The Big Picture

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. License: CC BY 2.0.


It’s easy to get caught up in the details—earning one more LEED point or getting that documentation you need for recycled content.

But it’s a lot easier to achieve all the project goals if the owner and the whole project team are in agreement about why you’re putting in all this work in the first place. Stuff like:

  • slowing down climate change

  • dealing with global water shortages

  • avoiding depletion of nonrenewable resources

  • preventing public health problems associated with manufacturing

  • righting social wrongs

Here we set the scene, providing context that can help get—and keep—everyone on the same page about project goals.

  • Greenguard Launches Mold Protection Program

    News Analysis

    The Greenguard Environmental Institute has launched the nation's first program to certify the design, construction, and operation of buildings for protection against mold.

  • GreenFiber Acquires Blue Sky and Redi-Therm

    News Analysis

  • Tarkett Acquires Johnsonite

    News Analysis

    Tarkett, the world's largest manufacturer of resilient flooring has acquired Johnsonite, a producer of specialty flooring and flooring accessories.

  • U.S. Plastic Lumber Becomes Trimax Building Products

    News Analysis

    American Pacific Financial Corp. has purchased U.S. Plastic Lumber and renamed it Trimax Building Products.

  • AIA, BuildingGreen Ink Deal

    News Analysis

    A new agreement will bring BuildingGreen's resources to AIA's 77,000 members through AIA publications and member discounts on BuildingGreen Suite subscriptions.

  • California Builders Pay for Degrading Air Quality

    News Analysis

    California's Central Valley, contender for the nation's worst air quality, will require builders to reduce the smog and particulate matter their projects cause, or pay into offsite air-quality improvement programs.

  • USGBC Forms Research Committee

    News Analysis

    The U.S. Green Building Council's new Research Committee will strengthen the organization's role as a driver of research on the built environment.

  • New Orleans Principles Published

    News Analysis

    BuildingGreen and the U.S. Green Building Council have published The New Orleans Principles, a collection of ten key principles to guide the planning and reconstruction of the city.

  • AIA Targets 50% Energy Reduction in Buildings

    News Analysis

    The American Institute of Architects board of directors has set a goal of halving the amount of fossil fuels needed to construct and operate buildings by 2010-and achieving a 70% reduction by 2015!