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.

Off Roading on the Grand Staircase?

Posted on: November 21st, 2008 by Jason Clement

 

1.7 million acres of "one of a kind." Photo courtesy of BLM.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Photo: BLM)

As preservationists, "one of a kind" is a language we live by. Unfortunately, it's not a language that everyone understands or even tries to learn.

Created in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a 1.7-million-acre expanse of resource-rich land that covers any road map of southern Utah almost entirely in green. Spanning eons of time, the Grand Staircase is a much-studied sequence of sedimentary rock (some formations ranging in age from 600 million to 2,000 million years) featuring multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles and canyons. Overall, over 4,000 cultural sites have been recorded within the monument, even though only 3% of the land has been surveyed.

Sound like a good place to go off roading? Believe it or not, it's happening.

This week, the National Trust’s Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of The Wilderness Society's successful challenge to Kane County's actions to open roads closed by the Bureau of Land Management (the agency that manages this unique monument) within the Monument. The lower court held that Kane County’s attempt to make decisions contrary to BLM's road decisions violated the Constitution. BLM closed numerous routes within the Monument to motor vehicles specifically to protect natural and cultural resources from the adverse effects of off roading.

Visit the Public Lands Initiative page to learn more and to download a copy of the brief, and stay tuned over the coming weeks as we continue to fight for what is truly "one of a kind" in southern Utah.

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Jason Clement

Jason Lloyd Clement is the director of community outreach at the National Trust, which is really just a fancy way of saying he’s a professional place lover. For him, any day that involves a bike, a camera, and a gritty historic neighborhood is basically the best day ever.

Sustainable Building Trades and "Biophilic Design" Take the Stage at Greenbuild

Posted on: November 20th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Revolutionary Green: Innovation for Global Sustainability is the theme for this year's Greenbuild conference. Being socially aware in our neighborhoods and our global community was the focus of the Opening Plenary session featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the African Children's Choir. Tutu's message was positive and energizing, but I must say that the highlight for me were the children. It was a group of about 20 ranging in age from 7 - 12. That is my inspiration -- the energy and joy radiating from these kids was deeply moving. They are part of the reason that I do what I do. This is why the places we are working so hard to save matter, not just for me, but for those that will come after me.

My first education session of the day was, "Greening the Trades of Tomorrow." Now I figured that this would be heavy on the technical aspects of building, but I figure that I have something to learn about how to engage teenagers in the preservation trades. The presenters were from Building Event Solutions, an education group focused on bringing the building trades to life in tech and trade schools throughout New England. Theirs is a hands-on approach, making the learning process fun for students in these programs. They are dedicated to introducing students and their instructors to green building best practices. They have been very successful in breathing life into the trade programs here in New England, garnering support from product and tool manufacturers. However, they also talked about window renovation, yes folks you heard me right, WINDOW RENOVATION! I almost leapt out of my chair and cheered - well, I was little more subtle than that, I did give them a thumbs up. While preservation was not a major feature of what the discussion it was easy to see that A) the ABCs of good construction and best practices are the cornerstone of their curriculum and B) these guys understand that the best practices include preservation. Stay tuned for more... a session at the National Preservation Conference perhaps?

"Biophilic Design and Sustainability in the Urban Context" was the other session I attended yesterday. Stephen Kellert is a professor at Yale University and I have seen him speak before. I wanted to learn more about this concept of Biophilia and Biophilic design.

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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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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.

 

Update: The live-streaming of this presentation has concluded. Greenbuild will be providing on-demand video soon; in the meantime, you can read Mr. Moe's speech on our website.

Earlier this week, my colleague Patrice Frey wrote a post about the intense summit held recently at Pocantico in Tarrytown, NY "to discuss the future of historic preservation in light of global warming, and specifically the implications of climate change for preservation policy." In her post, Patrice mentioned that the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard Moe, would be introducing the six principles that summarize the outcome of that meeting at this week's Greenbuild conference in Boston.

This speech, entitled Historic Preservation and Green Building: Finding Common Ground, will be streamed live online later this morning (November 20) from 8:00-9:30 a.m. EST on this page on the Greenbuild site. So, while you enjoy your morning coffee or check your email, tune in to hear about the important relationship between preservation and sustainability. After all, why just recycle cans and bottles, when you can also recycle buildings!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.