[RSS Readers - Click to View] This video was just uploaded yesterday and it’s nice to hear Ed Mazria explain Architecture 2030 in his own words. We’re talking about the architecture and building community response to climate change. You’ll remember that Mazria garnered mainstream media attention last year with the insightful, poignant phrase, "If you want to stop global warming, stop coal." As Mazria explains in the video, there are a few ways to stop coal … watch and enjoy the weekend.
- Green standards irk (lumber) dealers.
- A foundation for green building.
- Finding financing for you green building project.
- Affordable housing advocates build green and inspire innovation.
- Planner says going green has its advantages.
- S.F. to have greenest building codes in the nation?
- 67% of consumers willing to pay for green power.
- One writer finds it’s not easy building green.
With the price of oil at $95 a barrel, economists estimate that U.S. households will spend an additional $90 billion on costlier gasoline. Estimating our population at 300 million, that’s an average of $300 per person. Between my wife and I, that means we’re giving up $600 of our economic pie to the recently increased cost of transportation, on average.
Back in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum received LEED Silver certification as a newly constructed green building. Recently, though, they went back to the drawing table and brainstormed ways to make the building greener. After beefing up the green cleaning and recycling programs and purchasing RECs for the energy use they couldn't reduce through conservation and efficiency, they've been able to make some major improvements. Today, a press release was issued recognizing the Clinton Library for receiving LEED-EB Platinum certification, which is quite the accomplishment. Congrats, Mr. Clinton.
There’s an interesting podcast with architect Thom Mayne, principal at Morphosis, and Andrew Blum (contributing editor at Metropolis and Wired). This article at Treehugger explains the building’s green features and striking exterior. Notably, it’s designed to use about half as much energy as a similar-sized office building. Via Andrew Blum.