Monday, February 28th, 2011
Over the last few years, there has been a large decrease in the crude oil production in Mexico. To counter the effects of it, the Mexican government has started to look for new venues for energy that would create less of a dependence on fossil fuels.
1) Renewable Energy Potential. The United States Department of Energy states (more…)
Friday, January 21st, 2011
2010 was a historic year for the General Services Administration (GSA). With a portfolio including 350 million square feet of public buildings, 200,000 federal vehicles, and a flow of goods and services throughout government totaling $95 billion, GSA has the capacity to impact every corner of government in every region of the country. In 2010, President Obama set (more…)
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
The “Windy City” lives up to its name as Chicago’s newest parking garage becomes the first to generate it’s own energy with spinning vertical wind turbines.
You might generally associate parking garages with the stark cement-c0lored monotony that most people despise about urban life. Thanks to a new design by the (more…)
Monday, July 26th, 2010
Questions have been swirling around the building industry about the new big thing, green building. Will it add cost? Will it add time? Does painting a building green count? These questions most often involve the sustainable design and construction process, which many people believe too be daunting.
To highlight some of the important aspects (more…)
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Yesterday, more than 120 leaders in the commercial building community came together with Federal officials at a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum to discuss the role of Federal leadership in sustainable building. White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, General Services Administration (more…)
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
For those who want a custom home made with more sustainable materials, the choices are rather diverse – many more than the straw, wood and brick of Three Little Pigs fame.
Most of us live in traditionally constructed houses and buildings, but we’ve all heard about the unique homes made out (more…)
Sunday, January 17th, 2010
DaVinci Quest, a Colorado-based, for-profit company that seeks to address the world’s top ten problems, has announced an international competition designed to find a practical, affordable approach to greening lower-priced homes. The contest will focus on innovative technologies that can make a house smarter, safer, and greener on a budget.
The Smarter, Safer, Greener House Contest is being hosted in the city of Longmont, Colorado. The criterion for winning the contest requires a team to renovate an existing house in Longmont by designing an integrated system using available technology. A total of 50 teams is being sought to compete for a minimum cash prize of $500,000 up to $5 million. (more…)
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
There are plenty of companies and individuals that are cashing in on the green building market proliferation, but how is a designer, contractor, or home buyer supposed to decipher the information and separate greenwashing from legitimacy? Unquestionably, there is no shortage of information on the subject – right or wrong. Unfortunately, there are very few adequate resources that have mainstream appeal and effectively represent the sustainability movement from the various perspectives of all of the individuals that need to be involved.
I came up with this long list of rhetorical questions. My intention is to illustrate the disconnect that seems to be prevalent among industry professionals, design clients, the media, and the general public regarding sustainable building.