We're quickly sliding into the winter months and conference season is definitely here. West Coast Green kicks off tomorrow, and we'll have some choice coverage as a media sponsor for the event. While you're waiting for that, though, make sure to check out some of our coverage from last month (links below). Also, I want to kick out a shout to one of our new sponsors, Mr. Green Points. Mr. Green Points has over 5,100 green product listings and can help you find reclaimed, renewable, low-emitting, recycled, and regional materials. Thanks to all our supporters! Read more »
Leave it to Jerry Yudelson to write what is probably the clearest articulation of the business case for green buildings you could ever read. Jerry Yudelson is the author of several books that we've given away in the past, including Green Building A to Z, The Green Building Revolution, Choosing Green, and Green Building Trends: Europe, as well as about six others worth reading, too. He was a board member of the USGBC and chaired Greenbuild for about five years; he now heads Yudelson Associates, a consulting firm that is dedicated to "growing the business of green building." Most recently, Yudelson authored The Business Case for Green Buildings, and this is his conclusion:
Scottsdale, Arizona is one of a growing number of American cities that have inserted LEED into their building code. Scottsdale set the bar quite high with a LEED Gold requirement, but that wasn't going to limit these architects. When father-and-son architects Lawrence and Lance Enyart of LEA Architects were chosen in 2005 to design the 14,350 square-foot firehouse, they decided to shoot for LEED Platinum. Lance Enyart said, "Gold was the mandate, but for us it wasn't about points that we could achieve, it was about implementing strategies that were project appropriate."