Nicholas Brown, Author at Green Building Elements

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Invesco Purchases LEED Platinum Arlington Building For $90M

Invesco Real Estate, an Atlanta-based company, purchased the office complex at 1776 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, West Virginia for $90 million, or $650 per square foot for a total 139,394 square feet. This is the first property under the current US Green Building Council’s Core & Shell certification program to receive LEED Platinum certification in Arlington. The […]

August 7th

R.K. Pachauri: India Urgently Needs “Green Buildings”

R.K.Pachauri, an internationally acclaimed environmentalist who chaired the IPCC, said that India urgently needs more green buildings, an especially radical departure from conventional building design. He said: “There has to be radical departure in the construction of new buildings. There is a change in culture which has impacted the consumption of energy, water and other […]

July 21st

The Nucleus Has Been Awarded LEED Silver Certification

The US Green Building Council of Kentucky has awarded LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification to The Nucleus building of the University Of Louisville in downtown. This is decent, as the LEED certifications are Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum (remember that certifications in general are not common). The building, which is located at 300 […]

July 4th

San Diego Airport Receives LEED Platinum Certification

NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively speaking, this is a stupendously energy-efficient structure! NORESCO managed […]

June 30th

How Ventilation Helps Keep You Cool

There is a common concern about ventilation bringing warm air into rooms. While this is true, it still helps to keep you cool by blowing out the even warmer air inside your home, and by helping to reduce humidity which makes you feel warmer. In many cases, it may be warmer inside your home than […]

June 21st

48 More Kohl’s Store Branches Given Green Certification

Kohl’s has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings)  certification for 48 more of its store branches. This brings the number of LEED-certified Kohl’s stores up to 432. That is 37% of their 1,160 stores. Stores that qualify for this certification include Energy Star certification, commitment to green power, waste recycling, water-saving […]

June 13th

Certain Building Designs Make It Difficult To Live Without A/C

I have made numerous efficiency-enhancing suggestions to people who can’t afford air conditioning. However, they said that their homes’ designs can’t accommodate those enhancements easily. After encountering that road block so many times, I decided it was necessary to discuss it (along with potential solutions) in this article. Major Reasons Why People Struggle To Reduce […]

June 11th

New York to Provide Incentives for Zero-Net-Energy Buildings

The state of New York will provide $34 million of incentives to individuals and zero-net-energy homes (buildings which generate more energy than they consume). This works out to be $2,000 to $8,000 per household. The Real Deal says that “A zero-net-energy building relies on, among other things, solar panels, insulation and geothermal heating and cooling systems to […]

June 3rd

Bacardi Enhances The Efficiency Of Its Rum Facility

Bacardi, a wine company based in Puerto Rico, has been building its reputation for sustainability since 2006. Last year, it announced that it significantly reduced its water and energy usage. It is now taking the next step towards sustainability with the installation of solar skylights, which are intelligently designed ‘windows’ that allow plenty of sunlight into […]

April 23rd

Environmental Group Honours A Power Company For Environmental Stewardship?

The Electric Power Board (EPB), was honoured by the Sierra Club environmental group for the highly energy-efficient design of its headquarters building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In June, the 7-year-old building finally received LEED certification, which is for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. “EPB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people. For […]

October 23rd