Leave it to Jerry Yudelson to write what is probably the clearest articulation of the business case for green buildings you could ever read. Jerry Yudelson is the author of several books that we've given away in the past, including Green Building A to Z, The Green Building Revolution, Choosing Green, and Green Building Trends: Europe, as well as about six others worth reading, too. He was a board member of the USGBC and chaired Greenbuild for about five years; he now heads Yudelson Associates, a consulting firm that is dedicated to "growing the business of green building." Most recently, Yudelson authored The Business Case for Green Buildings, and this is his conclusion:
In an article that appeared in the August 2009 issue of Buildings, John Kouletsis, executive director at Kaiser Permanente, set forth a list of eight things to do to develop sustainable buildings. These elements can be applied in the context of new construction or substantial renovations, but the key is to start doing something now. Here’s the list (with our own ad lib descriptions):
It's that time of year again — the AIA Committee on the Environment ("COTE") just published its annual list of Top Ten Green Projects. There's some definite superstars in the group, and we've mentioned a few of them already, including the Chartwell School and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. Perkins+Will has two projects in the group, but this just confirms what we already know: the firm is a leader in sustainable design. Below, we've included direct links to AIA case studies for each project, as well as a link to the lead architect.