Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.  

Study Shows LEED-ND Fails To Provide Affordable Housing

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) by Nicola Szibbo, PhD, a planner with the City and County of Honolulu, found that only 40 percent of LEED-ND certified projects included affordable housing. With very little incentive in the credit structure, many developers choose not to include affordable housing, and there are no consequences for doing so. LEED-ND is a green certification program for neighborhood developments, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, the association that…

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Home design trends

Top 10 Home Design Trends

The American Institute of Architects recently came out with its Top 10 list of upcoming Home Design Trends.  Here is what we all have to look forward to in homes built in the next 10 years: Technological integration will become more prevalent, with dedicated support for personal devices, along with automated controls for temperature, security and lighting. Increased consumer awareness about environmental health issues, leading to more widespread use of low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for paint and…

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ICEhouse(TM) (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) (C) 2016 William McDonough + Partners (PRNewsFoto/William McDonough + Partners)

Designer McDonough Debuts ICEhouse at World Economic Forum

Famed designer William McDonough, of Cradle to Cradle fame, will debut his latest creation, ICEhouse, in Davos, Switzerland, as a place for those attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting to gather and discuss the future of Innovation for the Circular Economy. The structure has been designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in…

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Designed For The Future: Media TIC – Barcelona, Spain

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Fully integrate new technology into building design. David Garcia is…

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Designed For The Future: Eco Lodges – Jordan

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Create models that mix old and new; they will be…

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City Repair Project, Portland, Oregon

Designed for the Future: City Repair Project – Portland, Oregon

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Create a really beautiful place, and people will slow down…

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Green Schools Gaining More Support In US

New poll from US Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading US public school buildings with green features In a poll released at last year’s Greenbuild, respondents listed improved energy efficiency and an improved learning environment as the top reasons for schools to be upgraded. Results show increased support for green schools, finding that 8 out of 10 Americans support schools that create a healthy environment conducive to…

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Enervee Score Provides Daily Energy Efficiency Reporting For Home Appliances

Many consumers today purchase home appliances based on one primary factor – purchase price. While features and energy efficiency are important, they certainly don’t take top billing when it comes to paying at the cash register. The Enervee Marketplace, a web site that utilities can use to allow consumers to research appliance purchases, attempts to educate consumers so they know the cost of the appliance over its life span, including energy. Enervee and Opower, a software company that works with…

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Steelhenge, made of shipping containers

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containers for the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate. “We like to work with references, displacement or even direct quotes,” Bureau A’s Leopold Banchini said in an interview with Dezeen. “In this case, the ruins of Stonehenge and the pagan rituals that…

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6 Tips For Picking A Paint Color

Whether you are painting with green paint or “green” paint, everyone can use some help picking a paint color. There are so many to choose from, almost too many, and how do you pick the right color and shade to go with your decor? Noelle Parks, professional interior designer for Dunn-Edwards Paints, shares six expert tips on finding the right hue: 1. Choose color based on desired mood of a room From high-energy red to mellow blue, psychological responses to…

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Greenest Cities in the US in 2015

  WalletHub analysts recently released their list of the greenest cities in the US, based on their study of 100 cities across the nation. Cities were measured on thirteen key metrics across four dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) “Greenness” of Transportation, 3) “Greenness” of Energy Sources and 4) Green Lifestyle & Local Policies. Here are the metrics they used in each category: Environmental Quality – Total Points: 40 Median Air Quality Index: Full Weight (~10 Points) Greenhouse-Gas Emissions per Capita: Full…

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Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack

Top 10 Green Building Products for 2016

Thanks to BuildingGreen and Construction Dive for this list of soon-to-be-released products that hope to push the green envelope further than it has gone before. Personal Comfort Systems Hyperchair Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have been developing the Personal Comfort Systems Hyperchair, which aims to improve the comfort levels of people in office settings. The Hyperchair gives people the ability to control their individual temperature setting with a smart phone. It uses a lithium-ion phosphate battery that charges at night…

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Wireless holiday lights by Aura

More Holiday Tech — Wireless Holiday Lights

This is another article for those who simply must have the latest and greatest that technology has to offer. In this case, it is wireless holiday lights, and it will be the next great thing for 2015. Powered by Aura has developed a system that allows lighted ornaments to be powered wirelessly from a central source. The Aura Power Ring can be placed at the base or center of the tree, depending on its size (range is about 5 feet).…

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Demand for green building doubles every three years

Demand For Green Building Doubles Every Three Years

According to a recent report, soon to be released by Dodge Data & Analytics, green building continues to double every three years, with strongest acceleration in emerging economies, and clients and tenants worldwide are increasingly demanding sustainability – for both energy efficiency and occupant benefit. Preliminary results from the World Green Building Trends 2016 report, with funding from United Technologies, were announced by Bob McDonough, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security at the 2015 Greenbuild International Summit in Washington, DC earlier…

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Paint Shield kills bacteria

Breakthrough Paint Has Ability To Kill Bacteria

A new paint from Sherwin-Williams boasts the ability to kill bacteria within two hours of contact with the painted surface.  It is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that continuously kills bacteria for up to four years after application. Paint Shield offers customers an important new tool to help prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).  Surfaces painted with Paint Shield kill greater than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli),…

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Solar farm

Amazon Virginia Solar Farm Approved For Construction

Amazon recently received final approval to begin construction of a 80 MegaWatt solar farm in Virginia’s Accomack County.  The farm, called “Amazon Solar Farm US East,” will be owned and developed by EPC Community Energy, and Amazon will buy the power generated through a power purchase agreement. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe revealed that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality had agreed to issue a permit for the facility, which will be made up of 250,000 solar panels and generate enough…

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Kirigami inspires new solar cell technology

Kirigami Inspires New Solar Cell Technology

Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a lattice-like solar cell that can stretch like an accordion, allowing it to tilt along the sun’s trajectory and capture more energy.  The details of the oddly shaped solar film, inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting called kirigami, are in a paper recently published in the journal Nature Communications. The new design helps fix a problem with most solar power systems – the sun moves and the panels don’t.  By…

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Permeable concrete system gulps water

Permeable Concrete System Gulps Water Without Puddles

In a video that has gone viral, at least in the construction industry, Lafarge Tarmac vividly demonstrates the capabilities of its Topmix Permeable Concrete system to absorb large quantities of water in a short amount of time.  According to the video, a parking lot constructed of Topmix is able to absorb 4,000 liters of water in less than a minute, with no puddles! The Topmix system is exactly that, a system.  It starts with a layer of permeable concrete, followed…

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