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March 19, 2010

A New Path for Green Building Codes

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Last week, the formation of the new International Green Construction Code was announced through the partnership of several organizations already deeply connected with green building efforts. The preliminary version of the model code is now available for public review and comment.

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February 22, 2010

Top 7 Green Trends for 2010 [EcoHome]

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At the beginning of every year, there's a tradition for the industry to talk about trends.  We've done it in the past, but this year we reviewed trends published by Jerry Yudelson and the Earth Advantage Institute.  Now, EcoHome Magazine has published it's own list of seven green trends that will impact homeowners and green building professionals.  Here they are:

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February 17, 2010

Home Restoration Meets Sustainability

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By looking at it, you wouldn't know that this home was built in 1709.  Or that it was on the "most endangered" list of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.  But this newly restored home is a model and showcase of what can be done when sustainability intersects with preservation (or, to be more precise, restoration).  Located on nearly an acre lot in Connecticut, the Stone/Shelley House was completed recently by Gulick and Spradlin. 

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February 15, 2010

The Race to be the Greenest Building

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The Living Building Challenge, run by the Cascadia Green Building Council, is growing in popularity these days.  Referred to as one of the most advanced green building rating systems in the world, it's growing, I believe, in part because of its rigor.  The Challenge is performance based, which means a project has to perform as modeled for one full year prior to receiving certification.  Currently, four projects (see below) are racing to be the first to obtain Living Building Challenge certification. 

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February 14, 2010

Super Green Design for British Columbia

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The University of British Columbia's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) will be a candidate to be regarded as one of the greenest buildings in North America once it is completed.  The building, which is presently under construction in Vancouver, is not only a superb example of sustainability in building design, but its purpose is to foster and accelerate sustainability and to bring together researchers, businesses, and nonprofits to work collaboratively on issues of sustainability. 

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January 13, 2010

Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010 [Earth Advantage Institute]

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Sean Penrith, executive director of the Earth Advantage Institute, a non-profit based in Portland that certifies green buildings, recently published a list of ten green building trends to watch in 2010.  It's quite the interesting list, I think you'll agree.  While you're thinking about these trends, don't forget to read up on Jerry Yudelson's Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010, as well.  The following is a synopsis of the trends discussed by the Earth Advantage Institute:

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January 12, 2010

Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010 [Jerry Yudelson]

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Jerry Yudelson, a prominent leader in the green building world, recently published his annual top ten list of green building trends.  As founder of green building consultancy Yudelson Associates, Yudelson is an author of 11 green building books and past chair of the Greenbuild (2004-2009).  He's a big deal.  In mostly his words below, check out what's in store for green buildings in 2010:

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December 15, 2009

Massive Solar Powered Sundial Building Now Complete in Dezhou, China

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The new congress center for the 4th World Solar Cities Conference, which takes place in September 2010, is now complete.  Located in Dezhou of the Shandong Province, the 75,000 square meter (807,293 square feet) center includes exhibition centers, scientific research facilities, meeting and training facilities, and a hotel.  It'll be a showcase of solar design, solar desalination, and, of course, about 50,000 square-feet of solar panels on the exterior. 

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December 01, 2009

A Super Efficient Straw BaleHaus

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Modcell, a company in the UK that makes prefabricated panels from staw and hemp, this year completed a two-story straw bale home on the campus of the University of Bath.  The home, referred to as Balehaus@Bath, was designed by White Design.  Over a year, the Balehaus will be monitored in thirty-second increments with 12 sensors inside and 66 sensor in the walls, measuring such things as thermal performance, acoustics, air tightness, and relative humidity. 

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November 25, 2009

Off the Grid Urban Block for Dallas

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Several months ago, we profiled all three finalists in the Re:Vision Dallas competition.  The purpose of the competition was to design a sustainable urban city block near Dallas City Hall.  Of these finalists (and several hundred other entries), the Forwarding Dallas entry has now been announced as the winning design.  The off-the-grid block, designed in collaboration between Atelier Data and Moov, is scheduled to break ground in 2011. 

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