Thinking Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development
LEED for Neighborhood Development is not yet final, but it’s already clear that it’s a different type of rating system. Lessons from the pilot projects show that cooperation among team members and with the local government is essential to a successful project.
From the Editors
Remembering Gail Lindsey
With Gail Lindsey's recent passing, the green building industry has lost a passionate and inspired member.
Technology Just One Piece
Designer Chris Hammer suggests that green builders would do well to focus more on behavior and less on technology to conserve energy.
ANSI Approves NAHB's Green Building Standard
A new green building standard from the National Association of Home Builders is more stringent than the organization's green building guidelines, and is also ANSI-approved.
Standard 189 Committee is Back to Work
Just months after it was unexpectedly disbanded, the committee developing the nation’s first code-ready green building standard is back, with additional members.
LEED Projects Doubled in 2008
LEED numbers doubled in 2008 and the U.S. Green Building Council sees reason for optimism despite the economic downturn.
High Staff Retention at First LEED Platinum Hospital
Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, is the first LEED Platinum hospital.
What's Happening (cont.)
U.S. On Track with HCFC Phaseout
U.S. industries are looking for alternative foam blowing agents and refrigerants as they comply with the HCFC phaseout mandated by the Montreal Protocol.
Obama Pushes Appliance Efficiency
President Obama ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to update federal standards for several residential and commercial appliances by August 2009.
Hypewatch: Energy Savings Claims from Power Conditioning Equipment
Power conditioning devices often promise across-the-board energy savings, but the claims don’t hold up in practice. These devices are good, however, for solving specific power quality problems.
Graywater Collection and Use
If properly stored and separated from potable water, graywater collected from sinks, showers, and clothes washers can be used to irrigate landscaping.