Green Building Update -- March 26, 2012

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

McCaughey's insights on EU green building

Ecohome - Jan 24

The U.S. can learn from the EU’s model of low-energy, low-carbon, yet comfortable, green homes. Gerry McCaughey, former owner of Kingspan Century, manufactured highly-efficient green home in “off-site” automated factories. Other differences include higher green building standards and market drivers.

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.

DOE's $5.2M for green building technologies

DOE - Mar 14

The DOE seeks applicants for funding up to $5.2 million to support breakthroughs in green HVAC systems, building envelopes, insulation, windows and roofs. Applications will be accepted through April 17.

Green buildings improve sales, healing, grades

Global News - Mar 14

Studies show green buildings with more natural light and fresh air can improve students' grades, increase retail sales and speed the healing of hospital patients. Mittermaier found that adding skylights to retail stores improved sales by up to 40%. In a UK green hospital, patients who looked out onto a green roof had faster recovery times than those who looked out onto a traditional tar roof.

ULI's "B.O.B." Awards

ULI Orange County / Inland Empire - Mar 15

The 2nd Annual Best of the Best ("B.O.B.") Awards will showcasing exceptional green projects, policies and programs in Orange County and the Inland Empire on April 19th, 7:30 am to 10:30 am at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, Orange, California.

DOE seeks feedback on multi-family energy upgrades

DOE - Mar 12

The DOE wants manufacturers of energy-efficient products, public housing authorities, industry stakeholders and others to review and comment on "Standard Work Specifications for Multifamily Energy Upgrades."

Goleta's Green Building Program workshop

Santa Barbara Independent - Mar 17

The City of Goleta, California, held a workshop for the City Council and Planning Commissioners about efforts to improve and expand Goleta’s Green Building Program. Staff and consultant Global Green USA presented information on the steps taken to date by Goleta’s Green Ribbon Committee.

Improving energy-efficiency at home

Harris Interactive - Mar 13

While many Americans are turning off lights, televisions or other appliances when not in use (82%), replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones (58%), using power strips (56%), looking for ENERGY STAR labels when replacing appliances (55%) and using low-watt bulbs (54%), there are other things that Americans are not doing. The Harris Poll found less than half of Americans have: (1) installed a programmable thermostat (37%); (2) sealed gaps in floors or walls around pipes or electric wiring (34%); (3) installed low-flow faucets (29%); (4) energy-efficient windows (28%); or (5) added insulation to an attic, crawl space or accessible exterior windows (27%). Also, just in one ten U.S. adults (11%) have conducted a home energy audit.

DOE's Solar Decathlon 2013

Orange County Great Park - Mar 14

DOE’s Solar Decathlon 2013 will take place Oct. 3 through Oct. 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.

Google, DOD leading green building movement

GreenBiz - Mar 14

The DOD is investing more than $1 billion in energy-efficient buildings for energy security and savings. Google is improving its buildings to benefit and retain its employees which Google views as its biggest assets.

Green Building Projects

Kilroy's 2260 E. Imperial Highway earns LEED Silver

Kilroy Realty Corporation - Mar 20

Kilroy Realty Corporation's 2260 E. Imperial Highway building in El Segundo, California, earned LEED Core & Shell Silver and features (1) measurement & verification plans; (2) low-flow plumbing fixtures, including waterless urinals; (3) low-emitting finishes; (4) a high-SRI roof; (5) access to public transportation; and (6) increased outside air for ventilation.

Rivers Casino in Illinois earns LEED Gold

PR Newswire / Rivers Casino - Mar 15

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, earned LEED Gold, and features (1) LED lighting; (2) green power; (3) skylights and clerestory windows; (4) low-flow fixtures and sensor-controlled faucets; (5) low-VOC finishes; (6) a single-stream recycling plan; and (7) occupant sensor-controlled lighting.

Stanford building earns LEED Platinum

Stanford Graduate School of Business - Mar 15

The Knight Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California, has been awarded LEED Platinum. The center's sustainability features include: (1) floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize daylight; (2) automated skylights and windows; (3) motion sensors; (4) photovoltaic panels; (5) efficient under-floor air distribution systems; and (6) use of grey water and rainwater.

Killingsworth Station earns LEED Platinum

Sustainable Business Oregon - Mar 14

Killingsworth Station in North Portland, Oregon, earned LEED Platinum certification, a designation that developers say makes it one of the country's greenest condominium projects priced under $300,000 per home. Its green features include: (1) solar-thermal hot water; (2) a green roof; (3) stormwater management features; and (4) sustainable bamboo hardwood floors.

Robinson Nature Center earns LEED Platinum

World Interior Design Network - Mar 14

The Robinson Nature Center in Maryland has secured LEED Platinum certification, making it one of the three publically owned and operated buildings in the state to receive the designation. It incorporates many green features, including: (1) solar panels; (2) a green roof; (3) pervious paving to recharge groundwater; and (4) a geothermal HVAC unit.

Truckee Ranger Station earns LEED Gold

U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service - Mar 12

The Forest Service's new district office in Truckee, California, received LEED Gold certification, making it the first LEED certified building for the Forest Service in all of the Pacific Southwest Region (California). Its sustainable features include: (1) natural daylighting; (2) automatic lighting control systems; (3) over three-quarters of on-site generated construction waste diverted from the landfill; (4) recycled products used for structural steel, building insulation, aluminum doors, and other products; (5) over half of the materials were harvested or manufactured regionally; and (6) products used were within healthy indoor environmental standards.

The Village at Market Creek earns LEED-ND Silver

Business Wire / Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation - Mar 13

The Village at Market Creek in San Diego has earned a Silver designation under the LEED Neighborhood Development rating system, making it the third project in the country to receive LEED-ND approval. "LEED-ND certification provides independent, third party verification that a development's location and design meet high standards of environmentally responsible, sustainable development," said Scot Horst, SVP of LEED at the USGBC. The Village plans to transform up to 84 acres of blighted properties into a cultural village that includes residential, commercial and recreational spaces integrated around the Euclid transit hub. The plan includes the creation of 1,000 quality affordable homes, 2,000 jobs and 250 new businesses, 5,500 linear feet of restored wetlands and 1.6 million square feet of new construction.

Bryan C. Jackson
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