Today is World Water Day and it just so happens that Jerry Yudelson, noted green building authority and author, has released a new conceptual tool to help people understand where water will come from in the future. The tool mimics the popular Pyramid of Conservation used by Minnesota Power and explains water sourcing in ten increasingly expensive and complex steps.
I find myself more introspective every day as events unfold in Japan. I lived there for an extended period of time and tried to master the language. I see the faces of thousands of people that I met in my mind. I’m on this planet to make a difference, to help people, and it hurts to see neighborhoods gone and air polluted. What can be done? Here are a few efforts that I’m seeing:
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently published the results of new research into what Americans are looking for in their next home. The electronic survey — The New Home in 2015 — went to 3,019 builders, designers, architects, and marketing specialists, and 238 of the total pool responded. From the responses, the NAHB determined that new homes will be smaller, greener, and more casual.
If you’re looking for a back-of-the-envelope assessment of where your project fits in the LEED for Homes green building program, the USGBC just launched a new web-based tool for you. It’s called the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool, and it includes both a Quick Score (pictured) and a detailed Credit-By-Credit result with specific credit guidance.
Global design firm Perkins + Will just announced LEED certification for the firm’s 100th building — Balance, phase 2 of Dockside Green — which just so happens to be tied for the highest scoring LEED building in the world with phase 1 of Dockside Green. Dockside Green is a 15-acre community in Victoria, British Columbia, and Balance is a residential component of the project with one- and two-bedroom condominiums and townhouses.