As first reported by the New York Times recently, a new life cycle assessment of illuminants conducted by Osram, a German lighting company, provides support for the belief that LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In fact, over the entire life of the bulb, from manufacturing to recycling, incandescent bulbs use approximately five times more energy than compact fluorescents and LED lamps.
Several months ago, we profiled all three finalists in the Re:Vision Dallas competition. The purpose of the competition was to design a sustainable urban city block near Dallas City Hall. Of these finalists (and several hundred other entries), the Forwarding Dallas entry has now been announced as the winning design. The off-the-grid block, designed in collaboration between Atelier Data and Moov, is scheduled to break ground in 2011.
Yesterday, First Lady Laura Bush, architect Robert A. M. Stern, and landscape architect Matthew Urbanski unveiled the design of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Located on the east side of SMU's campus, the design will complement the consistent Georgian architecture of the rest of the university. And when complete, the $250 million building will be LEED Platinum certified.
Last week at Greenbuild 2009, Perkins + Will unveiled its new Precautionary List, which tracks 25 of the most common dangerous chemicals found in commonly used building materials. The list provides an explanation of the properties of the chemicals with suggested alternatives. Some of the chemicals on the list include: arsenic, lead, urea formaldehyde, and cadmium, just to name a few.
Yes, it's that time again. For the eighth year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen sifts the products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits, as well as from coverage in Environmental Building News. The GreenSpec Directory has over 2,100 products, and these ten are some of the best of what's been added to the directory. Any favorites among the group?
According to a new study by Booz Allen Hamilton and the USGBC, green building will support 7.9 million jobs and pour $554 billion into the American economy over the next four years. Of that, $396 billion will be attributable to wage growth in green building jobs. Green construction spending currently supports 2 million American jobs, so we're talking about growth of nearly 400%!