This week, the west expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates its grand opening, and we thought you should know a little about this incredible facility. Designed by Seattle's LMN Architects, as well as MCM and DA, the green convention center's most visual feature is the massive, six-acre green roof. It's Canada's largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America! Set directly on the waterfront of Burrard Inlet, the west expansion is 1.2 million square feet and seriously enlarges the city's ability to provide greener conference space. Here are some of its green features:
These days, we're seeing all sorts of companies take a leadership position with regard to sustainability. One of the ways they're distinguishing themselves is in obtained LEED or some other green building certification for corporate facilities and real estate. Wrigley, for instance, just received LEED Gold certification for their Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Chicago, Illinois. The building opened in May 2005 and is used to create consumer-driven products, packaging, and processes. GIC features some of the following green elements and strategies:
We’re always happy to receive green books in the mail, but what surprised us the most about The Gort Cloud was the fact that we’re in it. Jetson Green is, apparently, a “trendspotter” in The Gort Cloud. And after looking at it more closely, I’m guessing several of our readers and their companies have been named in it, too. What is it? The Gort Cloud is “the invisible force powering today’s most visible green brands” where “millions of people [connect] to green information through a vast, interconnected community.”
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.