Visioning Green Buildings

This series will explore the current state of the art in green buildings as well as examining some of the standards old and new. The series will include articles about green building elements such as furniture, as well as materials and their impact on indoor air quality, sustainable land development and the role of green buildings as elements of green communities, as well as alternative green building standards. We’re also hoping to hear something from USGBC. We still have some open slots available, so if you have something you’d like to write about on this topic; please feel free to leave a comment on any article.

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Green or Not? How the Majority of Consumers Perceive Their Homes

By Tom Halford, Whirlpool Corporation The push for consumers to make their homes more energy efficient has created a “green-home” movement and with…

Manufacturers Embrace the Fine Art of Romancing Homeowners

by Trish Holder Sometimes market research can be a real downer.  Take a manufacturer of residential construction products that has spent millions of…
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Schneider Electric: Energy Performance Contracting Puts Green On the Line

Schneider Electric is another one of those very big companies you’ve probably never heard of, though they do make the APC Uninterruptible Power…
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NASA’s Sustainability Base: The Greenest of Them All?

Remember when space was the final frontier? Perhaps it still is, but in the years that have passed since we started saying that,…
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Is The Small House The Next Big Thing?

by Susan Brautovich, LEED AP While you can argue that a house doesn’t have to be small to be green, it certainly doesn’t…
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LEED-Certified “Guzzler” Draws Criticism

When the Charlotte, NC ImaginOn opened in 2005, it was the city’s first green building. The combination library and children’s theater used a…
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Estidama: The Arab World’s First Green Building System

by Susan Brautovich, LEED AP Dubai may be whipped by recession and racked with debt, but Abu Dhabi is humming along just fine.…
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4800 Square Foot House in the Hamptons Wins LEED Platinum

Last week, guest author Susan Brautovich raised the question of whether green mega-homes are truly green or if small and beautiful is the…
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The Taylor Companies: Green Furniture for Green Buildings

Have you ever checked the ingredients of your office furniture? Perhaps you’ve been afraid to look. Chances are you wouldn’t find out very…

Chimneys Make a Comeback, Solar Style

With the holidays over, its time to take down the stockings from the fireplace hearth, that is if you have a fireplace and…
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Can a Green-Rated Mega House Truly be Green?

While the “Small Is Beautiful” home designed for maximum efficiency on a minimum footprint may be PC these days, peruse any shelter magazine…
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USGBC Requests Comments on New LEED Draft

The next version of LEED will be an update and expansion of the technical content from LEED 2009. Your comments help to ensure…
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Is LEED No Longer in the Lead?

“It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Is that what they will be saying about the LEED standard for green buildings,…