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Greenbuild Session D10 - Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4

Greenbuild Session D10 – Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4

A big change in LEED rewards designers who use life cycle assessment (LCA) to verifiably reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Three points are available and they’re easier to achieve than they look. The new credit is Option 4 of the “Building life-cycle impact reduction” credit, part of the big leap forward in the LEED...
Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Our aim is to design buildings like trees and cities like forests. The Cradle to Cradle concept drives the design of the built environment toward a beneficial footprint that goes beyond sustainability. In this sense, the projects seek effectiveness instead of efficiency-which only means reducing the bad impacts on the occupants and the environment. Our...
Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Designed by the founder of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. Pursuing all petals of the Living Building Challenge 2.1 and destined to become one of the world’s greenest homes. Check out http://heronhall.softfirmstudios.net/ to find out more about the design and design philosophy. I am especially...

Living Future 2013 Keynotes: Jason F. McLennan, David Suzuki, Paul Hawken

I just found out that the Living Future 2013 Keynotes are available as a video recording. I really enjoyed this conference. Too bad I will not go this year ;-(

Inside The Greenest Office Building In The World

Seattle’s Bullitt Center goes way beyond LEED certification. It has entirely zero impact, from clean materials, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting. Take a walk inside. Seattle is not the place you would think to build an entirely solar-powered building. But that’s part of the idea behind the Bullit Center: If it can make it as...
Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary academic centre; the building is home to multiple research projects and the subject of ongoing studies on the long-term effects of sustainable design, construction and operation. CIRS is expected to be UBC’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...
Minergie Calculations from the BIM Model with Lesosai

Minergie Calculations from the BIM Model with Lesosai

Lesosai 7.1 imports gbXML, which can be generated Revit, Sketchup (with Plugin) und Archicad (with Plugin). Lesosai is software for the certification and thermal balance calculation of buildings containing one or more heated or cooled zones. It is designed primarily for building engineers, HVAC engineers and architects.. http://www.lesosai.com

New Tool for Exchanging Data between Revit and PHPP

Bjerg Arkitektur studio has been busy developing a new tool that makes it possible to exchange data between Revit and the passivhouse planning tool PHPP. The tool has the work title “Project Omega”, and is a smart and easy installable add-in to Revit. When exporting from Revit, the user has to choose which data to...

How do BREEAM, LEED and DGNB Compare?

Healing the Materials Supply Chain: The Google Story

Healing the Materials Supply Chain: The Google Story

Specifying sustainable materials is now going beyond LEED requirements such as recycled content and low-VOC’s to address concerns about manufacturing processes, toxicity and environmental justice. Multiple materials red-lists and tools have been developed to raise awareness amongst architects, designers and clients about these issues. However, the complexity and time involved in vetting materials using these...

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden: A Living Building Takes Shape

One of the world’s first living buildings is taking root on Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s historic Oakland campus in Pittsburgh, PA. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes, slated to open in spring 2012, will produce all its own energy, and capture and treat all water on site, literally having as much impact on the environment...

Living Cities and the Living Building Challenge – Framework for the Future

Ideas to Action – Living Cities and the Living Building Challenge – A Framework for the Future Key Note Speaker: Clark Brockman – Director of Sustainability – Sera Architects Inc Portland, Oregon