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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 […]

August 27th

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 […]

August 25th

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 […]

June 26th

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 […]

June 13th

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 […]

June 9th

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 […]

May 19th

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 […]

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 […]

April 15th

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 […]

April 3rd

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 […]

April 2nd

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 […]

April 1st