I had a conversation with Jerry Yudelson last week, six weeks after he became the President of the Green Building Initiative, the non profit with the rights to distribute Green Globes in the United States.
Green building (including LEED) has a lot of potential for mitigating climate change, and LEED Certification is now a popular and widely recognized green building program. Businesses and home owners across the world are installing solar energy, fluorescent lights, and energy efficient appliances in order to reduce energy usage. In addition, many companies now offer a variety of green building options including locally-sourced materials and energy efficiency retrofits. Many of these efforts are considered to be the inexpensive, “low hanging fruit,” and there will undoubtedly continue to be a lot of activity in the green building area.
A package of local government bills introduced on January 29th aim to ensure that Montgomery County, Maryland remains at the sustainability forefront. The legislation submitted by Councilmember Roger Berliner is a model for local government environmental and energy initiatives, at a time when there is an anti-LEED v4 bill in the Maryland (more…)
There are 3,980,817 miles of roads in the United States. Roads are the largest built structures we come into contact with and yet they are so ubiquitous and familiar that they have become an impervious given, the dark matter of the motor vehicle cosmos. (more…)
Today there are 29,724 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard certified homes and lots. As the residential green code is on the cusp of eclipsing 30,000 certifications, more than a dozen governments across the country are evaluating adopting mandates or incentives tied to ICC 700. (more…)
The efficiency industry, driven largely in 2013 by intelligent innovations such as energy management software and virtual audits, will face financing, big data, education and accountability hurdles this year, according to a survey of executives by GTM Research. (more…)
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that new construction and renovation of state government buildings be green. And now Virginia has become the latest government to mandate an alternative compliance path for green building that includes the International Green Construction Code.
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2014 in Honolulu last Thursday and while most observers noted that the bill cracks down on sexual assaults in the military and eases restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the bill also is a huge win for the U.S. Green Building (more…)
In the event you missed the huge happening on December 4th, it is a LEED 2009 Commercial Interior Certified project in Knoxville, Tennessee. This green tenant improvement portends enormous business (more…)
The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to require “cool roofs” for all new and refurbished homes, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. “Cool roofs” incorporate light- and heat-reflecting building materials, which can lower the surface temperature of the roof by up to 50 degrees F on a hot day, according to Climate (more…)
All King County, Washington government construction and major renovations must strive to achieve the top national green construction rating under Ordinance 2013-0324 unanimously approved last week by the Metropolitan King County Council.