The results of the first systematic study of green buildings are in and they look good! Specifically, the study filtered sample data to Class A office buildings larger than 200,000 sf, 5 stories or more, built since 1970, and multi- tenanted. To compare green versus non-green, they used Energy Star and non-Energy Star buildings, and therefore, the sample contained 223 Energy Star buildings (111.7 million square feet) and 2,077 non-Energy Star buildings (889.1 million square feet). The results: (1) HIGHER occupancy rates, (2) HIGHER rental rates, and (3) HIGHER sales prices psf for Energy Star buildings.
It’s nice to hear about companies that stretch just to get the LEED Platinum certification, especially when it’s easier to go ‘certified’ and brandish that certification like it’s a shiny, new, plug-in hybrid. Half-Moon Outfitters received the Platinum certification in the middle of the summer for their 9,600 sf distribution center in North Charleston, South Carolina. They went for Platinum under the LEED-NC 2.2 system, and more importantly, they didn’t skimp in the energy and atmosphere category, opting instead to rack up ten points. The distribution center was formerly an old Piggly Wiggly store, but it’s been through what could be the greenest renovation in the country. It’s now a super green, corporate office and distribution center.
Here’s what they did: First, they installed two 1550 gallon storage tanks, which combined with the water efficient fixtures and native landscaping, helped them use about 78% less domestic potable water than a conventional building. Second, they added insulation throughout the building and installed both a 4,900-watt photovoltaic system and 19 SEER efficient Lennox heat pump system. Third, they switched to energy-efficient fluorescent lamps and found ways to benefit from the building’s east-west orientation (passive and active solar strategies). Nice work!
If you’re like me, you want to be at the Greenbuild Expo, but there’s something keeping you from being there. Maybe you’re too busy making a green difference in the world and can’t break away. Maybe you can’t justify the travel to Chicago. Whatever your reason, it’s still nice to benefit from all the good information available at the event. Pop over to Greenbuild 365 for updates on what’s happening. Greenbuild started this morning with President Clinton and ends in a couple days. Right now, Greenbuild 365 has a video of Thom Mayne, founder and principal with Morphosis (we posted a podcast with him recently, too). I understand Greenbuild 365 will have more info as the event continues, so check back. Here at Jetson Green, we’re getting tons of info, so we’ll filter the best and blog about it over the next week or so.
Hot on the heels of a growing bundle of green retailers comes news of Kohl’s future plans for new construction. Starting in 2008, newly constructed retail stores will be built to LEED certification. Currently, Kohl’s has plans for about 80 new stores and the changes will include adding more insulation, using recycled or reusable building materials, ensuring that materials are locally supplied, and controlling lights, heat, and cooling from central headquarters to prevent excess energy consumption. Twenty-two stores in California will use solar power to supply roughly 40% of their energy needs, and three stores in Wisconsin will use solar to power about 20% of their energy needs.
Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)
- 50 Ways to Green Your Business
- 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product
- Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide.
- Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green.
- UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not be expensive.
- Scientist James Lovelock says that global warming is irreversible.