Green Building Update -- April 12, 2013

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

Biofuel waste -- a new green building solution

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Mar 26

Engineers are working on yet another way to deliver more energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions. The latest trick: use the waste from biofuel production to make a stronger, greener concrete.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Apr 1

The 10th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild), May 10-11, is considered the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California, serving top industry professionals, exhibitors, and consumers. Presented by Santa Monica and USGBC-Los Angeles with programming added by AIA|LA COTE, BIA Ventura/LA County Chapter and Build It Green, AltBuild features over 40 speakers and 150 exhibitors. Free CEUs available for the majority of the programming.

Are energy benchmarking rules useful?

GreenTech Policy News - Apr 1

Energy benchmarking laws are gaining interest across the U.S., with Minneapolis instituting energy disclosure laws earlier this year and Boston weighing similar legislation. An environmental economist at Harvard questionsthe value of disclosure laws in the absence of empirical data.

McGuyer Homebuilders expands commitment to LEED

USGBC Official Blog - Apr 1

McGuyer Homebuilders Inc., a leading production homebuilder in Texas, will pursue LEED for Homes certification for all houses built under its Wilshire Homes brand in the San Antonio market.

Living roof goes back to school

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Mar 29

Nueva High School, to be built in San Mateo, California, is aiming for LEED Gold, and is part of an 80-acre “pedestrian village” in which all construction is expected to follow LEED standards.

Panasonic Eco Solutions completes solar canopy

Domestic Fuel - Mar 29

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, has completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) parking lot canopy at the new Agoura Hills, California headquarters for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

EPA reveals chemicals used in thousands of products

Building Green What's Happening - Mar 29

Information on 7,674 chemicals manufactured or imported by more than 1,500 U.S. companies has been published in the first reporting cycle since the EPA reformed its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program in 2011. The database may be a powerful tool for product research along with material safety data sheets because of new EPA reporting rules about chemical use.

Two new resources help implement LEED-ND

Building Green - Mar 29

The USGBC and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School have developed two documents to help local governments “zone in” sustainability measures that are often “zoned out” by existing codes, potentially allowing them to achieve certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system: the “Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods” and “The Neighborhood Development Floating Zone.”

A park above large SF Bay mass transit hub

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Mar 28

The roof of San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center, a transit hub for eleven different public transit modes, will feature a green public park with native-plant gardens, footpaths, cafes, an amphitheater, playgrounds, and a fountain running most of the structure’s 4-block length.

Florida bill a 'backlash' against LEED rules

Green Building Advisor - Mar 27

A pending bill in Florida would loosen rules adopted in 2008 and allow state agencies to choose on a project-by-project basis which green-building standards to use when constructing new offices. The bill may help the state'stree growers win green-building certification for their lumber.

Architects help Rust Belt city recast itself as green hub

Real Estate Weekly - Mar 27

The Rust Belt city of Buffalo, N.Y., is recasting itself as a home for high-tech industry and green infrastructure. Central to this makeover is a new home for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Buffalo, which is tracking LEED Gold and helping fulfill the school's commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality by 2030.

Chicago mayor says government must lead in green building

DesignBuild Source - Engineering News - Mar 26

Richard M. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, says the government must take the lead in efforts to create sustainable, green cities, decrying the current lack of an overarching framework to provide nationwide support to green construction and calling for greater cooperation and coordination between federal and local governments in such undertakings.

Green Building Projects

Facebook to top headquarters with massive green roof

Sustainable Business General News - Apr 1

Facebook plans to build a huge second campus that connects to its headquarters in Silicon Valley. The company says its new 433,555-square-foot building will blend into the landscape, thanks to an extensive green roof that covers most of the building.

S.F. home to first LEED-ND 2009 certified project

Greensource Construction News - Mar 27

The Presidio, a former army base and national park located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, is home to the world’s first community certified under LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND 2009).

Apple aims for LEED Platinum in Oregon

Sustainable Business Oregon News - Mar 27

Apple is striving to add several top-end green features to its Prineville, Oregon, data center, including a white "cool roof" design, high-efficiency LED lighting, and construction using recycled, locally-sourced materials.

TD Bank's first net-zero branch

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Mar 26

Solar panels at a TD Bank branch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have proven successful after a year of operations in allowing the bank to generate more energy than it uses. This net-zero bank branch is believed to be a first among U.S. banks.


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