Tag: Green Design (page 1 of 3)

Another Green Rating System?

You’re familiar with the expression, “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians?” It can certainly feel that way when it comes to green design and certification programs as they are many and varied. However, there is one of these “add-ons” that we’re happy to see building momentum, and that is the GreenFaith Leadership Program. Unlike […]

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Giving up Office Space to Go Green?

It’s our job to keep up with design/build trends so we were captivated by the headline, The Green Office is no Office at All in JLL Boston’s Blog. We expected a critique of green workplace design, instead we found a brief op-ed about the benefits of moving out of a “real” office and into a […]

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Greenwash Action Launches with Open Letter to GBI

It can be awfully confusing for the average consumer when trying to design and build a “Green” building. Just as the Organic food label has come under fire, so too have sectors of the green building movement. Green washing, making a product seem “greener” than it really is, is a growing problem and one that […]

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How Algae and Solar Panels Help Shade the Interior Space

Mother Earth does a pretty amazing job at creating net-zero energy systems. As the green design momentum continues, modern-day innovators are taking their queues from nature, learning how to better replicate her systems, which will result in a healthier existence for all of us. We have focused on some of these innovations before, such as […]

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Bricks: The Evolution of the World's Building Blocks

Bricks are a staple construction material the world over. The first bricks were made using clay and/or whatever dirt was available, forming the materials into the desired shape and size, and then drying or “baking” them in the sun. Today, most western bricks are made from a combination of clay and shale, which is shaped […]

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Old Building Materials Made New

Forget about a green design with a carbon neutral footprint; you can achieve a negative carbon footprint by using innovative building materials. Negative carbon footprints occur when the CO2 stored in building materials exceeds the CO used to manufacture them. So, what are these innovative building materials? Seaweed and wood! Seaweed was a common building […]

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The Truth about Greenwashing

Trying hard to build a green design project, with the intention of leaving a smaller footprint? Make sure you read the fine print and do your homework, because it seems not everything is as it appears on the labels. We rely on product names, logos, and descriptions to tell us whether a product is “green”, […]

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The 2013 AIA COTE Awards

Each year, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) announces its awards for newly constructed buildings exemplifying a holistic approach to green design. Their criteria include technology, innovation, and the ability to blend with the surrounding community. Here are some of our favorites from the Top 10 List. The Yin Yang House. […]

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Congratulations, Pittsburgh 2030 District, You're Half Way There!

For the most part, the green design movement has been grass roots-based. Only recently have municipalities begun to jump on the bandwagon to get involved. That’s why it was so exciting when Pittsburgh 2030 District announced its goal to have 100% of its downtown property owners commit to reducing water usage, and energy and transportation […]

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GREEN TIP TUESDAY: Time To Get The Sweaters On

Here we are in mid October and the Autumn weather is truly settling in.   We all try to resist putting the heat on until November 1st, but sometimes the chill in the air when we wake up in the morning is just too much for our cold little toes. It’s time to get the slippers […]

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