Big news from Member Day at Greenbuild '07—the LEED ratings programs are... going away. I'll be updating this post in the next hour or so after listening to the session again, but it boils down to this: there will be a "bookshelf" of credits, and when a project application is made, a custom rating system will be generated. There's a lot more development, public comment periods, and hair-pulling to come, but they hope to roll this out in less than two years.
Because not everybody gets the idea of integrated design and delivery yet, I'm glad AIA National and the AIA California Council collaborated on Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide... and even more glad that they're making it available as a free-to-download pdf.

Here in the office, we've been gearing up for Greenbuild, the 6th annual trade show of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). We're there every year—stop in and see us at booth 849. Fully half of our staff will be attending. I'll be snooping around; tune in here for the next best thing to being there.

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Because it made me laugh when I read it during lunch today, a passage by the inimitable Ambrose Bierce from his short story, The Applicant:
Hello! My name is Philip Scheffer. I am a web developer/help desk support/ikea-furniture-puter-together-er at BuildingGreen. I have been working here since Feb. '07 while on hiatus from college (I guess I should call it a leave of absence since its been longer than 6 months... I should probably finish eh?)