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Construction Industry Leaders Share Insights

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BUILDING DIALOGUE / JUNE 2015 Construction Panel       John Beeble Chairman and CEO, Saunders Construction Inc. J.Beeble@ saundersci.com  Ed Haselden Chief Executive Officer, Haselden Construction edhaselden@ haselden.com David Neenan Chairman, The Neenan Company david.neenan@ neenan.com Maja Rosenquist Chairman, Vice President and General Manager, Denver Operating Group, Mortenson maja.rosenquist@ mortenson.com Recently, an esteemed group […]

Green Design and Construction: the Present and Future of the Industry

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June 3-June 16, 2015 – Colorado Real Estate Journal Construction, Design & Engineering David Shigekane President, The Neenan Co., Fort Collins Supply and demand are working together, continuing to increase the momentum for sustainable buildings. Increased innovation, supplier competition and client demand are transforming the green building trend into a mainstream building technique. This is […]

Embodied Energy and the Built Environment: An Interview with Brian Dunbar

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As part of our blog series on Neenan’s collaboration with the Powerhouse Energy Institute, we recently had the opportunity to speak with Brian Dunbar, a LEED Fellow and Executive Director for the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University on the topic of embodied energy.  Professor Brian Dunbar (Image courtesy of CSU) The […]

Reframing Sustainable Design in Education and Healthcare

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Since 2008, the rate of construction for new public buildings, hospitals and public schools, has lagged significantly due to its capital intensive nature. What has this lag meant for sustainable design? What will the continuing yet slow economic recovery mean for sustainable design in the healthcare and education sectors specifically? 1. A wide view. Healthcare […]

LEEDing the way

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The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them. Paul Hawken Theres no air conditioning. The soil on the grounds includes construction waste. Teachers hardly ever need turn on a light. The roof and parking lots are non-reflective materials that minimize heat buildup. Solar panels […]

Achieving Net-Zero Through Power Purchase Agreements

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Not long ago, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) new Research Support Facility was completed in Denver. The building aligns with the mission of the organization, achieving supremely low energy use for a building its size as well as acting as a living laboratory for the innovative products and designs that NREL supports. It’s achieved […]

Beyond the Buzzword: Legal Challenges to Green Building

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The word of the day is LEEDigation. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), author and administrator of the famous Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) green building rating system, is being asked to account for its methods and promises in court. The latest breaking news concerns the federal lawsuit filed in October 2010 […]

Rethink: The Triple Bottom Line

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Popular wisdom now has it that sustainability means serving the triple bottom line — people, planet, profits. Its a wonderful, inclusive idea that started off in the business world back in the 1990s and has since caught on like wildfire in the green design milieu. It is just as it sounds–that success is measured not […]

Tweeting Greenbuild 2010

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Greenbuild this year was bigger than ever. The annual trade show and seminar extravaganza had over 1000 exhibitors, a full roster of speakers ranging from Colin Powell to Paul Hawken, and 27,000 visitors at the Chicago’s McCormick Place over three days. Its a tour de force of the power of eco-design, brought to us by […]

Guidance on the Guidelines: How Good is LEED?

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Green building is not just a fad. It’s a real change in society’s relationship with nature. While conscientious firms have always embodied the first principles of sustainable design–from proper siting to make the most of the sun to climate-sensitive passive heating and cooling–there is now a need for public guidance. This has led to the […]