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

The 2 questions every builder needs to be asking to drive real innovation

Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger: According to Jacob Atalla of KB Home, “The best way to predict the future is to make it.” So he and others in the building industry often build model concept homes to test out ideas. Michele Lerner of the Washington Post talks to a few people in the industry to … Continue reading The 2 questions every builder needs to be asking to drive real innovation

What is a Life Cycle Impact Assessment and why is it important for the built environment?

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?

Ten Ways to Minimize Legal Pitfalls of Sustainable Design and Construction

Image via Wikipedia Sustainable Design and Construction raises unique legal issues for all parties who touch the project. It affects sureties, insurance companies, banks, owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, vendors, and their respective employees. Design professionals should work with the owner and contractor to develop sustainable goals that are attainable. Owners and banks … Continue reading Ten Ways to Minimize Legal Pitfalls of Sustainable Design and Construction