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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 - Newsday.com. 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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Beyond Green Building: Morning Roundup

Posted on: September 7th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

News to keep you in the know -- Energy Use and Policy

  • Coal Use To Grow Despite Green Concern -- ENN. Coal use grew by 30 percent in the last five years and future demand will likely fuel more power plant construction despite environmentalists' opposition, the head of U.S. coal mining company Peabody Energy said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Geothermal Energy Sector Promising -- Reuters. Geothermal energy could fill a sizable chunk of United States electricity requirements if legislative, technological and other challenges are met, a senior U.S. Department of Energy official said.
  • APEC rift opens over climate change debate-- Reuters. Leaders at an Asia-Pacific summit appeared deadlocked on Thursday over what their "Sydney Declaration" on climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions should say. The Climate Change Wars.
  • GAO Faults Agencies Over Global Warming - ENN. GAO Criticizes federal agencies for lack of action on climate related issues.
  • Green Valley in WalMart's Back Yard -- Washington Post. Will Fayetteville " become to sustainability what Detroit is to the automotive industry and the Silicon Valley is to technology"??
  • Love it? Check the Label -- NYT. "Buy American" is back.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Roundup

Posted on: September 6th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

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Why “Beyond Green Building?”

Posted on: September 5th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

There is great enthusiasm (understandably) among environmentalists about green buildings innovations, such as new materials that contain low embodied energy, highly efficient HVAC systems, and thermally resistant windows. And since about 40% of carbon emissions in the United States are attributed to buildings, there is good reason to construct more environmentally friendly buildings.

But I often find the exuberance about green building a bit troubling. In my view, we find ourselves facing significant environmental challenges largely because of our culture of disposability – whether it's plastic water bottles we toss in landfills, or buildings we mow down after 20 years when they’ve served their "useful life." Thermally resistant windows and green roofs won't fix the problem.

That's why I think this is such an exciting time for the field of historic preservation. As the antithesis of disposability, preservation encompasses two things that are essential to any sustainable society: valuing what we have and planning for the future. Preservationists inherently place value on what has been handed down to us from the past, and plan so that these resources can be enjoyed now and protected for future generations. That's the very definition of sustainability.

I've settled with the name "Beyond Green Building" because I hope this blog will help advance the discussion beyond our fixation with green building, to a conversation about what really makes for a sustainable society.

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.

Beyond Green Building: Morning Roundup

Posted on: September 5th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

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.