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[16 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 6,176 views]
The Future is Now – Two Buildings Certified as “Net Zero”

Painters Hall - Photo Credit: Sustainable Business Oregon Earlier this year, we covered the launch of the International Living Future Institute’s Net Zero Energy Certification.  The certification, which is the first program that provides third party certification of net zero energy performance, builds upon the Living Building …

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[21 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 6,774 views]
The AIA 2030 Commitment Series 2 of 3: An Interview with NBBJ

Our coverage of NBBJ’s experience with the 2030 Commitment is the second part of our mini-series about the 2030 Commitment and its impact upon Pacific Northwest architecture firms. Part 1, summarizing national results and the experience of Mithun Architects …

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[7 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 3,309 views]
New Study on Environmental Value of Building Reuse

In late January, Preservation Green Lab released a new study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Value of Building Reuse.  This research finds that reusing existing buildings typically offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction—even if that new construction …

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[9 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 1,801 views]
Atlas Shrugged:  The Burden of Energy Performance

As an architect or engineer striving to increase building energy performance, do you often feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? The combined load of client expectations, the 2030 Commitment, energy models addressing multiple baselines, and LEED …

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[3 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 3,559 views]
On the Path: Rating the Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings

Wouldn’t it be convenient to compare the energy performance of commercial buildings as readily as you can compare the mileage ratings of different vehicles? Local and state governments around the Northwest are implementing programs to facilitate this process. While the …

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[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 4,763 views]
The Bullitt Foundation’s Cascadia Center’s Energy Performance

Designed to be the most energy efficient commercial building in the world – at least for the moment – the Bullitt Foundation’s Cascadia Center will achieve this objective through integrated architectural and engineering design, cutting-edge technology and components, carefully selected …

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[30 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,175 views]
Brand New Energy Modeling Guidelines

COMNETWhile 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 …

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[14 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 2,034 views]
News from AIA’s 2010 Convention

2010_aia_convention_miamiAt the AIA Convention in Miami last Thursday, several Northwest firms presented on their efforts to track and benchmark energy performance on all their projects. The session focused on how firms are doing in meeting their AIA 2030 commitments. Margaret …

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[4 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 2,326 views]
What Makes It Green: Winners Revealed

WMIG_webgraphic_0The 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 …