The following is taken from an email from the USGBC relating to taking comments in relation to certified wood. Friday August 8, 2008, the USGBC opened the first 30-day Public Comment Period for proposed revisions in how the LEED Green Building Rating System awards points for the use of certified wood. Comments are being sought on: (1) the proposed revisions to the credit’s intent and requirements and (2) the criteria proposed in the USGBC Forest Certification System Benchmark.
In the Spring 2008, the NY Times commissioned a study to learn how the real estate market and economy may be affecting people’s attitudes towards buying a home. Their study skewed young, affluent, and New York/Metro area (with roughly 250 NY participants). It was also conducted in two-stages with the online study portion first and a follow-up interview second. They concluded the study with Five Core Insights, with the following two points relating to environmental concerns:
Just recently, I noticed news that One Waterfront Place in the River District of Portland has received Platinum precertification under the LEED-CS program. One Waterfront Place is said to be the first Platinum precertified project on the West Coast and the first precertified project of any level in Oregon. And, as you can tell with the above rendering, the $100 million, 270,000 sf commercial office building has a posh location right near the river. The Class A+ building will have a host of green amenities:
- Top 5 American green buildings.
- Will Americans accept greener hotel rooms?
- Cheap or green: poverty and greenery collide.
- Beijing leads in race for most polluted Olympics.
- Seattle urges deconstruction as means for building demo.
- MIT develops way to bank solar energy at home.
- A new process stores carbon dioxide in precast concrete.
- Dutch town tests ‘air-purifying’ concrete to fight pollution.
- ‘Green’ building codes sprout up across US, SF the strictest.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
If you’re like me, the architecture and sheer grandiosity of Beijing 2008 Olympics is blowing your mind. Gotta give props to what’s going on over there, seriously. The precision, planning, and persistence of this machine is quite compelling. With all the new and temporary structures now built, it’s hard to discuss everything — but you’ll find some interesting images and information below. Notably, China might have raised the bar for future cities that are presented with the opportunity to host the Olympics. China’s work isn’t done, I mean, pollution is unreal and the country is now the world’s largest CO2 emitter, but this article is an attempt to recognize positive efforts. When future Olympic cities start to build up infrastructure, transportation, and venues, as they invariably will, this website thinks China has presented some new lessons in how to be bold, economic, and green.
Back in January of this year, I posted an article about the stylish, affordable GreenMobile® design by Mississippi State University Professor Michael Berk. Since that time, I’ve received countless emails and a few comments (aside: why do readers email rather than comment?) asking when the GreenMobile® would be available for purchase. So I’ve come to realize that people, including myself, really want to buy a GreenMobile. I mean, it’s kind of cool. The demand for affordable, modern living is really quite incredible (see: 100k House, e-House, Make It Right, etc). But the long and short is, I emailed Professor Berk and he was nice enough to extensively respond via the below email, which I’ve edited slightly for formatting.