United States Green Building Council

This time of year I have a tendency to reflect on the past. While thinking about the past I remembered my years of dealing with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). I started learning about the USGBC and LEED back in the mid to late 90’s through my association with the Architectural Woodwork Institute

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Bidding Your First LEED Project

Recently a friend of mine called and asked me to help him as he was bidding his first LEED project. With that in mind, I felt it was time to revisit this subject. Now if this is your first LEED estimate it can truly be an intimidating process. The first question to ask is what

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All the Benefits of Wood

Wood and wood products have multiple benefits to our lives every day including environmental, social, and economic. I have previously addressed the environmental benefits of wood products but want to review them again. Environmental: Wood products are renewable, recyclable, and durable as wood products can last for hundreds of years if properly cared for. Over

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Green Building Products

Every week or so I get emails regarding green building products and I am always amazed that so many of these products have non-renewable elements to them. So what makes these products green? For years I have been sick and tired of hearing about “Green Steel” and “Green Concrete”. Steel products are assumed to have

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Well Building

Recently I had received an email from an associate of mine asking me if we had ever participated in a “Well Building” project. I had to admit that I was not aware of this program so it was time for some research. Here is what I found. The Well Building program is directed by the

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LEED v4 – Is it a flop?

LEED v4 is not taking off like anyone would have expected. LEED v4 has now been available to the marketplace either in BETA or live mode for over two years and the number of registered projects is in the hundreds and should be in the thousands. These numbers are extremely low in comparison to the

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Deforestation—The Root Cause

To get at the root cause of deforestation we need to define the term. According to Wikipedia: “Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of the forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use”. The definition continues as follows “the term deforestation can be misused when applied to

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How to Get Answers on LEED Projects

How do you get answers to questions on LEED projects? Call the United States Green Building Council? Have you ever tried calling the USGBC? I have never been successful getting an answer to my question when I have tried, usually what happens is that they tell you to send an inquiry via email and someone

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Identifying Green Cabinets

When I was on vacation last year on a remote island off the coast of Spain, I think I met the one person left on the planet who doesn’t offer their own third-party green rating system. Seriously, are the third-party green rating systems out of control? You need a license to catch trout, but you

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What is sustainability?

As long as I have been involved in studying Green Building systems the word sustainability has been kicked around so I felt it was time to go to Wikipedia. Wikipedia defines sustainability as follows: “In ecology, sustainability is how biological systems remain diverse and productive. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable

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