Posts tagged "CASCADIA"

TED: Vicki Arroyo – Let’s Prepare for Our Homes and Cities for the New Climate

Great TED Talk: Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it’s time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the...

Living Building Standard Version 2.1 Posted – Only Minor Updates

Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. It is comprised of seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. These are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. Version 2.1 of the Living...
Living Future 2011 Conference Presentations Available for Download

Living Future 2011 Conference Presentations Available for Download

I was thrilled going to the Living Future Conference earlier this year. This was a very inspiring event. Finally the presentations from most sessions are available for download. Go to the Living Future 2012 Conference site to find the download link ..

PHAROS ONLINE: Beacon of Transparency for the Green Building Movement

The Pharos Project connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value on the path to sustainability. Pharos is not a certification or label, it is information; the critical health and environmental data about the manufacture, use, and end of life of building materials specified and used...

Seattle Ecotect User Group Inaugurated

“50 something architects, designers, engineers, consultants and construction professionals just attended the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Seattle Ecotect User Group. This meeting, sponsored by IMAGINiT and Callison Architecture was held at the Seattle offices of Skanska. A presentation and model sharing was given by Teresa Burrelsman of Callison, discussing the need for quick...

What would Nature do?

How could a butterfly inspire your next design? Opening keynote Janine Benyus presented the Biomimicry Institute’s new initiative www.AskNature.org at Living Future 09. AskNature is a searchable database of thousands of Nature’s best strategies and ideas–a valuable resource for applying biomimicry to building designs and strategies.

Building a Living Future- Interview with Jason McLennan

Most of us have heard about LEED for documenting the metrics of green choices in buildings. However, there have been many cases where a project with a high LEED rating still seems to miss the mark on being very green. How might we better measure the sustainability of buildings? What materials are in harmony with...

New Financial Study: Living Buildings Are Cost Effective

Today the Cascadia Green Building Council published their findings of a financial study of Living Buildings.  The study — officially named The Living Building Financial Study: The Effects of Climate, Building Type and Incentives on Creating the Buildings of Tomorrow — is extensive and we’re still going through all the details.  But there’s one major...

The Challenge of Creating Living Buildings

The Living Building Challenge was launched in 2006 by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, a chapter of both the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canada Green Building Council (see EBN Vol. 15, No. 12). A stringent certification system, the Living Building Challenge consists of 16 prerequisites—there are no optional credits. No buildings have...

Green Skyline – CASCADIA Tours of LEED Buildings in BC

BC is the province with the highest number of LEED certified buildings per capita: 37 at the time of this writing. The provincial government has also committed BC to having its operations “carbon neutral” by 2010; having all new public buildings minimum LEED Gold or equivalent and achieving GHG reduction for the province of at...