year of Greenwash http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/here-it-comes-year-greenwash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//michellemoore.jpg" /><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/QAMichelleMooreULI0508.pdf">Michelle Moore</a>, a senior vice president of the USGBC, recently spent a day in our offices. Speculating on the shapes of things to come both near and far, she said something that stuck with me: &quot;We're entering the year of greenwash.&quot; As if it wasn't already bad enough.</p> <p>The reduction of social and environmental movements to merchandising means that a cause has hit the big time... but the increased breadth tends to come with a commensurate loss of depth.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/michellemoore_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8555">michellemoore_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/here-it-comes-year-greenwash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/here-it-comes-year-greenwash#comments Fri, 23 May 2008 17:32:00 +0000 Web Master 11544 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Making vs. Assembling http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-vs-assembling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a huge amount of appreciation and respect for (and some jealousy of) people plying artisan trades, and had a couple good conversations with <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/AIA-Convention-08">AIA'08</a> exhibitors offering that sort of thing.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.canning-studios.com/">John Canning Painting &amp; Conservation Studios</a> goes beyond artisan; check out the featured projects on their website. In my capacity as poster boy for the A Little Knowledge Club, we chatted a bit about lime plaster and mortar while I stood in awe of their portfolio.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/lofting1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=65118">lofting1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/lofting2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9636">lofting2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/lofting3_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9587">lofting3_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/lofting4_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=31849">lofting4_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-vs-assembling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events Nature & Nurture Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-vs-assembling#comments Mon, 19 May 2008 19:46:00 +0000 Web Master 11547 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Product Certifications, and Social Justice (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/10/30/Nadav%20Malin">Nadav Malin</a> and <a href="http://www.sevengroup.com/pdf/resume_horst.pdf">Scot Horst</a> offered up a great, head-twisting presentation about product certifications called &quot;It's Certified Green But What Does That Mean?&quot; to about 500 people. It covered all the territory in the <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm">EBN</a> feature &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/1/1/Behind-the-Logos-Understanding-Green-Product-Certifications/">Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications</a>&quot; and <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/search/index.cfm?q=certifications">more</a>.</p> <p>There may have been some misunderstanding on the part of some attendees who only read the title, however, and not the program description: It sounded like it might have been about LEED certification rather than product certification. And the amount of information to process, even though they presented it in an engaging, conversational style, was voluminous &mdash; especially for the abject novice &mdash; bringing to light individual certification program histories, inconsistencies, and limitations in what was probably about the simplest way to do it, which was nonetheless hard to digest.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/nadav-aia-before_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18681">nadav-aia-before_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/nadav-aia-after_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=19559">nadav-aia-after_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ethics_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=33640">ethics_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 02:41:00 +0000 Web Master 11553 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Legally Green &mdash; Legal and Practice Issues of LEED (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//legallygreen.jpg" />This morning began (for me) with a 7:00 (early!) session called &quot;Legally Green: Legal and Practice Issues of LEED,&quot; presented by Betsy del Monte and William Quatman. The room had a capacity approaching 400, and got close to filling up. Betsy's presentation was, for the most part, understandably basic. The big majority of the audience, by show of hands, had not worked on a LEED certified project, or a LEED certifiable project, and were not LEED APs. They were there for continuing education. More on that shortly.</p> <p>Betsy's take on legislation and owner requirements for buildings to be LEED certifiable, but not certified, falls just a bit short. She noted that the cost difference between a certifiable project and a certified one is marginal at best... and that when somebody says that they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by not pursuing actual certification, it means that they almost certainly did not build a certifiable building. According to Betsy, USGBC fees are the smallest amount of the increased costs of a certifiable building.<br /> Bill's part of the presentation addressed the potential legal concerns facing architects that are working in the greenstream.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/legallygreen_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35120">legallygreen_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 15:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11556 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com How the 2008 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects were chosen http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-2008-aiacote-top-ten-green-projects-were-chosen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//cote_200711_henn.jpg" /><br /> <a href="http://www.celentohenn.com/1200.html" target="blank">Rebecca Henn, AIA</a>, was a jury member for the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/4/22/AIA-COTE-Announces-2008-Top-Ten-Green-Projects/">2008 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects awards</a>. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, studying how sustainability influences the building team, and although you won't find it in her official bio, she worked here at BuildingGreen during the summer of 2006. I called on the connection to ask for her perspective on the Top Ten experience. –TKA</p> <p>In the middle of dinner conversation about mosque design, car racing, and sole proprietorship, I realized that I was surrounded by architecture's luminaries... one Pritzker Prize winner and a handful of AIA Fellows. I could have spent the rest of the weekend nervous and self-conscious, but as the "student" member of the 2008 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards jury, I realized that expectations for my participation were probably pretty low, so I just went with the flow and drank in the experience.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/cote_200711_henn_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10165">cote_200711_henn_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-2008-aiacote-top-ten-green-projects-were-chosen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-2008-aiacote-top-ten-green-projects-were-chosen#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2008 13:33:00 +0000 Web Master 11528 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Guerrilla Gardening http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/guerrilla-gardening <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//guergar.png" /><br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/search?num=100&amp;q=%22guerrilla+gardening%22">It's not a new idea</a>, but this book is less than a year old. From the blurb for <a href="http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3945">Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto</a>, by David Tracey:</p> <p>&quot;In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this approach to urban beautification is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.</p> <p>These modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without the property owner's prior knowledge or permission. Typical targets are vacant lots, railway land, underused public squares, and back alleys. The concept is simple, whimsical and has the cheeky appeal of being a not-quite-legal call to action.&quot;</p> <p>Just sowing some seeds. Spring is right around the corner.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/guergar_0.png" type="image/png; length=40540">guergar_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/guerrilla-gardening#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2008 18:53:00 +0000 Web Master 11498 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Will the New List of LEED Innovation Points Lead to Greener Buildings &mdash; or Just More Points? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//hearst-tower.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//hearst-tower-sm.jpg" /></a><br />Innovation point for the Hearst Tower in New York: reduced steel in the structure.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/hearst-tower-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15486">hearst-tower-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11483 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Fail early, fail often, and other riffs from Bruce Sterling http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fail-early-fail-often-and-other-riffs-bruce-sterling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//brucesterling.jpg" /><br /> &quot;There's one thing worse than being young and full of stormy tantrums, and that's being old and backward-looking and crotchety.&quot;</p> <p>So said Bruce Sterling (author, thinker, critic, doer) in this year's annual rollicking and roving discussion of the state of the world at <a href="http://www.well.com/">The Well</a> &mdash; the still-kicking &quot;Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link&quot; founded by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant in 1985 (more than 20 years ago!) for the writers and readers of the seminal, sadly defunct <a href="http://wholeearth.com/">Whole Earth Review</a>. Among much else, Bruce is the instigator of the <a href="http://www.viridiandesign.org/">Viridian design movement</a>, described as a confluence of &quot;environmental design, techno-progressivism, and global citizenship,&quot; from which grew the popular <a href="http://www.worldchanging.com/">Worldchanging</a> website, and more recently, book of the same name.</p> <p><a href="http://www.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/topics/317/Bruce-Sterling-State-of-the-Worl-page01.html">The turn-of-the-year conversation</a> is still unfolding.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/brucesterling_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6834">brucesterling_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fail-early-fail-often-and-other-riffs-bruce-sterling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Science & Tech The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fail-early-fail-often-and-other-riffs-bruce-sterling#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2008 15:11:00 +0000 Web Master 11488 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Studying for the LEED-AP Test http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/studying-leed-ap-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED_AP.jpg" />7/1/09 Update: The LEED AP exam has <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/2/LEED-AP-Credential-Program-Overhauled-accredited-professional-exam/">significantly changed</a>, and the following information has not been updated to reflect this. And by the way, if you are looking to learn about the LEED 2009 rating systems, there's no better tool out there than our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>.</p> <p>The LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exam consists of 80 questions, and is scored on a scale of 125 to 200, with a score of 170 being good enough to pass. I thought that writing for Environmental Building News and earning a master's certificate in sustainable design online through the <a href="http://green.the-bac.edu" target="blank">Boston Architectural College</a>, I was in good shape for taking the LEED-AP test and joining the ranks, so I scheduled my accreditation exam for later this winter.</p> <p>I remember the drill from taking the SATs in high school -- practicing actual questions is the best way to study.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED_AP_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10439">LEED_AP_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/COL_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/studying-leed-ap-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/studying-leed-ap-test#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2007 00:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11461 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Notes from Sweden #2: Western Harbor in Malmo http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-2-western-harbor-malmo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nature & Nurture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Miscellania </div> <div class="field-item even"> The Industry </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Product Talk </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Clicking an image in this post will load a larger version of the image. A <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/slideshow.cfm/sweden2">slideshow of the images in this post, and more</a>, is also available. Previous posts in the "Notes from Sweden" series include <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/12/9/Notes-from-Sweden-How-They-Get-Around">#1: How They Get Around</a>.]</em> It's enough to make architects go weak at the knees. I'm not an architect, but wandering around Malmo's Western Harbor (<em>Vaestra Hamnen</em>), I can imagine my architect friends going bananas about these buildings — many of which were designed and built through an architectural competition that attracted many top architects. Overlooking the area is the remarkable 190-meter (630-foot) Turning Torso building designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. I'm usually not so taken by architectural statement buildings, but one could literally spend hours gazing up at this twisting spire with its exposed exoskeleton on one side. Its appearance changes dramatically as one wanders around the building and views it from different angles.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-torso1sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=23339">sweden-torso1sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-torso2sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=31046">sweden-torso2sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-torso3sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24370">sweden-torso3sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-torso4sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=31015">sweden-torso4sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-tallsm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28311">sweden-tallsm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-wharbor1bsm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; 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length=33151">sweden-modular2sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-pv1sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28826">sweden-pv1sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-evactube1sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=26237">sweden-evactube1sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-evactube3sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=30561">sweden-evactube3sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-evactube2sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=29147">sweden-evactube2sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-compost1sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=23591">sweden-compost1sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden-compost2sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20821">sweden-compost2sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-2-western-harbor-malmo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellania Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-2-western-harbor-malmo#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2007 02:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11468 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Who's Gonna Change the World? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/whos-gonna-change-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jim Newman </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bill-reed.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bill-reed-sm.jpg" /></a><br /> The answer to this question is... <a href="http://web.mit.edu/aboutmit/">MIT</a> might, but only if it wants to.</p> <p>I went to a &quot;lecture&quot; at MIT a few days ago &mdash; part of the &quot;Critical Issues&quot; series put on by, of all groups, the <a href="http://web.mit.edu/womensleague/">MIT Women's League</a>. (Kira Gould, author of <a href="http://www.ecotonedesign.com/womeningreen/">Women In Green</a> would have a field day with this!) The idea for the evening was to present ways in which MIT might think about greening the campus, in the context of making a much wider impact on the world. Lofty goals indeed.</p> <p>The interesting points from the afternoon were that first, a little elementary school in the woods of New Jersey has had a disproportionate impact on its community by following its regenerative design ideals; and second, that MIT could easily perform a similar duty in a much larger community and have pretty far-reaching effect.</p> <p>The folks presenting ideas were: </p> <ul> <li> Rebecca Henderson, the George Eastman Kodak Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management. (I'm sure we could toss a few more words in there... </li></ul> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/bill-reed-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=27352">bill-reed-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/willow-school-goals-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=32525">willow-school-goals-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/mit-energy-use-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=34458">mit-energy-use-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/whos-gonna-change-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nature & Nurture Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/whos-gonna-change-world#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:27:00 +0000 Web Master 11469 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Notes from Sweden #1: How They Get Around http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-1-how-they-get-around <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nature & Nurture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Miscellania </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Clicking an image in this post will load a larger version of the image. A <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/slideshow.cfm/sweden1">slideshow of the images in this post</a> is also available.]</em>Despite the light drizzle and the fading light of Sweden's mid-afternoon dusk when I arrived in Lund, it was immediately clear that the prevalent form of transportation here is bicycling. Bicycles are everywhere. Hundreds are parked at the train station, where I arrived from Copenhagen. For every person I saw in a private automobile, there were probably 20 on bicycles.</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sweden01.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sweden01sm.jpg" alt="" /></a><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sweden02.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sweden02sm.jpg" alt="" /></a></div> <p>It's such a pleasant contrast to the U.S. and our car-dependent cities and towns. Of course, I suppose it helps that this part of southern Sweden is quite flat. The region has some of the best farmland in the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden01sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39907">sweden01sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden02sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38976">sweden02sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden03sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; 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length=38464">sweden06sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden14sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35966">sweden14sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden13sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=34204">sweden13sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden09sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38708">sweden09sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden11sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=59397">sweden11sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden10sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=32839">sweden10sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden12sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=34255">sweden12sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden07sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=32311">sweden07sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden08sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=34524">sweden08sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sweden15sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36474">sweden15sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-1-how-they-get-around" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellania Nature & Nurture Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/notes-sweden-1-how-they-get-around#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2007 04:13:00 +0000 Web Master 11470 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Green Building Jokes http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-jokes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//cfl.png" /><br /> <br />&quot;Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.&quot; &mdash;James Thurber<br /><br /></p> <p>We talk a lot about energy efficiency here at Environmental Building News. If we follow Thurber's lead and add environmental humor to our concerns, what do we get? The green building light bulb joke, of course. I wrote these for your enjoyment. Feel free to add yours below!<br /><br /></p> <ul> <li>How many daylighting consultants does it take to change a light bulb? <p>None&mdash;the sun will be back up in exactly 10 hours.<br /><br /></p></li> <li>How many LEED Accredited Professionals does it take to change a light bulb? <p>Four&mdash;one to tell you how to earn LEED points by changing it, one to change it, one to document the change, and one to deliver the check to the U.S. Green Building Council for certifying the change.<br /><br /></p></li> <li>How many product manufacturers does it take to change a light bulb?<br /> 10,001. Ten thousand to resist the change for as long as possible, and then the same 10,000 to tell you how many LEED points you can earn from making the change with their product. Oh, and one to change it.<br /> </li></ul> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/cfl_0.png" type="image/png; length=20761">cfl_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-jokes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-jokes#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2007 17:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11474 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com IPCC to Building Industry: Tag, You're It http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ipcc-building-industry-tag-youre-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//IPCC WG3 opps by sector.png"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//IPCC WG3 opps by sector-sm1.png" /></a><br /> So, this is it. The shoe has dropped. The Fourth (and final) Assessment Report from the <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/">Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)</a> is out, and people seem to be paying attention. It got prominant coverage in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/science/earth/18climatenew.html?ex=1353128400&amp;en=56824614bcc06249&amp;ei=5124&amp;partner=permalink&amp;exprod=permalink">The New York Times</a>, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/17/AR2007111700566.html">Washington Post</a>, and a zillion other places&mdash;would have had even more impact if it were not on a Saturday, but what can you do? Apparently emboldened by their shared <a href="http://nobelpeaceprize.org/eng_lau_announce2007.html">Nobel Prize</a>, the scientists on the Panel reportedly stood their ground against attacks from the big polluters (that's us, and China) and from Saudi Arabia. They released a final Synthesis Report and a Summary for Policy Makers that doesn't mince words in laying out the likely consequences of various levels of warming.</p> <p>It's scary stuff. The warming has already started. Some more is inevitable.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/IPCC_WG3_opps_by_sector-sm1.png" type="image/png; length=21851">IPCC_WG3_opps_by_sector-sm1.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ipcc-building-industry-tag-youre-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nature & Nurture Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ipcc-building-industry-tag-youre-it#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2007 20:20:00 +0000 Web Master 11422 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Community Leader Gail Lindsey http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/community-leader-gail-lindsey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gaillindsey.jpg" /><br /> Mark <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/11/8/More-Plenary-Tales#more">posted earlier</a> about David Eisenberg and his organization, <a href="http://www.dcat.net/">DCAT</a>, getting USGBC's Organization Excellence <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/News/USGBCInTheNewsDetails.aspx?ID=3440">Leadership Award</a> at Greenbuild 2007. David has certainly been a great friend and mentor to many of us here at BuildingGreen.</p> <p>Personally, I have to say that no one has had more impact on my career in green building than Gail Lindsey (except, of course, BuildingGreen's fearless leader Alex). You can see a summary of her achievements in this online <a href="http://www.jrgbc.org/gogreen/Gail_Lindsey.pdf">bio (PDF format)</a>.</p> <p>Gail was recognized by USGBC for her role in creating Community, which is certainly apt. She has an amazing ability to make connections&mdash;between people, ideas, projects, you name it&mdash;everywhere she goes. In conversations about specific projects, whenever there is the suggestion that a choice has to be made between two competing possibilities, Gail speaks up as the &quot;And Police&quot;&mdash;not &quot;this OR that&quot; she says, but &quot;this AND that&quot;.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gaillindsey_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6586">gaillindsey_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/community-leader-gail-lindsey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Greenbuild '07 Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/community-leader-gail-lindsey#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:45:00 +0000 Web Master 11429 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com