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[28 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 3,396 views]

Many design practitioners believe that a collaborative design and construction team processes will lead to better decision-making, but improved relations alone do not necessarily mean increased energy efficiency. Along with the pursuit of deeper energy savings, Integrated Project Delivery (“IPD”) is one of the most intriguing current innovations in the…

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[12 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 1,511 views]
The Search is On For Champions of Energy Efficiency

The BetterBricks Awards return to for the ninth year in Oregon and the seventh year in Washington to recognize local professionals who are taking significant strides in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of Northwest commercial buildings.  Green building professionals are encouraged to submit a nomination no later than

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[19 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 2,215 views]
Deep Energy Retrofits – Chicago’s Energy Efficiency Opportunity

Retrofitting our existing building stock to achieve substantial energy savings is quickly becoming a major theme for city governments across the nation in an effort to cut energy consumption – and save taxpayers money.  In a recent GreenBiz article written by Rocky Mountain Institute’s… Michael Bendwald, the author looks at

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[24 May 2011 | No Comment | 2,201 views]
Free Design Guidance for Small and Medium Office Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small and Medium Office Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Building…—the first in a series of four new construction Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). K-12 Schools, Medium to Big Box Retail

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | 2,891 views]
Call for Entries: ECO-STRUCTURES’s Evergreen Awards

ECO-STRUCTURE is once again looking for environmentally responsible projects throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico for its Evergreen Awards.  Note that entries are due by May 31, so act fast.… Below are award and submission details
Enter your high-performance projects in ECO-STRUCTURE’s annual Evergreen Awards and be recognized for

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[18 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 2,299 views]
Deep Retrofit Resources

If you are not familiar with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)… you should be. With a mission “to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources”, the non-profit develops strategies “to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables.” For up-to-date resources supporting high performance

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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 2,996 views]
The Empire State Strikes Back

Q&A: Dana Schneider, VP, Sustainability Services Market Lead, Jones Lang LaSalle
By Brian Libby, for NEEA’s BetterBricks Initiative
In 2009, owners of one of New York City’s great architectural landmarks, the Empire State Building… embarked on a renovation to reduce the skyscraper’s energy use by more than one-third by 2013.

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[18 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 1,410 views]
Better Building Initiative

The President signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to achieve zero net energy by 2030 and employ high-performance and sustainable design principles for all new construction and alterations. At least 15 percent of existing buildings need to meet these guiding principles by FY 2015.  Read more HERE….

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[30 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,863 views]
Brand New Energy Modeling Guidelines

While you may not find them on the racks at airport bookstores, COMNET’s recently published Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling Guidelines and Procedures… are a lot more interesting than you might imagine. While intended as a guideline for building energy modelers and simulation software developers, architects interested in learning to increase

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[20 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 3,656 views]
OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing Building Wins Toby Award

Oregon Health and Sciences University is once again taking center stage for its super efficient Center for Health & Healing building in Portland’s South Waterfront district.  The Building Owners and Managers Association International recently honored the building with its Outstanding Building of Year award….  The Center for Health and