ZNE, EO, NZEB, GBRI…Don’t we love acronyms? In the building design and construction industry there is an endless supply of them, and eventually they roll off the tongue of architects, engineers, and construction managers like water rushing downstream after a rainfall. Two of the energy acronyms related to sustainability that are heard more frequently today […]
Everyone living in Georgia, Alabama or Florida would be the first to tell you that they have equal rights to the water that fills the reservoir called Lake Lanier, located on the Chattahoochee River. The reservoir accounts for 62% of the Corps of Engineers water storage capacity, and it gets its water from 6% of […]
If Frank Sinatra was still around, he would have to change the words in his iconic song Chicago from calling the city a “toddling town” to a “green town.” Usually we are talking about residential or commercial buildings when discussing sustainability or green issues, but in this case it is a whole city water infrastructure. […]
There are a number of green building programs, and one of the oldest is the Austin Energy Green Building Rating system. In fact, the program which served as the foundation for LEED celebrated its 20th year in 2011 and the completion of the 10,000th rating. However, the natural question that arises is the relationship of […]
Everyone involved in the green industry needs to be aware of the increasing pressure being exerted by government entities that could slow down the pace of green building projects. The enormous progress that has been made in promoting and building sustainable government buildings is being threatened by special interest groups. There has been a spate […]
Every time a new green building code or rating system is developed, there are naysayers who like to point out that there are enough in existence already. So why add yet another layer, or why confuse builders and inspectors?