Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/2660/Politics en FourYears.Go http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fouryearsgo <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//after2.gif" /><br /> If you thought making substantive change by <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/8/28/AIA-Brings-2030-Targets-Down-to-Earth/?">2030</a> was a challenge, how about by 2014?</p> <p>A new initiative launched last week and getting spread around the Internet today, '<a href="http://www.fouryearsgo.org/">fouryears.go</a>' says "There is still time to act, but no time to waste." Started by <a href="http://www.pachamama.org/">Pachamama Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.wk.com/">Wieden+Kennedy</a>--the ad agency behind Nike's 'just do it' (they're donating their services to do a major communications campaign for this)--it's about waking people up to urgency we face in these times and helping each member group meet its most ambitious goals toward a just, thriving, and sustainable world.</p> <p>The video asks--"could we spend the next four years growing our cities?" and shows green roofs on everything; it asks, "in four years, could Manhattan look like this?" and shows the street filled with bikes.</p> <p>It's nice to set aside the usual reality concerns and just watch the video and dream.</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/after2_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=85903">after2_0.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fouryearsgo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellania Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fouryearsgo#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:41:00 +0000 Web Master 11947 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Climate Scoreboard http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/climate-scoreboard <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>Here's a tool that tries to connect the best available science directly to the international <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> negotiations and commitments, and the politicians are using it!</p> <p>Perhaps that, in itself, is progress.</p> <p>&quot;How Does It Work? In the run-up to COP-15, we are scanning UNFCCC submissions and news sources from around the world to collect a list of what we call 'current proposals' &mdash; possible scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions by UNFCCC parties. We share our compilation and use the C-ROADS-CP climate simulation to calculate the expected long-term impacts (in terms of GHG concentration, temperature increase, and sea level rise) if those proposals were to be fully implemented.&quot; For more info, see the <a href="http://climateinteractive.org/scoreboard">Climate Interactive website</a>.</p> Miscellania Nature & Nurture Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/climate-scoreboard#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:53:00 +0000 Web Master 11919 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The Great Passivhaus Face-off http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//phbremen.jpg" border="0" /><br /> <div align="right">The low energy use of the first Passivhaus in Bremen, Germany, is surprising, especially since the house has neither solar collectors, nor a PV array, nor a boiler.</div> </p><p>I've been a big fan of building scientist <a href="http://www.johnstraube.com/">John Straube</a> for a long time. And equally as big of a fan, for just as long, of deep-energy engineer <a href="http://www.energysmiths.com/about/bio.php">Marc Rosenbaum</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/phbremen_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=20883">phbremen_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Living Future Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/great-passivhaus-face#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:50:00 +0000 Web Master 11875 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 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 &quot;The drama of a 2x4 shot from an air cannon at glass windows&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot <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>Architectural testing concern <a href="http://www.htltest.com/">HTL</a> will be at <a href="http://www.glassbuildamerica.com/">GlassBuild America</a> shooting missiles at windows again. The demonstration/demolition follows the Miami-Dade large missile protocol by shooting 2x4s at impact-resistant and non-impact-resistant windows. A press release from HTL quotes <a href="http://www.glass.org/">NGA</a> Industry Events Director Susan Jacob: &quot;There is nothing quite like the drama of a 2x4 missile shot from an air cannon at glass windows.&quot; Wish I was going!</p> <p>I checked HTL's website for some footage, but was left wanting. There's a link for client videos (and there's some top name clients in there), but they all seem to be password-protected.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events LEED Passive Survivability Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11864 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com TURI Loses Funding... maybe. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//turi.png" />We recently learned that the <a href="http://www.turi.org">Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)</a> is <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2009/07/01/mass_agency_focused_on_cutting_toxic_use_loses_funding/">losing its Massachusetts state funding</a>. This strikes particularly close to home for me as I worked briefly with TURI after grad school and was quite impressed with the caliber of their work (and yes, full disclosure, I still have friends there). TURI is one of a select few organizations nationally that successfully champions the needs of both industry and the environment &mdash; <a href="http://www.metro.us/us/article/2009/07/10/03/0336-72/index.xml">for 20 years now</a> they've been finding that practical common ground where we can really move forward in widespread adoption of safer alternatives. </p> <p>With our GreenSpec directory, editors at BuildingGreen constantly struggle to assess the use of a plethora of toxics in building products and manufacturing processes to determine what constitutes safe and healthy products and still gets the practical job done of building quality green buildings today. This requires the kind of pragmatic alternatives assessment that TURI excels at.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/turi_0.png" type="image/png; length=18402">turi_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Politics Science & Tech The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/turi-loses-funding-maybe#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:35:00 +0000 Web Master 11827 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 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 Repower America: 100% clean electricity within 10 years http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//rnwbls.jpg" />Its website says:</p> <p><a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/">Repower America</a> is the bold clean energy plan to &quot;repower&quot; our country with 100% clean electricity within 10 years. By making buildings and homes more <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/energy-efficiency/">efficient</a>, ramping up <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/renewable-generation/">renewable energy generation</a>, constructing a <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/unified-national-smart-grid/">unified national smart grid</a>, and transitioning to clean and affordable <a href="http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/clean-cars/">plug-in cars</a>, we can address our country's economic and national security challenges &mdash; all while making huge strides to solve the climate crisis.</p> <p>Is it possible? Yes, it is. Will we actually do it? I'm less certain about that.</p> <p>John F. Kennedy famously said in 1962, &quot;We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade.&quot; And in seven years, we did. We implemented new technologies and knowledge at a tremendous pace to support a vision, and we pulled it off.</p> <p>What motivated us? What was at the root of that amazing achievement?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/rnwbls_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=33761">rnwbls_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed Politics Science & Tech http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/repower-america-100-clean-electricity-within-10-years#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:35:00 +0000 Web Master 11808 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Wanted by Chemical Industry: Young, Pregnant Spokesperson for Bisphenol-A http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wanted-chemical-industry-young-pregnant-spokesperson-bisphenol <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//pregnantcan.jpg" />On Friday, May 19, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal published <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/46510647.html">a damning story</a> based on the leaked minutes of a private strategy meeting of food-packaging executives and chemical industry lobbyists that took place in Washington DC the previous day. The story's authors spoke with the chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA), John Rost, who verified the talking points, but indicated that the summary wasn't complete. &quot;'It was a five-hour meeting,' he said.&quot;</p> <p>On Saturday, NAMPA responded by distributing <a href="http://digital50.com/news/127803">a press release</a> claiming that the leaked minutes were &quot;blatantly inaccurate and fabricated.&quot;</p> <p>On Sunday, the Washington Post released <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/30/AR2009053002121.html">its own story</a> on the leaked minutes. They spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, a lobbyist for NAMPA with Bergeson and Campbell.</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/pregnantcan_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4514">pregnantcan_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wanted-chemical-industry-young-pregnant-spokesperson-bisphenol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nature & Nurture Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wanted-chemical-industry-young-pregnant-spokesperson-bisphenol#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:29:00 +0000 Web Master 11818 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 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 The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/american-clean-energy-and-security-act-2009 <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//housebill.gif" />EBN <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/9/25/Energy-Use-Reporting-Mandated-in-California/">reported last October</a> on a California law requiring annual energy-use reporting for all nonresidential buildings. (Commercial owners will have to disclose energy use starting in 2010.)</p> <p>How far behind is a national law?</p> <p>Last week, a 648-page draft was released of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) bill by House Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. It's got a broad scope &mdash; promoting renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles, and smart grids; increasing energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry; decreasing emissions of heat-trapping pollutants; and protecting consumers and industry during the transitions.</p> <p>The building industry will be most interested in Subtitle A, Building Energy Efficiency Programs, under Title II, Energy Efficiency:</p> <ul>Subtitle A - Building Energy Efficiency Programs <ul> <li>Sec. 201. </li></ul></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-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/housebill_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=9729">housebill_0.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/american-clean-energy-and-security-act-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/american-clean-energy-and-security-act-2009#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2009 21:44:00 +0000 Web Master 11778 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com &quot;Clean Coal harnesses the awesome power of the word 'clean'!&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotclean-coal-harnesses-awesome-power-word-cleanquot <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.thisisreality.org">thisisreality.org</a><br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFJVbdiMgfM">link to video</a></div> <p></p> Books & Media Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotclean-coal-harnesses-awesome-power-word-cleanquot#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11722 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Obama: Greensburg KS a Green Energy Leader http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/obama-greensburg-ks-green-energy-leader <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><img width="250" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//_MG_0135-red.jpg" /></p> <p>Last night in President Obama's address to congress he mentioned Greensburg, Kansas as an example of leadership in green energy:</p> <p>I think about Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community - how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. "The tragedy was terrible," said one of the men who helped them rebuild. "But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity."</p> <p>Turns out the quote came from <a href="http://www.greensburggreentown.org/home/2009/2/18/greentown-featured-in-usgbc-web-clip.html">Daniel Wallach</a> of <a href="http://www.greensburggreentown.org/">Greensburg GreenTown</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/_MG_0135-red_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=138083">_MG_0135-red_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/obama-greensburg-ks-green-energy-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Case Studies Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/obama-greensburg-ks-green-energy-leader#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:22:00 +0000 Web Master 11726 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 2,000 Bikes at the Inauguration http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/2000-bikes-inauguration <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://flickr.com/photos/biketrip2006/3220196761/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bikevalet.jpg" border="0" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.waba.org/">Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)</a>, a Washington D.C. bicycle advocacy organization, along with <a href="http://www.americabikes.org/">America Bikes</a>, the D.C. <a href="http://www.ddot.dc.gov/ddot/site/default.asp">District Department of Transportation</a>, and <a href="http://www.dero.com/">Dero Racks</a> (they're <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/productDetail.cfm?ProductID=3452">listed in GreenSpec</a>), provided free valet parking &mdash; <a href="http://www.waba.org/events/documents/Inaugural_Press_Release_000.pdf">for bicycles</a> &mdash; at the presidential inauguration last week.</p> <p>Cyclists were already in line before the 7 a.m. opening. All told, about 2,000 bikes were parked at two locations on either side of the secure area around the White House. By the middle of the day, one of the lots ran out of room and another enclosure needed to be improvised from security barricades to accommodate the volume.</p> <div align="center"> </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/bikevalet_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24089">bikevalet_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/bikevalet1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=45888">bikevalet1_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/bikevalet2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=33747">bikevalet2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/2000-bikes-inauguration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Miscellania Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/2000-bikes-inauguration#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2009 16:12:00 +0000 Web Master 11705 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild - Report http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report <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><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ahgbs.png" />By Peter Yost and Allyson Wendt, posted live from Greenbuild.</p> <p>It's common knowledge that green building is anything but affordable. Or is it? You would have had a pretty hard time convincing the 100 or so folks at the USGBC's <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=4919">Affordable Housing Summit</a>. They are convinced that green is actually affordable, both in terms of investment and operations budgets.</p> <p>Heather Clark &mdash; from one of the largest property owners of housing in the U.S., Winn Development &mdash; stated that water efficiency improvements alone in 76 of their properties cost only $376,000 and saved them over $1.2 M in the first year! In this case, they were paying the water bills, but even if the retrofits had benefited the tenants directly, saving money is still saving money. And saving water is saving water.</p> <p>I (Peter) have to confess that if I hear the term <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_present_value">net present value</a> one more time in the context of green building, I may pass out.<br /> Net present value is based on an assumed discount rate. And just what discount rate should we use for the next 5 years, much less 10, 20, 30, or 40 years?</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/ahgbs_0.png" type="image/png; length=40466">ahgbs_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greenbuild '08 LEED Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2008 05:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11669 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Green building code standard committee disbanded http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-code-standard-committee-disbanded <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 story's been posted on BuildingGreen.com that ASHRAE has unexpectedly pulled the plug on the Standard 189 development committee. This standard is supposed to be &quot;a new minimum, code-enforceable standard for green buildings.&quot; The USGBC and IES have been working with ASHRAE on the project since 2006, and were apparently ambushed by ASHRAE's decision to shake up the process.</p> <p>From the article: &quot;Speaking off the record, multiple sources reported signs that ASHRAE had been influenced by various trade associations, which were either unsupportive of ASHRAE's involvement in a green building standard as an engineering association, or had objections to basic premises of the standard, such as its approach to various building materials.&quot;<br /> Read the story &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/10/17/Uncertain-Future-for-ASHRAE-Standard-189/">Uncertain Future for ASHRAE Standard 189</a>.&quot;</p> <p>- - - - -</p> <p>Before I could get this online, one of the authors of the story, Tristan Korthals Altes, posted this in the comments area (where subscribers can add their thoughts to any content page of the website) following the piece: &quot;Since this article went online, we spoke with Jeff Littleton, the executive v.p. for ASHRAE.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-code-standard-committee-disbanded" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-code-standard-committee-disbanded#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2008 17:43:00 +0000 Web Master 11637 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com On the Path to Passive Survivability http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/path-passive-survivability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//vaxjo-slab-lg.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//vaxjo-slab-sm.jpg" border="0" /></a>Creating a superinsulated building envelope is one of the key requirements with passive survivability. I saw this superinsulated home feature when I was in Sweden last year.<br /> <div align="right">Photo: Alex Wilson. Click for bigger.</div></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/vaxjo-slab-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=31767">vaxjo-slab-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/vaxjo-window-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16374">vaxjo-window-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/vaxjo-const-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16555">vaxjo-const-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LakeMead-KenDewey-sm_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15028">LakeMead-KenDewey-sm_1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/path-passive-survivability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes Events Nature & Nurture Passive Survivability Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/path-passive-survivability#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2008 18:49:00 +0000 Web Master 11638 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 The Miniature Earth http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/miniature-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <div align="center"></div> <p>Better version: <a href="http://www.miniature-earth.com">ww.miniature-earth.com</a></p> Miscellania Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/miniature-earth#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:55:00 +0000 Web Master 11621 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Carbon Emissions are Now Legal Liabilities http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-emissions-are-now-legal-liabilities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//xlco2.png" alt="c02 molecules" title="c02 molecules" /><br /> Greg Kats of the venture capital firm <a href="http://www.goodenergies.com/">Good Energies</a> has argued for a while now that a company's carbon emissions can have a material impact on its financial performance, and by failing to disclose that risk the company may be liable to shareholder action. That argument was used to explain part of the appeal to corporations of green (low-carbon-emitting) real estate in <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2007/10/30/Investing-in-the-Environment-The-Financial-Industry-s-Approach-to-Green-Building/">our article on valuing green buildings</a>.</p> <p>Now, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/business/28energy.html?ex=1377576000&amp;en=ad1b21a2be502826&amp;ei=5124&amp;partner=permalink&amp;exprod=permalink">a report in today's New York Times</a>, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has taken that argument a step further. Cuomo reached an agreement with <a href="http://www.xcelenergy.com/">Xcel Energy</a> of Minneapolis that requires Xcel to disclose a detailed assessment of the long-term financial risks from its ongoing investment in coal-burning power plants.</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/xlco2_0.png" type="image/png; length=31373">xlco2_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-emissions-are-now-legal-liabilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/carbon-emissions-are-now-legal-liabilities#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:19:00 +0000 Web Master 11599 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 Congressional Briefing on Straw-Bale Construction http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/congressional-briefing-straw-bale-construction <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 June 20, <a href="http://www.eesi.org/062008_Straw-Bale_Construction">a briefing about straw-bale construction</a> organized by the <a href="http://www.eesi.org/">Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)</a> was held in the Russell Senate Office Building.</p> <p>Laura Bartels (President of <a href="http://www.greenweaverinc.com/">GreenWeaver Inc.</a> and member of the <a href="http://www.builderswithoutborders.org/">Builders Without Borders</a> Building Team), Sandy Wiggins (immediate past Chairman of the Board of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/">USGBC</a>), Bob Gough (Secretary of the <a href="http://intertribalcoup.org/">Intertribal Council On Utility Policy</a>), and David Eisenberg (Director of the <a href="http://www.dcat.net/">Development Center for Appropriate Technology</a> and chair of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1794">USGBC's Codes Committee</a>) spoke.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://files.eesi.org/Bartels_062008.pdf">Laura Bartels presentation (PDF)</a></li> <li><a href="http://files.eesi.org/Gough_062008.pdf">Bob Gough presentation (PDF)</a></li> <li><a href="http://files.eesi.org/Wiggins062008.pdf">Sandy Wiggins presentation (PDF)</a></li> <li><a href="http://files.eesi.org/Eisenberg_062008.pdf">David Eisenberg presentation (PDF)</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://files.eesi.org/eesi_strawbale_062008.mp3">Audio of the </a></li></ul> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/congressional-briefing-straw-bale-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/congressional-briefing-straw-bale-construction#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2008 19:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11565 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com &quot;The Anti-American Non-Energy Bill&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-anti-american-non-energy-billquot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <div align="center"></div> <p>Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-LOtKIIKcg">swings and swings and swings and misses</a> the point entirely. As do most of <a href="http://youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&amp;v=e-LOtKIIKcg&amp;fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3De-LOtKIIKcg">the comments</a> &mdash; over 2,200 of them so far. So much darkness.</p> Op-Ed Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-anti-american-non-energy-billquot#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:26:00 +0000 Web Master 11567 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Product Certifications, and Social Justice (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/10/30/Nadav%20Malin">Nadav Malin</a> and <a href="http://www.sevengroup.com/pdf/resume_horst.pdf">Scot Horst</a> offered up a great, head-twisting presentation about product certifications called &quot;It's Certified Green But What Does That Mean?&quot; to about 500 people. It covered all the territory in the <a href="https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm">EBN</a> feature &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/1/1/Behind-the-Logos-Understanding-Green-Product-Certifications/">Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications</a>&quot; and <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/search/index.cfm?q=certifications">more</a>.</p> <p>There may have been some misunderstanding on the part of some attendees who only read the title, however, and not the program description: It sounded like it might have been about LEED certification rather than product certification. And the amount of information to process, even though they presented it in an engaging, conversational style, was voluminous &mdash; especially for the abject novice &mdash; bringing to light individual certification program histories, inconsistencies, and limitations in what was probably about the simplest way to do it, which was nonetheless hard to digest.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/nadav-aia-before_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18681">nadav-aia-before_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/nadav-aia-after_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=19559">nadav-aia-after_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ethics_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=33640">ethics_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events Nature & Nurture Op-Ed Politics Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-social-justice-aia08#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 02:41:00 +0000 Web Master 11553 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com NYT asks, ''How 'Green' Can a Huge House Be?'' http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/nyt-asks-how-green-can-huge-house-be <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;Can a four-level house with a three-car garage and a kitchen full of energy-hungry Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances truly qualify as a model of environmental responsibility?<img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bighouse.jpg" /><br /> <div align="right">Photo by Douglas Healey<br />for The New York Times</div> </p><p>NRDC is trying to prove that it can, by applying for LEED certification.&quot;</p> <p>NRDC?! The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">Natural Resources Defense Council</a>?! Say it ain't so!</p> <p>It ain't so. This NRDC is NRDC Residential &mdash; a division of the <a href="http://www.nrdc.com/">National Realty and Development Corporation</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/business/06newreal.html?ex=1208145600&amp;en=55c29636c8e22e23&amp;ei=5070&amp;emc=eta1">Read the article in the New York Times</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/bighouse_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9768">bighouse_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> LEED Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/nyt-asks-how-green-can-huge-house-be#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2008 17:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11535 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com BYOBlue for Earth Day 2008 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/byoblue-earth-day-2008 <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.byoblue.org/"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//byoblue.png" /></a>The following is from the good folks at Architecture 2030. Yes, it's simple. Even simplistic. But the point, I think, is just to start. If you're sympatico, just put on some blue for Earth Day. Easy. And then, as long as you're started, make that phone call.</p> <p>BYOBlue / Earth Day 2008, April 19-22</p> <p>Want to stop global warming? Wear BLUE for Earth Day 2008! Join millions of people around the world who will be wearing BLUE to signify their vote for NO COAL.</p> <p>Earth Day 2008 is going to be historic! Architecture 2030, along with numerous other groups around the nation, is calling on everyone to wear BLUE during Earth Day 2008 to signify their vote for No Coal. Events will be happening around the world from April 19th through April 22nd, so...</p> <p>If you're attending the Earth Day event on the National Mall in Washington, DC on April 20th, wear BLUE.</p> <p>If you're attending another Earth Day event, wear BLUE.</p> <p>No matter what you're doing for Earth Day 2008, wear BLUE.</p> <p>A BLUE shirt, top, sweater or jacket...whatever. Just wear BLUE.</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/byoblue_0.png" type="image/png; length=43454">byoblue_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/byoblue-earth-day-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Miscellania Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/byoblue-earth-day-2008#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2008 13:38:00 +0000 Web Master 11517 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 The sun shall be neither mine nor yours - divide it! http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sun-shall-be-neither-mine-nor-yours-divide-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;time=&amp;date=&amp;ttype=&amp;q=kensington+ave,+Santa+Clara,+CA,+USA&amp;sll=37.3463,-121.96867&amp;sspn=0.021835,0.038538&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=37.341411,-121.999719&amp;spn=0.001365,0.002409&amp;t=h&amp;z=19&amp;om=0<br /> " target="blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Sunnyvale_circle.jpg" /></a>The amount of energy the sun gives to the Earth on a constant basis is about 1.4 kilowatts per square meter at the Earth's outer atmosphere. Insolation is the amount of solar radiation that actually reaches a given spot on the Earth. On a sunny day, that insolation can be about 12 kilowatt hours per square meter. That's the same amount of energy contained in about 40 cubic feet of natural gas.</p> <p>Various sources have said that the amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth's surface in one year is 10,000 times greater than all the energy, of all kinds, that humanity uses in one year.</p> <p>That should be plenty to go around, right? We're usually more concerned about taking proper advantage of this free resource than divvying it up.</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/Sunnyvale_circle_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=120384">Sunnyvale_circle_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sun-shall-be-neither-mine-nor-yours-divide-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sun-shall-be-neither-mine-nor-yours-divide-it#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2008 19:14:00 +0000 Web Master 11476 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Small Car, Big Ripples http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/small-car-big-ripples <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//tata.jpg" /><br /> Some smart people on the <a href="http://listserv.repp.org/mailman/listinfo/greenbuilding_listserv.repp.org">greenbuilding email list</a> (along with <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=tata+nano">just about everyone else on the internet</a>) have been discussing the <a href="http://www.tatapeoplescar.com">Nano</a> &mdash; at $2,500, the world's cheapest car &mdash; which is being introduced by <a href="http://www.tatamotors.com/">Tata Motors</a> in India, which apparently has visions of marketing it internationally.</p> <p><a href="http://listserv.repp.org/pipermail/greenbuilding_listserv.repp.org/2008-January/date.html">You can read the whole thread in the archives</a>. Here are some excerpts, omitting bunches of good stuff solely for the sake of brevity, and in a couple cases taken slightly out of context. The writer's name links to the original post.</p> <p>&quot;<a>Here</a> is a $2500, 50MPG car that seats five (presumably five people who haven't been binging on twinkies).</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/tata_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8016">tata_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/small-car-big-ripples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellania Politics http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/small-car-big-ripples#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:36:00 +0000 Web Master 11480 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 100 percent energy use reduction for federal government buildings http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-percent-energy-use-reduction-federal-government-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"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//arch_2030.jpg" /><br /> <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org">architecture2030.org</a> &mdash; which will be hosting a <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/faceit/">2010 Imperative webcast at the end of January</a> &mdash; was righteously stoked when the &quot;Energy Independence and Security Act&quot; was signed into law the other day. </p> <p>From their email bulletin:</p> <p>The President signs Energy Bill containing The 2030 Challenge targets </p> <p>After being passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Energy Independence and Security Act became law yesterday with the President's signature. Section 433 of this bill requires that all federal buildings meet the energy performance standards of <a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/2030_challenge/">The 2030 Challenge</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/arch_2030.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9122">arch_2030.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-percent-energy-use-reduction-federal-government-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-percent-energy-use-reduction-federal-government-buildings#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2007 14:50:00 +0000 Web Master 11464 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com