Although not really a convention-type person, I must say that Greenbuild 2008 was quite enjoyable. By official count, it appears that 29,752 people attended, which is absolutely phenomenal. There’s seriously something, I don’t know, magical, for lack of a better word, about being surrounded by such diverse people with a similar interest in green building. I spent the entire time talking with and learning from those around me — which is why I certainly plan to attend next year. If you weren’t able to attend, you’ll be able to catch some videos on Greenbuild365 in the future. In the mean time, I’ve listed a few news tidbits that you may find interesting:
For the seventh year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. The products, as you will note, have various and multiple environmental attributes. BuildingGreen culls the ten products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits. Although the GreenSpec Directory has over 2,000 products in total now, BuildingGreen is selective in choosing those that get in. As a result, Top-10 selections are regarded as the cream of the crop. Without further ado, here they are:
We’ve seen a ton of LEED Platinum homes on this site, but today’s home achieves something new. USGBC founder David Gottfried and his family recently finished the green renovation of their 1440 square foot Craftsman bungalow, a home that was originally built in 1915, and took it through the LEED for Homes certification process. In doing so, they received a total of 106.5 points (out of a total 136) and the noteworthy accomplishment of being the highest-scoring green home renovation since LEED-H launched earlier this year. The Platinum home is designed to be net-zero energy and utilizes technology such as solar photovoltaics and a solar- and hydronic-powered water heating system.
Last summer, it was the ceramic rod curtain wall. Now, it’s the lighting system. Various green aspects of the New York Times Building continue to make high profile news and it’s only been a year since the modern building opened. Here’s the deal: The Times Company installed Lutron’s Quantum solution, a total light management system that includes daylight, occupant, target set point, time clock, and emergency lighting controls. Although the building was originally designed to use approximately 1.28 watts per sf of lighting power, with the Lutron technology, it’s actually using only 0.38 watts per sf of lighting power — a 70% reduction in lighting use. That means, based on New York City electric rates, they’re saving ~$315,500 and preventing the emission of 1,250 metric tons of CO2 annually. These are some serious numbers. Here’s where they recognized the most in terms of lighting energy savings:
This building in Cambridge, England is not only called “Creative Exchange,” but it functions as one, too. Designed by 5th Studio, the structure has a purposely small footprint and smart design that allows natural light to flood into interior spaces. The interior spaces are open and function more flexibly than a typical office so occupants can collaborate and share ideas. Similarly, the top floor has a working garden that also facilitates congregation and interaction among the occupants. Other than the few private workspace areas, everything is quite open and communal at Creative Exchange.