Life Cycle Assessments, also known as Life Cycle Impact Assessments (abbreviated as LCA and LCIA, respectively), provide objective measurements of the environmental impact of a given product from the procurement of its constituent raw materials, through production and manufacturing, all the way through to decommissioning and end of life (recycling or disposal). In my mind, … Continue reading What is a Life Cycle Impact Assessment and why is it important for the built environment?
For some, green building and sustainability are aspirational goals. For those of us that have been working in sustainability on a professional level, we are always on the lookout for the next evolution in third party standards and certification to take our projects to the next level. Beyond "net zero" energy and water — in … Continue reading Third-Party Regenerative Building Certification would kick Sustainability up a notch
Water efficiency is the next major issue impacting the built environment after energy efficiency. (Not that we've necessarily solved the issue of energy efficiency...) Despite the fact that our planet's surface is 2/3 water, protecting this natural resource is of utmost importance to human survival. The best way to reduce water usage is to reuse … Continue reading Groundbreaking peer-reviewed research into Life-Cycle Assessment of Water Reclamation Systems
Apparently, the Hartford, CT Mark Twain House & Museum contains an amazing collection of artifacts collected by Samuel Clemens throughout his life. Sadly, however, much of that collection has been threatened by mold growth caused by a faulty HVAC system. According to Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant: In November 2015, mold was found in … Continue reading Faulty Geothermal Heating and Cooling System contributes to mold at historic Twain Museum
Green buildings do in fact have a measurable impact on both occupant health, as well as quality of life measures such as sleep. Damian Carrington, writing for The Guardian reports on a recent study supported by a gift from United Technologies to the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan … Continue reading Research shows clear correlation between green buildings and occupant health