Green Design

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Rethinking the Things We Thought About Wood

A recent article from David Roberts on Vox resurfaces the benefits of using mass timber (aka, “cross- laminated timber” (CLT)). Over the last century, the design and construction industry has leaned away from wood, especially for non-residential construction, and moved toward more manufactured materials, such as steel, concrete, and iron, in the name of safety. … Continue reading

FEMA proposing new rules on building in floodplains

In January of 2015, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order 13690. The order was aimed at improving resilience to current and future flood risks and modified the 1977 Executive order 119888, which addressed flood plain development. Among other actions, the new order directed FEMA to develop a proposed amendment to 44 CFR part 9, “Floodplain … Continue reading

Don’t blow your credibility with a dated GBCI reference

Firms that provide LEED-based sustainability certification services hold themselves out as having a special expertise. But destroying credibility with a client can be as easy as contracting with the client to have the project reviewed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). That name has been around since the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) limited … Continue reading

New Proving Grounds for Energy Efficiency

New developments in the energy efficiency arena are happening all the time. From new products meant to increase efficiency and lower life-cycle costs to new design paradigms that weave new technologies and procedures with traditional building methods, green design has become commonplace in the market. However, the best-laid plans do not always delivery the best … Continue reading

Reducing carbon emissions through smart design

A recent study performed by the University of Cambridge suggests that the construction industry could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 50 percent by optimizing the design of new buildings to use less steel. Currently, the UK study purports, the design of buildings calls for double the amount of steel and concrete required by … Continue reading

State-Funded Projects and LEED v4

As reported by EcoBuildingPulse a few weeks ago, Indiana Governor Mike Pence decided to neither sign nor veto a new bill that will put an end to the state’s energy efficiency program. The decision was controversial and met with criticism since an alternative measure has not been proposed as of yet. Several environmental groups have … Continue reading

Green Building Is One of the Top Industries This Year

Inc.com has listed green building as one of its top industries for 2014. The U.S. Green Building Councilpredicts that this fast-growing industry will see total revenue increase to $245 billion by 2016. Inc.com interviewed several companies that recently broke into the green construction industry about what they have learned. One of the statements made was … Continue reading

Architecture Firm Releases Free Sustainable Design Tool

A national architecture firm has announced the release of an online sustainable design tool, which is offered for free on their website. The tool furnishes sustainable design strategies in a variety of categories such as Energy, Water, Waste, Materials, and Tools. According to an article on bdcnetwork, firms that utilize the tool (called the Matrix) may … Continue reading

A European Look at Sustainable Façade Products

Sustainability is growing, and product image is important when it comes to architects specifying products and materials. A recent Arch-Vision study asked architects in Europe what the most and least sustainable façade materials/products are, in their view. The results showed that bricks, wood, and stone are currently thought of as the most sustainable products to … Continue reading

Improving Health Through the Built Environment

There is always a lot of buzz about “green” design and construction, but you don’t hear as much about “healthy” design and construction. The Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is promoting healthier design and construction via their Building Health Initiative. The Building Health Initiative will promote the idea that “health and … Continue reading