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More Green Building News on the Cool Bird Island Eco Sanctuary Designs

Shown below is another rendering of a winning design for Bird Island called the Rafflesia House. While it is intentionally named, it “unintentionally looks like the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world and a native to the rainforests of Malaysia. (Rafflesia used to be Malaysian national symbol, but it is now replaced by Petronas […]

February 6th

Shangri-La Construction Unveils World’s First Aviation Hangar To Achieve LEED Paltinum Certification

Shangri-La Industries has introduced its newly formed business unit, Shangri-La Construction, at today’s unveiling of their inaugural project: Hangar 25, the world’s first aviation hangar to achieve Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System™ at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

December 11th

How Green Are the Beijing Olympics Buildings?

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are supposed to be the greenest yet. There has been some coverage on television, and despite all the attempts to clean things up beforehand and to limit especially the air pollution during the games, pictures from the city show it still in many ways to be a smoggy, grimy […]

August 17th

Certified Green Broker: Helping Buyers Find Green Buildings

Many of my recent posts have touched upon the theme that the building industry cannot accomplish major advances in sustainability by itself; first its market must change. But there is ample evidence that consumers are now driving a change in the market. The USGBC website has printed a report by CoStar Group which has found […]

May 13th

Increasing Tax Breaks for Public Buildings

The IRS has had tax deductions in place through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which allow taxpayers to deduct the cost of energy-efficient equipment installed in commercial buildings they own. But publicly-owned buildings aren’t taxed, and therefore, there is no additional tax savings to the building owner. However, the law allows the designer of […]

March 15th

Architecture 2030

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<img src="/files/111/US-Energy-Consumption.gif" alt="" width="248" height="204" align="right" />The city of the future is not going to be a <em>Jetson</em>-esque collection of bubbles in the air, or towers connected by monorails, or any other radical vision. The city of the future will be more like that in<em> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBlade-Runner-Five-Disc-Ultimate-Collectors%2Fdp%2FB000K15VSA%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Ddvd%26qid%3D1190643350%26sr%3D8-1&amp;tag=greeopti-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Blade Runner</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=greeopti-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></em>, mostly recognizably familiar older buildings. Most of the city of the future has already been built and is standing. Certainly new buildings will be built. But they need to be made much more efficient than existing buildings. And Architecture 2030 is pressing for architects and the building industry to radically alter their methods of designing and building buildings to address environmental issues.
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(The interspersed quotes in this article are taken from the Architecture 2030 &quot;<a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/current_situation/coal.html">Think You're Making a Difference?</a>&quot; page.)
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<a href="http://www.architecture2030.org/2030_challenge/index.html">Architecture 2030</a> is a foundation established by architect Ed Mazria in 2002. Mazria famously created the pie chart graph (see illustration) showing that buildings represent 48% of the total energy used in this country. As the largest single segment of energy use, responsible for nearly half of all energy use in the country, buildings need to have more attention paid to them. Architecture 2030 is dedicated to reducing all fossil-fuel, greenhouse-gas-emitting energy use for buildings by 2030, with an immediate 50% reduction (as compared to the typical energy use for particular building types), and phased increases in the reduction percentage until the 100% target is reached in 2030.</p>

September 24th