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[4 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,969 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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[24 May 2010 | One Comment | 10,123 views]
Spoiling Students with Natural Light & Fresh Air

Students in one Portland, Oregon middle school just earned some serious bragging rights among their peers.  The Evans – Harvard High Performance Classroom at the da Vinici Arts Middle School… was recently awarded LEED platinum certification – the first K-12 public school building to achieve this level of certification. The

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[14 May 2010 | One Comment | 14,643 views]
Targeting 100!  How New Hospitals Can Use 60% Less Energy


A groundbreaking new research effort reveals how hospitals, which account for four percent of all energy consumed in the U.S., can achieve a 60 percent reduction in energy utility use by redesigning the way they use energy. A newly constructed, code-compliant hospital in the Northwest following the process and employing strategies

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[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 620 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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[9 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 5,097 views]
Integrated Facades in the Northwest – 3 Events Not to Miss

The building envelope is an essential component and area of opportunity in the design, engineering and operation of ultra-low energy buildings.  Rather than serving as a static enclosure, it has the potential to redirect and filter daylight, provide natural ventilation, manage radiant heat transfers, and create visual and physical connections…

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[8 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,750 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 | 2,637 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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[9 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 558 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.

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[8 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 694 views]
IDL Directors Get Their Dues

The Integrated Design Lab directors who operate the  BetterBricks funded Integrated Design Lab Network are among the best and brightest in the high performance building community.  It’s no wonder then that two of these superstars made headlines with recent accolades and honors.
Charlie (G.Z.) Brown… was recently recognized with a

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[8 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 642 views]
A Conversation with Guy Battle


In certain circle in the design and engineering community, Guy Battle, of Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers , is somewhat of a rock star.  His work specializes in the integrated design of low energy and environmentally responsive buildings.  A few of his most renowned projects include Jubilee campus at Nottingham University…