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[4 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,940 views]
What Makes It Green: Winners Revealed

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks initiative congratulates the Seattle AIA 2010 What Makes It Green Award winners and the Seattle AIA and Seattle COTE for an outstanding program and process. The program culminated in the 11th annual awards event held in Seattle on June 2nd…. This came

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[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 616 views]
Icebergs and Buildings

A recent DesignIntelligence… blog post has an interesting posting relating icebergs to buildings. This is particularly apropos to energy efficiency in buildings. DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report.
“Like buildings, icebergs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be beautiful and also a little mysterious. On average,

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[8 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,737 views]
Puget Sound BetterBricks Awards Honor 11 Green Building Professionals

The fifth annual Puget Sound BetterBricks Awards wrapped up a few weeks and ushered in a new batch green building overachievers.  The aim of these Awards are to both recognize energy efficiency achievements in commercial buildings as well as inspire others to embrace high performance buildings.
This year’s Award winners…

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[18 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,614 views]
Standard 189.1 for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Adopted

Three years of hard work, characterized by widespread building industry collaboration, has resulted in the first comprehensive U.S. commercial green building standard accredited by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and intended for adoption into local codes. The Standard may also be used by utility programs and green building rating…

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[14 Oct 2009 | One Comment | 4,301 views]
Measuring Building Performance

How do you approach the topic of building energy performance with your clients? It can be an elusive subject because it’s commonly addressed from two different perspectives: in relative terms, such as percent better than a building just built to code levels, or in absolute terms, as energy units (kWh…

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[7 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 23,288 views]
An Interview with Patrick Bellew

BetterBricks is a regular sponsor of Cascadia’s Transformational Lecture Series… (TLS) – an ongoing speaking circuit that invites some of the most accomplished figures in the world of green building to share their insights, wisdom and experience with those in the industry. In addition to funding the series, BetterBricks conducts

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[9 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 553 views]

Welcome to Rethink Energy and Design. As manager of the BetterBricks Commercial Design initiative at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with some of the best minds in the world on sustainable high performance design, and many of those are right here in the Northwest. As a result, BetterBricks is constantly in the flow of information related to energy efficiency in buildings. We also produce a lot of our own. We’d like to share some of that. Rethink Energy and Design is here to provide building professionals a platform to connect, collaborate and otherwise participate in the dialogue around energy and our built environment.