Nau Examines the Pros and Cons of LEED


Nau is a budding clothing products company that is committed to sustainability and social awareness in various facets of its business.  They build very cool stores (pictured above) and build them green.  I noticed their website has some info on LEED certification, and just had to use their conversation as a partial vehicle to continue to discuss the green building certification system.  Here’s what they said: 


By |April 15th, 2008|Corporate, LEED, News|6 Comments

[Video] Al Gore, the PPT Presentation v2.0

[Time – 27:54] The optimism of environmentalism isn’t about belief, it’s about behavior.  And we need a hero generation.  We have the capacity to do it.  Rise to the challenge and lay the basis for a bright and optimistic human future. 

++We Can Solve It


By |April 11th, 2008|News|0 Comments

How Green Can Monster Homes Be? Topic Renewed.


The topic pops up every month or two.  Last month, the issue of big green homes came up in the context of eco-terrorism.  Five luxury homes priced over $2 million each were set on fire with a sign left behind saying: "Built green?  Nope Black!  McMansions + RCD’s R Not Green – ELF"# #  The luxury homes were advertised as green, but clearly the eco-terrorists disagreed.#   The burnt homes were about 4200 to 4750 sf in size, which isn’t that bad, when compared to some so-called luxury green homes we’ve seen (this one being 9800 sf).  The incident highlights the tension between big homes and sustainability.   

Today the NY Times resurrects the issue in the context of a new development in Connecticut.  As you can tell from the image above, the homes are built in a style meant to evoke 19th-century English country houses.  I’m not really interested the style, but some people are and I understand that.  The above home is the model home — the first of at least twenty-four, extravagant "green" homes.  It’s 7,000 sf.


By |April 6th, 2008|Editorial, LEED, News|0 Comments

Solar Cities, Greenwashing Bamboo, Geothermal, + Greening Pre-Construction Activities [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

By |April 5th, 2008|News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Green Worry, LEED or Not, Impact of Green Buildings, + Carbon Footprints [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

By |March 29th, 2008|LEED, News, Week in Review|4 Comments

Green Buildings Financially Crush and Outperform Non-Green Buildings!!


Flat out, this news is big!  CoStar just released details of their study of LEED and Energy Star buildings, and I have to say, I was surprised by the numbers.  They analyzed roughly 1,300 LEED and Energy Star buildings representing 351 million square feet of commercial buildings.  The green buildings were compared with non-green properties of similar size, location, class, tenancy, and year built characteristics to extrapolate the economic case for green buildings.  The result:


By |March 28th, 2008|LEED, News|0 Comments