Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 10th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

Green Building Trend: More cities are requiring buildings to be constructed in compliance with LEED green building standards. For now, most cities exempt existing or historic buildings from the standards...but that could change.  Since LEED compliance is likely the way of the future, the National Trust and its national partners are working with the U.S. Green Building Council to ensure that LEED standards recognize the inherenet sustainaiblity of preservation -- and to make sure that the greening of historic buildings does not compromise the architectural integrity of these cultural resources.

New York announces new standards for green buildings - Dozens of state construction projects will have to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standardsd beginning next year.

Long Island Town Requires LEED Certification -- ENN. Babylon, NY - Developers and builders in Babylon, New York, are preparing to register their buildings for LEED certification to comply with a 2006 local law that goes into effect in December 2007. The law requires all new commercial buildings larger than 4,000 ft2 (400 m2) to achieve at least a LEED Certified rating.

Thoughts on Improving LEED... Use Performance-Based Transportation Credits in LEED -- Building Green.   Why the siting of buildings is so important -- and how LEED can be modified to reflect this. 

Measuring Operational Efficiency:  Measuring operational efficiency is no easy thing. New standards from ASHRAE may help.

ASHRAE Publishes Energy Performance Comparison Standard -- Environmental Protection. provides a method of energy performance comparison that can be used for any building, proposed or existing, and that allows different methods of energy analysis to be compared. This will help facilitate comparison, design and operation improvements and development of building energy performance standards.

News to Keep you in the Know:
APEC countries bolster UN climate change process - ENN: A growing economies attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit rejected attempts by Australia and the US to bypass the United Nations in negotiations to reduce climate damaging emissions, says WWF.

APEC draft climate statement seen a compromise --SYDNEY (Reuters). Asia-Pacific officials agreed on Friday to a draft climate statement which reaffirms a U.N. treaty on fighting global warming, while urging non-binding "aspirational targets" for greenhouse gas reductions, a delegate said.

Mark your calendars. PBS Documentary: The Silence Of The Bees -- ENN.  From crop fields to hi-tech labs, scientists and bee experts are investigating a rapidly unfolding ecological nightmare. The Silence of the Bees premieres on Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. eastern on PBS (check local listings). Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham narrates the series. It was shot on high definition cameras.

Most polar bears could be lost by 2050 -- Reuters. Two-thirds of the world's polar bear population could be gone by midcentury if predictions of melting sea ice hold true, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Friday.

And Finally.... is all this just a passing fad?

Online ‘Buzz’ on Environmental Issues Sharply Up from Last Year - Green Lifestyle.   Prolonged online “buzz” (posts in blogs, boards and discussion groups) about the environmental terms “green” and “sustainability” suggest that heightened awareness of environmental issues is much more than a passing fad, the Nielsen Co. concluded in a report from Nielsen BuzzMetrics.

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