Living Building Leader Program to Raise Bar for Green Building Credentials

The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is about to raise the bar for professional credentials in the green building world.  Cascadia is behind the growingly popular Living Building Challenge, a program where buildings pursue true sustainability with elegance and beauty.  So it’s only natural that Cascadia would provide the tools to help professionals create Living Buildings™, and that’s where the Living Building Leader program comes in.  Living Building Leader is an advanced program for professionals with previous experience in green building.  It includes a series of 36, interactive, web-based sessions that mirror the six "petals" of the Living Building Challenge.  Top green building experts will lead the sessions, with Jason McLennan, CEO of Cascadia, launching the first on June 4, 2008 at 9:00 am PST. 

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By |May 19th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News|0 Comments

Kuwait's First LEED Tower To Be Crowned with Wind

KEO International Consultants has received word from the USGBC that its design for Sabah Al Ahmed International Finance Center (ICF) has been precertified at the Gold level under the LEED-CS green building rating system.  The 1.2 million sf, 40-story tower is the first building in Kuwait to be registered or precertified by the USGBC.  As you can partially tell from the renderings, the design includes four stacked courtyard atriums ranging from 8-13 floors each.  Three of the atriums serve the office portion of the building, while the fourth atrium serves the 200 key, 4-star business class hotel.  The tower generates part of its energy from a PV system, as well as from roof-mounted wind turbines.  You may be able to see the lattice-work of wind turbines at the crown of the building; I think they’re the vertical axis, helical-type, but it’s hard to tell with this one image.  We’ll make sure to keep you posted …

The use of wind turbines at the building’s apex is similar to what’s planned for Discovery Tower in Houston.  It’ll be interesting to see these designs meet reality — the media world will definitely have fun running video and stories of building integrated wind turbines.

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By |May 18th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Skyscraper, Wind|Tags: , |5 Comments

Green McCain, LEED-EB Costs, Greener Restaurants, + Eco Paints [WIR]

John McCain gets environmental in Oregon. New white paper shows average cost of LEED-EB at $2.43 psf. NY Times talks about the promise of green paint. Ted Turner continues push for […]

By |May 17th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Canühome Shows Smart Sustainability

Canühome is an impressive 850 sf home with a smart design that includes a kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, and bedroom.   Designed by Institute Without Boundaries, canühome is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable home.   Perhaps, it is best suited for young couples, seniors, singles, and/or small families as either a “starter” or “finisher” house, but the possibilities are truly infinite.

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By |May 16th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USGBC Set to Open LEED 2009 Comments

Have a restful weekend and make sure to check your email on Monday morning, May 19th, because the USGBC is set to open LEED v3 / LEED 2009 to public comment.

The first step in the process is simply sorting through the new naming convention.  The overall initiative (LEED Version 3) is designed to improve LEED project execution, documentation, and certification.  There are three key pieces:

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By |May 16th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News|Tags: |0 Comments

miniLOO, Saving Water With Small Style

I know it’s just a toilet, but this miniLOO is quite the attractive alternative when it comes to taking care of your primary and secondary business.  MiniLOO utilizes a water-efficient, dual flush, in-wall tank with either a .8 or 1.6 gallon flush.  The compact off-floor mounting allows easy cleaning and accessibility in either the residential or commercial setting.  It’s perfect for a smaller space and available in a variety of finishes, including recycled stainless steel and white powdercoat. 

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By |May 15th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Modern design, Water Efficiency|0 Comments
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