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December 08, 2010

LEED Retains Status Quo of FSC Only

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As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems.  The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.

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December 04, 2010

AAHSA Displays Net Zero Idea House

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Last spring we took a preview of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Idea House 2010, which was built and on display for the association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.  Designed by THW Design of Atlanta, the Idea House presents a 2,500 square-foot model of the future of senior housing – aging in place design, use of technology, and sustainability.

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December 03, 2010

The Nation's First WaterSense Homes

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KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California.  What's noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they're the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label.  And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so. 

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November 24, 2010

Take a Pledge for Healthy LEED Buildings

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Perhaps you heard about a report by Environment & Human Health, Inc., which was published earlier this year, LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health.  In it, to summarize, the authors suggest that the USGBC creates a false impression that buildings are "healthy" when the LEED system doesn't really do much to remove harmful chemicals from products and buildings.  The report started a media frenzy on the topic. 

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November 21, 2010

Top Ten Green Building Products [2010]

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For the ninth year in a row, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen.  Here are seven products from the list to keep on the radar:

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November 20, 2010

A Passive House Hotel in Washington?

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The small town of Oroville -- north central Washington four miles from the border -- has big aspirations.  A developer has plans to build the first Passive House hotel in North America, according to Examiner.com.

Developer Steve Morberg already secured Highway 97 frontage for the project and will use a design by Bôd Structures, formerly known as American Container Homes, to construct the hotel in phases. 

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November 10, 2010

Audits, Loans, and a Home Energy Score

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Today Joe Biden and the Obama Administration unveiled a new program with low-cost energy audits, federally-insured PowerSaver loans, and a new Home Energy Score, according to Wendy Koch of the USA Today.  Details of the program are available now at HomeEnergyScore.gov, which includes an interactive graphic explaining the new score based on a 1 to 10 scale. 

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October 29, 2010

Misleading with Green Product Claims

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TerraChoice recently released a new report, The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, and published some interesting findings.  The company found that big-box retailers stock more "green" products and products with legitimate environmental claims than smaller boutique-style stores.  TerraChoice also found that over 95% of consumer products with a "green" claim are committing at least one "sin" of greenwashing. 

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October 21, 2010

BUILDER Reveals New Concept Home

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Builder magazine recently announced plans for the 2011 Concept Home, officially called the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.  The home has been designed for net-zero energy use, resource efficiency, and LEED Platinum certification. 

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October 13, 2010

World's First Certified Living Buildings

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Earlier this year, we took a look at four projects racing to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.  Now, the International Living Building Institute has completed third-party certification audits and announced the world's first Living Buildings.  The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (NY) and Tyson Living Learning Center (MO) both earned full certification, while Eco-Sense (BC) earned Petal Recognition for meeting four of six petals. 

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