William McDonough is one of the greatest minds the environmental movement has to offer. He’s the co-author of Cradle-to-Cradle, Time’s Hero for the Planet, and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. And, perhaps more importantly, he’s extremely influential. McDonough shares ideas with compelling clarity, and listeners can’t help but pass the message along. I had the opportunity to listen to McDonough’s keynote at West Coast Green yesterday and took down the following quotes.
Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse. The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects — civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious — calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."
You don't have to read Nieman Journalism Lab to know the publishing world is in shambles. Particularly in the shelter magazine category, where available titles shrink from one month to the next, there hasn't been much going on. But in the past few months, I've noticed some new activity — perhaps this is an inflection point. In any event, if you're looking for fresh green design inspiration, here are three new titles to keep in mind.
A guest post by Anne Maertens from EnergySavvy.com.
Have you started closing your windows at night? That’s a good sign that it’s time to start getting your home ready for fall. An important part of your fall preparations should be weatherizing your home so you can enjoy a comfortable abode without having to sign over your paychecks to your natural gas, propane or oil providers.
The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification. Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists. These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.