Monday, December 19, 2011

Green Building Events Calendar Open for Submissions

2012 Green Building Events Planner has a new blog named and we are inviting you to post your green building events as soon as possible. The blog has thousands of architects, engineers, building owners and suppliers visiting it each month and they are interested in planning their 2012 calendars right now.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mage Solar CEO Recognized for Solar Education

Georgia Solar Energy Association honors Joe Thomas for his involvement in solar education and public outreach in the state

Dublin (Georgia), December 08, 2011.—MAGE SOLAR, part of the globally operating MAGE GROUP, announced that CEO and President of MAGE SOLAR USA Joe Thomas was honored with the 2011 Georgia Solar Advocate Award. At the ceremony in Atlanta Thomas was praised as "without doubt one of the most active, most visible, high level executives active for the solar cause in the Peach State."

All year long, the Chief Executive of the Dublin, Georgia, based PV-manufacturer and complete system provider has traveled vigorously to speak at civic forums and engage in dialogues with opinion leaders, communities, and legislators from all over the state. At multiple occasions, Thomas has also hosted open roundtables and solar seminars for the general public at the MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, an internationally renowned training arena for the PV-industry.

"I consider it a great pleasure and privilege to accept this award," Thomas. "My home state has so much economic potential in store when it comes to energy from the sun, so sharing knowledge about the tremendous opportunities is truly a passion of mine. But I also would like to thank the Georgia Solar Energy Association for their untiring and immensely helpful support in preparing Georgia to become a leader in clean energy."

MAGE SOLAR – The Sun on Your Side
MAGE SOLAR USA, headquartered in Dublin, Georgia, specializes in complete solar systems and provides high-quality photovoltaic modules, intelligent mounting systems and high-performance brand inverters. As a subsidiary of the international MAGE GROUP, it uses the Group's 35 years of know-how to develop optimally coordinated system solutions. A competent partner network guarantees profitable solar energy systems for customers throughout the Americas and in thirteen more countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Seattle Expands Energy Efficiency Program

City Program Expands, More Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency


Seattle, WA – The City of Seattle is sending letters to the owners of 8,000 buildings this week informing them of its new building energy-efficiency program. The program aims to help building owners and managers reduce their energy costs through benchmarking – or measuring and rating a building’s energy performance. By benchmarking, owners get insight into how their building uses – and wastes – energy and can begin identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency and increase savings.


The City’s Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program is currently underway for nonresidential buildings over 50,000 sq. ft.  This next phase will require nonresidential buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. and multifamily buildings with five or more units to benchmark and report theirenergy performance by April 1, 2012.


The City has developed a series of educational materials – including hands-on training workshops, webinars and a step-by-step “How To” guide – to help owners with benchmarking and provide them information on utility energy-saving programs, rebates and other financial incentives to save energy.


To make the benchmarking process as seamless as possible, the City has partnered with local utilities to provide owners with the building energy consumption data they need in a convenient format. Using the free online tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, owners will be able to easily see their building’s energy performance and how it stacks up against similar buildings. Having this information at their fingertips is the first step towards improving building energy performance and reducing energy costs.


“Buildings consume more than 40% of the energy produced in the U.S. but there is a huge opportunity to lower energy costs through better building efficiency”, said Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.  “The City successfully launched the first phase of the Building Energy Benchmarking program earlier this year and we’re excited to begin reaching an even larger pool of buildings.  Helping building owners track their energy use is an important step towards improving building energy efficiency, reducing energy costs, and invigorating the retrofit market to create good local jobs”, she said.


This second group of buildings represents a diverse group of building owners and types including offices, schools, restaurants, retail outlets and more.   These properties make up a significant portion of Seattle’s building stock and a great opportunity for increased energy savings.


Many owners and managers already familiar with the benchmarking process see it as a good business practice that helps lower operating costs and boost bottom lines. 


“The more information and knowledge you have about your building’s energy performance, the more power you have to control it,said Lynda Carey, Construction and Asset Manager at Bellwether, an affordable housing organization in Seattle. “For us, benchmarking and making energy-efficiency improvements isn’t just about helping the environment, it is also a good business decision. Our mission is to help families afford more than rent, so the more we can do to lower our energy costs and keep housing affordable, the better.”


The City is working to ensure that all buildings are benchmarked on an annual basis, and that building energy use information isavailable to potential tenants, buyers and lenders during real estate transactions. That way, building owners, businesses and residents alike canmake more informed and cost-conscious decisions when upgrading, buying or renting property.


“The key is education. Once an owner understands how their building is performing and how improving energy efficiency impacts their bottom line and productivity, most jump right in and start making improvements,” said Kevin Dingle, President of Sustaining Structures – a green building consulting company in Seattle.  


“Part of managing properties properly is providing as much cash flow to investors as possible. And a big part of that is managing utility costs,” said John Speirs, Senior Vice President at KG Investments – a Seattle-based real estate investment and property management company that regularly benchmarks its properties. “Energy is one of our largest expenses. The lower we can keep our energy costs, the more we can bring to the bottomline, and the better our return on investment. We support the efforts the City is making to expand the use of benchmarking and think it’s a great idea.”


For more information about the program, visit the City’s Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance website: email:




Saturday, November 19, 2011

FMI Releases Q4 Nonresidential Construction Index

FMI Releases NRCI for the Fourth Quarter 2011
Nonresidential Construction Index—Glacial Growth; No Stimulus in Sight; Affordable Health Care Challenges

NRCI = 50.3

RALEIGH, N.C., November 17, 2011 – FMI (, the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces the release of its Nonresidential Construction Index report for the fourth quarter of 2011. 

The NRCI slipped from 52.4 to a barely positive 50.3 this quarter. While the stock market continues its gyrations from news surrounding the future of the Euro countries, the NRCI has managed glacial growth, chugging along just above average for the last two years, average being little to no growth. The NRCI dropping to 50.3 this quarter is less a downward trend than a continuation of moderate growth. 

Moderate growth does not mean there are not changes going on in nonresidential construction. In past issues, panelists' expressed views on the increasing use of new methods and technologies like BIM, prefabrication, modularization, integrated project delivery, sustainable construction, as well as improved productivity and business development. Most contractors are better prepared to deal with these challenges than with abrupt changes in the economy. 

Current Issues
Overwhelmingly, NRCI panelists do not expect the American Jobs Act and the related National Infrastructure Bank bill to pass as now proposed. Even with public construction as part of the AJA, few panelists expected that it would significantly increase their backlogs if passed.

This report also looks into a not-so-new problem, how to pay for rising health care insurance costs. The issue is resurfacing due to the introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obama Care. Although the majority of NRCI panelists recognize they will have to share the skyrocketing costs of health care with employees, a few say they intend to drop their policies, pay the penalties and let employees fend for themselves. Twenty percent of panelists have yet to fully examine their options.

Bottom line, little to moderate growth for now. However, this doesn't mean there won't be significant changes in how the nonresidential construction industry conducts business over the coming months.

To download a copy of the full report click here. For reprint permission or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact Sarah Vizard Avallone at 919.785.9221 or

About FMI
FMI is the largest provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. We work in all segments of the industry providing clients with value-added business solutions, including:

•    Strategy Development
•    Market Research and Business Development
•    Leadership and Talent Development
•    Project and Process Improvement
•    Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Consulting
•    Compensation Data and Consulting

Founded by Dr. Emol A. Fails in 1953, FMI has professionals in offices across the U.S. FMI delivers innovative, customized solutions to contractors; construction materials producers; manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and equipment; owners and developers; engineers and architects; utilities; and construction industry trade associations. FMI is an advisor you can count on to build and maintain a successful business, from your leadership to your site managers. For more information, visit

Monday, June 27, 2011

Old Computers Will Be Recycled

"Silicon Valley" Requires e-Stewards Certified Recyclers for Electronics Recycling Events


Residents Can Be Sure Their Old Computers Will Be Responsibly Recycled


(Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California -- June 27, 2011)  In a four-to-one vote on June 21, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring that all electronic waste (or e-waste) collected at recycling events taking place in the unincorporated county be processed by e-Stewards® certified recyclers.


The county becomes the first in the nation to assure its citizens that electronics dropped off at any collection event will be handled responsibly, and only by those recyclers that have achieved the highest standard in the industry.


Many County residents drop off their e-waste at private recycling drives organized by schools and charities,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5, who initiated the ordinance. “These residents believe that they are doing the right thing by recycling their e-waste. However, there is no way for residents to be sure that their e-waste will be ultimately recycled in a safe and globally responsible manner unless it goes to an e-Stewards recycler.” Kniss added, “I’m proud that Santa Clara County is the first government in the nation to take this step.”


Under the new law, collectors may only deliver e-waste to e-Stewards certified recyclers, and recyclers must be e-Stewards certified to accept e-waste collected from unincorporated Santa Clara County.


E-Stewards electronics recyclers undergo a professional audit each year to guarantee they will not export hazardous wastes to developing countries, nor dump such wastes into municipal landfills, nor use prison labor for managing such wastes. E-Stewards recyclers also ensure that private data is kept secure, and that their operations protect both workers and the environment everywhere.


The e-Stewards Certification was created by the Basel Action Network (BAN) in conjunction with advisors from the electronic recycling industry, occupational health experts and certification specialists. The accredited certification program is supported by the EPA, and is endorsed by Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, as well as 68 other environmental organizations.


Sadly not all of those companies that call themselves responsible recyclers are truly responsible and many are not recyclers at all, but are just exporters," said Jim Puckett, the director and founder of the Basel Action Network (BAN). "We have been to the techno-trash dumping grounds of Africa and Asia and seen the children being poisoned. This is why we created the e-Stewards Certification in the first place. We are extremely gratified that local governments like Santa Clara, are making good use of this tool to screen out the unscrupulous and award only those businesses that will do the right thing.”

More information:


E-waste reports, films and photos – and

For more information on the e-Stewards Initiative: 


Friday, June 03, 2011

Affordable Green Housing from Habitat

Habitat for Humanity has been involved in so many good causes globally. This is another example and timely as the U.S. housing market needs some good news and affordable, energy efficient green homes for buyers at all economic levels. I enjoyed the video lined below.

Here's the link to the article:

Habitat for Humanity: Making Sustainability Accessible
The global non-governmental, non-profit organization that's headquartered in Americus, Georgia, has built and rehabilitated over 400,000 homes since it was founded in 1976. Habitat reaches out to those who can't afford a house on the standard market and the beneficiaries of the Habitat program collaborate with volunteers to build or rehabilitate a home.

Click Here to view the detail.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

LEED Certified Paint Plant Opens in Arizona

Dunn-Edwards Opens the World's First LEED-Certified* Paint Manufacturing Facility

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (June 1, 2011) Dunn-Edwards, the Southwest's leading manufacturer of premium paints, announces the opening of the world's first LEED-certified* paint manufacturing facility.  Located in Phoenix, the 336,000-sq.-ft. facility was custom designed to be the greenest and most efficient in the coatings industry.  This ultra-modern building encompasses manufacturing, product development, quality control laboratories, a distribution center, retail outlet and office space.  

"We have incorporated innovative, energy-efficient equipment and protocols, such as unique dust collection systems that capture and recycle particulates, and novel wastewater recycling techniques.  Our systems are classified as ultra-low discharge, meaning that waste generation is greatly minimized," said Karl Altergott, president.  

Dunn-Edwards is considered one of the most environmentally-friendly paint manufacturers and an industry leader in eco-efficient principles – all part of its Greener by Design philosophy. For example, throughout its operations the company focuses on initiatives such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, recycling, emissions reduction, and health and safety protection.   "So, not only are we manufacturing paint that is more eco-friendly, we have taken great steps to conserve energy and material resources, and to reduce waste in our physical environment," said Altergott.

Even small changes can add up to big eco-savings.  The company eliminated cardboard boxes for packaging one-gallon containers and now use heat shrink wrap.  Dunn-Edwards is the only paint plant in the United States using heat shrink wrap.  This amounts to a reduction of cardboard consumption by one million boxes, which equates to approximately 250 tons of cardboard per year.

Altergott reports that energy calculations on the new plant show a 50 percent reduction over its two existing operations; one was first built in the mid-1950s and the other in the mid-1970s.   "Our innovative automation at the new plant is one of the most comprehensive systems in the industry and light years beyond what we had at the older facilities," he explained.  "We are so much more efficient -- saving time, money and resources.  Increased automation has reduced the physical demands of workers, and thus potential injuries."

With more than 50 percent more space than our two former plants combined, this new plant meets Dunn-Edwards' needs for long-term growth and has room to expand another 40,000 sq. ft.  

"Dunn-Edwards is investing in its future in Phoenix by adding more than $40 million in capital investments and creating approximately 120 much-needed new jobs," said Mayor Phil Gordon.  "By working together on this project, the end result is a growing Phoenix economy with new jobs."

Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, added, "Dunn-Edwards joins several new companies focused on green and sustainable solutions that have chosen Arizona because of its emerging reputation in this sector.  The City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority provided strong leadership in supporting Dunn-Edwards' efforts to expand to Greater Phoenix, and we welcome them to our pro-business environment."

An official grand opening will be held Friday, June 3, 2011.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, begins at 11 a.m., followed by plant tours and lunch. (NOTE: Event is for invited guests and media only.) The plant is located at 520 S. 67th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85043.  For more information about Dunn-Edwards, visit

*LEED certification pending; estimated late summer with a Gold Award


NOTE: Photos and video are available

About Dunn-Edwards Paints
Dunn-Edwards has produced and sold premium paint products for 85 years throughout the Southwest.  Operating 109 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, Dunn-Edwards is one of the nation's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of architectural paints and painting supplies.  Based in Southern California, the company is composed of approximately 1,500 employees.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Green Supers Graduate From NYC Program

A thousand New York City building superintendents and resident managers have officially become green experts, the largest property services union in the country announced Monday. At an event held at SEIU Local 32BJ's lower Manhattan headquarters, the group became the first to graduate from the 32BJ-Thomas Shortman Green Supers training program.
The Green Supers program is a 40-hour class that provides building service workers with state-of-the-art practices in energy-efficient operations. It trains workers to identify and address energy waste, create a green operating plan and perform cost-benefit analysis for building owners and managers.
The labor-management program, approved by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute, was expanded courtesy of a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Another 1,000 supers are currently enrolled in the program.
"Green Supers is a win-win for building owners, residents and tenants, and just about everyone," said Mike Fishman, president of 32BJ, in a statement. “It's the type of program we need to turn the Big Apple green and other cities, too. And that's why it should be expanded to more building workers—here in New York and in cities across the country.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Green School Campus Gets Recognition

This trend is catching on and at we love to read about higher education practicing what they preach about sustainability and green building. Naropa University recycles, uses wind power, uses eco-friendly landscaping practices, offers green transportation for its students and has undergraduate and graduate tracks in environmental studies. The mix of green school facility management and environmentally conscious student life will no doubt produce the type of business leaders and citizens the planet needs for a healthy future. Great work Naropa staff and students!
Princeton Review Recognizes Naropa University's Sustainable Leadership
in 2011 Guide to 311 Green Colleges 
BOULDER, Colo. (May 18, 2011) – Naropa University has been recognized by Princeton Review in The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges as one of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. 
The 220-page guide is created in partnership with the United States Green Building Council, an outstanding national nonprofit organization best-known for developing the LEED green building certification program. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed, and operated.
Naropa University was recognized as an American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatory school, which the university joined in 2007. ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.

ACUPCC's mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

Naropa University's Environmental Sustainability
Naropa University has long been committed to an institution-wide commitment to sustainable environmental practices. Offsetting 100% of its electricity from wind power renewable energy credits, Naropa University is committed to green practices. Naropa University's Zero Waste goal supports the university in being a sustainable system where resources are fully used and waste is reduced to a minimum, with partnerships with Eco-Cycle, on-going educational and community events, composting and weekly trash audits conducted on all Naropa campuses to assess potential waste reduction. Naropa University's other sustainable initiatives include:
  • Naropa University landscapers utilize environmentally sound practices, creating a campus that is a model of efficiency.
  • Recognizing the positive ecological, physical and economic benefits of alternative transportation, Naropa University provides all students and staff with an RTD Eco Pass, which offers free access to local and regional RTD buses.
  • Naropa University also gives Naropa community members and visitors access to Naropa's bike fleet. At present Naropa has 120 bicycles that students have access to for free. Bicycles can be checked out for a month at a time and are maintained by Naropa's Bike Shop.
  • Naropa students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in Boulder Car Share and receive parking and permit discounts as incentives.
With one undergraduate and three graduate study tracks in environmental career paths, Naropa University's environmental stewardship extends beyond the day-to-day approaches, to training the next generation of sustainable leaders.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Local Leaders in Sustainability Report Released

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA is proud to join The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in unveiling Local Leaders in Sustainability: A Special Report from Sundance, which outlines a five-point national action plan that local governments can utilize as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The report findings were unveiled today at the 2011 AIA National Convention in New Orleans and USGBC’s Annual Government Summit in Washington, D.C. The findings stem from insightful discussions during the Greening of America’s Schools Summit, held at the Redford Center in Sundance, Utah.

“The Greening of Americas Schools Summit marked an important first step in realizing that the environmental quality of our schools is essential to our future and long-term well-being,” said Martin J. Chávez, Executive Director, ICLEI USA and three-term mayor of Albuquerque, NM. “As a result, Mayors and Superintendents came together to chart a new course toward healthy, sustainable schools where our children can grow and excel. We must now put this blueprint into action so that every child in America can attend a green school.”

The major steps outlined in the five-point plan include tangible action steps and are based on the conversations that took place at Sundance and successful green schools initiatives from across the United States and include: 1) Connect with the green schools movement; 2) Engage stakeholders and raise awareness; 3) Build community support and capacity; 4) Make it happen: benchmarking, policy and financing and; 5) Celebrate success.

“Through the greening of America’s schools, we have the chance to improve the health and education of our children, inspire future leaders and create a stronger America,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “Sundance was just the beginning. This comprehensive blueprint provides local policy makers and community members ways in which they too can accelerate green schools in their areas.”

The report also provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of green schools; a summary of local, state and federal policy solutions, leadership profiles of green school advocates, and case studies from both large cities and small communities. Together, these resources serve as a roadmap on the journey to green schools.

“This report should serve as a guidepost for many communities throughout the country that are looking for ways to implement green initiatives but fear the expense involved,” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “In reality, the average school is 42 years old, and energy inefficiencies cost it approximately $100,000 a year, money that could be better spent on teachers, education materials, books or computers.”

The Greening of America’s Schools Summit, held in November 2010 at the Redford Center in Sundance, Utah, brought together leading mayors from across the nation and their respective schools superintendents for an insightful discussion on the importance of a greener environment and educational performance. ICLEI USA partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Redford Center, founded by Robert Redford to convene this impressive gathering of local government leaders and educators. The report can be downloaded free-of-charge from

About ICLEI USA - ICLEI USA is a non-profit membership association of local governments working to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and tangible improvements in local sustainability. ICLEI USA supports its more than 600 member local governments by providing networking opportunities, tools, resources, and programmatic support focused on climate protection and sustainable development. More information at

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council - The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom, to the Ph.D. student performing researching in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. Thanks in part to generous support from founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. More information at

About The American Institute of Architects - For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

New ASHRAE Standard to Reduce Heat Island Effect

Requirements to reduce heat and subsequent energy use on building sites are proposed for the green building standard developed by ASHRAE, IES and USGBC.

Five proposed addenda to Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, currently are open for public comment. To learn more or to comment, visit

Developed by ASHRAE in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the standard provides a long-needed green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings.
  • Addendum k updates portions of section 5 (Site Sustainability) to improve requirements related to tree-growth rate and adds a mandatory requirement restricting invasive plants. The change extends the tree growth period to 10 years from five years.

    "Ten years accounts for a wider diversity of trees across geographic regions to achieve a canopy that provides effective shading," Dennis Stanke, committee chair, said. "The current requirement of five years favors fast-growing trees, which may be more likely to lack stability in storms and to die at a relatively young age."

    In addition to addendum k, addendum n is open for public comment until June 20, 2011.

  • Addendum n improves the heat island reduction provisions in sections 5 (Site Sustainability) to include aged values for solar reflective index and to include a reference to the Cool Roof Rating Council ANSI Standard. It also modifies the solar reflectance and emittance values in Normative Appendix D (Performance Option for Energy Efficiency).

    Three addenda are open for public comment until June 5, 2011.

  • Addendum lupdates portions of section 5 (Site Sustainability), treating porous pavers and open graded aggregate, all of which mitigate the heat island effect, separate from other paving materials. Studies have shown that porous and permeable pavement systems store less energy and therefore less heat when exposed to sun over an extended period of time. The heat is not absorbed and therefore not emitted back into the environment, which results in lower daytime and nighttime temperatures.

  • Addendum m clarifies condensate collection requirements in Section 6 (Water Use Efficiency), exempting dry climates where little if any condensate would be expected from air-conditioning units.

  • Addendumo addsa mandatory requirement to section 5.3 (Site Sustainability) to provide pedestrian friendly environments through the use of designated walkways. Vehicles negatively impact the environment through the generation of air pollution, traffic congestion and issues associated with oil extraction and petroleum refining. The use of alternative modes of transportation helps reduce the energy demand for transportation and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Requirements for pedestrian friendly environments help encourage transit use and support bicycle mobility, both of which increase physical exercise opportunities and associated health benefits," Stanke said.

    Standard 189.1 also serves as jurisdictional compliance option to the International Green Construction Code authored by the International Code Council, ASTM International and the American Institute of Architects.

    ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. 
  • Two Bozzuto Developments Achieve LEED® Certification

    The Bozzuto Group today announced that it has earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for two residential developments in its portfolio.  The Fitzgerald, a mixed-use community in Baltimore's Mount Vernon district, has received LEED Silver Certification and Riverwalk at Millennium, an apartment community in suburban Philadelphia, has received LEED Certification.
    Both properties were developed by Bozzuto Development Company, built by Bozzuto Construction Company, and are now managed by Bozzuto Management Company.
    "As a developer, builder, manager and owner, our goal is to provide living environments that respect the world in which we live just as much as they respect the residents who live within them," said Tom Bozzuto, CEO, The Bozzuto Group. "We are proud to provide communities that include luxurious finishes and amenities while at the same time offering an environmentally friendly lifestyle."
    The Fitzgerald is now the largest LEED-certified residential community in the Baltimore area and is home to the city's first public electric-vehicle charging stations.  LEED certification was achieved by implementing a number of environmentally-conscious design features, construction tactics, water efficiency technologies and air quality practices.  The development -- comprised of 275 luxury apartments, 24,000 square feet of street-level retail and a 1,245 space public parking garage -- sits on 4.6 acres of land owned by the University of Baltimore and is part of a massive redevelopment effort by the University and the surrounding community.
    "I am delighted that our midtown Baltimore partners are receiving this recognition," said University of Baltimore President Bob Bogomolny. "Together, we can help create a new Baltimore that places great value in sustainability and the greening of our city. I want to personally congratulate the entire Bozzuto development team for achieving LEED Silver Certification."
    Riverwalk at Millennium, a 375-unit apartment community, experienced significant fire damage in the fall of 2008, and as a result, one half of the development required a complete rebuild from the ground up.  The new residences meet LEED requirements through the use of sustainable features such as low-emitting paint and carpet and water-efficient landscaping, and through the use of local construction materials, among other energy and water-saving features. A brownfield redevelopment, Riverwalk at Millennium is the first LEED Certified apartment project in Conshohocken, and the largest in the Philadelphia area.
    For more information, visit or
    About The Bozzuto Group
    Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, The Bozzuto Group is a diversified residential real estate company consisting of six integrated companies -- Acquisitions, Construction, Development, Homebuilding, Land Development and Property Management -- that together provide a broad range of real estate services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  The company is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing everything from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions.
    Throughout The Bozzuto Group's more than 23-year history, the company has developed, acquired and built more than 35,000 homes and apartments, and the firm and its principals have been honored with numerous industry awards and accolades, including having been recognized by the NAHB as the nation's premier apartment development company, and twice as management company of the year.  For more information, please visit

    NRMCA Releases Report on Sustainability

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has published the NRMCA 2011 Sustainability Report to communicate the ready mixed concrete industry’s progress toward meeting sustainability goals. In 2009, the U.S. ready mixed concrete industry established a vision, strategies and goals toward sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction (download the NRMCA Sustainability Initiatives
    At the same time, the concrete industry was experiencing the worst economic downturn in its history and unprecedented regulatory changes. However, despite these challenges, the industry has re-dedicated itself to upholding the principles of sustainable development by establishing programs to help meet the aggressive goals it set for itself in 2009. The NRMCA 2011 Sustainability Report describes how the industry has invested millions of dollars in cutting edge research, new education and training programs, new personnel and plant certifications, and codes and standards advocacy to establish concrete as the sustainable material of choice for building and infrastructure projects and lower its environmental footprint.
    “The ready mixed concrete industry understands the role it can play in reducing the environmental impact of construction through product and process improvements,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini.
    “It’s inspiring to see our members respond to the challenges of sustainability both in terms of how concrete is used in construction but also how the product is manufactured,” added Lionel Lemay, NRMCA’s senior vice president of sustainability. “The industry is truly concerned about the environment demonstrated by the investments it has made in research, education and measurement.”
    Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s mission is to represent the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, advocacy, education and partnering. NRMCA represents over 1,500 manufacturers of concrete and 50+ state affiliate organizations. Approximately 85% of NRMCA’s members are classic American family-owned small businesses.

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Solar Manufacturer Considering $3 Billion Investment

    Despite an uncertain solar market in the United States, Hemlock Semiconductor is considering an expansion of its solar materials plant in Tennessee. According to a report on, Hemlock is negotiating with the state on a potential $3 billion investment in an expansion of its solar plant.

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    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Modular Construction Gains Credibility

    It's about time that modular construction graduates and this report from McGraw-Hill helps validate this claim. For years modular office and prefabricated home manufacturers have been improving their processes, adding technology and utilizing many of the same building materials as conventional builders. Now with the help of the global green building and sustainable design movement modular builders are aligning with conventional builders on many design and construction levels. Link over to and read the full article featured below.
    Here's the link to the article:

    Prefabrication and Modularization Increase Productivity
    McGraw-Hill Construction has released its latest SmartMarket Report, Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry, which shows how prefabrication and modularization is yielding real business benefits for users. Commonly used prefabricated and modular building elements include mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, exterior walls, building superstructures, roofing, floors and interior room modules. Out of over 800 architecture, engineering and contracting (AEC) professionals surveyed, 66% report improved project schedules, 65% report decreased project costs, and 77% report reduced construction site waste— a key component in the rising adoption of green building.
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    Green Building News and Ideas: AIA Asks for Carbon Neutral Action Plans

    Green Building News and Ideas: AIA Asks for Carbon Neutral Action Plans

    AIA Asks for Carbon Neutral Action Plans

    This sounds like a smart program for AIA members, Energy Engineers, Facility Managers and Plant Managers to implement today! Thanks to AIA for reaching out to its membership. This type of action plan should reach a wide audience of commercial and residential building owners and managers. For businesses it may be a good first step to assign a team to the task. Empower this group to analyze current energy usage and then develop the multi-year action plans for owners, managers and employees to follow with the carbon neutral goal always in mind. Read below and start your action plan!
    AIA Announces Results of First Year of Projected Energy Use Data from Firms Participating in 2030 Commitment Program
    For immediate release:
    New Orleans – May 12, 2011 –In 2009 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative for AIA member firms and other entities in the built environment that asks these organizations to make a pledge, develop multi-year action plans, and implement steps that can advance AIA's goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030.  At the end of the 2010 calendar year, firms were asked to submit an assessment of their 2010 design work using a toolreleased by the AIA last year.

    "The findings are a good first step to see where we are as an industry in reaching the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030.  It is encouraging to see the number of participating firms in this program and the large amount of real estate that their projects account for," said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA.  "That said it is also a wake-up call for the profession that we need to be more steadfast in the prediction of energy usage in design projects, as well as collecting actual post-occupancy performance data."

    A new report, Measuring Industry Progress towards AIA 2030 Carbon Reduction Goal, includes data from 56 firms accounting for nearly 385 million gross square feet (GSF) nationwide.  The key findings include:

    • Firms reported a combined average 35.1% predicted energy use intensity (PEUI) reduction from the national average EUI.
    • The largest PEUI reduction reported by a firm is 70.6%
    • The smallest PEUI reduction reported by a firm is 11.6%
    • The combined firms design portfolio that is meeting the current goal of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions reduction from the national average is 12.1%
    • The largest percentage of GSF of active projects meeting goal reported by one firm is 69.8%
    • The smallest percentage of GSF of active projects meeting goal reported by one firm is 0% (reported by multiple firms)
    • GSF of projects currently being energy modeled is 58%
    • The percentage of projects that will collect actual data is 38%
    The full report also contains participating firm demographics, energy reduction initiatives undertaken by firms and anecdotal accounts of the challenges and lessons learned through participating in the 2030 Commitment Program.
    About The American Institute of Architects
    For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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    Wednesday, May 04, 2011

    Home Remodeling to Save Energy and Increase Value

    Some good tips for home remodeling. Energy consumption in older homes can be dramatically improved with changes to heating and cooling systems, insulation, windows, doors, lighting and operating habits. At we see an attractive market opportunity for the resale of homes that have been remodeled using eco-friendly products and sustainable concepts….even in poor market conditions for home sales.

    Smart remodeling adds value to your home

    Start planning for your summer remodel during Home Improvement Month


    Des Plaines, Illinois, May 4, 2011—Spring is in the air, and homeowners are starting to plan their dream home remodeling projects. To commemorate May as National Home Improvement Month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) offers homeowners a few words of advice for getting the most value out of your remodeling investment.


    More Americans are staying in their homes rather than moving. According to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey released in November 2010, 85 percent of the general population believed it was a bad time to sell their home. There’s a lot more to be gained through remodeling besides increased functionality, new appliances, efficient systems, updated décor, additional space or the pure enjoyment of making your home your own. There’s also the increased value your home receives when you make improvements.


    With so many options available today, NARI offers a few considerations for homeowners who want to get the most out of their remodels.

    • Curb appeal goes a long way. Exterior home improvements such as roofing, siding, windows and doors are subject to the elements and usually need to be replaced after a number of years. In terms of re-sale value, updated exteriors give sellers an edge over buyers who are attracted to your home before entering.  
    • According to Energy Star, half of a home’s energy use is dedicated to heating and cooling. If a system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it. New, energy-efficient systems are not only more cost-effective but are also better quality.  
    • All homes benefit from increased insulation and sealing, regardless of climate. Older homes are traditionally under-insulated compared to new homes. And recent insulation innovations like spray foam or cellulose increase the ability to trap air inside. Proper insulation evens temperature flows, reduces energy use and has long-term benefits.
    • Kitchen and bath renovations are still popular—and for good reason. Homeowners continue to see the value in updating areas of the home that are used frequently and are high functioning. Universal design concepts are commonly incorporated into kitchen and bath areas to accommodate people of all sizes and abilities and conveniences for long-term residents.  


    Most homeowners can handle routine maintenance projects and cosmetic touch-ups, but it’s recommended they consult with qualified professionals for larger remodeling jobs and major changes to the home’s structure.


    Homeowners that need to make several updates to their homes but cannot afford a complete overhaul may be interested in phased remodeling. In this instance, remodeling projects are broken into phases over time, for a long-term project plan. This also lessens the burden of remodeling to the homeowner as they remain in the home as work is being done.


    As of April 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed new regulations for contractors working in homes built before 1978. The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule mandates that remodelers who intend to work in pre-1978 homes to register their company and complete an 8-hour training and certification course with an accredited trainer. The course teaches remodelers how to safely contain lead in a home as it is being disturbed and reduce exposure to residents and workers. Homeowners should be aware that this new rule is enforced and should be skeptical of any contractors who choose not to follow the law. Visit to find a Certified Lead Renovator in your area.


    NARI members represent a select group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as professional remodelers.


    NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics.  Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. For the latest information on green remodeling, visit Click here to see an online version of this press release.


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    About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association, which represents more 63,000 remodeling industry professionals — is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To locate a local NARI chapter or a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s Web site at, or contact the national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, at 800-611-NARI.


    EDITOR'S NOTE: NARI can provide hi-res digital before and after photos of award-winning remodeling projects to accompany your story. Contact NARI with your photo request at or ask for Morgan Zenner at 800-611-6274.


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    Morgan Zenner

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry

    780 Lee St., Suite 200

    Des Plaines, IL 60016

    P: 847-298-9200



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    2011 ENERGY STAR Challenge: Race to New Orleans Celebration

    Will you be in New Orleans for the 2011 AIA National Convention? If so, join us!


    You are invited by the U.S. EPA to the

    2011 ENERGY STAR Challenge: Race to New Orleans Celebration


    When:  Friday, May 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

    Where:  AIA National Convention, Town Hall (Northeast corner of exhibit hall)  

    Please join EPA in honoring the 2011 ENERGY STAR Challenge A/E firms and their projects for innovative energy efficient design and the winning region in the Race: The Big Easy Central. 


    There will be a photo session for 2011 Challenge A/E firms with EPA and AIA Representatives. 


    Take this opportunity to meet fellow practitioners who are bringing us another step closer to preventing carbon emissions through sustainable design and building practices. 


    Invited Guest: Andrew Goldberg, AIA, Senior Director, Federal Relations


    While in New Orleans, check out:

    The ENERGY STAR Challenge Gallery (Main entrance to the right of Registration)
    See many of the projects that achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR (DEES) on display. 


    AIA Seminar

    Session # FA101

    Are We There Yet? The Road to Performance with ENERGY STAR (1 HSW/SD/LU Hour)

    Thursday, May 12, 11:45 AM–12:45 PM


    ·         Rives Taylor, FAIA, Gensler

    ·         Karen P. Butler, ENERGY STAR, Commercial Building Design Manager


    Contacts at the AIA Convention in New Orleans

    ·    Luis Betanzo, The Cadmus Group, Inc., EPA Contractor

    Cell: 703.258.4806

    ·    Vicky Kiechel, RA, LEED AP The Cadmus Group, Inc., EPA Contractor
    Cell: 202.957.5763



    Luis Betanzo


    1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300

    Arlington, VA  22209

    Phone: 703-247-6123

    FAX: 703-247-6023


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    Urban Land Institute Real Estate Summit - May 2011


    For more information, contact: Robert Krueger 202/624-7051;

    Numerous industry experts and economists are talking about the 'new normal' for the real estate industry.  Land use professionals in both the public and private sector are faced with adapting to current economic realities, while making long-term plans to stay competitive in the future.

    What are the investment strategies and trends that will emerge from the current recession?  Will there be funding for transportation investments and what role will real estate professionals play in helping deliver bus rapid transit, streetcars, and other new transit systems?  How are healthcare institutions serving as catalysts for new workforce housing development?   With more people expected to rent in the years ahead – either by choice or necessity – is the rental industry prepared for a possible surge in demand?

    These are just a few of the many land use-related topics to be discussed by leading industry experts at the Urban Land's Institute's 2011 ULI Real Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum in Phoenix.  The Summit is set for May 18 – 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.   

    The real estate industry's most influential professionals from the region and across the U.S. gather to attend this event every year.  This event has a tradition of featuring prominent guest speakers, knowledgeable panelists, insightful industry experts and content-rich real estate sessions. Because this is a ULI meeting, each discussion will include all sides of all issues.  You will leave better informed, with new leads, tips, ideas and sources.  

    To register for the Real Estate Summit, click HERE.

    Trisha Riggs, 202-624-7086,   
    Robert Krueger, 202-624-7051,  

    About the Urban Land Institute:
    The Urban Land Institute ( is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members.  Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide.  Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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