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
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
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?
Many forward-thinking architecture firms have been moving beyond paper to take advantage of new technologies. Construction Informer has the scoop on another new product that addresses PDF files.
It?s interesting to see the architectural paper proces… Continue reading New Paperless Options For Architecture Firms Seeking Innovation
It ain?t easy being green. At least, not certifiably.
Just ask Connie Engel, a partner at Childress Klein, which manages and leases most of Atlanta Galleria, an 86-acre office park in Cobb County with six high-rise buildings.
The firm is not seeking … Continue reading Atlanta Business News: LEED certification boosts cost of going green
Like so many environmentally-conscious citizens, Emily Kroll worries about conspicuous consumption and its effect on the planet. “I do as much as I can to not have that great an impact and try my best to educate others,” says Kroll. But she?s done mu… Continue reading Innovation Agents: Emily Kroll, Founder and CEO of EKLA Home
Having had a couple years to attune themselves to California?s Green Building Standards Code, which is set to segue from voluntary to mandatory on January 1, building professionals throughout the state have implemented a number of strategies to manag… Continue reading GreenBuildingAdvisor.com: A Performance-Oriented Approach to Desert Green
Green Building is all the rage in the United States. Whether it be a LEED project, or just a promise to the property owner to build or make a building more efficient and sustainable, as 2010 passes onto 2011, those in the construction industry are qu… Continue reading Scott Wolfe, Jr.: Examples of Things That Can Go Wrong on a Green Building Project
San Francisco just unveiled a plan to host the 34th America?s Cup yacht race with an epic new amphitheater set on the bay. Proposed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the plan is based on revitalizing disused piers between the Bay Bridge and the ball… Continue reading San Francisco Unveils Solar Powered Stadium for America’s Cup
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