Green Building Update -- February 22, 2012

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

Zero energy building revenues to hit $1.3T by 2035

Pike Research - Jan 31

Pike Research’s "Zero Energy Buildings" forecasts worldwide revenue from zero energy buildings will reach almost $690 billion by 2020 and almost $1.3 trillion by 2035.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Feb 8

The 9th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild) 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.

Green residential market to grow five-fold

McGraw-Hill Construction - Feb 9

McGraw-Hill Construction's new Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study, forecasts green homes will increase five-fold from $17 billion in 2011 to between $87 and $114 billion by 2016 and the green remodel market expects to grow even more.

UCM to build five LEED Platinum buildings

Merced Sun-Star - Feb 9

University of California, Merced is building five new buildings slated to be LEED Platinum and costing over $175 million.

ASHRAE's High Performance Buildings conference

FacilititesNet - Feb 8

ASHRAE is hosting a conference, High Performance Buildings: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, on March 12-13 in San Diego, Calif. The conference covers topics such as: (1) applications; (2) energy audits; (3) commissioning; (4) benchmarking; (5) economics, design and construction; (6) energy-efficient IEQ strategies; and (7) energy-efficiency envelopes and lighting.

Autodesk saves $7 million a year in energy costs

GreenBiz - Feb 8

Autodesk will save $7 million a year in energy costs due in part to a consolidation of 85% of the company's servers over the past year.

20 education buildings earn LEED Platinum in 2011

Scientific American - Feb 10

In 2011, more than 3,000 non-residential buildings in 42 countries were LEED-certified and 192 of them in 15 countries earned Platinum certification -- 20 of the LEED Platinum buildings were higher education buildings in the U.S.

LEED Platinum home at Palm Springs

The Desert Sun - Feb 7

A three-bedroom prefab modern house will be the centerpiece of a Prefab Showcase planned for Palm Springs Modernism Week taking place Feb. 16 to Feb. 26.

UCSD aims for LEED Silver

UCSD The Guardian - Feb 5

The Board of Regents approved the second phase of rehabilitation for UC San Diego's University House. Because the house is only a private holding of the university, it is exempt from the UC-wide requirement that all new construction and major renovation projects must attain at least LEED Silver certification. Nevertheless, those in charge of the project have been vying for the certification.

2012 Campus Conservation Nationals

USGBC - Feb 6

The Center for Green Schools at the USGBC announced the official kick-off of Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2012, a nationwide electricity and water-use reduction competition among colleges and universities.

Green building and capitalism are compatible

PR Web / - Feb 8 is waging a campaign to demonstrate that environmentally responsible building and making a profit are not mutually exclusive.

California to award $10M in EECBG funds

New Streetlights - Feb 1

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced two funding opportunities for energy-efficient projects for California's small cities and counties. Funds totaling $10 million will be awarded to applicants for Phase II of the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

Anaheim -- most sustainable city in OC

Business Wire / Michael Baker Corp. - Feb 2

The USGBC Orange County Chapter announced that Anaheim is the 2011-2012 top "Eco City" in Orange County.

Adobe's goal of a net zero energy balance - Jan 30

Adobe is closer to its net zero energy goal – it installed two 200kW Bloom fuel cells to provide 35% of the power used for Adobe’s San Francisco offices.

California's first sustainable utility campus

PR Newswire / BWP - Jan 30

Burbank Water and Power (BWP) completed the first phase of transforming its main campus, called the EcoCampus, into a sustainable model.

Materials selection influences sustainability

Business Wire / Western Red Cedar Lumber Association - Jan 31

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association lists six sustainability trends for 2012: (1) full disclosure and accountability; (2) materials transparency; (3) Env. Product Declarations; (4) continuous improvement is the new standard; (5) retrofitting is still in; and (6) U.S. green building is becoming global.

ASHRAE, USGBC, IES release green building standard

ASHRAE - Jan 30

Just released – a new version of "Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings" from ASHRAE, USGBC and IES focuses designing, building and operating high-performance buildings.

USGBC releases LEED Submittal Tips

USGBC - Jan 30

The USGBC released a package of LEED Project Submittal Tips and is hosting a series of certification webinars to help guide the certification process and make things more efficient for both project teams and reviewers.

Green Building Projects

Fisherman's Terminal Building earns LEED Gold

World Interior Design Network - Feb 9

The new Fisherman's Terminal Building in Eureka, Calif. earned LEED Gold and features: (1) low-reflective roofing materials; (2) solar PV panels; (3) high R-value insulation and windows; (4) low-wattage sensor-controlled lighting fixtures; (5) radiant room heating; (6) on-demand water heaters; (7) water-saving plumbing; and (8) low-VOC’s throughout.

Good Samaritan earns LEED Gold

MultiCare Vitals - Feb 7

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital's Dally Tower in Washington earned LEED Gold and features (1) water and energy savings; (2) low-VOC’s; (3) two green roofs; (4) rain gardens; and (5) environmental construction methods.

UNCG School of Education earns LEED Gold

News & Record - Feb 10

University of North Carolina at Greensboro's new School of Education building earned LEED Gold and features (1) bicycle storage and changing rooms; (2) low VOC’s; (3) recycled and rapidly renewable materials; (4) certified wood; (5) a bio-retention pond; and (6) ample thermostats.

Northrop Grumman earns LEED Gold

Northrop Grumman - Feb 7

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s new corporate office building in Falls Church, Va. earned LEED Gold and features: (1) high-efficiency cooling and heating; (2) advanced lighting; (3) efficient fixtures; (4) recycled and locally extracted building materials; (5) sustainable furnishings; and (6) low VOC ‘s.

Michigan Brewery Vivant earns LEED Silver - Feb 10

Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned LEED Silver and features (1) a cistern that collects rain water; (2) low-flow toilets; (3) waterless urinals; (4) sinks with shut-off sensors; (5) high-efficiency heating and cooling; and (6) use of Renewable Energy Credits.

Jacobs Engineering earns LEED Platinum

PR Newswire / Jacobs Engineering Group - Jan 31

Jacobs’ Irvine office earned LEED Platinum and features (1) full-height and transom glass, maximizing natural daylight; (2) Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood; (3) low VOC’s; (4) implementation of Green Education elements; and (5) use of LED signage and lighting controls.

UW Tacoma earns LEED Platinum

World Interior Design Network - Feb 2

The Russell T. Joy Building of University of Washington (UW) Tacoma earned LEED Platinum and features (1) 90% natural light penetration; (2) water-efficient systems; (3) 100% Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; (4) green cleaning; (5) charging for electric vehicles; and (6) bike storage.

JCCC building earns LEED Gold

World Interior Design Network - Feb 2

The Olathe Health Education Center of Johnson County Community College in Olathe, Kansas, earned LEED Gold and features (1) geothermal heat pump; (2) optimum natural light penetration; (3) motion sensors; and (4) sensor-controlled lighting fixtures.

D.C. public libraries earn LEED Gold

WUSA9 News - Jan 31

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library and the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library earned LEED Gold and feature: (1) retention ponds; (2) energy-efficient lighting; (3) low-flow automatic faucets; (4) low-flow toilets; and (5) natural daylighting. The Shaw library has a green roof.

Atlanta Airport Marriott earns LEED Silver

Business Wire / Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway - Feb 2

The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway earned LEED Silver and features (1) white roof; (2) non-coal energy; (3) low-flow fixtures; (4) energy-efficient lighting; and (5) low-VOC’s.

Rancho Cordova's eco-friendly apartment community

Free Press Release Center - Feb 10

The Crossings at New Rancho, an affordable apartment community in Rancho Cordova, CA, earned LEED Gold and features: (1) solar panels; (2) recycled content; (3) zero-VOC’s and low-VOC’s; and (4) high-efficiency appliances and windows.

Bryan C. Jackson
Construction | Real Estate | Energy & Cleantech | Infrastructure
Los Angeles
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