Green Building Update -- April 13, 2012

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

USGBC supports Green Button initiative

USGBC - Mar 22

The USGBC announced its support for the White House's Green Button initiative, which gained new momentum with nine utilities committing to empower more than 15 million customers with access, understanding and information about their energy use.

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AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Feb 22

The 9th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild) is considered the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California. 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.

$42 billion clean economy to triple on West Coast

Triple Pundit - Mar 21

The West Coast’s clean economy totaled $47 billion in 2010, and could triple by 2020, according to a study by the Pacific Coast Collaborative. The study lists five high growth sectors: (1) clean energy supply; (2) clean transportation; (3) green building; (4) resource management; and (5) knowledge/support.

Green Classroom certificate program

USGBC - Mar 20

The Center for Green Schools at the USGBC released the Green Classroom Professional (GCP) certificate program. The program provides pre-K–12 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and parents with the knowledge and skills to support environmentally healthy, resource-efficient and sustainable schools and classrooms.

Green classroom concept

The Journal - Mar 19

With the intent of increasing the number of green classrooms in California's K-12 schools, the USGBC Orange County chapter is retrofitting a Costa Mesa classroom to serve as a model for a more widespread, national effort.

Berkeley's Downtown Plan approved

The Daily Californian - Mar 21

Berkeley City Council approved its Downtown Area Plan, which aims to provide guidance for revitalizing that part of the city. The plan looks to bring new economic life to the area and allows for seven tall buildings, creates green building and open space requirements, and outlines a "green pathway" program to streamline the process of obtaining building permits.

Green buildings take off in Palo Alto

Patch - Mar 21

The last three years have seen significant growth in the number of green buildings in Palo Alto, according to a City Auditor report. In 2011, the Planning department processed 961 permit applications, a 73% increase over the previous year. The auditor says the Green Building Program has already influenced more than $187 million of project valuation and 1.25 million square feet of green construction.

L.A. County seminar on green building

Santa Clarita Valley Signal - Mar 24

Residential and commercial building professionals in Santa Clarita have an opportunity on April 18 to attend a free training session to learn how to comply with green building standards enacted by Los Angeles County and California.

Website makes building research easier

Inhabitat - Mar 20

The Honest Buildings website will make it easier to learn about projects and open up a discourse on how to make projects perform better.

Green features add premiums for U.S. developers

Bloomberg - Mar 21

Many of the largest multifamily owners are deciding that the extra construction costs of building green will provide a competitive edge. These companies include AvalonBay, Equity Residential, UDR and Related Cos. In 2011 alone, 23,000 U.S. multifamily units applied for LEED certification.

Green Building Projects

Student housing earns LEED Platinum

PR Web / PCL Construction Services - Mar 23

The California State University, Fullerton Student Housing Phase III earned LEED Platinum and features (1) a four-pipe HVAC; (2) bioswales; (3) low-water and plant selection; (4) low-flow fixtures; (5) efficient windows and lighting.

Titan earns LEED Gold

New Mexico Business Weekly - Mar 22

Titan Development's building in New Mexico earned LEED Gold. The project was elevated from Silver to Gold because of (1) rooftop solar panels; (2) high-efficiency lighting; (3) motion sensors; and (4) a recycling program.

La Crosse State Building earns LEED-EB Gold

3BL Media / Leonardo Academy - Mar 20

The La Crosse State Office Building in La Crosse, Wis., earned LEED-EB Gold and features (1) water-efficiency; (2) 100% diversion of the electronic equipment from the landfill; (3) green cleaning; (4) condensate irrigation; (5) 57% recycling of daily waste.

Tufts dental school earns LEED Gold

Boston/SF News - Mar 21

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Mass. earned LEED Gold for the first phase of its clinic and features (1) metered water; (2) green hand dryers; (3) efficient lighting; (4) occupancy sensors; and (5) recycling.

Bryan C. Jackson
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