In the news: Sustainability

LEED v4: Built to Perform I'm reading through the July edition of EDC Magazine. In general the magazine provides a great synopsis of buildings, providing how they scored on LEED and what rating they got. It also provides helpful information about trends, materials and details for design options. What caught my attention in this edition …

LEED V4: Have Your Say in the 5th Comment Period

The 5th Comment Period is Open for LEED V4 from October 2 to December 10. https://new.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-public-comment-period-now-open-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program

DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Final Public Comment

The fifth edition for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V) has posted its changes for the final comment period, ending June 12, 2012. That's just under a week to finish looking it over and commenting on the updates. What specifically has changed on this site over the past year? Visitors may …

Comment on USGBC 2012 – 4th Comment Round

If you are a member of the USGBC you can vote and comment on LEED 2012 revisions until March 20th. This is the fourth round of commenting, and the balloting period begins in June. If you are like me, not from the US, you can still review and comment on the drafts, and you can …

Comment on USGBC 2012

If you are a member of the USGBC you can vote and comment on LEED 2012 revisions until March 20th.If you are like me, not from the US, you can still review and comment on the drafts, and you can even use the #LEED2012 Twitter Hashtag to have your say there. There will be a …

Sustainable & Affordable Housing: 2 Case Studies

I subscribe to a few free online magazines sponsored by professional organizations. Catching up on some reading the other night, I came across 2 affordable housing projects focused on sustainability. Construction Canada's October online issue (page 6) features Chapelview, a 15 story, 200 unit affordable housing project in Brampton, Ontario, the first such building to reach …

Review: LEED BD&C Exam Guide

On LinkedIn Mr. Gang Chen advertised his book, looking for reviewers to comment on its effectiveness as a tool for studying for the LEED BD&C exam. I answered the call, and below you can find my review, as posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads. This is the kind of book I wish was …

Webcast: Case Studies in International Healthcare Greening Strategies

For anyone interested, I received this email the other day and thought I'd put it out there. I can't attend, even thought I'd love to. If anyone does attend, would love your feed back, maybe even as a guest poster. You are invited to the webinar titled: Case Studies in International Healthcare Greening Strategies which is part …

Lessons Learned: Providence Newberg Medical Center

Facilities Net has a project profile on the Providence Newberg Medical Center, revisiting it as the first LEED Gold Hospital in the US. The study is in 6 Parts: Part 1: Revisiting The Performance Of First LEED Gold Hospital Part 2: Hospital Design Team Focuses On Computer-Generated Models Part 3: Hospital Operates On 100 Percent Renewables, Sells Power …

Understanding the Living Building Challenge

On Wednesday last week, I finally attended a 6 hour seminar on Understanding the Living Building Challenge (LBC) , part of the Living Future Unconference here in Vancouver. I wanted to attend the Roadshow, but time didn't permit until now. I have to say, I'm really impressed by both the LBC and the attendees. The Challenge …