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Green home to be unveiled at upcoming expo

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Hanley Wood, in partnership with world-renowned builder Tedd Benson and Unity Homes, BUILDER magazine, title sponsor Huber Engineered Woods and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home will be unveiled November 18 at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home has been planned, designed, constructed, inspected, and tested according to LEED for Homes version 4 program requirements and is anticipated to achieve Platinum Certification when moved to its permanent site in New Hampshire after Greenbuild.

The 1,620 square-foot home features a modern, light-filled open-plan aesthetic and is one of four customizable platforms being made available for sale to the public by Unity Homes.  Also known as the Zum home, plans originated in part from a collaboration with MIT’s Open Source Building Alliance, which focused on providing cost-effective energy efficiency and extending the flexibility and useful lifespan of buildings.

“Hanley Wood is excited to be leading this cutting-edge initiative with Unity Homes and Cradle to Cradle,” said Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood.  “This home achieves what so many before have attempted – master craftsmanship combined with unparalleled efficiencies to make truly affordable, high performance homes available to the widest possible audience.”

In-person tours will be available to Greenbuild attendees at booth #2741 on the floor of the Expo beginning Wednesday, November 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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November 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Cross-laminated timber finally produced in U.S.

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A Southern Oregon company has become the first in the U.S. to be certified to produce cross-laminated timber, a product that could provide an economic shot in the arm for rural communities.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) products will be produced by D.R. Johnson, a firm out of Riddle, Oregon. The material “could make Oregon a supplier for the next generation skyscraper and produce more jobs in rural communities,” according to state economic development officials.

CLT is made by bonding together perpendicular layers of dimensional lumber, such as two-by-fours, to create panels used for walls, floors and roofs. The panels can be up to 13 feet wide, 65 feet long and 15 inches thick.

Advocates say CLT offers the strength of concrete and steel, allowing for its use in the construction of tall buildings, and is cheaper and faster to build with.

It also possesses a “green” benefit, they say: It’s made from a renewable resource and, because wood captures and holds rather than emits carbon dioxide, its use can offset the greenhouse gases expended elsewhere in a building’s construction. The technology also allows the use of smaller pieces of wood that can’t be used in traditional glulam beams.

Although D.R. Johnson is the first — and, so far, only — U.S. company to be certified by the American Plywood Association to produce CLT, the product is already in use in Canada and Europe.

“The market for CLT is growing,” D.R. Johnson President Valerie Johnson said. “We are either under contract or in design conversations with over a dozen projects along the West Coast. Demand is there, and we expect other manufacturers may enter the market soon.”

The company is producing 24-foot-long panels that will be used at four construction projects in Oregon, including at Western Oregon University and the Albina Yard project in northwest Portland.

See the full BendBulletin story here: http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3501486-151/riddle-firm-first-in-nation-certified-for-wood#.

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September 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Greenbuild Expo will be held in November

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The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held in Washington D.C. this November, is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Over 550 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology will be present. In 2014, over 17,500 people from more than 80 countries attended the event in New Orleans, and event runners expect a greater amount this year.

Registration is available here.

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September 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWC president comments on streamline green building standards

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American Wood Council (AWC) (www.awc.org) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), International Code Council (ICC) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will collaborate on developing a framework to ensure the AHSRAE 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are available for implementation as a regulatory standard working in alignment with the LEED green building program.

According to Glowinski: “The American Wood Council is hopeful about the recently announced strategy to harmonize ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC and LEED into a standardized tool. While the streamlining strategy presented is encouraging, its success will depend on whether the leadership of the organizations provides the direction necessary to carry-out the coordination as envisioned.

“The announcement implies that future editions of the IgCC will incorporate technical content of ASHRAE 189.1, which then becomes a green code, suitable as an alternative to LEED prerequisites. We believe that how the proposed strategy addresses baseline building performance in ASHRAE 189.1, in a manner which allows it to serve as equivalent to LEED prerequisites, will be critical to the success of this much needed harmonization across systems.

“AWC continues to support publication of the 2015 IgCC, including changes to be approved by ICC governmental voting members in October. Considerable effort has already occurred to develop the 2015 IgCC, including recognition of Environmental Product Declarations, along with other state-of-the-art green building measures.”

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September 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

Green Building Initiative announces new board appointments

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) appointed Glumac consulting engineer CEO, Steve Straus, and Plum Creek director of real estate, Doug Cole, to its board of directors, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson.

“These seasoned professionals bring to our board real-world credentials in sustainable building, commercial real estate and responsible business practices,” Yudelson said. “And they add broad-based experience and perspective in helping guide our growing organization.”

As president of Glumac, a building services (MEP) engineering and commissioning firm, Straus heads a firm where all principals and associate principals are focused on making an impact on conserving natural resources, with the mission of creating sustainable buildings.

Straus has more than 30 years of professional engineering experience and has been with Glumac for most that time. He is a leader in sustainable design and innovative technologies, with a focus on the evaluation of systems alternatives and integration of design with other disciplines.

“For me this is an enormous honor to be elected to GBI’s board,” Straus said. “For the last 30 years, I have dedicated my career to energy efficiency and sustainable design, and our firm’s focus is ‘Green Buildings That Work.’ Clients should be given a variety of options to choose from, and the Green Globes Program is ideally suited for many projects.  My agenda is to move the standards toward ‘performance-based’ ratings, and GBI provides that option.”

Cole, a registered architect, joined Plum Creek in 2004 to identify and execute alternative outcomes across Plum Creek’s highest-value land holdings. In his current position, he oversees a variety of strategic company initiatives related to acquisitions, joint ventures, and special projects across the company’s business units and land holdings. Prior to joining Plum Creek, he spent more than twenty years in private architectural practice specializing in land and development master planning.

“I believe in GBI’s mission and relate to its efforts to bring sustainability certifications to a wider audience of regular practitioners in the building trades,” Cole said. “As a registered architect, the organization allows me to directly participate and remain current in industry applications and trends related to sustainability and the built environment.”

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July 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

GBI launches new sustainable interiors certification program

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced the launch of a new certification program specific to design of interiors of commercial and institutional buildings, according to GBI president, Jerry Yudelson.

The new program, “Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors,” focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces. When pursuing Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors certification, tenants can focus on both designing new and/or improving their existing interior space to Green Globes standards without the need to certify an entire building.

“One of the aspects that makes Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors so versatile–and practical–is that it enables tenants to certify the specific environmental and sustainability attributes of the space they lease,” Yudelson said. “Other certifications include aspects of the entire building and surroundings, and as a result, tenant improvements can be penalized for conditions they do not control.”

As with all Green Globes rating programs, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors utilizes a third-party assessor, who reviews actual building characteristics and documentation. However, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors has no prerequisites, which – if required – could unfairly penalize building projects and possibly result in their inability to use a green building rating system. The Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors program requires that interior designers and tenant project teams address only those sustainability criteria within their “domain of influence.”

The Green Globes 1,000-point scale utilizes weighted criteria; the assigned number of points for individual criteria reflects their relative impact and/or benefit to sustainability of the tenant improvements. Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors includes six environmental assessment areas: Project Management, Energy, Water, Materials & Resources, Emissions and Other Impacts, and Indoor Environment.

In addition to assessing all elements of an interiors project, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors emphasizes the key performance indicators (KPIs) of energy, materials and indoor environment. Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors does not deal with site characteristics, instead focusing all criteria on parameters within the scope of a typical tenant improvement, resulting in lower costs for certification.

Similar to the Green Globes for New Constuction program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors includes a dual-pathway approach to materials choices for interior fit-outs, utilizing either lifecycle assessment (LCA) or Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Interior designers are rewarded for using multi-purpose furniture, modular furniture and casework solutions, and other interior fit-out elements that can be easily reconfigured. Additional points are awarded for reuse of existing interior fit-outs, including finishes, furnishings and other non-structural elements. The Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors rating system also includes direct reference to other industry standards such as the new “level” sustainability standard of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).

“The Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors program will be especially attractive to tenants who want to improve their workspace sustainability in situations where a landlord does not plan to address changes in other tenant or common spaces,” Yudelson said.

For more information on Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors visit http://www.thegbi.org/green-globes/sustainable-interiors.shtml.

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June 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

Green Building Initiative announces new building certifications

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced the list of recently completed projects in the institutional, commercial and retail segments that received Green Globes certification, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson.

“These projects represent several major new growth areas for Green Globes: retail, office, research and higher education. We anticipate major growth in each of these market segments in the future,” Yudelson said. “Our pragmatic approach to green building certification appeals to a project teams in a broad array of industry segments who want to reach their goals faster and with less paperwork.”

Some of the significant projects certified in the first quarter of 2014 include:
•    Eleven different Fidelity Investments offices in California, Washington, Colorado and Utah
•    Whole Foods grocery, Lincoln, Nebraska
•    Residence Inn by Marriott, Omaha, Nebraska
•    Porter Neuroscience Research Center (NIH – National Institutes of Health), Bethesda, Maryland
•    Purdue Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Facility (NIH), West Lafayette, Indiana
•    University of North Carolina at /Charlotte, Belk Residence Hall
•    University of Maryland Building and Landscape Services, College Park, Maryland

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June 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

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