Google Trends has been on the radar of software techies, research junkies, Google aficionados, and the otherwise internet-obsessed since the summer of 2006. It’s a tool for tracking the search popularity of high traffic terms. For anyone wanting to keep their finger on the pulse of green building, this is a quick, although certainly not definitive source of information on where the curious live, who still needs to be clued in, when the tipping point occurred for various green ideas and products, and what – in general – is the direction of interest in green building.
This is Hangar 25, a LEED Platinum certified airport hangar located at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. It’s the world’s first aviation hangar to achieve such a high level of certification from the USGBC. The 60,000 square foot structure was built by Shangri-La Construction without a significant cost increase over building a non-green airport hangar — a fact that furthers the financial case for green building development. Check out this green list of accomplishments:
Mounting on the green building success of their previous stores, including the green Boulder REI we wrote about previously, REI today opens the doors to its second generation of green prototype store in Round Rock, Texas. The Texas store is projected to consume 48% less energy than a typical store and generate a portion of its power from a solar panel installation, building integrated photovoltaics, and a solar hot water system. After that, Round Rock will rely on Solatubes to displace a portion of articifial lighting and the purchase of green power generated from biomass digesters.
I always find these lists interesting, but here’s the idea: "There are game-changers and then there are world-changers. From Internet giants working to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, to a sea captain monitoring the ocean’s plastic waste, to the growth of intentional communities (they’re not just for hippies anymore)—welcome to Plenty’s second annual list honoring (in no particular order) 20 dynamic individuals and 20 pioneering companies that are bettering the planet, plus 10 innovative ideas that will revolutionize how we live."
– the Second Annual Plenty 20
The green design and sustainability movement is gradually taking over all types of real estate and the restaurant industry is no different. Later this month, and pending certification, Founding Farmers is expected to become Washington D.C.’s first LEED Gold restaurant. It will also operate as a Certified Green Restaurant and serve sustainably farmed, locally produced food and products.
The Silicon Valley-based law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish has just brought online the largest on-site solar system of any Bay Area law firm. The 465 panel, 87 kW system was installed on the roof of their Palo Alto-Hanover building of 130,000 sf. Installing a solar system of this size has almost lost its newsworthiness, especially with tons of companies placing monster solar arrays in service by the end of this year to take advantage of the tax benefits. But what’s really interesting, I think, is one of the reasons the firm decided to generate some on-site green power: their clients are in this business and inspired them to go green.