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    The Greenest Office Building In The World Is About To Open In Seattle

    The Greenest Office Building In The World Is About To Open In Seattle Co.Exist “Everything” includes 100% onsite energy use from solar panels, all water provided by harvested rainwater , natural lighting, indoor composting toilets, a system of geothermal wells for heating, and a wood-framed structure (made out of FSC-certified wood).

    eattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing

    • December

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    Energy efficiency within reach

    A Building Revolution: The Super Insulated Passive House is a guide to the methods that builders, architects and homeowners around the U.S. and Europe have used to drastically reduce home energy consumption. The movement isn’t new, and neither are most of the construction practices, which, as the film states, were first employed in the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s when the first energy crisis reared its head, threatening greatly increased home heating and cooling bills. The change was short-lived, waning in …….

    • August

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    Henry Gifford’s $100M LEED Lawsuit Dismissed With Prejudice

    TreeHugger has covered Henry Gifford’s $100 Million Class Action Filed Against LEED and USGBC . .To the best of my research, Mr. Gifford is not a LEED AP, and indeed, from his website and publications, he has outspokenly denounced the USGBC and LEED. Mr. Gifford does not appear to own any property certified LEED. In short–the USGBC’s actions have not harmed him His career, if anything, has been enhanced by the USGBC’s position.

    • April

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    Papers on Integrated Design Sought for ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference

    ATLANTA – As the building industry seeks to reduce use of fossil based fuel sources, increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and the use of natural resources, more efficient, integrated and intra-disciplinary approaches to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining facilities are needed. Click Here to Read More

    • March

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    The Global Warming Potential of Insulation Materials – New Calculator

    With this new tool you can see just how significant embodied energy and blowing agents are in determining the role of insulation materials in addressing climate change.

    In the June issue of Environmental Building Newslast year, we published one of those slap-in-the-face, wake-up-call articles that forces people to rethink conventional wisdom. Most of us had long thought that more insulation was almost always better in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. After all, the more insulation we install, the less energy gets used in the building and the less carbon dioxide is emitted.

    • January

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    Will LEED Recertification Address Energy Performance?

    There are a number of LEED-policy articles floating around the internet these days. Fast Company wrote an article bashing LEED for poor energy performance. Lloyd Alter responded at Treehugger with an article bashing the Fast Company article.

    It’s time to move the discourse forward.

    How Does the USGBC Intend to Improve Building Performance?

    One of the key issues facing the USGBC is addressing buildings that get LEED certification but do not deliver energy savings. Originally, it seemed as if the USGBC was going to propose a decertification system. Here is how USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi described it last September:

    “Once a LEED plaque is assigned to a building, and there is proof that the building is no longer performing the way that it should, there’s a very good chance that that information will then result in the ability for USGBC to remove the certification from the building — most likely on our website,” he says.

    In the current LEED 2012 draft — the proposed new rating system — there is no mention of LEED decertification. But in a November 2010 Greenprints article, Vandana Sinha confirmed that LEED 2012 will include a component to address energy performance:

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