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Rolling Out LEED 2009 & LEED Neighborhood Development

Posted on: November 21st, 2008 by Barbara Campagna 4 Comments

 

Institute of Contemporary Art on the South Boston Watefront, across the street from the Boston Convention Center and Greenbuild.

Institute of Contemporary Art on the South Boston Waterfront, across the street from the Boston Convention Center and Greenbuild.

The Greenbuild conference has been one part inspiration, one part evaluation (of case studies, of building systems, of tools) and one part LEED information. All three have been important. But I know many of you have been waiting for the information on the LEED updates – the roll out of LEED 2009 and the roll out of LEED Neighborhood Development (ND). Since I have written extensively about LEED 2009 throughout the past year, I’m going to focus on that in this posting.

(Over the next few days I will focus on LEED ND – which in many respects may have even more impact for the historic preservation world. LEED ND officially came out for public comment on Monday, November 17th. It’s been in the pilot phase for the past two years. Go to the USGBC website to take a look at it so you’ll have some idea about what I am referring to when I start to analyze it all for you. We have been advising the LEED ND staff for the past six months and were embargoed from discussing it until it came out for public comment. The first public comment period for LEED ND ends January 5th. It is planned that a second public comment period will follow with the intention that the final LEED ND goes out for member vote next summer. I encourage you to read through it and send in comments. LEED 2009 received 6700 public comments which did impact many of the credits.)

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Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

Inspiration & Aspiration: Highlights at Greenbuild – Day 2 of the Conference

Posted on: November 20th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

Revolutionary Green

The Prudential Tower and Back Bay, Boston: 74% of greenhouse gas emissions in Boston come from buildings.

The Prudential Tower and Back Bay, Boston: 74% of greenhouse gas emissions in Boston come from buildings.

For the past year I have been trying to figure out what the tagline for this year’s Greenbuild “We Are Revolutionary Green” meant. Today I found out. This year is the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council and year eight of the Greenbuild Conference. David Gottfried (via film) and Rick Fedrizzi (in person), two of the three co-founders of USGBC, reflected on the “seismic shift in priorities” that the past 15 years represent – in our world culture as well as the organization. Each speaker in the opening plenary stressed how the green building movement is not really about buildings – it’s about people, people taking control of our world, our actions and yes, our buildings.

Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino performed his duty of welcoming the 10,000 (yes, you read that right, 10,000) people in the Hall. But then he spent the next five minutes talking about Boston’s leadership among U.S. Cities in sustainability and declared, “Green building is about more than policy, it’s about people.” In Boston, 74% of the greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings (that’s about 30% more than the national average!). Their green building zoning is helping to create a new green work force, with new skills for these new “green jobs.”

“We are changing people’s minds about what really matters”

Rick Fedrizzi (CEO & President, USGBC) presented the best speech I have ever seen him give, and one of the best I’ve seen anyone give recently. As one of my colleagues commented when I mentioned this, “He didn’t strike me as the type to give inspirational speeches.” Exactly, that’s what made it even more special. I’ll admit it, I was weeping silently when he finished his 20 minutes with “We are the people we have been waiting for.” The underlying theme throughout the past two days has been the monumental change in administration that we all voted into being on November 4th.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

All Green Roads Lead To Boston This Week

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna 1 Comment

 

The Convention Center and World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront.

The Convention Center and World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront.

The eighth annual conference of the U.S. Green Building Council -– Greenbuild –- has taken over Boston’s new Convention Center, bringing over 30,000 attendees to the South Boston waterfront. One of the most complicated things to do at this conference is to decide what to actually go to – during each time slot there are up 20 different sessions from which to choose. Tuesday was Member Forum and International Forum Day. The Conference proper began this morning with a keynote speech by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The USGBC Member Forum

The Member Forum Day is a tradition at Greenbuild. Employees of all member organizations are welcome to attend a plenary session and the USGBC business meeting free of charge. Last year, my first Greenbuild, I arrived too late to attend the Member Forum. This year’s plenary was first rate and got at the heart of the two key issues of our time –- the climate crisis and the economic crisis. The panel was moderated by Steve Curwood, executive producer and host of NPR’s “Living Earth” who asked a lot of challenging and insightful questions. The panel was composed of Ashok Gupta, air & energy program director and senior energy economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council; Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres (a coalition of investors and environmental leaders working to improve corporate environmental, social and governance practices) and Stockton Williams, senior vice president at Enterprise Community Partners.

Steve Curwood set the stage by asking the panelists to discuss how we impact climate change given the current debacle of the world economy. He rhetorically questioned whether we can pinpoint Hurricane Katrina as the bellwether event and harbinger of both climate change and the economic Armageddon. There is no doubt that the challenge is big, but to quote Ashok Gupta, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” The session began with a four-minute video of President-elect Barack Obama (taped for the Governors’ conference last week) discussing his policies for climate change. Obama proclaimed that we need to build a green economy and we must be aggressive and relentless. We must reduce our carbon footprint by 20% prior to 2020 and 80% by 2050.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

Greening Boston City Hall

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna 1 Comment

 

Beloved & Reviled

Since 2006, the city of Boston has been one of the central venues for the sometimes heated discussion regarding preserving modern heritage, in particular Brutalist-style architecture. And the discussion has gotten even more heated since sustainability has been added to the conversation. Boston City Hall is at the same time one of the most beloved buildings in Boston and one of the most reviled. Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles designed the building and its plaza in 1962 and construction was complete in 1968. Boston City Council’s Special Committee on City Hall held a public hearing Tuesday evening in City Hall to consider the financial and environmental benefits of greening the current City Hall.

Demolish, Move, Keep?

There are several different factions in the city and in city government regarding the disposition of City Hall. One faction believes the building is so ugly and so inefficient that it must be demolished and a new one built in its place. Another faction believes the building is so unfriendly and inefficient that City Hall should move (perhaps to South Boston where the new Convention Center is) and let market forces determine what becomes of the current City Hall building. And yet another faction believes that the building is an icon and like any other building, it can be retrofitted sensitively to achieve everyone’s goals and needs.

The public hearing was well attended by the latter faction including sustainability and modern heritage experts who presented a variety of design ideas and philosophies on how to “green” the site. The hearing was called by Councillor Michael Flaherty who eloquently opened the session by declaring his desire to keep City Hall right where it was. Councillor Flaherty also had a very solid grasp on the environmental benefits of saving existing buildings. Unfortunately he was the only Council member present, so I am not sure if that was an overt signal of the rest of the Council’s opinion on the topic. I certainly hope not.

I think we will continue to hear more and more on this topic and not just in Boston. In Washington, DC next week there is a public hearing to determine the fate of I.M. Pei’s Third Church of Christ, Scientist. This may very well become the defining architectural topic of our time.

Public Testimony

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

Make Your Voice Heard: LEED 2009 Closes for Member Vote Tomorrow

Posted on: November 13th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

If you are your company’s U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Member Company primary contact, tomorrow is the last day to vote on the LEED 2009 ballot. This year USGBC unveiled its most comprehensive amendments to LEED since 2000: LEED 2009, also referred to as Version 3 (v3). We have reported on the various changes to LEED, many of which directly affect historic and existing buildings positively. See our previous blog postings for more detail, and for additional information, also see my Forum News article* in this month’s newsletter. I will be reading through the final documentation today myself prior to voting.

Next week is also USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference in Boston, where Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be presenting a “Master Talk” about our Sustainability Initiative Thursday morning (November 20, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.). If you’ll be at Greenbuild, don’t miss this session!

As per the USGBC website: Voting on LEED 2009

Voting is an important part of your membership in USGBC and it’s vital to the development of the LEED Rating System. The draft includes LEED for New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools, Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance and Commercial Interiors with future plans to incorporate other LEED rating systems into the structure.

Member Ballot

The USGBC is seeking member approval to release LEED 2009 for use. The member ballot is the final step in the process used to develop, test, evaluate, revise and publish LEED rating systems and credit mandates. Your organization is strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the evolution of LEED.

Period for Vote

In accordance with the USGBC Balloting Procedures, the ballot period is open for 30 days from Tuesday, October 14th through Friday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

In order to pass, LEED 2009 needs to reach a quorum of 10 percent of USGBC members and two-thirds affirmative votes.

Who can Vote

All USGBC member organizations in good standing are entitled to one (1) vote. Your organization's primary contact is the only individual from your company permitted to represent your organization in this vote. According to the USGBC Bylaws, liaison organizations are not eligible to vote. To identify the primary contact for your organization, visit the USGBC Member Directory to enter the name of your organization. If you are not the primary contact for your organization and are receiving this email, please contact us at leedinfo@usgbc.org.

Each member organization may vote to approve with or without comments, disapprove with comments, or abstain. There is no option to disapprove without comment. You may view comments and responses from the public comment periods below. USGBC is not required to respond to comments submitted during the ballot. Once a ballot is cast it cannot be modified.
To vote, please go to the LEED 2009 ballot.

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* Forum News is a bimonthly publication of National Trust Forum. Click here to learn more about Forum membership.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.