Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/1803/Books%20%2526%20Media en Do adobe homes really work in all climates? – Book review http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/do-adobe-homes-really-work-all-climates-book-review <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"> Books & Media </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nature & Nurture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//adobe homes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The weather is turning cold here in southern Vermont. A friend just got chased off the Long Trail (which she was hiking from the Massachusetts to the Canadian borders) by 18 inches of snow on Killington. While the leaves are still turning here in the Connecticut River valley, it's time to start huddling up by the fire and thinking cozy thoughts.</p> <p>It was with this frame of mind that I excitedly cracked open <a href="http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/adobe_homes_for_all_climates:paperback"><em>Adobe Homes for All Climates Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques</em></a> by Lisa Schroder and Vince Ogletree. It's another well-produced addition to the library of natural building tomes offered by Chelsea Green Publishing.</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/adobe_homes.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6399">adobe_homes.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/do-adobe-homes-really-work-all-climates-book-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media BuildingGreen's Top Stories Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/do-adobe-homes-really-work-all-climates-book-review#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:28:00 +0000 Web Master 9138 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings - MEEB Like This http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/mechanical-and-electrical-equipment-buildings-meeb <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> <div align="right"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzmB37G_6A">(youtube link)</a></div> Books & Media Miscellania http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/mechanical-and-electrical-equipment-buildings-meeb#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 04:28:00 +0000 Web Master 11898 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Making Lime Mortars DVD http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-lime-mortars-dvd <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/cgi-bin/scale.cgi?width=200&amp;src=/productimages/2280_stastier.jpg" border="0" />Over at The Last Straw blog, Jeff Ruppert has posted <a href="http://tls.buildearth.org/2009/09/23/lime-mortars-dvd/">a review of Making Lime Mortars</a>, the first of a four-disc tutorial offered by <a href="http://www.limes.us/">St. Astier Natural Limes</a>. Perhaps the thing I like best about the review is that it doesn't get into the whole &quot;Why use lime&quot; conversation... it respectfully assumes that you already know.</p> <p>But in case you don't know, here's most of <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/productDetail.cfm?ProductID=2280">the product description for St. Astier's natural hydraulic lime from GreenSpec</a>:</p> <p>St. Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime, or NHL, is a 100% natural product that has been in production since 1851. St. Astier NHL Mortar is widely used in the restoration of old buildings. This natural hydraulic lime mortar imported from France allows stone to &quot;breathe&quot; naturally. Used in construction as plaster, stucco, mortar, and paint, its high level of vapor exchange and mineral composition can help reduce the risk of mold development and dry rot.</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/2280_stastier.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">2280_stastier.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-lime-mortars-dvd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/making-lime-mortars-dvd#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2009 22:36:00 +0000 Web Master 11862 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 More Toilet Flushing Fun http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/more-toilet-flushing-fun <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>Regular readers might remember <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/3/9/Dont-drop-your-wallet-in-the-toilet-Or-your-pants">the toilet-flushing video from March</a> that showed ridiculous quantities of carrots, chess pieces, Gummi bears, hot dogs, plastic letters and numbers, grapes, golf balls, and dog food getting flushed. Fun, but it didn't qualify for GreenSpec because it only met the federal minimum standard for water use.</p> <p>Well, here's one that does. The H2Option <abbr title="A type of water-saving toilet that gives a choice of flushes depending on the type of waste— solid or liquid."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2342">Dual-Flush</a></abbr> from American Standard offers an industry-first siphonic flush of either 1.6 or 1.0 gallons. And it's fun, too. Be sure to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZeSxGYCDTk">show this to the kids</a> (because they don't already have enough ideas).</p> <ul> <li>20 golf balls (full flush)</li> <li>1 lb orange peels (full flush)</li> <li>11 water wigglers (full flush)</li> <li>56 chicken nuggets (full flush)</li> <li>2 lbs flushable cat litter (full flush)</li> <li>5 large hot dogs (full flush)</li> <li>5 large hot dogs (half flush)</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/more-toilet-flushing-fun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/more-toilet-flushing-fun#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2009 15:13:00 +0000 Web Master 11873 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Factory Building Rolls Over. Upside-Down. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/factory-building-rolls-over-upside-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"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>In the wake of the pictures of that 13-story <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/7/5/13Story-Apartment-Building-Tips-Over-Sideways">apartment building that fell over</a>, here's video of a multistory <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyaz5_2cB2Y">factory building rolling over</a> and coming to rest upside-down, largely intact.</p> <div align="center"></div> <p>Success and failure are often matters of perspective.</p> Books & Media Miscellania http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/factory-building-rolls-over-upside-down#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 15:11:00 +0000 Web Master 11851 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com B'eau-Pal Bottled Water - Dichlormethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform... http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beau-pal-bottled-water-dichlormethane-carbon-tetrachloride-chloroform <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//bhopalwaterbottle.jpg" /><br />The label says:Bottled at Source &mdash; Hand Pump #1, Atal Ayub Nagar, Bhopal, Madya Pradesh, India.</p> <p>And in tiny print:Not suitable for human consumption.</p> <p>The nutrition label says:<br /> Total Fat 0g<br />Cholesterol 0g<br />Sodium 22mg<br />Dichlormethane<br />Carbon Tetrachloride<br />Chloroform0%<br />0%<br />1%<br />-400%<br />-200,000%<br />-250%</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bhopalwater.com/">website</a> says:The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world's largest industrial accident.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.theyesmen.org/">Yes Men</a>'s website <a href="http://www.theyesmen.org/blog/dow-runs-scared-from-water">says</a>:Twenty Bhopal activists, including Sathyu Sarangi of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, showed up at Dow headquarters near London to find that the entire building had been vacated.</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/bhopalwaterbottle_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=11614">bhopalwaterbottle_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beau-pal-bottled-water-dichlormethane-carbon-tetrachloride-chloroform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beau-pal-bottled-water-dichlormethane-carbon-tetrachloride-chloroform#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:22:00 +0000 Web Master 11829 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Smart Strategies to Market Your High Performance Homes http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/smart-strategies-market-your-high-performance-homes <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//dinalima.jpg" /><br /> Another in an <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">ongoing series of webinars</a> offered for free from our sister site, <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>, is coming up on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Eastern.</p> <p>The market for green building keeps growing as more and more people recognize that it just makes sense on so many levels. But it's not always as simple as &quot;if you build it, they will come.&quot; Smart Strategies to Market Your High Performance Homes will offer effective and inexpensive ways to market green homes, giving you some of the best strategies in this challenging economy. Presenter Dina Lima is a business owner, author, speaker, educator, and the founder and CEO of <a href="http://www.livinggreeninstitute.com/">Living Green Institute</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://buildinggreen.ilinc.com/register/bcpfzkj">Register for Smart Strategies to Market Your High Performance Homes</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">Other upcoming webinars from GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/archived-webinars">You can also view archived webinars</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/dinalima_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=11719">dinalima_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/smart-strategies-market-your-high-performance-homes#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:44:00 +0000 Web Master 11830 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Trade Contractor Management for High Performance Homes http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trade-contractor-management-high-performance-homes <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//carlsevilleheadshot.jpg" />Here's a <a href="https://buildinggreen.ilinc.com/register/czshjfj">free webinar (this Wednesday, July 8, at 4 p.m. ET)</a> for you green contractor types about getting the subs on board &mdash; or at least in line with the goals of green. Chances are good that there will be things worth knowing for non-professionals, too.</p> <p>Most contractors use trade contractors for the majority of the work on their projects. Effectively managed trade contractors assure higher performance, minimize rework and reduce warranty and callbacks. Carl will address how to create performance-based management systems focusing on the major components of green building. Attendees will see examples of management systems along with guidelines for creating them for their own businesses.</p> <p>The presenter, Carl Seville of <a href="http://www.sevilleconsulting.com/">Seville Consulting</a>, is a 30-year veteran of home renovation and construction... a green builder, educator, and residential sustainability consultant.</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/carlsevilleheadshot_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5748">carlsevilleheadshot_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trade-contractor-management-high-performance-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/trade-contractor-management-high-performance-homes#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2009 12:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11837 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Rebuilding Green After Catastrophe http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/rebuilding-green-after-catastrophe <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//greensburgtitle.jpg" />BuildingGreen's Michael Wentz has been coordinating for some time with DOE on case studies of <a href="http://greensburg.buildinggreen.com/index.cfm">the green rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas</a>, which had 90% of its buildings destroyed by a tornado in 2007. He described the work in <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/14/Greensburg-Case-Studies">a blog post here last year</a>. Then, in a congressional address last February, President Obama cited Greensburg as &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/2/25/Obama-Mentions-Greensburg-KS-in-Address-to-Congress">a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community</a>,&quot; to which Michael added, &quot;they are also a leader in green building including initiatives to work green building strategies into their building codes.&quot;</p> <p>A compelling hour-long documentary about what happened in Greensburg and the community's subsequent decision-making process in the wake of the two-mile-wide, F5 tornado is <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08PM3YEqBcE">available to watch over the web</a>.</p> <p>Previous coverage in <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm">Environmental Building News</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/greensburgtitle_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=7126">greensburgtitle_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/rebuilding-green-after-catastrophe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Case Studies http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/rebuilding-green-after-catastrophe#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 00:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11839 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Residential Green Building Opportunities within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/residential-green-building-opportunities-within-american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act <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//rmoody.jpg" /><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a> offers up another free webcast on June 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern. <a href="http://www.organicthink.com/organicthink/who_files/robBIOsmall.pdf">Rob Moody</a>, consultant at <a href="http://www.organicthink.com">Organic Think</a>, LEED Faculty member, and partner in the National Center for Sustainability will be talking about current and future funding opportunities for green building projects courtesy the economic stimulus package. Rise above the recession!</p> <p><a href="https://buildinggreen.ilinc.com/register/ybcrmhb">Register here</a>.</p> <p>Find out about <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">more webcasts from GreenBuildingAdvisor</a> (like Trade Contractor Management for High Performance Homes, and Smart Strategies to Market Your High Performance Homes, and Inspiring Sustainable Residential Interiors...)</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/rmoody_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=7320">rmoody_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Events http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/residential-green-building-opportunities-within-american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:17:00 +0000 Web Master 11803 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com New to Green Building? Try GBA. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-green-building-try-gba <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"> Brian Fending </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Recently, I broke one of my long-standing rules and <a href="http://brianfending.com/content/new-green-building" target="_blank">blogged about something BuildingGreen-related at my own blog</a>. My Costanzian fears were indeed warranted, and I've been egged on to cross-post it to the Live blog. Here she is, warts and all: my unvarnished opinion on the very best parts of the BuildingGreen product <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/" target="_blank">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>./BF</em></p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gbahpblg.png" />I don't often blog about worky stuff here, but decided this week that my "Worlds Will Collide!" fears are probably completely unwarranted. Besides, I'm working on some cool stuff these days. And finally, when my wife asks me, "What have you been doing?," when I come to bed at an obscene hour, I have an acceptable answer: "Changing the world, baby. Changing the world."</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/gbahpblg_0.png" type="image/png; length=67923">gbahpblg_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-green-building-try-gba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Books & Media Case Studies Miscellania Product Talk Q&A The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-green-building-try-gba#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2009 00:30:00 +0000 Web Master 11804 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com "You are brilliant, and the Earth is hiring" http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/you-are-brilliant-and-earth-hiring <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//hawkenatthegate.jpg" /><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/search/index.cfm?q=%22paul+hawken%22&amp;num=30&amp;f=Article&amp;f=GreenSpec&amp;f=CaseStudy&amp;f=Bibliography&amp;f=LIVE">Paul Hawken</a> gave the <a href="http://www.paulhawken.com/multimedia/UofP_Commencement_05.03.09.pdf">commencement address for the University of Portland</a> earlier this month, and it's making the rounds. Deservedly. Its message is as good for the building industry &mdash; for anybody living, for that matter &mdash; as it was for those graduating seniors. Here it is. Please read it.</p> <p>When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was &quot;direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.&quot; No pressure there.</p> <p>Let's begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation... but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement.</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/hawkenatthegate_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20884">hawkenatthegate_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/you-are-brilliant-and-earth-hiring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/you-are-brilliant-and-earth-hiring#comments Sun, 24 May 2009 12:53:00 +0000 Web Master 11783 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com In Response: "4 Years + 15 Million Dollars = Old News, No Actual Solutions" http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/response-4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions <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//eebtm.jpg" border="1" />Christian Kornevall, the director of the <a href="http://www.wbcsd.org/templates/TemplateWBCSD5/layout.asp?type=p&amp;MenuId=MTA5NA&amp;doOpen=1&amp;ClickMenu=LeftMenu">Energy Efficiency in Buildings project</a> of the <a>World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)</a>, sent the following in response to my May 9th post titled "<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/5/9/4-Years--15-Million-Dollars--Old-News-No-Actual-Solutions">4 Years + 15 Million Dollars = Old News, No Actual Solutions</a>."</p> <p>It thoughtfully addresses my comments &mdash; some of which were critical. It also provides clarity about the spirit of their intent and steps going forward. Steps we all need to take together.</p> <p>The WBCSD and EEB project team members are very interested in receiving constructive feedback on their work, so we appreciate individuals such as Mr. Piepkorn taking a close look at the results, analysis, and recommendations we presented in our recent report, <a href="http://www.wbcsd.org/Plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?DocTypeId=251&amp;ObjectId=MzQyMDY">Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market</a>. Fundamentally, Mr.</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/eebtm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9256">eebtm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/response-4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/response-4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 11:30:00 +0000 Web Master 11785 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED for Homes: Tips for Successful Projects http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects <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>Who could be more qualified than one of the principal authors of <a href="http://www.greenbuildingcouncil.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147">LEED for Homes</a> to provide insight on the best ways to make the program work?</p> <p>LEED for Homes, like other rating systems, is an assessment tool. This means that while it provides some &quot;how-to&quot; information (at the level of individual strategies or &quot;credits&quot;), it doesn't offer any guidance for how to approach the design and construction of a high-performing home differently than a conventional project. Ann Edminster will offer some of that missing guidance in this webinar.</p> <p>It gets better. Not only do you not have to jet off to some city to sit in some auditorium during some high-priced conference to take this in... it's free. Just <a href="https://buildinggreen.ilinc.com/register/ybvbhmj">sign up</a> and it's yours for the taking on June 2, at 2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific), right on your computer. A <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">gift from GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>.</p> <p>The presenter, Ann Edminster, is a longtime green building mover and shaker.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 12:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11790 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 4 Years + 15 Million Dollars = Old News, No Actual Solutions http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions <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//eebtm.jpg" border="1" />The <a href="http://www.wbcsd.org/Plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?DocTypeId=251&amp;ObjectId=MzQyMDY">World Business Council for Sustainable Development website says</a> that its new study, Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market, is &quot;the most rigorous study ever conducted on the subject.&quot;</p> <p>New modeling by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) shows how energy use in buildings can be cut by 60 percent by 2050 &mdash; essential to meeting global <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> targets &mdash; but this will require immediate action to transform the building sector. This is the central message of the report from the WBCSD's four-year, $15 million Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) research project, the most rigorous study ever conducted on the subject.</p> <p>It ain't exactly the <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/">2030 Challenge</a>, but the words &quot;shows how&quot; popped off the screen. Finally, a clear path forward. I dove in. Deeper. Deeper. And then I climbed out.<br /> There's a lot of good information defining the energy problems of building construction and operation, and those problems are well expressed.</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/eebtm_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9256">eebtm_1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/4-years-15-million-dollars-old-news-no-actual-solutions#comments Sat, 09 May 2009 10:04:00 +0000 Web Master 11792 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Food, Inc. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/food-inc <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//victorygarden.jpg" />The Obamas put in the first <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/20/white.house.garden/">food garden (organic, natch) on the White House grounds</a> since Eleanor Roosevelt's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_garden">victory garden</a> during World War II. <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/29/Growing-Food-Locally-Integrating-Agriculture-Into-the-Built-Environment/">We dig that</a>.</p> <p>Skeptics may scoff that's it just symbolic, but I don't think so. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/dining/20garden.html?fta=y">According the The New York Times</a>, the garden will have &quot;55 varieties of vegetables, from a wish list of the kitchen staff. Cristeta Comerford, the White House's executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.&quot;</p> <p>And 1100 square feet can produce a lot of produce &mdash; <a href="http://www.almanac.com/garden/begin/bgarden.php">the Old Farmer's Almanac says that</a> &quot;A good-sized beginner vegetable garden is 10 x 16 feet [160 square feet].</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/victorygarden_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10352">victorygarden_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/food-inc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/food-inc#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2009 13:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11766 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Free Webinars from GreenBuildingAdvisor.com http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-webinars-greenbuildingadvisorcom <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>On Wednesday, April 29, Alex Wilson presents <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">The Future of Housing</a> &mdash; &quot;leading-edge strategies for achieving net-zero-energy homes, transportation energy use associated with where we live, the looming challenge of water, passive survivability as a residential design criterion, and thoughts on incorporating food production into the built environment. Today's economic crisis makes this discussion all the more important and points to the need to focus on our existing housing stock, which will also be discussed.&quot;</p> <p>Then on Monday, May 11, Alex is back with <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">What's New in Green Products</a>, in which he will &quot;discuss how BuildingGreen assesses products for its GreenSpec directory of green building products and review some of the more exciting new products that have come across his desk recently. Though he has been reviewing and reporting on green building products for more than 20 years, Alex is still excited when he comes across innovative new products.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-webinars-greenbuildingadvisorcom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-webinars-greenbuildingadvisorcom#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:56:00 +0000 Web Master 11770 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Free Weeklong Online Green Conference Begins April 20 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-weeklong-online-green-conference-begins-april-20 <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//greenweek.png" /><br /> All this week, webcasting service BrightTALK is honoring Earth Day by providing <a href="http://www.brighttalk.com/summit/greenweek">five days of free green building presentations</a>. Many of the presenters are world-class. If you can't fit it into your schedule, the recorded sessions will be available on-demand later.</p> <p>Monday addresses Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability &mdash; the highlight is likely to be the Executive Director at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Center for Responsible Business, <a href="http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/CenterStaff.html#Mackness">Jo Mackness</a>, speaking on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Next Generation of Business Leaders.</p> <p>Tuesday is Water Management day, and there a couple programs that are particularly intriguing. <a href="http://www.nature.org/initiatives/freshwater/contact/art25354.html">Jonathan C.</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/greenweek_0.png" type="image/png; length=6842">greenweek_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-weeklong-online-green-conference-begins-april-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/free-weeklong-online-green-conference-begins-april-20#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:28:00 +0000 Web Master 11771 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Experts Say a New Ice Age is Imminent http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/experts-say-new-ice-age-imminent <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"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthetube/3429743835/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//newiceage.jpg" border="0" /></a></div> <p>(For those who might feel that the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/4/11/Climate-Denial-Crock-of-the-Week">Climate Denial Crock of the Week</a> post needs some balance.)</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/newiceage_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=40720">newiceage_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/experts-say-new-ice-age-imminent#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2009 15:13:00 +0000 Web Master 11775 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Climate Denial Crock of the Week http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/climate-denial-crock-week <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>Peter Sinclair is a graphic artist, illustrator, animator, and environmental awareness advocate. He's been posting a series of &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=greenman3610&amp;view=videos">Climate Denial Crock of the Week</a>&quot; videos on the internet.</p> <div align="center"></div> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8mlF8KT6I">The Great Petition Fraud.</a> &quot;We've all heard about the 'Petitions' of 'Scientists' who disagree with Climate Science. This sordid little episode in the history of Climate Denial points up once again the fundamental dishonesty of the climate denial industry.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/climate-denial-crock-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/climate-denial-crock-week#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2009 14:57:00 +0000 Web Master 11776 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Scenes From the Recession http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/scenes-recession <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>Boston.com's regular feature, The Big Picture, presents &quot;news stories in photographs.&quot; The <a href="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/scenes_from_the_recession.html">March 18th edition</a> is prefaced:</p> <p>The state of our global economy: foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies, layoffs, abandoned projects, and the people and industries caught in the middle. It can be difficult to capture financial pressures in photographs, but here a few recent glimpses into some of the places and lives affected by what some are calling the &quot;Great Recession&quot;.</p> <p>Here are some highlights particularly appropriate for green builders...</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/scenes_from_the_recession.html#photo12"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bigpic01.jpg" border="0" /></a><a href="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/scenes_from_the_recession.html#photo12">#12</a>. As new home sales and housing starts hit record lows, empty lots, partially constructed homes and abandoned ones are seen in a subdivision on January 30, 2009 near Homestead, Florida. </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-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/bigpic01_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=41618">bigpic01_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/bigpic02_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=30272">bigpic02_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/bigpic03_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22445">bigpic03_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/bigpic04_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22291">bigpic04_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/bigpic05_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=32569">bigpic05_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/scenes-recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/scenes-recession#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:34:00 +0000 Web Master 11750 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Ruins of Detroit http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ruins-detroit <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>On the heels of <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/3/9/100-Abandoned-Houses">100 Abandoned Houses</a>, more like it... but bigger.</p> <p>The website of Yves Marchand &amp; Romain Meffre Photography presents a gallery titled <a href="http://reliques.online.fr/detroit/detroit00.html">The ruins of Detroit</a>:</p> <p>At the beginning of the 20th Century, the city of Detroit developed rapidly thanks to the automobile industry and until the 50's, its population rose to almost 2 million people. At this time, it was the 4th most important city in the United States.</p> <p>During the 60's, deindustrialization and violent riots caused a large migration of the middle-class people outside the metropolis area. Then until the end of the 90's, &quot;Motor City&quot; lost more than half of its population. </p> <p>Today, despite a beginning of revitalization, a lot of the luxuous hotels, theaters, apartments, stores and office buildings built in the prosperous era remain vacant.</p> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//detroitruin1.jpg" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//detroitruin2.jpg" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//detroitruin3.jpg" /> </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-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/detroitruin1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=42109">detroitruin1_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/detroitruin2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=42561">detroitruin2_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/detroitruin3_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39016">detroitruin3_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/detroitruin4_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=44412">detroitruin4_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ruins-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/ruins-detroit#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2009 17:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11752 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Interview with a Green Building Movement Pioneer http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer <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.cchange.net/">Sea Change Radio</a> recently had a great discussion with Alex Wilson. From their website:</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//atwcchange.jpg" />Alex Wilson founded BuildingGreen in 1985, when the green building movement was in its infancy. As executive editor of <em><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/articles/" target="_blank">Environmental Building News</a></em>, the bible of green building, Wilson has provided the information that has formed the building blocks of the movement. In November 2008, Wilson received the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/press/leadership_award.cfm" target="_blank">Leadership Award for Education</a> from the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">US Green Building Council</a>, whose board he served on from 2000 until 2005, the crucial period when the organization created the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/" target="_blank">LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)</a> certification.</p> <p>Wilson launches the conversation with a primer on green building and its history, starting with an explanation of LEED.</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/atwcchange_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5643">atwcchange_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media LEED Passive Survivability The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11755 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 100 Abandoned Houses http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-abandoned-houses <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>From photographer <a href="http://www.kevinbauman.com/">Kevin Bauman</a>'s website. <a href="http://www.kevinbauman.com/100abandonedhouses/">See them all</a>.</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.kevinbauman.com/100abandonedhouses/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned01.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned02.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned03.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned04.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned05.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned06.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned07.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//abandoned08.jpg" border="0" /><br /></a></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-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/abandoned01_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12285">abandoned01_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/abandoned02_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13674">abandoned02_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/abandoned03_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13314">abandoned03_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/abandoned04_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; 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length=14141">abandoned07_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/abandoned08_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16011">abandoned08_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Miscellania The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-abandoned-houses#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:40:00 +0000 Web Master 11758 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com GreenBuildingAdvisor.com Residential Green Building Resource http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenbuildingadvisorcom-residential-green-building-resource <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/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//logo.jpg" width="340" height="42" alt="Green Building Advisor" border="0" /></a><br /> <div align="right"><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/send.cfm?id=B962AF62-B5A4-134C-9470287D378E4CF5"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ffriend.jpg" width="148" height="55" border="0" alt="Forward to a Friend" /></a></div> </p><p><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//nav_home.png" alt="Home" width="82" height="54" border="0" /></a><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sp1.png" alt="" width="4" height="54" /><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/green-basics"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//nav_gb.png" alt="Green Basics" width="73" height="54" border="0" /></a><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sp1.png" alt="" width="4" height="54" /><a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//nav_blogs.png" alt="Blogs" width="73" height="54" border="0" />&lt;</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/logo_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; 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Small Sacrifices</a>, and <a href="http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/digests/bsd-113-ground-source-heat-pumps-geothermal-for-residential-heating-and-cooling-carbon-emissions-and-efficiency?full_view=1">Ground Source Heat Pumps ("Geothermal") for Residential Heating and Cooling: Carbon Emissions and Efficiency</a>.</p> <p>A new article went up there in the last few days titled <a href="http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/digests/bsd-112-building-science-for-strawbale-buildings/?full_view=1">Building Science for Strawbale Buildings</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/sbsci_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9946">sbsci_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/building-science-strawbale-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/building-science-strawbale-buildings#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11725 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 Touring the Greenbuild Expo with CNN http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/touring-greenbuild-expo-cnn <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>I'm not usually all that comfortable in front of a camera, but I had fun walking the Greenbuild 2008 Expo floor with a video crew from CNNMoney.com and Fortune magazine. </p> <p>We focused on four or five technologies in our tour, only two of which made it into the final <a href="http://money.cnn.com/video/ft/#/video/fortune/2008/12/02/fortune.bg.greenbuild.fortune">two minute video</a> (after a nice lead-in by Scot Horst of <a href="http://www.sevengroup.com/">7group</a>). The CNN crew were looking for photogenic presentations, while I was looking for products I believe in to talk about. I'm pleased with how it came out in the end &mdash; though it would have been nice to cover a lot more stuff!</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://money.cnn.com/video/ft/#/video/fortune/2008/12/02/fortune.bg.greenbuild.fortune"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//nadavcnn.jpg" border="0" /></a></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-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/nadavcnn_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28310">nadavcnn_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Events Greenbuild '08 Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/touring-greenbuild-expo-cnn#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2008 13:21:00 +0000 Web Master 11697 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Exploding Low-Flow Toilets http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/exploding-low-flow-toilets <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>In 1997, humorist Dave Barry wrote a newspaper piece titled &quot;The Toilet Police,&quot; about those newly mandated 1.6-gallon low-flow toilets that honestly and truly deserved to be dumped on. The column is still floating around the internet, and clearly people are still moved by it. But, y'know, that was over a decade ago. <img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//davebarry.jpg" /> There are still crappy toilets to be had, just like there are lousy products of all sorts readily available, but smart toilet makers have strained to get the kinks out to the point that a one-gallon flush can outperform some of those old three-and-a-half-gallon water-hogs.</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/davebarry_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18190">davebarry_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/davebarrytoilet_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38358">davebarrytoilet_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/exploding-low-flow-toilets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/exploding-low-flow-toilets#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11699 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com New Residential Green Building Website http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-residential-green-building-website <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//gbalogo.png" />Posted live from Greenbuild.</p> <p>Press release:</p> <p>BuildingGreen, LLC, announces a new online information resource on residential green building and remodeling. <a href="http://www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>, which will be officially launched at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas January 20, 2009, is an online suite of expert advice, proven construction details, and real-world tools for residential architects, builders, remodelers, and highly engaged homeowners.</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com">GBA</a> builds on the decades of experience and depth of the two partner companies that came together to create this resource: BuildingGreen, publisher of Environmental Building News and The Taunton Press, publisher of Fine Homebuilding,&quot; says BuildingGreen director of residential services Peter Yost. &quot;In the works since the two companies joined forces in early 2008, <a href="http://www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a> will be the most comprehensive, useful, and easy-to-use online resource serving the residential green building community,&quot; noted Yost.</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/gbalogo_0.png" type="image/png; length=8383">gbalogo_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-residential-green-building-website" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Books & Media Events Greenbuild '08 Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-residential-green-building-website#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11653 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com USGBC, 15 Years Old, Looks Back http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-15-years-old-looks-back <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//usgbc15.png" />In honor of itself (hmm... was really the best way for me to kick off this post?), the USGBC has done a kind of a cool thing. A letter released to its membership says,</p> <p>... when we reflected on how best we could mark our anniversary as a community of leaders called the U.S. Green Building Council, we decided that the story was best told in your words.</p> <p>They've produced eight short documentaries (most of them clocking in at about 3 to 3-1/2 minutes) that feature 15 &quot;pivotal leaders and unsung heroes&quot; talking about the early days of green building and looking to what's ahead. The second one features Alex Wilson, fearless cofounder of BuildingGreen. (They got his name right, but screwed up his association &mdash; he's the executive editor of Environmental Building News, not Healthy Building Network &mdash; which is a very good organization, but something else entirely.)</p> <p>People are encouraged to post video responses on YouTube, which is a great idea.</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/usgbc15_0.png" type="image/png; length=25116">usgbc15_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-15-years-old-looks-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-15-years-old-looks-back#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:09:00 +0000 Web Master 11676 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Transportation Energy: Consumers vs. The Consumed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transportation-energy-consumers-vs-consumed <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.bbc.co.uk/religion/galleries/consumerwaste/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//truckberries.jpg" border="0" /></a>A current article from Reason magazine (their <abbr title="LEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2524">tag</a></abbr> line &mdash; &quot;Free Minds and Free Markets&quot; &mdash; might reveal a hint of a bias), &quot;<a href="http://www.reason.com/news/show/129855.html">The Food Miles Mistake: Saving the planet by eating New Zealand apples</a>&quot; questions one of the main ecological premises of the localvore movement, saying:</p> <p>...a comprehensive study done by the United Kingdom's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)... reported that <a href="https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/reports/foodmiles/final.pdf">82 percent of food miles</a> were generated within the U.K. &mdash; consumer shopping trips accounted for 48 percent and trucking for 31 percent of British food miles. </p> <p>In the United States, a 2007 analysis found that transporting food from producers to retailers accounted for <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/sample.cgi/esthag/2008/42/i10/pdf/es702969f.pdf">only 4 percent</a> of greenhouse emissions related to food. According to a 2000 study, agriculture was responsible for <a href="http://css.snre.umich.edu/css_doc/CSS00-04.pdf">7.7 percent</a> of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.</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/truckberries_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18699">truckberries_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transportation-energy-consumers-vs-consumed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Miscellania Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/transportation-energy-consumers-vs-consumed#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2008 16:02:00 +0000 Web Master 11680 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 Guerilla gardeners caught on tape http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/guerilla-gardeners-caught-tape <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>Should we prosecute <a href="http://current.com/items/76369942_guerrilla_gardener">this type of illegal public improvement</a>? Or participate in it? (The correct answer is the latter.) In this clip, ringleader <a href="http://www.guerrillagardening.org/">Richard Reynolds</a> incites rogue acts of civic delight:</p> <div align="center">(<a href="http://current.com/items/76369942_guerrilla_gardener">link to video</a>)</div> <p>Previously on these pages: <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/2/19/Guerrilla-Gardening">Guerrilla Gardening</a>.</p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/guerilla-gardeners-caught-tape#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2008 14:11:00 +0000 Web Master 11686 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com U.S. Wind Power Increases by 81.6 Percent Since Last Year http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/us-wind-power-increases-816-percent-last-year <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//windmillworker.jpg" />Sort of. The executive summary of the September 2008 Electric Power Monthly, released a few days ago by the <a href="http://www.eia.doe.gov/">Energy Information Administration</a> &mdash; a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy &mdash; states that &quot;Wind-powered generation [in June 2008] was 81.6 percent higher than it was in June 2007.&quot;</p> <p>Holy cow!</p> <p>However, it goes on, &quot;Even with this significant increase, the contribution of wind-powered generation to the national total was only 1.2 percent in June 2008.&quot;</p> <p>Does it constitute a baby step in the right direction nonetheless? Maybe. The statistics are a snapshot of two chunks of time: the months of June in 2007 and 2008. Increasing the aperture gives a more complete picture. In the first six months of 2008, national power generation (which was up a point over 2007) sources break down like this:</p> <ul> <li>coal-fired plants increased by 0.8 percent &mdash; contributing 48.9 percent of total U.S. </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/windmillworker_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6269">windmillworker_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/us-wind-power-increases-816-percent-last-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Miscellania http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/us-wind-power-increases-816-percent-last-year#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2008 01:10:00 +0000 Web Master 11641 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 Living Future 08 'Unconference' Proceedings Online http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-future-08-unconference-proceedings-online <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//08lf.png" />Back on May 6, <a>Jennifer Atlee posted</a> here on this blog:&quot;If I could adopt a conference, it would be the USGBC Cascadia chapter's <a href="http://www.cascadiagbc.org/living-future">Living Future 'Unconference'</a>. As someone who generally prefers to stay behind the scenes talking shop, it was a delight to find myself surrounded primarily by the obsessed of the green building world...&quot;</p> <p>She went on to briefly describe some highlights of the event, and even provided her notes from the presentation she gave, &quot;Be a Product Detective: Sleuthing the Truth About Building Materials&quot;.</p> <p>Now here's some great news for those of us who weren't there: <a href="http://h2opodcast.com/LivingFuture08.html">The Living Future 08 conference is now online</a>. Follow these links to audio tracks, powerpoint files, program descriptions, and presenter bios:<br /> <a href="http://h2opodcast.com/LivingFuture08.html#lb">&middot; Living Building: Energy and Carbon Neutrality</a><br /><br /> <a href="http://h2opodcast.com/LivingFuture08.html#we">&middot; Wholistic Engineering: Applied to a Living Building Water System</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/08lf_1.png" type="image/png; length=27788">08lf_1.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-future-08-unconference-proceedings-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events Living Future Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/living-future-08-unconference-proceedings-online#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2008 15:09:00 +0000 Web Master 11643 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Outlawing Toilet Seats http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/outlawing-toilet-seats <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//toiletseat.jpg" />The current issue of The New Yorker has a sprawling piece about the illegal logging market, titled &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/06/081006fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=all">The Stolen Forests</a>&quot;, which cuts a global swath and at times reads like a spy novel.</p> <p>They've also posted a couple related treats on their website: an <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/10/06/081006on_audio_khatchadourian">audio interview</a> with the article's author and <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/06/081006fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=all">a nice little movie</a> showing poached Russian timber winding up as a toilet seat at Wal-Mart.</p> <p>Which, in addition to being a Russian crime, is about to become an American crime. Finally. As noted in the article &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/9/25/Illegal-Timber-Trade-Targeted-by-New-Law/">Illegal Timber Trade Targeted by New Law</a>&quot; in the current issue of Environmental Building News, congress amended the Lacey Act in June to prevent sales in the U.S. of all timber and other plant materials illegally harvested elsewhere.</p> <p>Also see <a href="http://www.eia-global.org/lacey/P6.EIA.LaceyReport.pdf?xrail">The U.S.</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/toiletseat_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3517">toiletseat_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/outlawing-toilet-seats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/outlawing-toilet-seats#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2008 20:02:00 +0000 Web Master 11644 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com I want to say one word to you. Just one word. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/i-want-say-one-word-you-just-one-word <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//palstics.png" />Plastics &mdash; chemical compounds which are compressed under heat into desired shapes, and thereafter are not subject to corrosion &mdash; are increasingly in use. Some are made of coal-tar products, some of milk; and one... utilizes the Chinese soy bean. This useful plant, is, next to rice, the staff of life in the Celestial republic; like beans, peas, and other &quot;legume&quot; plants, it contains the proteins, or nitrogen compounds, for which we eat meat.</p> <p>The mechanical uses of the soy bean (which does not resemble American beans) are of more recent discovery. It furnishes a fibrous flour, which gives body to a phenol (carbolic acid) compound. Under heat and pressure, this changes into a hard, strong, glossy substance, suitable for buttons, knobs, handles, mouldings, etc.</p> <p>Excerpted from &quot;Auto Made from Beans,&quot; <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//scimech.png">Everyday Science And Mechanics, April 1936</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/palstics_0.png" type="image/png; length=83505">palstics_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/i-want-say-one-word-you-just-one-word" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Miscellania Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/i-want-say-one-word-you-just-one-word#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2008 16:10:00 +0000 Web Master 11626 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 Wind energy in the Times http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wind-energy-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"> Michael Wilmeth </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//NYTwind4.jpg" /><br /> A wind turbine ad on the New York Times homepage! Sure, Web ads are relatively cheap, but it still looks like a sign that alternative energy is hitting the big time. </p> <p>And the day after this ad ran, the Times ran a page 1 story (in print as well as on the Web) about wind power, exploring concerns that while some say wind could provide as much as 20% of the U.S. electricity supply, the existing grid isn't up to the task of transmitting power from the often remote places that have the best wind resources to the populous regions that need it. </p> <p>How to retool for a more sustainable energy future is a discussion that eventually has to shift from the specialized realm of energy experts and environmentalists into more popular venues. Here's an indication that that's happening.</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/NYTwind4_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=37464">NYTwind4_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wind-energy-times#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:05:00 +0000 Web Master 11600 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Planet Earth goes online http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/planet-earth-goes-online <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>This press release just came through; sounds like it will be a pretty great resource. It's not up yet though &mdash; check it out in a few days.</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//nerc.png" />The <a href="http://www.nerc.ac.uk/">Natural Environment Research Council</a> &mdash; the UK's leading organisation that funds research into the environmental sciences &mdash; is launching an online version of its award-winning magazine, <a href="http://www.nerc.ac.uk/publications/planetearth/2008/summer/">Planet Earth</a>, on 29 September 2008.</p> <p>The website will be updated daily and feature news, features, blogs, opinion, podcasts and video from the environmental science community on <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>, biodiversity loss, volcanoes, earthquakes, the rainforests, oceans and poles. The content will appeal to a wide, non-specialist audience.<br /> Editor Owen Gaffney said: &quot;Environmental issues are at the top of the political and news agendas. We need to make independent, impartial environmental research news available to a wider audience. Planet Earth online will do just that.</p> <p>&quot;We have unique access to a massive range of science.</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/nerc_0.png" type="image/png; length=10396">nerc_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/planet-earth-goes-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/planet-earth-goes-online#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11606 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 The Not-So-Green Grass of Home: &quot;Nature purged of sex and death&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-so-green-grass-home-quotnature-purged-sex-and-deathquot <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//lawns.jpg" /><br /> Oh, we've <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/1993/7/1/Reconsidering-the-American-Lawn/">written</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/1995/9/1/Restoring-the-Tall-Grass-Prairie/">about</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2004/4/1/Which-Grass-is-Greener-Comparing-Natural-and-Artificial-Turf/">lawns</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2005/7/1/Natural-Landscaping-Native-Plants-and-Planting-Strategies-for-Green-Development/">over</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2002/9/1/Quebec-Bans-Non-farm-Pesticides/">the</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/2/3/Water-Doing-More-With-Less/#OutdoorWaterUse/">years</a>. And <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/biblio/item.cfm?itemID=135">so</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/biblio/item.cfm?itemID=15">have</a> <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/biblio/item.cfm?itemID=175">other</a> <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=%22alternatives+to+lawns%22">people</a>.</p> <p>The current New Yorker has <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/07/21/080721crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=all">a great article about lawns</a> &mdash; looking backward, forward, and around.</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/lawns_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=29390">lawns_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-so-green-grass-home-quotnature-purged-sex-and-deathquot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-so-green-grass-home-quotnature-purged-sex-and-deathquot#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:00:00 +0000 Web Master 11590 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Fuel-Cost Calculator http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fuel-cost-calculator <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/calc/fuel_cost.cfm"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//fuelcostcalculator.png" border="0" /></a><br /> Excerpts from a <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/press/fuel_cost.cfm">BuildingGreen press release</a> that's being distributed today:</p> <p>Some heating fuels that used to be quite affordable, such as heating oil, have risen in price dramatically, making competing energy sources such as electricity relatively less expensive. In parts of the Northeast and Upper Midwest, even the most expensive form of electric heat &mdash; electric-resistance baseboard heat &mdash; is now less expensive than fuel oil.</p> <p>The challenge in comparing fuel costs is the fact that most fuels are purchased by volume or weight, rather than energy content. It's hard to compare gallons of fuel oil with hundreds of cubic-feet (ccf) of natural gas and kilowatt-hours (<abbr title="A kilowatt-hour is a unit of work or energy, measured as 1 kilowatt (1,000 watts) of power expended for 1 hour. One kWh is equivalent to 3,412 Btu."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2429">kWh</a></abbr>) of electricity. Adding to the complexity, there are big differences in how efficiently energy sources are converted into heat and how efficiently that heat is distributed throughout a building.<br /> To accurately compare the costs of different energy sources, we need to look at the price per delivered unit of heat.</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/fuelcostcalculator_0.png" type="image/png; length=37939">fuelcostcalculator_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fuel-cost-calculator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Q&A http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fuel-cost-calculator#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2008 14:52:00 +0000 Web Master 11597 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 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 Walking the Talk: A Realtor's LEED for Homes Platinum Gut Rehab in Washington, DC. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc <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"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89772454"><img border="0" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//amy-and-friends.jpg" /></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/amy-and-friends_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18426">amy-and-friends_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/int1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13277">int1_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/int2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15085">int2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11525 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Seeking the City: Visionaries on the Margins http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/seeking-city-visionaries-margins <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//acsa08.jpg" /> The 96th annual meeting of the <a href="https://www.acsa-arch.org/">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a> starts today in Houston, TX, and continues for the next three days. Chances are good that you're not there. Neither am I.</p> <p>However, the conference proceedings &mdash; a tome titled <a href="https://www.acsa-arch.org/conferences/Annual2008_Proceedings.aspx">Seeking the City: Visionaries on the Margins</a> &mdash; is available. Now. To anybody. All 976 pages. Free.</p> <p>There's a lot here to be interested in... from &quot;Traveling Professions: How Local Contingencies Complicate Globalizing Tendencies in the Standardization of Architectural Practice&quot; (which not a few of us probably think is a good thing), to &quot;Freeze / Thaw: A Menacing Line and Humble Resistance,&quot; by way of &quot;Architecture and the Cinematic Window: Hitchcock's Rear Window and the Fantasy Frame.&quot;</p> <p>I haven't read it all. I think I can safely say that I'm not going to. But I've been happily picking and choosing my way through this big collection of unexpectedly diverse five- to ten-page papers, and it seems like there's going to be something rewarding, or at least sort of interesting, for just about everyone.</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/acsa08_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13308">acsa08_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Events The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/seeking-city-visionaries-margins#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11510 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com RoofBloom http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/roofbloom <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;Instead of waiting for green roofs to come to the Twin Cities [St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota] as a product for mass consumption, <a href="http://www.roofbloom.org/">RoofBloom</a> was created to empower individuals with the knowledge and materials needed to install green roofs themselves. A collaboration between the <a href="http://www.mngreenroofs.org/">Minnesota Green Roof Council</a> and the <a href="http://www.minnehahacreek.org/">Minnehaha Creek Watershed District</a>, RoofBloom is taking action at a grass roots level, while focusing on improving the sustainability and effectiveness of green roof construction.&quot; &mdash; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_eaF2ITPO4">RoofBloom builds a green roof in 7 minutes</a></p> <div align="center"></div> <p>At their website, <a href="http://www.roofbloom.org/">RoofBloom</a> offers a downloadable 19-page booklet introducing their concept, <a href="http://www.roofbloom.org/roofbloom-vol1-082007.pdf">Green Your Garage: Volume One</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/roofbloom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/roofbloom#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2008 13:10:00 +0000 Web Master 11511 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Regreen Residential Remodeling Guidelines from ASID and USGBC http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/regreen-residential-remodeling-guidelines-asid-and-usgbc <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//regreen.png" /><br /> After months of hard work and collaboration, they're ready: the <a href="http://www.regreenprogram.org/">Regreen</a> <a href="http://www.regreenprogram.org/documents/regreen_guidelines.pdf">Residential Remodeling Guidelines</a>, produced under a partnership of the <a href="http://www.asid.org/asidfoundation/">American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.asid.org/asidfoundation/">U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)</a>. The guidelines were developed by a technical committee of diverse industry experts, and refined by public comment, to synthesize product selection, systems integration, and proven technologies. Organized according to the ten most common types of remodeling projects, the guidelines address scope, integrated pre-design issues, and environmental considerations, and provide a topical library of strategies as well as case studies of successful renovations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.regreenprogram.org/documents/regreen_guidelines.pdf">Download it now if you haven't already</a>.</p> <p>A hearty handshake to the following people from BuildingGreen for the tremendous effort they gave to this project: Peter Yost, Amie Walter, Rachel Navaro, Julia Jandrisits, Alex Wilson, and Jennifer Atlee.</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/regreen_0.png" type="image/png; length=14641">regreen_0.png</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/regreen1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22134">regreen1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/regreen-residential-remodeling-guidelines-asid-and-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/regreen-residential-remodeling-guidelines-asid-and-usgbc#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:40:00 +0000 Web Master 11513 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com YES! http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/yes <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>Jerelyn Wilson &mdash; who has the inadequate title of &quot;Outreach Director&quot; for BuildingGreen &mdash; came down the hall and into my office a few minutes ago, bright-eyed and holding the current issue of <a href="http://www.yesmagazine.org/">YES!</a> magazine in front of her, folded open. &quot;Have you seen this?!&quot; she asked, holding it out for me:<br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//PVmtn.jpg" /></div> </p><p>Powerful image &mdash; even more powerful in the magazine, where it's bigger and crisper. If you haven't read YES! before, please pick one up at a newsstand... or <a href="http://www.yesmagazine.org/freetrial.asp">request a free trial issue</a>.</p> <p>About that photo:</p> <p>&quot;Tsewang Norbu lives in the village of Digger across the 4,500 meters high Khardungla pass in the Leh District. He is twenty-eight years old, has five children and keeps goats.</p> <p>He was selected by his community to be trained in the installation, repair and maintenance of solar photovoltaic units. All the solar units he installed were brought to the village by Yak and on the backs of people from the village. He was trained on the job: he installed fifty-nine units himself, taking three months to complete the work.</p> <p>The units were installed in 1992.</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/PVmtn_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=67500">PVmtn_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/yes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Books & Media Nature & Nurture http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/yes#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2008 19:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11496 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 USGBC co-sponsors Face It webcast http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-co-sponsors-face-it-webcast <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>Press release:</p> <p>U.S. Green Building Council to Co-Sponsor Nationwide Carbon Webcast Focusing on Global <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></p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//usgbc-logo.png" /> Face It Webcast to be Broadcast Live at 9:00 AM on January 30, 2008</p> <p>Washington, DC (January 28, 2008) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will co-sponsor a nationwide webcast on climate change, called Face It, hosted by Architecture 2030, a research organization that focuses on the role of buildings in global climate change. The educational webcast will cover Architecture 2030's approach to halt global warming and will unveil two new student competitions worth a total of $20,000 in prize money.</p> <p>&quot;Buildings account for 39% of all <abbr title="Carbon dioxide"><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2298">CO2</a></abbr> emissions in the U.S., and building green is an immediate and measurable solution to mitigating climate change,&quot; said Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, USGBC.</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/usgbc-logo_0.png" type="image/png; length=22128">usgbc-logo_0.png</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/arch_2030_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9122">arch_2030_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-co-sponsors-face-it-webcast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-co-sponsors-face-it-webcast#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:31:00 +0000 Web Master 11475 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Green Building Products radio interview http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-products-radio-interview <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'll be interviewed about <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/gs.cfm">GreenSpec</a> and <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/gbp.cfm">Green Building Products</a> this evening on <a href="http://www.ksfr.org/">Santa Fe Public Radio, KSFR</a>, at 7:10 p.m. (Eastern time), for 15 or 20 minutes. Tune in if you'd like &mdash; 101.1 FM if you're in New Mexico (pretty much anywhere between Taos and Albuquerque)... or <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/ksfr/ppr/index.shtml">streaming on the web</a> (looks like you'll need <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/alldownloads.aspx">Windows Media Player</a>, which is free, and <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/mac/mp9/default.aspx">available for Macs</a>). The show is The Journey Home, hosted by Diego Mulligan. It's not a call-in show, sorry.</p> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gs-gbp.png" /> </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/gs-gbp_0.png" type="image/png; length=56374">gs-gbp_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-products-radio-interview#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2008 12:35:00 +0000 Web Master 11486 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 Face It: the 2030 Challenge moving forward http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/face-it-2030-challenge-moving-forward <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//arch_2030.jpg" /><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/12/21/100-percent-energy-use-reduction-for-federal-government-buildings">I mentioned this in passing the other day</a>, but it deserves to be given more attention. Following up on its <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/2010_imperative/webcast.html">February 2007 webcast, &quot;The 2010 Imperative<br /> Global Emergency Teach-in&quot;</a> that reached an audience of a quarter-million to illuminate the role of building design education in global warming, <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/">Architecture 2030</a> &mdash; the <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/about.php">non-profit research organization founded by Ed Mazria</a> &mdash; will host a <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/faceit/webcast.php">free 30-minute webcast at 9 am (EST) on January 30</a> to present the next steps forward. </p> <p>Called &quot;<a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/faceit/webcast.php">Face It</a>,&quot; the presentation &mdash; the first of several events planned for 2008 &mdash; will address not just energy demand, but also energy supply, as &quot;the heart of global warming,&quot; and what to do about it.</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/arch_2030_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9122">arch_2030_1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/face-it-2030-challenge-moving-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/face-it-2030-challenge-moving-forward#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2008 20:14:00 +0000 Web Master 11489 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Story of Stuff http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/story-stuff <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//storyofstuff.png" /><br /> From <a href="http://www.storyofstuff.com">www.StoryOfStuff.com</a>:</p> <p>&quot;From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.storyofstuff.com">Watch the whole thing for free</a> at their website. <a href="http://www.storyofstuff.com/downloads.html">Download it</a> to your computer.</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/storyofstuff_0.png" type="image/png; length=31556">storyofstuff_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Nature & Nurture Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/story-stuff#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2007 20:10:00 +0000 Web Master 11471 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Brains and Buildings http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/brains-and-buildings <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//Healthcare.jpg" /><br /> The latest offering from Wiley's series of books on sustainable design just arrived on my desk: <a href="//www.buildinggreen.com/biblio/item.cfm?ItemID=405117">Sustainable Healthcare Architecture</a> by Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori. The book is wide-ranging, with plenty of case studies and essays from green building luminaries. Flipping through its pages, I came across an essay by Bob Berkebile, in which he mentions the <a href="http://www.anfarch.org/index.php">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.</a> Apparently they've discovered a part of the brain that's devoted solely to processing the environment around us:</p> <p>"Recent research has identified a cortical region containing voxels, described by John Eberhard, former director of research for AIA, as collections of neurons that have the function of recognizing buildings. This part of the brain doesn't appear to exist for any other reason: researchers never find it active unless the body is reacting to its environment." (page 18)</p> <p>This might explain why we have such strong reactions to built spaces, which can create feelings of safety or danger, awe or disappointment, well-being or illness.</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/Healthcare_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18469">Healthcare_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/brains-and-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/brains-and-buildings#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2007 16:43:00 +0000 Web Master 11473 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com On the Editorial Radar http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/editorial-radar <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//tagcloud.png" /><br /> I'd like to call your attention to the &quot;Editorial Radar&quot; box on the right-hand navigation column&mdash;that brown stripe next to these posts. You may have to scroll down (or up) a little.</p> <p>The editors of <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm">Environmental Building News</a> use <a href="http://del.icio.us/">del.icio.us social bookmarking</a> to share <a href="http://del.icio.us/BuildingGreen">links to interesting articles and other information</a> on the internet with each other. Sometimes it's research for stories in the works, sometimes it's just about keeping up with emerging trends. Now you can follow along.</p> <p>Some of the interesting links lately:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/story.php?artid=3051">Can LEED Survive the Carbon-Neutral Era?</a><br />A Metropolis article on LEED in the era of carbon-neutral goals. -AEW</li> <p><br /></p> <li><a href="http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/about/presscentre/271107_MicroCHPinterim.htm">Micro-CHP can deliver significant carbon savings if used in the right applications</a><br />Looks like a serious study into an issue that comes up when we review combined heat-and-power systems. - nm</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/tagcloud_0.png" type="image/png; length=30854">tagcloud_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/editorial-radar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Books & Media http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/editorial-radar#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:52:00 +0000 Web Master 11418 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Google Earth features new High Performance Buildings layer http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/google-earth-features-new-high-performance-buildings-layer <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 Wentz </div> </div> </div> <p>Update: it has come to our attention that the U.S. Department of Energy is no longer supporting this Google Earth layer. <a href="https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1jttTxKbPwQZDYzMDI3NDAtOTI1MC00ZGViLTkwNmQtZjgyNWVkYzU1OWNl" target="_blank">We've created a Google Documents link where you can download the KMZ file for use in Google Earth</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/picture-12sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8636">picture-12sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/google-earth-features-new-high-performance-buildings-layer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Google Earth/Sketchup Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/google-earth-features-new-high-performance-buildings-layer#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11423 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Maybe not so great after all: AIA Guide to Integrated Project Delivery http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/maybe-not-so-great-after-all-aia-guide-integrated-project-delivery <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 class="blogEntryImage" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ipd.gif" />I'm still clinging to <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/11/6/New-AIA-Guide-Integrated-Project-Delivery">the notion that the Integrated Project Delivery paper from the AIA is worth a look-see</a>. (You may also see desperate beads of sweat on my forehead if you look closely.)</p> <p>I always believe everything <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/11/6/New-AIA-Guide-Integrated-Project-Delivery#comments">Nadav says</a> (almost), but having additionally spoken with a couple handfuls of other exceptionally well-informed smarties about it during Greenbuild&mdash;including <a href="http://www.aia.org/cote_default/">COTE</a> people&mdash;chances are good that he was really, really right. There appears to be no small number of those who think that I might have been too generous in my initial assessment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/11/6/New-AIA-Guide-Integrated-Project-Delivery">Judge for yourself</a>, and feel free to let me know how far off-base I was. It will be a service for those 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-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/ipd_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=4018">ipd_0.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/maybe-not-so-great-after-all-aia-guide-integrated-project-delivery#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2007 19:20:00 +0000 Web Master 11430 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Friends of Bill http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/friends-bill <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 class="blogEntryImage" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//clinton.jpg" /><br /> Bill Clinton's keynote is this morning, and it's likely to be a madhouse.</p> <p>There are 13,000 pre-registrants for Greenbuild this year. In past years, up to 40% of attendees registered on-site. Yesterday morning at Member Day, USGBC honcho Rick Fedrizzi said that he expects 25,000 people. &quot;My staff cringes every time I say that number,&quot; he joked, going on after the briefest pause to explain that &quot;there isn't enough yogurt.&quot; I'm not sure that's the reason his staff is cringing; 25,000 is optimistic by any standard. He's a shoot-for-the-moon kinda guy, though&mdash;and he just might end up being right. He's had outlandish predictions come true before.</p> <p>Chances are good that I'm not going to be in the auditorium for Clinton's speech&mdash;I'm registered for Greenbuild as Press, and there are some rules and limitations to that... including Only One Press Person Per Organization Can Attend The Clinton Keynote. Of the dozen of us BuildingGreen folks here this year, I'm one of three with a press pass. That said, I may find my way in anyway. I do that sort of thing sometimes.</p> <p>If I get caught, I'll watch it from the Press Room, or maybe from jail, on closed-circuit.</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/clinton_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=7890">clinton_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/friends-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events Greenbuild '07 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/friends-bill#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2007 12:46:00 +0000 Web Master 11450 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com New AIA Guide: Integrated Project Delivery http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-aia-guide-integrated-project-delivery <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 class="blogEntryImage" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ipd.gif" /></p> <p>Because not everybody gets the idea of <abbr title="An integrated design process (also called "integrative" design by some proponents) relies on a multidisciplinary and collaborative team approach in which members make decisions together based on a shared vision and holistic understanding of the project. Rather than a conventional linear design process in which a design is passed from one professional to another, an integrated process has all key team members talking together through out the design and construction process as they share ideas and use feedback across disciplines to iteratively move toward a high-performing design."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/category/greenspec-glossary/integrated-design">integrated design</a></abbr> and delivery yet, I'm glad AIA National and the AIA California Council collaborated on <a href="http://www.aia.org/ipdg">Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide</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-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/ipd_1.gif" type="image/gif; length=4018">ipd_1.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-aia-guide-integrated-project-delivery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-aia-guide-integrated-project-delivery#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2007 15:02:00 +0000 Web Master 11454 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Abersush Home for Old Men http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/abersush-home-old-men <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 class="blogEntryImage" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ambrose-bierce1.jpg" /><br /> Because it made me laugh when I read it during lunch today, a passage by the inimitable <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce">Ambrose Bierce</a> from his short story, The Applicant:</p> <p>&quot;It is a somewhat dull-looking edifice, of the Early Comatose order, and appears to have been designed by an architect who shrank from publicity, and although unable to conceal his work&mdash;even compelled, in this instance, to set it on an eminence in the sight of men&mdash;did what he honestly could to insure it against a second look.&quot;</p> <p>Not that there's anything wrong with that.</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/ambrose-bierce1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5786">ambrose-bierce1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Books & Media Miscellania http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/abersush-home-old-men#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:05:00 +0000 Web Master 11414 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com