PaperStone, the Earth’s Solid Surface

PaperStone, aka “the Earth’s Surface,” is quite popular in green building projects.  It’s most commonly used for countertops and currently available in three eco-options.  “Original” is made from 50% post-consumer materials, “Certified” is made from 100% recycled materials, and “Virgin” is made from virgin fiber sources.

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By |February 5th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Recycled, Surfaces|3 Comments

[Video] Walking Through a Modern Green Home

GreenTeamTV is on the scene in Bend, Oregon with Cary Martinez, co-founder of Abacus GC, taking a tour through one of the homes in Newport District Modern House Project.  We wrote about […]

By |February 4th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

Chartwell School Receives an A+

Although memories of elementary school for most of us may evoke images of stuffy classrooms, florescent lights, and playground bullies, students at Chartwell School located in Seaside, CA (near Monterey) are quite proud of their new school campus.  That’s because the USGBC recently gave them an A+ in green building.  In December, Chartwell students announced that they have the first complete educational campus to be awarded LEED Platinum, which makes them just about the greenest school campus in the country.  Congrats also to Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC for their LEED Platinum middle-school building.

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By |February 4th, 2008|Categories: Educational, LEED|1 Comment

Green Infrastructure, Economics of Eco-Buildings, Rich Water Farmers, + GM Exec's Platinum Home [WIR]

Green building is more than efficient, it’s economic. Lack of education, bureaucracy hinder green building progress. ‘Green’ buildings don’t have to be new. Farmers make more $$ selling water to cities […]

By |February 2nd, 2008|Categories: News, Water Efficiency, Week in Review|0 Comments

Ten Critical Steps in a Green Remodel

Existing buildings have tons of embodied energy and we can’t always go bulldozing them for brand-spanking new ones.  Lots of projects need to be rehabbed and renovated, but where do we go for best practices?  I like to follow other projects for ideas, such as this one that we recently featured:  World’s First LEED Platinum Home Remodel.  The guys behind this project, after going through a major renovation of a traditional home, posted a list of the Ten Most Critical Things to Do in a Green Remodel.  They make some excellent points based on true experience, so here it is:

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By |February 1st, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Lists, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Discovery HQ Takes Rare LEED-EB Platinum

Discovery, aka "the number-one nonfiction media company" and recent purchaser of Treehugger, now has legit green digs.  LEED-EB stands for LEED Existing Buildings, but the certification standard has recently undergone a renovation to LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.  Up until now, the LEED-EB Platinum certification has been pretty rare, but we’ll see if that changes post-renovation.  The Clinton Library got a Platinum and so did the headquarters of both Armstrong and Adobe.  So, it looks like Discovery’s 540,000 sf building is in good company.  Here’s what they did to get the high distinction:

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By |January 31st, 2008|Categories: Corporate, LEED|0 Comments
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