http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs en Learn Sustainable Design without Having to Brave the Cold and Snow http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/learn-sustainable-design-without-having-brave-cold-and-snow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-blog-topics"> <div class="field-label">Green Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education and Training </div> </div> </div> <h3>A new round of online BAC Sustainable Design courses is starting up soon. Going out in the polar vortex is not a prerequisite.</h3> <p><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/WJCCC_ProjectHaiti_bar.jpg" title="Learn about resilience features—like the biomimicry of this HOK-designed orphanage in Haiti—without having to actually face the elements? Sounds good to me. Photo: HOK." class="image-right" height="238" width="350" />I’m about to start teaching another round of my online course, <em>Resilient Design</em>, at Boston Architectural College (BAC), and this provides an opportunity to reflect on teaching at BAC and, more broadly, the online instruction in sustainable design offered through this program.</p> <h3>20 excellent online courses</h3> <p>I first started teaching at BAC in 2005, when the college’s online instruction program in sustainable design was just getting under way. At that time, BuildingGreen partnered with BAC to help design the curriculum, find the best instructors available, and promote the courses being offered.</p> <p>Early on, when we had just a handful of courses, I taught <em>Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking</em>, a course now being ably taught by my friend David Foley. Today, the online offerings totaling almost 20 courses are housed in BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/learn-sustainable-design-without-having-brave-cold-and-snow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories Energy Solutions http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/learn-sustainable-design-without-having-brave-cold-and-snow#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:33:57 +0000 Paula Melton 21312 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Have You Been Conflating Water with Energy? Here Are 5 Reasons to Stop http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/have-you-been-conflating-water-energy-here-are-5-reasons-stop <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-blog-topics"> <div class="field-label">Green Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Management </div> <div class="field-item even"> Energy Efficiency </div> </div> </div> <h3>Until we stop talking about water as if it’s a clone of energy, water won’t get the respect it deserves or the attention it needs. Two sessions at NESEA’s BuildingEnergy ’15 conference, “Reinventing the Water Grid” <a href="http://nesea.org/session/reinventing-water-grid-part-i-science-behavior-dollars" target="_blank">parts one</a> and <a href="http://nesea.org/session/reinventing-water-grid-part-ii-nutrient-recycling-and-other-opportunities-fun-profit" target="_blank">two</a>, are out to change that.</h3> <p><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Cromfordwaterwheel.jpg" title="Photograph by Mike Peel, mikepeel.net. CC BY-SA 4.0." class="image-right" height="525" width="350" />Policy wonks have been saying for years that water is THE critical resource on our planet—even more so than energy. Yet the time and attention that we devote to water remains a fraction of that we allot to energy.</p> <p>I think that the problem is that we tend to talk about water conservation and efficiency as if water is just a clone of energy. Water and energy are similar in many ways, but there are key differences; until we appreciate these differences and embrace water on its own terms, we’ll continue to dis it.</p> <p>Here are the five key differences that are confusing our approach:</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/have-you-been-conflating-water-energy-here-are-5-reasons-stop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/have-you-been-conflating-water-energy-here-are-5-reasons-stop#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:02:46 +0000 Paula Melton 21311 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com BuildingGreen Hiring Entry-Level Editor http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-hiring-entry-level-editor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> </div> </div> <h3><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/BG_staff.jpg" alt=" Alex Wilson" title=" Alex Wilson" width="300" height="400" class="image-right" />Want to enter a fast-paced, innovative environment producing and editing content for the world’s most trusted green building publisher?</h3> <p>BuildingGreen, Inc. is hiring an entry-level editor.</p> <p>This person would be an essential team member for all things we do related to content and for reaching both our loyal readers and the ones who haven’t heard about us yet.</p> <p>Are you excited to:</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-hiring-entry-level-editor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-hiring-entry-level-editor#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:04:52 +0000 Tristan Roberts 21238 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com A Virtual Mastermind Group for Material Vetting http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/virtual-mastermind-group-material-vetting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paula Melton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <h3>Want help researching and screening products for LEED v4 or the LBC Red List? Use this forum to share your questions and frustrations as well as your successes and advice.</h3> <p><em>By Paula Melton</em></p> <p><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/deep-material-cover2.jpg" class="image-right" height="264" width="350" />Our recent webcast, <a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/deep-material-vetting-webcast">Deep Material Vetting That Won’t Chew Through Your Design Budget</a>, included a “homework” assignment: Chris and Scott of Re:Vision Architecture asked everyone to vet three to five materials they’re considering using in a current project.</p> <p>Expecting that this exercise would lead to frustrations as well as triumphs, we have set aside this space as a forum for you to share how your research is going. Whether your project is pursuing WELL, LEED, Living Building Challenge, a different certification, or no certification at all, let’s help each other out and make the process easier for everyone.</p> <p>If you haven’t already, you’ll need to <a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/user/register?">create a free BuildingGreen login</a> in order to post comments.</p> <p>Be kind, and good luck!</p> <p>p.s. Want to do some background reading on material vetting before you jump into the deep end? Check out these resources.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/virtual-mastermind-group-material-vetting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/virtual-mastermind-group-material-vetting#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:58:13 +0000 Paula Melton 21214 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com