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USGBC Sets a LEED Platinum Example

According to a press release issued yesterday, the juggernaut USGBC just announced the Platinum certification of its new Washington D.C. headquarters in the Foggy Bottom district.  It’s the first project to obtain certification under the latest version of LEED, and the two-level, 75,000 square foot space triples the size of the USGBC’s previous Platinum location.  The light, airy, and modern design features a number of recognizable furniture pieces, and some of the following noteworthy green elements:


By |July 21st, 2009|Categories: Commercial Interiors, LEED|Tags: |3 Comments
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Strategy for Sustainability [Giveaway]

We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, July 24, 2009.*

Harvard Business Press was kind enough to provide a copy of Adam Werbach's much anticipated book called Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto, which is definitely worth grabbing.  Werbach is a polarizing figure in the environmentalist world, and I guess you could say the debate centers upon his strategy to "work with rather than against large corporations."  There are environmentalists that absolutely abhor corporations, but there are also environmentalists that try to change the world through corporations.  Werbach aligns himself with the latter and provides his sustainable strategy for doing so in this new book. 


By |July 20th, 2009|Categories: book, Giveaways|36 Comments
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The Earth-Sheltered House [Giveaway]

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Chelsea Green was kind enough to provide a copy of The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook by Malcolm Wells, and I'm glad they did.  The book is full of his sketches with handwritten notes — it feels like I'm reading something that's handwritten just for me.  Wells tells it like it is with his own voice.  He drew me in, and before I knew it, I was already on the last page. 


By |July 20th, 2009|Categories: book, Giveaways|68 Comments
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War Over Water, Priority Backlash, Reflective Roofing + Energy Audits

When green goes bad. Backlash: priority parking for hybrids. Tougher Energy Star standards are on the way. How to make energy audits work for your building. Interactive: war over the natural […]

By |July 18th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Check Out These Greener Jobs

We've recently launched a green building jobs board, so if you're a company and you want to step out in front of smart, green talent, check out our free listings.  If you're the smart, green […]

By |July 18th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments
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Edible Portland Platinum Green Home

The last time we mentioned Green Hammer Construction, it was in regards to a nice green renovation, which just so happens to be for sale right now.  These days, the company has just finished building another green home that’s located in West Linn.  The 1,867 square-foot residence is waiting for LEED Platinum certification, an amazing feat even considering the fact that approximately eighteen other homes in Portland have already received the designation.  In some cities, high performance green design and construction is fast becoming the standard.  Here are some of its green features:


By |July 17th, 2009|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments

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