The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read

A non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Chesapeake Bay, commissioned a breath-taking facility that would eventually become the first LEED Platinum building in the world. Improperly protected engineered wood components led to water intrusion and compromised structural integrity. The building cost $7-million to build. The estimated cost of repair, according to a … Continue reading The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read

Controversial LEED v4 Officially Adopted By USGBC Members

The next version of LEED, currently referred to as “LEED v4,” has been adopted by the members of the United States Green Building Council. It only took three years, six public comment periods and a whole lot of controversy, but the new standard was approved by 86% of the voting body. The new version of … Continue reading Controversial LEED v4 Officially Adopted By USGBC Members

Tech industry giants place high priority on sustainability for new facilities

A few recent news stories, primarily out of Silicon Valley, highlight the growing trend among technology companies to embrace cutting edge green building practices. The rapid growth of companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft also means some growing pains for facilities managers. Google The search and advertising behemoth is awaiting environmental review for … Continue reading Tech industry giants place high priority on sustainability for new facilities

San Diego: Architectural students propose Low Impact Development solutions to storm water

Nearly every time it rains in San Diego, the beaches are closed due to contamination from storm water runoff. Using Low Impact Development practices, landcape architecture students at NewSchool of Architecture submitted proposals to address this problem at a recent event, according to SD Metro's Daily Business Report: The proposals were developed in NSAD’s Design … Continue reading San Diego: Architectural students propose Low Impact Development solutions to storm water

The Role of Quality in Sustainable Design & Construction for Retail

My latest column for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. In this post, I discuss the role that quality plays in true sustainability. Unfortunately, sustainability in design and construction is not exclusively dependent upon the choice of materials and methods. The quality of the design and construction plays an important role in true … Continue reading The Role of Quality in Sustainable Design & Construction for Retail