Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/1798/AIA%20Convention en UL and Perkins+Will Launch “Transparency Briefs” http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ul-and-perkinswill-launch-transparency-briefs <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"> AIA Convention </div> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <h3>New EPD summaries give a snapshot view of LCA data, but are limited by their document-centric paradigm.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/transparency_brief.png" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/transparency_brief.png" alt="" /></a> <strong>This two-page summary of an EPD is a new format that seeks to make <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>-based information easier to use.</strong><br /><em>Image Credit: UL Environment<br /></em></div> <p>Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are, in theory, the answer to our product information prayers. To the extent enabled by the appropriate Product Category Rule (PCR), a product’s EPD discloses environmental life-cycle assessment results including its ingredients and environmental impacts. If that information is validated and certified by a credible third party, so much the better. To better understand how all that works, check out <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Environ_Product_Declarations.pdf">BuildingGreen’s graphical EPD primer</a> (PDF) and our <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2011/12/27/The-Transparency-Movement-Peeking-Behind-the-Corporate-Veil/" target="_blank">feature article on product transparency</a> (member link).</p> <p>Current LCA methods are not very helpful for some key issues, such as human health, ecological toxicity, and habitat disruption, so most EPDs wisely omit those categories. Even the information that remains, however—a 20-30 page structured summary of an LCA study that might run 100 pages or more—can easily overwhelm designers and other potential users of all this information.</p> <h3>Brevity to the rescue</h3> <p>In an effort to make the key parts of this information more accessible, <a href="http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/businesses/environment/">UL Environment (ULe)</a> has now unveiled a new two-page “Transparency Brief” that summarizes the LCA results even further.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ul-and-perkinswill-launch-transparency-briefs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention BuildingGreen's Top Stories GreenSpec Insights http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ul-and-perkinswill-launch-transparency-briefs#comments Sun, 20 May 2012 00:53:45 +0000 Nadav Malin 10717 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com With AIA 2012 Inside the Beltway, There's No Dodging the Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-2012-inside-beltway-theres-no-dodging-politics <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"> AIA Convention </div> </div> </div> <h3>The opening keynote at AIA 2012 dishes up a surprisingly politicized main event but transitions smoothly to end on a high note.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/AIA_2012_Welcome.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/AIA_2012_Welcome.jpg" alt="" /></a> <strong>Welcome to AIA 2012 in Washington, D.C.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Paula Melton<br /></em></div> <p>A lot of things come to mind when I think about the annual AIA Convention; electoral politics isn't one of them. But today's opening keynote put politics front and center in a variety of ways. And judging by the vibes I felt coming off the standing-room-only crowd, the topic was about as welcome here as it is at Thanksgiving dinner when your crazy uncle (regardless of political persuasion) gets started with his conspiracy theories.</p> <p>Perhaps the most awkward moment was when Mayor Vincent Gray, after an appropriate and lovely speech about D.C. as "a museum of historical design and a living hub of architectural innovation" couldn't resist the urge to bring up <a href="http://government.dc.gov/DC/Government/Data+&amp;+Transparency/DC+Statehood" target="_blank">D.C. Statehood</a>—an issue most of the people in the room were unlikely to know or care about (as a former resident of the District, I confess applauding, but I was almost alone).</p> <h3>No designated bike lanes in D.C. last time</h3> <p>Then Earl Blumenauer, Hon. AIA—U.S. Representative from Oregon and member of the <a href="http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=280" target="_blank">Congressional Bicycle Caucus</a>—took the stage to address a topic that's a lot closer to home for architects everywhere: livable cities. Did you know that the last time the AIA Convention was held in D.C., there were no designated bike lanes?</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-2012-inside-beltway-theres-no-dodging-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-2012-inside-beltway-theres-no-dodging-politics#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 17:35:03 +0000 Paula Melton 10716 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com A Visit to the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/visit-bank-america-tower-one-bryant-park <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"> AIA Convention </div> </div> </div> <h3>BuildingGreen goes to town! On our way to D.C. for this year's AIA Convention, we stopped in NYC for a tour of the Bank of America tower that took us from the subterranean depths to the highest heights.</h3> <p>For a number of reasons, the <a href="http://www.cookplusfox.com/" target="_blank">Cook+Fox</a>-designed Bank of America tower at One Bryant Park is <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2010/11/2/Energy-Efficiency-of-Bank-of-America-Tower-Depends-on-the-Metric-You-Choose/" target="_blank">an object lesson in how difficult it can be to compare the energy performance of buildings that don't fit neatly into a typical category</a> (is it a data center or a commercial office? a lot of both, and it also has its own power plant).</p> <p>But for four of us from BuildingGreen, today it was mainly a chance to enjoy the company of the people who care for this building—and to listen to them geek out about <abbr title="The simultaneous production of electric and thermal energy in on-site, distributed energy systems; typically, waste heat from the electricity generation process is recovered and used to heat, cool, or dehumidify building space. Neither generation of electricity without use of the byproduct heat, nor waste-heat recovery from processes other than electricity generation is included in the definition of cogeneration."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2299">cogeneration</a></abbr>, ice storage, and the importance of light for the well-being of everyone on staff (not just the people in cubicles). I snapped a few shots while we were there.</p> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/View_from_Bank_of_America_Tower.JPG" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Paula_Blog_Images/View_from_Bank_of_America_Tower.JPG" alt="" /></a> <strong>We got an incredible view from the 49th floor, where our tour began and ended.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Paula Melton<br /></em></div> <p>During our bright and sunny lunch in a <a href="http://www.durst.org/" target="_blank">Durst Organization</a> conference room on the 49th floor, there was a bit of chatter about the "inverse relationship between daylight and self-loathing," or something along those lines. Unfortunately, of course, the workers who run the cogen plant don't get natural daylighting in their workspace.</p> <p>But, says Don Winston, P.E., vice president for technical services at Durst (which co-owns the building, along with Bank of America), these workers are not neglected. When asked about lights in maintenance hallways being on 24/7, he told us that these areas are overlighted on purpose. First, there are safety considerations, but there's also "pride of place." Staff members who don't feel like they've been confined to a dungeon or hidden away in a cave feel valued and take pride in their work.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/visit-bank-america-tower-one-bryant-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/visit-bank-america-tower-one-bryant-park#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 02:17:33 +0000 Paula Melton 10708 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Top Products from the Greenbuild Expo Floor: Part 2 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-products-greenbuild-expo-floor-part-2 <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"> Brent Ehrlich </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"> AIA Convention </div> <div class="field-item even"> GreenSpec Insights </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//HempInsulation.jpg" target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//HempInsulation.jpg" alt="" /> </a> <em>Mem's NaturHemp insulation offers comparable R-values to other batt insulations and is made from <abbr title="Term describing a natural material that is grown and harvested on a relatively short-rotation cycle (defined by the LEED rating system to be ten years or less)."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2496">rapidly renewable</a></abbr> hemp. It is made in Canada, where industrial hemp can be grown legally.</em></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>More new products from Greenbuild! This week we introduce you to some water-saving fixtures, recycled content products, a residential rainscreen system, and hemp insulation.</h3> <p>A couple weeks after Greenbuild, and we are still looking at products from a productive show.</p> <p>Major manufacturers have the budgets for large exhibits on the expo floor to show off their latest offerings. I always enjoy these "booths" because the products are usually well tested and ready for market, but if you want to glimpse some of the real innovators in the industry, it is also worth touring the outer perimeter, where the smaller vendors set up shop.</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/HempInsulation_2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=47918">HempInsulation_2.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/Rainscreen1_2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=45516">Rainscreen1_2.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/HowToChoose_6.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=21949">HowToChoose_6.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_45.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12623">FreeNewsletterGSI_45.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-products-greenbuild-expo-floor-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention GreenSpec Insights http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-products-greenbuild-expo-floor-part-2#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:43:00 +0000 Web Master 8989 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com International Green Construction Code: Adoptable, Useable, Enforceable* http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/international-green-construction-code-adoptable-useable-enforceable <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"> AIA Convention </div> </div> </div> <h3>The IGCC is designed to implement green building on a massive scale--not to replace LEED.</h3> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Daylighting Law.jpg" target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Daylighting Law.jpg" alt="" /> </a> <em>There are many challenges with mandating daylighting within an international code framework. This illustrates one of them: geography plays a huge role in daylighting, but established climate zones do not overlap with daylight availability, so separate zones had to be established.</em></div> <p>It's pretty exciting that local and state governments throughout the U.S. are leaping to adopt the <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">International Green Construction Code (IGCC)</a> before the code is even completed. That says a lot.</p> <p>But as I sat down for Allan Bilka's talk about the code at the AIA Convention last week, one of his first comments said a lot too: "I think we're very far in any of these documents from producing a building that is truly sustainable." Ouch.</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/Daylighting_Law.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=379390">Daylighting_Law.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.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/international-green-construction-code-adoptable-useable-enforceable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/international-green-construction-code-adoptable-useable-enforceable#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 19:14:00 +0000 Web Master 9056 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Sustaining the Existing Building Stock http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sustaining-existing-building-stock <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//scale.jpg" /><br /> Greening our existing building stock has taken new prominence recently, both as the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/2/Finding-the-Green-Lining-Surviving-and-Thriving-in-an-Economic-Downturn/">green building community grapples with the general economic slowdown along with the new construction slowdown</a>, and as we get more real about what it will take for the building sector to slash our carbon emissions.</p> <p>If you're coming to the <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/" target="blank">AIA convention</a> in San Francisco April 29 – May 2, I want to invite you to a workshop I"m involved that will provide a great opportunity to discuss these issues and learn from each other.</p> <p>The session, <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/program/W25" target="blank">"Sustaining the Existing Building Stock: The Greatest Challenge of Architecture 2030,"</a> is described in the convention program as follows:</p> <p>7.5 LUs-Intermediate Level</p> <p>The imperatives of Architecture 2030 demand that the environmental footprint of the existing building stock profoundly be transformed.</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/scale_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38161">scale_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sustaining-existing-building-stock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sustaining-existing-building-stock#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2009 17:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11761 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 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 COTE's Top Ten Green Projects Presentation at AIA'08 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-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//wentz-aia.jpg" />Michael Wentz being interviewed after the presentationThe AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects awards for sustainable design excellence is a big deal, and the nearly hour-and-a-half presentation was standing room only.</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/wentz-aia_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39361">wentz-aia_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/cote-people_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=51791">cote-people_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Awards Case Studies Events LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-aia08#comments Sat, 17 May 2008 15:00:00 +0000 Web Master 11548 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Overheard at AIA'08 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/overheard-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>&quot;I kinda liked the expo this year. There seemed to be a lot of stuff.&quot; &mdash;a guy to another guy<br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//exfloor.jpg" />A piece of it. Just a piece.</div> </p><p></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/exfloor_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=75941">exfloor_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> AIA Convention Events Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/overheard-aia08#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 20:19:00 +0000 Web Master 11549 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Canstruction (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/canstruction-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//canstruction1.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/canstruction1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35310">canstruction1_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/canstruction2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=46168">canstruction2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/canstruction-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/canstruction-aia08#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 20:10:00 +0000 Web Master 11550 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Preparing for the 2030 Challenge (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/preparing-2030-challenge-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>&quot;Using case studies of recent high performance architecture, this session will identify key strategies required to increase sustainable methods to achieve zero carbon goals by the year 2030. The case studies examine design strategies and processes for the next generation of sustainable architecture, going beyond current best practices through synergistic approaches to bioclimatic site design, envelope, energy optimization, daylighting, passive and active systems, and materials.&quot; Presented by <a href="http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/faculty_projects/terri/">Terri Meyer Boake</a> and <a href="http://arch.cdes.umn.edu/faculty/Roster/MaryGuzowski.html">Mary Guzowski</a>; provided by the <a href="http://www.sbse.org/">Society of Building Science Educators</a>.</p> <p>So... much... important... stuff...</p> <p>So... much... common sense...</p> <p>There were entirely too many open seats &mdash; but nearly the entire audience was paying rapt attention. It felt like a real victory. Just eighteen credit-chasers left during the summary slide. I counted. True to form, during Q&amp;A, the room cleared &mdash; but the exodus started comparatively late.</p> <p>Listen. There's no way I can do this presentation justice, so I'm not going to try. Forgive me.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/preparing-2030-challenge-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Case Studies Events Nature & Nurture The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/preparing-2030-challenge-aia08#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 13:19:00 +0000 Web Master 11552 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 AIA'08: The Exhibition Hall http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia08-exhibition-hall <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>Now, having made <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/5/15/AIA-Convention-2008-The-Day-Before">that snarky comment about white guys in a previous post</a> (for the record, I'm a white guy), I should say that the conference itself has a very nicely diverse attendance. Walking the trade show floor, you're surrounded by a range of ages, what seems like an almost even mix of sexes, and a good variety of ancestries. And not everybody is dressed in fashionable black with high-tone glasses.</p> <p>I was talking with <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/10/30/Jim%20Newman">Jim Newman</a> about it, and he said that most conference attendees are actually from small firms, which have a greater diversity. (So, in the monstrous exhibition hall, it seems we have mostly big manufacturers and suppliers trying to sell mostly high-end wares to mostly small architectural concerns.)</p> <p>I haven't made it through much of the hall yet. I just attended a session &mdash; more on that later &mdash; and am about to head to another, co-presented by <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/10/30/Nadav%20Malin">Nadav Malin</a>.</p> <p>Here's the BuildingGreen booth in action:<br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bgi-booth.jpg" /></div> </p><p></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/bgi-booth_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=55597">bgi-booth_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> AIA Convention Events The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia08-exhibition-hall#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 19:37:00 +0000 Web Master 11555 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 AIA Convention 2008: Boston http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-convention-2008-boston <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//revere.jpg" />I came to Boston yesterday, giving myself plenty of time to check in at the sprawling <a href="http://www.mccahome.com/bcec.html">Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)</a> for this year's <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/">AIA National Convention</a> before heading out &mdash; pretty much cluelessly &mdash; to get a closer look at this historic city.</p> <p>I'd been tipped off that the <a href="http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/">Freedom Trail</a>, a walking tour following a thin red line that ties together many historic sites in town, was a good thing to do. The convention center is just several blocks from downtown, so I figured if I walked toward the big buildings I'd find the trail eventually. And eventually, I found myself at <a href="http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/bostoncommon.asp">Boston Common</a> and picked it up.</p> <p>The city's buildings are an interesting mix of old and new. There were a lot of white guys hurrying past all the history, jockeying for position to photograph seemingly any building with a glass facade. They all looked pretty much alike to me &mdash; the photographers and the photographed.</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/revere_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36393">revere_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-convention-2008-boston" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/aia-convention-2008-boston#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 10:54:00 +0000 Web Master 11557 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Trucks Without Gas... Really http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucks-without-gas-really <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//NAP-1lg.jpg" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//NAP-11.jpg" /></a>(click images to expand)<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//NAP-2lg.jpg" target="_blank" /><img border="0" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//NAP-2.jpg" />Jerelyn and Alex Wilson of BuildingGreenWhat kind of truck doesn't use any gasoline or diesel fuel to move heavy materials around the city? A bicycle truck, of course.</a></p> <p>Back in March BuildingGreen was introduced to <a href="http://newamsterdamproject.com/">The New Amsterdam Project </a>, a bicycle trucking firm in Cambridge, Ma. We tried them out moving our convention booth and materials in and out the <a href="http://www.buildingenergy.nesea.org/">NESEA BuildingEnergy 08</a> conference in Boston. If you attended BuildingEnergy this year, you may have seen their red bike-truck parked out front of the Seaport World Trade Center.</p> <p>We think this is a great development in transportation for cities like Boston. No carbon emissions, no diesel fumes, much easier on roads and traffic, and fast and efficient.</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/NAP-11_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=67934">NAP-11_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/NAP-2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16173">NAP-2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucks-without-gas-really" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trucks-without-gas-really#comments Mon, 12 May 2008 13:51:00 +0000 Web Master 11558 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Next Week: LIVE from the AIA Convention http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/next-week-live-aia-convention <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//08aia.png" /> The <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/">AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition</a> &mdash; &quot;We the People&quot; &mdash; starts next week Thursday, on the East Coast for the first time in almost a decade. As usual, BuildingGreen will be there. If you are, too, come see us at booth 14079.</p> <p>We also have people involved in a couple sessions. Peter Yost will co-lead an all-day preconvention workshop, &quot;<a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/events/61BOS08A/ContinuingEd/tracksessions//QMONYA0BT4VL">USGBC's Residential Programs</a>,&quot; along with <a href="http://arch.ou.edu/faculty/caldwell.php">Mack Caldwell</a> and <a href="http://www.designavenues.net/">Ann Edminster</a>. On Thursday at 4 p.m. until 5:30, Nadav Malin, along with <a href="http://www.sevengroup.com/who_we_are.html">Scot Horst</a>, answer the troubling question, &quot;<a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/events/61BOS08A/ContinuingEd/tracksessions//QMONYA0BT4VA">It's Certified Green, But What Does That Mean?</a>&quot;</p> <p>Me, I'll be a first-timer at AIA, and will be posting here from there. I've been going over <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/events/61BOS08A/SN954261">the guide</a> and <a href="http://www.aiaconvention.com/">the website</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-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/08aia_0.png" type="image/png; length=27344">08aia_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/next-week-live-aia-convention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/next-week-live-aia-convention#comments Wed, 07 May 2008 14:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11559 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com