DenverUrbanism: An Online Publication for Denver’s City Life

Every city has publications that are all about that place. One of Denver’s online sites that helps the community members and visitors to the Mile High City be aware and take part in local activities, meetings and news is DenverUrbanism. “DenverUrbanism provides news, ideas, and commentary about urbanism in Denver and advocates a progressive pro-urban agenda for the Mile High City.” DenverUrbanism was launched in 2010 and is all about city life in Denver. It is a spin off from…

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What Is LEED? – Sustainable Sites

This is the second post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an introduction to LEED. Sustainable Sites The first category of LEED prerequisites and credits has to do with the location and piece of land the project is built on. LEED Sustainable Sites credits deal with protecting natural habitat, keeping open spaces, dealing with rainwater, and heat island and light pollution reduction. Construction Activity Pollution Prevention This measure is required for LEED…

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Green building standard is coming soon

Agencies Announce Partnership to Develop Green Construction Code

The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced last week the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented cooperation to develop a green construction code aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes…

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Treehouse in Memorial City, Both are More than a Name Suggests

As cities re-develop and re-define themselves in new urban and sustainable ways, mixed-used mini-cities are becoming popular oasises in the midst of traditional metropolitan areas. In Houston, Texas, one of such, ‘city-with-in-a-city’ exists and is called Memorial City. It is 7.6 million SF of a place that intertwines the living, shopping, working and play parts of its population’s lives. Memorial City is, “A privately-held real estate investment, development and management company headquarters.” Part of that headquarters is a 14,700 SF,…

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Guest Post: How Businesses Are Reducing Their Environmental Impact with ISO 14001

Thanks to environmental writer Emma James for providing this post on ISO 14001 and its environmental impact. For the uninitiated, “ISO 14001” may seem to have little to do with the environment, but in fact nothing could be further from the truth! ISO 14001 is a quality management system specifically designed to help businesses manage their environmental impact. Since 2004, the number of businesses becoming 14001 certified has seen a 70% increase, as care for the environment becomes more important…

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DOE Finalizes Furnace Fan Energy Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy announced final furnace fan energy efficiency standards today, the one-year anniversary of the release of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. “The part of the Climate Action Plan that got the most attention was the EPA rules on power plants,” but the plan was packed with smaller DOE measures that will add up over time, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a Washington, D.C., forum hosted by the League of Conservation Voters. “We are making progress [because]…

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Green Building Design and Construction – 5 Factors Giving High Performance

This article concerning driving factors affecting performance on green building and design projects has been written by Bhushan Avsatthi, associate director for Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services.   Sustainable building design and construction has been highly acclaimed in recent times. We witness lots of architects opting for green building design and construction, considering the environmental essentials and social responsibility towards the society they live in. Recent statistics by U.S. Green Building Council: Approx 738 LEED-certified industrial manufacturing facilities across the globe Another 1,335 facilities…

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Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors Certification Program

This news release from the Green Building Initiative provides information on a new certification program for interiors of commercial and institutional buildings. The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced the launch of a new certification program specific to design of interiors of commercial and institutional buildings, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson. The new program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building…

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Energy Benchmarking Survey Announced

This information comes from Resource Media. Subject: Online survey intended to reach building owners on assisting cities in outreach and communication concerning local energy benchmarking ordinances. Seattle, WA: Nonprofit public relations firm Resource Media is tapping into the minds of building owners with a new online survey in an effort to help cities improve outreach and communications around local benchmarking ordinances. Building owners that complete the survey before June 1 will be entered into a drawing to receive one of…

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AIA’s Top Ten 2014 List

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona State University Student Health Services Building Bud Clark Commons Bushwick Inlet Park Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF John and Frances Angelos Law Center Sustainability Treehouse The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters Warroad U.S. Land Port of Entry Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse The Arizona State University Student Health Services is an…

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ProWood Desperate Deck Contest Announced

We have written recently about treated lumber. Our timing appears to be well-suited, as treated lumber company ProWood has announced what might bean entertaining contest to select an exterior deck most in need of a redo. Here is the press release. UFPI launches 2014 ProWood Desperate Deck Contest April 14 Grand Prize Winner receives a $20,000 ProWood deck makeover How desperate can a deck get? That’s what ProWood, the leader in professional-grade treated lumber, wants to know. ProWood, a brand…

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Global Green USA Completes Boston Latin School’s Green School Makeover

When March came to its final day, Global Green USA proudly announced the completion of its student-led Green School Makeover at Boston Latin School. A panel of expert judges selected the winning elementary school after six months of intensive outreach by educators, school districts and educational organizations, resulting in more than 450 submissions. Drawing on its green building expertise that spans more than a decade, Global Green USA provided Boston Latin School with a $75,000 grant to realize its student-created…

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Building Protection Forum Links Building Stakeholders

Product manufacturer Inpro is leading the charge in connecting buildings to their users. The Building Protection Forum offers the first ever site dedicated solely to protecting buildings and their users. It offers stakeholders the opportunity to post and respond to questions or problems related to their buildings. “We have always done obsessive things to make sure our clients can protect their buildings, but this initiative takes that obsession to a whole new level,” said Mark Alan, Senior Vice President of Product…

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Building Sustainable Communities; WeFeed is Launched

As a society, we forget that when small communities come together, establish a way of life that is beneficial for living and surviving, the world becomes a much more inviting place. If life’s necessities are accessible then life becomes more enjoyable. There are millions of charities in the world today and Americans are continuously willing to give. But when only monetary donations are turned into food or water and those are given, a community can become dependent on those contributions…

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What Climate Policy Means for Coal

The impact of burning coal worldwide has an enormous impact on climate change. Halting the coal supply chain is not going to be possible. Managing it, however, understanding economic and employment issues, balanced with all of the impacts of climate change, must be a priority for everyone. Read the release provided here. Limiting climate change to 2°C means shutting down coal power plants – an unpopular proposition for coal power companies. But a new study shows that delaying climate policies…

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Guest Post: How You Can Make Your Home Breathe Better

On the surface, some homes are deceptively clean-looking, with visible vacuum cleaner lines running down the carpeting, and the smell of household cleaners fumigating the air. However, there are many hidden health hazards that can lurk in air filters, air ducts, carpet fibers, fans and more that can make breathing very difficult. Replace Air Filters: It’s recommended by most HVAC contractors that air conditioning filters be changed at least once a month. In a short amount of time, air filters…

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We want to save water but do we know how?

Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey conducted by an Indiana University researcher. Experts say the best strategy for conserving water is to focus on efficiency improvements such as replacing toilets and retrofitting washing machines. However, the largest group of the participants, nearly 43 percent, cited taking shorter showers, which does save water but may not be the…

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Grassroots Methane Capture

Understanding the basics about methane capture can provide us all with a great resource for our energy arsenal. Start with landfills. There is a lot of free energy out there that can be captured and used in places of need. According to the EPA, as of July 2013, there are 621 operational LFG energy projects in the United States and approximately 450 landfills that are good candidates for projects. Current and potential LFG energy projects Companies in the U.S. that…

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