Google bets on massive heat pump system in pursuit of LEED Platinum at new campus

Adele Peters, writing for Fast Company: At a construction site on Google’s new Bay View campus–a few miles from its headquarters in Mountain View, on NASA-owned land near the San Francisco Bay–cranes lift tubing high in the air and drop it into holes that descend 80 feet into the ground. It’s a step that will … Continue reading Google bets on massive heat pump system in pursuit of LEED Platinum at new campus

IFMA releases Green Cleaning guide for facilities management professionals

Besides aesthetic considerations, maintaining a clean facility has numerous benefits including prolonged useful life of building components, improved indoor environmental quality, reduced exposure to pathogens, and it can even mean improved efficiency lowering energy costs. So it should come as no surprise that “green cleaning” practices are integral to more sustainable operations and maintenance of various buildings. Continue reading “IFMA releases Green Cleaning guide for facilities management professionals”

Third-Party Regenerative Building Certification would kick Sustainability up a notch

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

Why HDR pursued and achieved LEED Platinum for their new Virginia facility

Stephen Manlove is managing principal for the Washington, DC office of the award-winning HDR Architecture group. Their new office building, located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, was just awarded LEED Platinum certification under USGBC’s LEED for Interiors, under version 2009 of the program.

Such a pursuit is not for the faint of heart. Manlove wrote a great piece for the HDR blog that tells the story called, Our Journey to Platinum and How it has Shaped Who We Are. So, why did HDR go to such great lengths for their new facility?  Continue reading “Why HDR pursued and achieved LEED Platinum for their new Virginia facility”

Research shows clear correlation between green buildings and occupant health

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 School of Public Health: Continue reading “Research shows clear correlation between green buildings and occupant health”

Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects

Peter Kenter published an informative article at Canada’s Daily Commercial News and Construction Record entitled, Legal tips for construction firms pursuing LEED: “We haven’t seen a lot of cases involving LEED-igation or sustainable building projects, but we know they’re coming,” says Danielle Stone, an associate with Blaney McMurtry LLP and a member of the firm’s … Continue reading Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects