JG Writers Make Top Green Girls & Guys Lists!

Well, I just want to kick out a shout to the writers at EarthFirst — they’ve found a way to make us blush not just once, but twice.  Much to my surprise, I […]

By |July 1st, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , |5 Comments

Draft LEED 2009 Review and Discussion

As we noted here a few weeks ago, the draft for a new version of U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program was released for public comment and review.  In general, as a LEED Accredited Professional, what I saw in the program looked good.  The changes that are proposed will make improvements to the system.   Below is a discussion of changes we can look forward to in the next generation of LEED.

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By |June 30th, 2008|Categories: LEED|Tags: |5 Comments

Modern Green 547 Arts Center

Just a little over a year ago, on May 4, 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was smashed by a tornado that pretty much decimated everything.  Since that time, the city has made news all over the world for its ambitions to rebuild everything in an environmentally-friendly way.  City buildings larger than about 4000 sf will be LEED Platinum, etc.  So this building, 547 Arts Center, is an example of the green reconstruction process going on in Greensburg.  547 Arts Center is the first building certified as LEED Platinum in Kansas and has some incredible green elements — not to mention three small wind turbines twirling away above the roof line. 

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By |June 30th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Modern architecture|2 Comments

Sustainability Now Open to Free Online Registration

I just want to pass along a reminder relating to Sustainability Now, a free, virtual event highlighting the essential issues that matter right now for those creating a sustainable built environment.  Although […]

By |June 29th, 2008|Categories: News|0 Comments

Green For the Wallet, Green Prefab in Demand, Popular Geothermal, City Scoots, + Dirty Cities [WIR]

Appraisers look to measure value of green. Green buildings expected to receive lower financing. Going green is good for your wallet.  Eco-friendly, custom-built prefabs in high demand. Life and […]

By |June 28th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

DeFreitas Home Raises Bar for Modern Green Design

Sometimes the images just don’t tell the whole story and that’s where some quality video will do the trick.  I stumbled upon this video while doing research for a prior story and was blown away by the modern, green home.  It’s ridiculous — probably a dream residence for many of you out there.  The passive design, combined with good insulation, high performance glass, solar thermal panels, radiant flooring heating, and an efficient system, keeps this home operating very efficiently. 

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By |June 27th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Single Family|Tags: , |3 Comments
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