Thursday, November 23, 2006

Rocky Mountain High, Colorado

Greenbuild 2006 was a “watershed” event, not only in terms of attendance, but in the rapid acceptance of green building into the mainstream of design, construction and development practice. Yet, much needs to be done to realize the potential of the green building movement. There is no doubt that a conference whose size is growing over 30% per year is symptomatic of a broader-based movement toward planetary responsibility for the green building movement. Yet, as I wrote in an October 18th column, Educated Incapacity, archived at IGreenBuild, much needs to be done to enhance conventional architectural and engineering practice before design professionals are able to deliver 50% more energy-efficient buildings, at LEED Silver ratings or better, on conventional budgets. The U.S. Green Building Council’s partnership with Autodesk promises to introduce green building and energy efficiency into AutoCAD’s Revit platform for Building Information Modeling (BIM), a modeling tool now being used increasingly by design professionals. Another sign of the times is the growing partnership between USGBC and the Clinton Foundation’s global climate change initiative. USGBC will benefit as former President Bill Clinton uses his influence to bring the 40 largest cities in the world into line with the “carbon neutral” future most experts envision as necessary to eventually halt global climate change. In my estimation, it won’t be but 12 to 24 months before the 100 largest cities in the U.S. line up behind programs to promote “carbon neutrality” in their projects, programs, policies and regulations.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Green Building Product Enviromode Is Favorite At

Have you seen Enviromode yet? This new terrazzo surface is made from recycled tubs, sinks and toilets. It’s easy to maintain, durable, eco-friendly and beautiful. Best of all it's a great addition to your green building project.

I am amazed at the number of architects, home owners and builders, all sustainable design lovers, that have requested more information about Enviromode at


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Green Building in 2008

Now that GreenBuild will be in California in 2007 will this help West Coast Green? My personal opinion is that more exposure and more networking always help a cause like sustainable building and events like these can benefit from the opportunities they matter how many there are.