News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / August 27, 2013
Specifying high-performance products is tricky business, with a wide range of variables to consider such as embodied energy, toxic and non-toxic content, recycled materials, durability, price, and aesthetics. In this conversation from Architect LIVE on the exposition hall floor at the 2013 American Institute of Architects’ National Convention in Denver, sustainability consultant Valerie Walsh of Walsh Sustainability Group and Katie Weeks, editor-in-chief of ecobuildingpulse.com, discuss various issues around building products and their environmental claims, with
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / August 28, 2013
The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that’s not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn’t treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that’s really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries.
Behind the bans are a group of industries – primarily conventional timber, plastics and chemicals – unhappyRead More
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg and Kyle Thetford / Mother Jones / August 20, 2013
It’s taken 60 years, but solar energy is tantalizingly close to beating fossil fuels on price.
The prices of solar cells are falling rapidly, and will keep doing so for the next few years. The big questions revolve around the rate of the price declines. And the panels themselves aren’t the only place where cost reductions will be found. America has very high “soft costs”—installation, permitting, marketing etc. Whittling down these expensesRead More
Allison Ewing / ECOHOME / August 29, 2013
If we are to become carbon neutral, we need consider not only the energy performance of a home or structure, but also the embodied energy of the materials that go into construction of the dwelling—the cumulative embodied energy. The average home has 300 mWh hours of embodied energy, roughly 25 percent of the total energy used over the lifetime of the building. While the operational usage outstrips the embodied energy in the long term, if we are to truly talk about net-zero energy, embodied energy needs to fit into the equation.
But how should we choose the best materials? Should we focus on renewable,Read More
Silvio Marcacci / Clean Tecnhica / August 19, 2013
Green building is growing fast in the US, and may represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction as soon as 2016.
A new report from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “LEED in Motion: People and Progress,” details green building’s exponential growth and outlines both the value of the industry and its reach into American lives.
The report is the first of three LEED in Motion summaries planned for release in 2013, and it reveals yet another key indictor that sustainability can be as much an economic boost as an environmental one.