TAG: Green construction

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

Projects that are able to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards are considered exemplary models of green construction and have received the highest level of environmental attention. Started by Jason F. McLennan, Bob Berkebile and the Cascadia Green Building Council the LBC is a program that encourages construction focused on sustainable energies, water and materials. Requirements are made up of different performance categories, or Petals, which are sectioned into Imperatives. These include: Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Additionally, projects have to recognize their Living Transect, which concentrates on the actual site chosen for development…. read more

Every Drop Is Vital

Water conservation

Water neutrality is a self explanatory, though misleading, concept. It basically refers to encouraging all water users to engage in normal day to day activity whilst using the least water as possible. This can be done by adopting water conservation measures that limit the use of water without compromising results attained by using water liberally. It is misleading in that water neutrality can never be achieved, not even theoretically. Unlike carbon emissions, water usage cannot be reduced to nil. Water neutrality can be achieved by developing and using technology that will minimize the use of water in human activity. It… read more

The World’s Greenest Skyscraper

One World Trade Centre

From the ashes of the World Trade Center rises the world’s greenest skyscraper – One World Trade Center. The tragedy of the famed Twin Towers buildings will pave the way for another feat of engineering in the building set to replace them. The architects of the new WTC are shooting to win a number of eco-friendly awards, including a LEED certification (a step below Platinum status), Net Zero CO2 footprint, and more. Some of the aspects of the building’s design include what’s known as Daylighting. This is where the lighting from the windows is equivalent to the lighting provided by… read more

Poticrete Sidewalk

Photo: The City of Bellingham, Wash.

Many cities are testing out strange materials for road and sidewalk construction in an attempt to go green. Some of the materials being looked at are porous asphalt, recycled roofing shingles, and even plastic bottles. But the city of Bellingham, Washington, has been the most creative so far having just completed a pedestrian walkway incorporating recycled porcelain from more than 400 crushed toilets that were diverted from a local landfill. The project was part of the six-block Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project in downtown Bellingham, which also included other sustainable elements like porous pavement and LED street lighting. The city even paved… read more

A Collaborative Effort


We all live, work, play, learn and heal in buildings…and pray and dance and, well, you get the idea. We also govern in buildings, and NY State government has been working very hard since 2001 to green state operations. There are several executive orders from the Governor’s office requiring green purchasing, reduction of energy use, and sustainability planning. Laws are now hitting the books requiring state buildings to report on water use, air quality and energy efficiency measures and improvements. What is the key element of support for all of this work?  Training through GPRO!! The NY Upstate Chapter, as… read more