Green Building Update -- March 19, 2013

by Allen Matkins
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White House nominees for EPA, DOE

Eco Home Magazine - Green News - Mar 5

President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a veteran EPA regulator at the forefront of the agency's effort to enact tough greenhouse gas standards, to replace EPA head Lisa Jackson and Ernest J. Moniz, the director of MIT's Energy Institute, to take the lead at DOE.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Mar 17

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.

Massachusetts data center is clean energy innovator

Commonwealth Conversations - Energy Smarts - Mar 11

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (a collaboration of Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern University, and the University of Massachusetts, among others) is LEED certified and uses 25% less energy than the standard data center.

New green post-Sandy housing development in Queens

ArchDaily - Mar 9

Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on a new large-scale housing development in Long Island City in Queens. The two 30-story towers are expected to achieve a LEED Silver Rating and to comply with the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (an affordable housing energy criteria).

Weidlinger receives ACEC Engineering Excellence Award

American Banking News - Mar 9

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York selected Weidlinger Associates, Inc., to receive an Engineering Excellence Gold Award for the FBI Field Office Complex in Portland, Oregon.

Walgreens to build nation's first net zero energy retail store

AOL DailyFinance News - Mar 7

Walgreens plans to build the nation's first net zero energy retail store in Evanston, Illinois, which will produce energy equal to or greater than the amount it consumes.

Demand for building automation pushed by green construction

The Serious Speculator - Mar 5

Environmental regulations imposed by governments, and augmented by the increasing need to save operational costs by building owners, has enhanced the demand for building automation and controls.

Google provides $3 million grant to USGBC to fund research

USGBC Official Blog - Mar 5

Google provided a $3 million grant to USGBC to, in part, advance thought leadership and applied research in green construction.

Former Walmart store in Texas houses green library

ArchDaily - Mar 5

The McAllen Main Library in McAllen, Texas, occupying a former Walmart store, has numerous sustainable features, including flexible spaces, ultra high-efficiency building systems and equipment, and a high percentage of nontoxic, recycled, and recyclable materials.

New UCSF building features green roof

ArchDaily - Mar 5

The new Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at UCSF features a unique landscaped multi-level green roof terrace.

10 Downing Street wins green building award

Responding to Climate Change Blog - Mar 5

10 Downing Street, built in 1680 and which has housed British Prime Ministers since 1735, received a BRE Environmental Assessment Method special award for making the "most improvement year-on-year." Downing Street implemented new boilers, rainwater collection facilities, low energy lighting, and increased insulation, and 100% of the Prime Minister’s electricity supply is generated from renewable sources.

Discussion with Ron Simms about redesigning neighborhoods

Daily Journal of Commerce Green Building Blog - Mar 5

Ron Sims, the former Deputy Secretary of HUD, discusses the importance of redesigning neighborhoods to promote sustainable communities and address issues of social inequality with the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Green Building Projects

St. Louis Art Museum expansion earns LEED gold

St. Louis Today News - Mar 11

The St. Louis Art Museum's new East Building earned LEED gold, making it the first major local attraction to be recognized at that level for its environmentally sustainable design.

Kids R Kids facility earns LEED certification

PR Web - Mar 8

The Kids R Kids facility in Lithia, Florida, received a LEED Certified designation from the USGBC.

World Food Hall of Laureates earns LEED Platinum

GlobeNewswire Advertising News - Mar 6

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, a historic library in Des Moines, Iowa, which was renovated to become the hunger-fighting foundation's global headquarters, has earned the highest possible rating by the USGBC, LEED Platinum.

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