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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 [...]

Water, water everywhere?

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Not a drop to drink. Thats the ugly fate of the Colorado River. Born in the aptly-named Never Summer Mountains above our home town, Fort Collins, the mighty Colorado powers its way through the Rockies and the Southwest, carving earths best-known gorge, the Grand Canyon. But not long after that, when it reaches the US-Mexico [...]

Celebration Ceremony at YMCA of the Rockies

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Celebration Ceremony at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, Colo. – June 3, 2010 at 4 p.m. YMCA of the Rockies staff and guests, along with Neenan Archistruction and RLH Engineering, will celebrate the completion of one of the most significant development and construction projects in the more than 100-year history of the Estes Park [...]