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 / September 13, 2013
Dennis Creech’s impressive track record of advocating for high-performance housing and energy efficiency at Southface won over the judges for The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. We recently sat down with Creech to chat about his approach to bringing together multiple players to advance sustainable housing, his perspective on the industry over the past 30 years, and what he plans to do with the $50,000 cash prize of The Hanley Award.Read More
RP Siegel / TriplePundit / September 6, 2013
The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision this week that will guide power companies towards an increased utilization of energy storage. The proposed framework lays out both a timeline and a set of goals that will, according to Energy Storage North America (ESNA), “jump start the market for energy storage solutions” in this country.
“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” said Janice Lin, Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting and Chair of ESNA’s upcoming conference. (See Lin’s editorial in Triple Pundit here.)
The announcementRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 5, 2013
It’s common belief that we need to make significant changes to the building industry by the year 2030 to address critical issues of climate change. And we don’t have time to waste. So what needs to happen? All year, ECOHOME has gathered thought leaders in the industry via its Vision 2020 program to chart the path forward to the year 2030, with a specific focus on the year 2020 as a waypoint to track progress. On Sept. 4, we gathered our esteemed section chairs, program sponsors, and invited guests–all key players in the sustainable building realm–to discuss the path forward,Read More
Amory B. Lovins / Rocky Mountain Institute / September 5, 2013
Popular media and political chatter are abuzz with a cacophony of energy news and opinion. Amid the chaos, some orderly strands can be discerned. Here are three themes that merit attention:
EFFICIENCY IS ACCELERATING
Government forecasts predict U.S. energy intensity (primary energy used per dollar of real GDP) will continue to decline roughly two percent annually through 2040, but that the drop will be steepest in automobiles.
Motivated in part by more stringent fuel economy standards coming down the pipeline, lightweighting—the core of the new “platform fitness” approach,Read More
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