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Developing Design Build: A Look at Real Estate in Architecture and Construction

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Traditionally, the creation of a new building is a segmented process with architects, contractors, and developers each in control of their own sphere and focused on their own interests. Combining design and construction under the same corporate roof as design-build brings another level of sustainability as highly individualized interests find more compelling synergies and clearer [...]

#rethinkarch redux: Building, Becoming and Being Green

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If you tuned into #rethinkarch recently, you would have noticed a lively and innovative debate over what it means to be green. Co-hosted with @AndrewMichler of Inhabitat and featuring @NeenanCompany,@EMUfestival, @inhabitat, @Supachuck5, @DuncanArchitect, @gpidesign, @ArchitectLeague, @dubephnx and @kblucy, this conversation covered what it meant to be green or sustainable, how we could reimagine or repurpose [...]

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 [...]

Join the Conversation! Green and Active #RethinkArch

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Last year, over the course of our #RethinkArch and #RethinkGreen Twitter conversation series, we had the great delight of meeting a growing community of individuals concerned with green design, materials and practices. Last month, we hosted our first conversation of the year on the topic of active design. We had a wonderful discussion about how [...]

Sustainability By Any Other Word

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Linguistically the word “sustainability” refers to support or nourishment. But to my ear, it seems to imply a lack of progress, as if supporting the weight of our material society is a chore rather than an integral aspect of the growth and change of living. We can thank the Brundtland Commission for adding it to [...]

Design Rx: Beauty, Stimulation, Interaction

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Does your daily space make you healthy or sick? This is a question more and more people are beginning to ask. Characteristics like beauty or excitement can provoke body movement through buildings or neighborhoods that add up to real differences in our body weight and physical well-being. Good design can also create emotional satisfaction and [...]

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 [...]

Giving Thanks for Unique Projects: The Slocum Center, Eugene, OR

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In the spirit of harvest time, this week we wanted to look back at giving thanks for a unique project that reminds us about the lasting impacts of the fruits of our labor. The Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, OR has architecturally achieved a rhythm of wellness to the delight of [...]

Join the Conversation! Which green building technologies offer a ROI, which make you feel good and create learning opportunities and a healthier environment, and which should you skip? #RethinkArch

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Green building technologies & processes continue to emerge to increase the sustainability of buildings & the health of occupants. Some of these technologies withstand the test of durability, financial return, and ease of use and some fall by the wayside. At Neenan, we continually test these technologies & processes in our own building to determine [...]