This is a beautiful LEED Platinum building located at the corner of East Burnside Street and 11th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Dubbed Burnside Rocket, the building is probably most recognizable not for its red dress but for the twenty-four operable art panels — each of which was painted by a different emerging artist — that shade the interior spaces. Since completion on April 2007, the popular building has been fully occupied.
According to a new study by Booz Allen Hamilton and the USGBC, green building will support 7.9 million jobs and pour $554 billion into the American economy over the next four years. Of that, $396 billion will be attributable to wage growth in green building jobs. Green construction spending currently supports 2 million American jobs, so we're talking about growth of nearly 400%!
About a week ago, the Rocky Mountain Institute launched Green Footstep, a free online carbon calculator for reducing emissions in building construction and retrofit projects. The website also features three case studies together with an explanation of the Green Footstep methodology. With the tool, you can:
The USGBC has unveiled a half-dozen new credits for LEED which are being investigated in a pilot program currently underway. Pilot LEED credits include: Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies and Materials; PBT Source Reduction; Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency; Innovative Ventilation; and Preliminary Integrative Project Planning & Design (2 credits).
We've seen solar-powered transit shelters, but this eco-friendly transit center with transit stops outfitted with green walls may be a first. With the help of greenscreen green walls, the City of Tempe Transit Center is seeking LEED Platinum certification. The mixed use facility, designed to be 52% more efficient than a traditional building of its kind, went with green walls to provide a buffer from the harsh Arizona sun and heat.