Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, Colorado hired architectural firm Studiotrope to design the expansion of the Morgan Library with a modern glass cube student study space. The University is requiring that a minimum LEED silver accreditation be attained.
Kohl’s Department Stores today announced that the company will expand its solar program by nearly 25 percent in 2012, installing solar panels at approximately 30 additional Kohl’s locations. While some of the new solar sites will be in states such as California, Connecticut and Maryland where Kohl’s already has a solar presence, additional sites will be located in new solar states for Kohl’s, including Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.
The Vernon S. Broyles, Jr. Leadership Center at the Columbia Theological Center is a very beautiful and sustainable example of what existing and new buildings can become together if all design aspects are considered and smart practices are implemented.
I recently received the following letter from Jonny Kinzele at University of California, Santa Barbara: “I’m a fan of Green Building Elements, and in fact my university, UCSB, is home to Bren Hall, the U.S.’s first LEED Double-Platinum building. “I am an active member of Environmental Education for the Next Generation (EENG). The program, founded at UCSB, is a rapidly growing non-profit that seeks to connect children with the environment at a young age. We’ve grown from a small group…
As most of us know from hearing the word too many times, sustainable building covers a very wide range of definitions. But regardless of how we might define something and spar on who has the best meaning, the idea of practicing sustainability for what we build and how we live is a measure we should put into practice as often as possible. Here is one competent analysis by guest writer, Jay-Jay Stephens concerning five of the world’s most sustainable building concepts.
The tower at Rush University Medical Center opened in January 2012 designed by Perkins + Will. It is the largest new construction health care facility in the world to receive LEED gold certification. Its shape takes form from a butterfly but it received high sustainable remarks in tons of other areas as well including green design, construction and operation.
The State of Georgia’s only dental school – the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) College of Dental Medicine (CDM) – has a new $112 million home that features a warm, embracing, family-centric care environment, provides state-of-the-art equipment for both students and dental practices, and fulfills a need for the university to educate more dentists.
Tennant Company today announces its Eco-ITS bio-based urethane coatings to provide sustainable floor solutions made with 50 percent fewer petroleum-based chemicals. Using a 95 percent plant-based BiOH polyol, supplied under an exclusive agreement with Cargill,
Prefabricated home developer LivingHomes has announced the launch of the new LivingHome C6, a smaller zero energy home that has been modestly priced for a small family or couple.
One of the most dynamic abilities of a business comes from its power to grow, to adapt and to change with the times and when ever necessary for positive growth. One company has grown from 20 people to an internationally known engineering power house. This company was founded in 1947 by Joseph J. Jacobs and is self-entitled as Jacobs.
A new study says that some LEED credits might carry an additional risk of worker injury of up to 41 percent, writes Douglas Reiser on Sustainable Cities Collective. The study he cites published by the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, which finds that a number of LEED credit tasks carry potential risks.
In an announcement today, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has presented its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation to the General Services Administration (GSA) for the restoration, rehabilitation, and reuse of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Building in Atlanta.
2011 marked Sustainable Industries’ sixth annual competition where more than 100 entries were received and evaluated. The requirements to make the top ten list are environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, and value and compatibility with LEED.
The top ten were: Adura Wireless Lighting Contols, Breathe Living Wall, Greensulate, HydroRight Dual Flush Converter, Indow Windows, Juice Bar, Mobile Solar Power Systems, Modlet, SageGlass and SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall.
Property management analyst Ashley Halligan was in touch the other day, saying she had the opportunity to interview folks at Lucid’s Design Group and LEED experts to pen an article concerning occupant behaviors and their impact on owner or manager green goals for a building. She gets attention with her lead:
Prepare to be shocked. Or at a minimum, informed. Occupancy behavior is holding us back from reaching environmental building performance goals. Not funding. Not awareness levels. Just behavior
What a house, what a concept, what a challenge! Amid a heaping pile of press releases, Annie Kohut from Kohut Communications got my attention with this photo. Her accompanying note read: “One doesn’t often hear about sustainable design projects that are also historic preservation projects. But despite some preservationists who don’t believe that historic restoration can be accomplished sustainably, the restoration of a 19th century Italianate farmhouse demonstrates that historic restoration and green building principles do in fact complement one another.”…
“The tester was impressed on how tight and energy efficient the home was. This home was sold on spec January 26, 2010. The highest energy bill we had on this home over a monthly period was $50.”