Monthly Archives: April 2007

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LEED Ordinances: Unlawful or Not? Philosophically Speaking…

Well, it looks like a courageous Palo Alto lawyer has decided to escalate the conversation as to whether LEED ordinances, city ordinances that require developers to build green, are lawful or not.  Here’s the background story.  Currently, Palo Alto requires public projects of 10,000+ sf to be certified under the USGBC guidelines, but they’re […]

By |April 12th, 2007|LEED, News|0 Comments

Free iTunes Download: Sundance Channel Green TV Show; Better Hurry!

Quick post here, but I want to let you iTunes users know that there’s a free download of the new Sundance Channel TV show called "big ideas for a small planet."  No direct links because you need to have iTunes downloaded to get it, but it’s on the front page right now.  […]

By |April 10th, 2007|Conservation, Gadgets, News|0 Comments

Has Anyone Seen "The Green House" Exhibit at D.C.'s National Building Museum?

When I was in Washington, D.C., a couple weekends back, in addition to participating in GWU’s real estate competition and visiting AWEA, I took a tour of the National Building Museum’s exhibit called "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design."  If you’ve been there, by all means, leave a comment as to […]

By |April 10th, 2007|Gadgets, Materials, Modern architecture, News, Prefab|0 Comments

McStain To Build Largest Solar Homes Development in Colorado

Late last week, McStain Neighborhoods announced intentions to build the largest solar neighborhood in Colorado.  The neighborhood development, known as Bradburn Village, will have 42 solar-electric homes available for sale in early Spring 2007.  From what I understand, McStain builds their homes to Energy Star certification, so going with the solar option […]

By |April 9th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Solar|0 Comments

Skyscraper Sunday: LEED Platinum Banner Bank Building

Well actually, it’s more of a mid-rise, but 11 stories in Boise is about as skyscraper as it gets.  According to Gary Christensen, Christensen Corporation owner and Banner Bank Building developer, "we created a beautiful, high-performance building that’s good for the environment.  And it didn’t cost us any more to do it."  Specifically, the […]

By |April 8th, 2007|LEED, Skyscraper, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

$80k to The Nature Conservancy, Light Bulb Exchange Program, + Supreme Court Goes Green (WIR)

Duke Energy Donates $80,000 to The Nature Conservancy for Shareholders Choosing Paperless Delivery of Annual Report S. California "Green Schools" Light Bulb Exchange Program Enables Students to Reduce their Families’ Home Energy Bills The U.S. Supreme Court Ruled 5-4 that the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by Declining to Regulate New-Vehicle […]

By |April 6th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News, Recycled, Week in Review|0 Comments