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Worthwhile Access to Lists: FindTheBest’s Green Tools

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 […]

May 23rd

GUEST POST: Five of the World’s Most Sustainable Building Concepts

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.

May 21st

Rush University Medical Center by Perkins + Will Goes Gold

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.

April 23rd

State of Georgia’s Only Dental School Gets New Home

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.

April 13th

The Jacobs Company Continues its Great Green Accomplishments

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.

February 14th

Building for LEED Credits May Increase Risk of Worker Safety, Says Study

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.

February 11th

Top Ten Building Products of 2011

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.

February 2nd

Understanding and Managing Occupant Behaviors for Achieving Green Goals

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

January 26th

Marrying Historic Preservation with LEED Gold Certification

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 […]

January 12th