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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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LEED Credit for Bird-Friendly Buildings

Every year almost 1 billion birds die in America from collisions into buildings, a cause of death second only to loss of habitat. However, the U.S. Green Building Council program is now offering new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits to building designs that help our feathered friends.

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Highlights of Greenbuild NEXT 2011 in Toronto, Canada

I arrived in Toronto, Canada this afternoon for Greenbuild 2011 called Greenbuild NEXT. This is the first time the biggest green building expo/conference is held outside the United States. Although the conferences has started today, I will not do a full coverage of the expo until tomorrow. As I took the public transpo to my hotel, (great public system Toronto, Love how easily accessible and simple the transit network is for passengers) I noticed te recycling bins everywhere including the…

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Sports Stadiums Looking To Go LEED

With stadiums in most major cities, sports occupy a huge part of American life and culture. So it is great to see some of these stadiums embracing green ideals by trying to acquire LEED certification. Two new stadiums being constructed will seek LEED certification: the new NFL stadium being built in Los Angeles, and the new Marlins stadium being built in Miami. There are also a host of current stadiums that have achieved LEED certification.

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Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

One of the most famous buildings in the world now has a new claim to fame. New York City’s Empire State Building has just received LEED Gold certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. While it isn’t the tallest building in the world to receive LEED certification, it is the tallest in the U.S., as well as probably the most well-known. The Empire State Building owes its new LEED certification to a retrofit model created by the…

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Taipei 101 is World’s Tallest Green Building

It’s a common saying that size doesn’t matter, but nobody told the people who built the Taipei 101 tower that. The 1,666 foot tall building has just become the world’s tallest green building by achieving LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category from the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only is this now the tallest building to receive LEED certification, it is also the largest scale building with a total area of 1.6 million square feet and the green building with the most tenants at 90.

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Green Building 101: Originate’s Natural Material Showroom

A locally sourced place for customers and clients to go to purchase a large variety of natural materials, consult experts and experience the ‘green’ materials first hand is Originate. This is a natural building materials’ showroom located in Tucson, Arizona. “Originate specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and made from natural and renewable resources.”

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Florense; Brazil’s Leading Sustainable Furniture Manufacturer

A company that was established in 1953 in Flores de Cunha, Brazil, called Fábrica de Móveis Florense is a leading example in a business that thrives on sustainability. Fábrica de Móveis Florense, or more commonly known as simply Florense, is an international company. Florense is a furniture manufacturer and producer of high quality wood veneers.

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