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These are the best 7 tips to follow for a more eco-friendly backyard

Incorporating and eco-friendly lifestyle to your home can be easier than you think, especially when it comes to your backyard. While we do our best to use energy efficient light bulbs, reduce the use of everyday plastics and limit food waste throughout our homes, why not bring our environmental awareness to the place where we have celebrations and weekend barbecues— our backyards. The backyard is the best place to add our eco-friendly touch and transform into a thriving sustainable environment....
Tags: Landscape Architecture, Eco-friendly, Composting, Pesticides, Pesticide Alternative, Native Plants, Features, Ground Covers, Green Lawn Mowing, Native Trees, Collecting Rainwater, Green Building, Wood Composite Lumber


Omnes hires 5 new executives and promotes 4

Omnes said April 9 that it hired five executives as director, principal, analyst and middle office managers, while promoting for execs to principals. PRESS RELEASE Appointments within Omnes: Omnes welcomes five newcomers as Director, Principal, Analyst, Middle Office Managers, and promotes four Principals Small Cap Buyout & Growth Capital Lise De Nicola has joined the Small Cap Buyout & Growth Capital team as Analyst. Antoine Joris has been appointed Principal. The Small Cap Buyout & Growth Capi...
Tags: Europe, London, France, Trends, Renewable Energy, People, Paris, Venture Capital, Merrill Lynch, Green Building, Brussels, ESG, Ucla, Societe Generale, Cap, PRI


Hidden in the Vinhedo rainforests of Brazil, this glass house was built for a scholar

The architects at Atelier Branco Arquitetura were asked to build a glass house that could accommodate the owner’s need to think, read and escape from the bustling cities of Brazil. The owner, a famous political scholar, dreamed of a structure that was neither a permanent residence nor a vacation home, but a lush and peaceful retreat. Coming from the main road, you’re first met with a vast wooden deck atop the concrete roof of the building, which gives one the sensation of floating among the de...
Tags: Design, Environment, Library, Architecture, Brazil, Green Building, Glass House, Rainforest, Library House, Vinhedo, Branco Arquitetura


This passive house in the Czech Republic uses technology to recycle heat

A unique location and environmentally-friendly passive house design are what define this lovely home on the Czech Republic/German border. 750 meters above sea level and in the middle of a ridge within the Ore Mountains, it almost looks like a modern farmhouse from the outside. On the inside, however, you’ll find a sleek, clean design with light colors, glass and wood. The rustic home was built by Stempel & Tesar Architects and is a certified passive house. A passive house technique dramaticall...
Tags: Energy, Garden, Design, Technology, Environment, Green, Architecture, Czech Republic, Innovation, Heat, Green Building, Reuse, Passive House, Wood, Eco-friendly, Green Design


LEED Credit is Designed to Eliminate Illegal Wood in Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council is being applauded for the release last week of the new pilot credit intended “to reduce the risk that illegally sourced, harvested or traded wood products are used in building.” The LEED BD+C: New Construction v4 MRpc127 – Timber Traceability pilot credit “is designed to up efforts to eliminate the use of illegal wood in buildings.” There may be no single subject matter more discussed with over the more than 20 year history of LEED than forest product certificati...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Russia, European Union, Canada, Green Building, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, Federal Trade Commission, Annex, Environmental Investigation Agency, ASTM, SFI, LEED, India Russia, USGBC


8 ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly

An outdated bathroom isn’t just an eyesore; it can also be quite harmful to the environment, because old toilets and faucets waste a ton of water, most of the building materials aren’t sustainable and many water heaters use way more energy than needed. In recent years, there have been significant changes in the world of bathrooms, with many eco-friendly fixtures, decor and accessories hitting the market. If it is time for a bathroom remodel in your home, take the opportunity to go green with so...
Tags: Design, Organic Cotton, Features, Green Building, Epa, Bright Ideas, Environmental Protection Agency, Bamboo, Teak, U S Energy Information Administration, Energy Efficient, Kaldewei, Recycled Tile, Low-flow Water Fixtures, Eco-friendly Bathroom, Organic Towels


Resilience is the Future of Real Estate and USGBC Spells it RELi

Last Friday, Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the country opened, but what the $25 Billion project may become best known for is that is designed for resilience from its giant “submarine doors” underground that can be closed to keep out storm surges to its own power plant that can keep the lights on even if New York City’s power grid goes down. The day before, the City of New York released the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, identifying more than $10 Billion ...
Tags: New York, Law, New York City, Department Of Defense, Resilience, Green Building, North America, Mts, East River, Lower Manhattan, ANSI, USGBC, National Humanities Medal, LEED Steering Committee, Krista Tippett, GBCI


COBE unveils LEED Gold-seeking affordable housing units in Toronto

Danish architectural firm COBE has unveiled a new mixed-use residential development in Toronto designed for LEED Gold certification. Created in collaboration with Toronto-based architectural firm architectsAlliance, the project will comprise three buildings — two designed by COBE — set in West Don Lands, a former industrial area on Toronto’s waterfront. The housing development will consist of 761 market rental apartments, including 30 percent affordable rental units indistinguishable in design ...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Gallery, Denmark, Green Building, Residential, Warehouse, Urban Farming, Affordable Housing, Mixed-use, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Distillery District, COBE


Mandatory Energy Benchmarking is On Its Way

Originally posted 2011-04-04 09:59:55. Image via Wikipedia We have discussed the issue of benchmarking and energy reporting on several occasions here at Musings.  As the January 18, 2010 issue of ENR Magazine discusses, now cities and states are getting on board in a big way. Washington, D.C. began requiring building owners to use the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool on January 1, 2010 and New York City passed a similar measure in December.  The D.C. law is the first to require...
Tags: Law, Washington, Wikipedia, New York City, Green Building, Epa, Construction, Eeyore, Richmond VA, LEED, USGBC, Business of Construction, EnergyStar, United States Green Building Council, Mandatory Energy Benchmarking, ENR Magazine


LEED-seeking winery in Uruguay is built almost entirely of locally sourced materials

Nestled in the bucolic countryside of Garzón, Uruguay, the boutique winery Bodega Garzón produces estate-grown premium wines while keeping sustainability in mind. Designed by Argentina-based architecture firm Bórmida & Yanzón, the winery optimizes energy efficiency with insulating green roofs that total nearly an acre in size, rainwater harvesting and reuse, as well as a high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery. Fitted with state-of-the-art technology, the 205,000-square-foot development is curr...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Argentina, Green Building, Uruguay, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, British Columbia, Winery, Vineyard, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof


Top 10 states for LEED green buildings in 2018

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has officially revealed the Top 10 states for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The states that led the country in LEED standards constructed over 468 million square feet of green building space for a population of 128 million people. The USGBC has high standards when it comes to LEED certification. Buildings that fall under the LEED umbrella have a small carbon footprint, are energy efficient, use less water and...
Tags: Design, News, Maryland, Massachusetts, Environment, Water, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Waste, Illinois, St Louis, Sustainable, Eco-friendly, Eco-friendly Homes, LEED


A Few Green Building Notes

Originally posted 2017-08-10 10:29:17. This past week, the blogosphere (if that’s even the word these days) has been abuzz about green building and the value that green can add to a project.  Three items in particular (among many) got my attention. The first of these was the fact that a new private sustainability rating system is ready for launch.  The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (or ISI) is seeking public comment on its proposed envISIon.  This new system (aptly dubbed Version 1....
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Bank Of America, Green Building, ISI, Doug, Richmond VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, USGBC, American Council of Engineering Companies, Destiny USA, Evergreen Solar, Business of Construction, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Doug Reiser, American Public Works Association


Potato peels offer a sustainable alternative to traditional building materials

Many of the typical building materials used in construction — like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) — contain toxic materials and formaldehyde, plus they have a shockingly short lifespan and a negative environmental impact. But now there is a new option to these single-use materials — potato waste. London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll as well as research scientist Greg Cooper have developed Chip[s] Board, which is a biodegradable alternative to MDF that is made from non-food-gr...
Tags: Design, London, News, Innovation, Green Building, Food Waste, Building Materials, Cooper, MDF, Greg Cooper, Nicoll, Green Building Materials, Natural Building Material, Potato Peels, Chip[s] Board, Rowan Minkley


7 eco-friendly insulation alternatives for a green home

Insulation is an important part of any home. Not only does it retain heat during the winter by restricting air flow, but it also reduces the cost of heating and cooling throughout the year. For more than a century, most new homes were built with fiberglass insulation, but this can cause many health issues. If you are building a new house or remodeling in the near future, try one of these green home insulation alternatives to make your home safe and healthy. Sheep’s wool Not only is sheep’s ...
Tags: Design, Features, Green Building, Insulation, Green Home, Aerogel, Kesler, Eco-friendly Insulation, Sustainable Insulation, Green Insulation, Cellulose Insulation, Recycled Denim Insulation, Sheep's Wool Insulation, Insulation Alternatives, Natural Wool Insulation, Cotton Insulation


Building a Smarter Workplace

I had the opportunity recently to interview Dave Hopping, President of Siemens Building Technologies for the Americas about technology advancements in the areas of construction and building management and their impact for both employers and employees. By its very name, Dave’s group focuses on technologies that go into buildings to make them safe, secure, efficient, ...
Tags: Cloud, Internet Of Things, Big Data, Americas, Dave, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Siemens, Comfy, Building Materials, Smart Buildings, Enlighted, Space Efficiency, Siemens Building Technologies


Are “Green” Building Designations and Certifications Truly Necessary?

Originally posted 2012-11-19 09:18:52. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As anyone who reads this construction blog on a regular basis knows, I believe that the move to newer sustainable building practices (while bringing about a new or different set of potential risks) is both necessary and laudable.  Because of this fact, you may be asking why the headline for today’s post.  After all, I am a LEED AP and assisted in the drafting of the LEED/Green Building addendum to the ConsensusDOCS so I must b...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sustainability, Green Building, Energy Star, Construction, Richmond VA, LEED, USGBC, US Green Building Council, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Sustainable Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ConsensusDOCS


James Whitaker unveils modular prefab home system that can be 'daisy-chained together'

From crystalline-inspired homes to funky cargotecture office spaces, James Whitaker‘s unique shipping container designs have taken the world by storm. However, the prolific architect is now branching out to design modular homes that not only add more versatility to home design, but can withstand various climates. Whitaker has just unveiled the Anywhere House, a lakeside residence comprised of multiple prefabricated modular units. Slated for completion in 2019, the home will be the first propert...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Building, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Whitaker, Alberta Canada, James Whitaker, Shipping Container Homes, Modern Home Designs, Lake Homes


The best eco-friendly floor options for your home

Indoor pollutant levels can be up to five times higher than they are outside, according to the EPA, and all you have to do to find the source of many of those pollutants is to look down at your floor. When you install traditional carpet or flooring it can fill the air in your home with hundreds of volatile compounds, including possible carcinogens, and it can take years for those compounds to disappear. To make matters worse, we often treat our carpets with toxic chemicals, and they are notorio...
Tags: Design, Features, Green Building, Epa, Flooring, Bamboo, Green Home Decor, Bamboo Floors, Concrete Flooring, Wool Carpet, Glass Tiles, Green Carpet, Rubber Flooring, Cork Floor, Eco-friendly Flooring, Tire Rubber Floors


2018 IgCC – A Fast Paced Deep Dive

The 2018 International Green Construction Code was released on November 8, 2018 by the U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Make no mistake, the 203 page document unveiled by the coterie of trade group authors and available from the ICC for sale to the public (.. but the usual free read only copy of all I-Codes is not on the ICC website, apparently because of a copyright issue with ASHRAE?), is an entirely new standard and bear...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Green, West, Green Building, Icc, IES, Hammurabi, Stuart Kaplow, ANSI, U S Green Building Council, USGBC, Green Globes, IgCC, Green Building Law, International Green Construction Code


Musings: Moving or Going into a New Service Area, There is More to It Than Just…

Originally posted 2014-08-08 09:00:50. For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we would like to welcome back (again) Sean Lintow Sr. (@The_HTRC) Sean has over 20 years in the construction and project management fields. As many know he pulled up stakes and moved to the State of Illinois almost a year ago where he still focuses on the “green” / energy efficiency markets by helping builders & trade professionals to improve their methods not only locally but nationally....
Tags: Law, Marketing, Guest Post, Arizona, Green Building, Epa, Construction, Illinois, Icc, Chris, Mark, Sean, Richmond VA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Home Builders, Guest Post Friday


Save money and energy this winter with these 7 sustainable home heating systems

When winter comes, utility expenses can destroy your budget, and most traditional heating methods are also bad for the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of sustainable types of home heating systems that can also save you money in the long run. From solar power to hydronic systems, here are seven different types of sustainable heating available for your home. Geothermal Systems Geothermal heating is both eco-friendly and efficient. These systems work by using temperatures deep under...
Tags: Design, Features, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Green Building, Solar Power, Geothermal Heating, Solar Power Solar, Hydronic Heating, Sustainable Heating System, Sustainable Heat System, Wood Burner, Pellet Heating, Sustainable Heating, Energy Efficient Heater


Green Building Codes Not Eligible for Copyright Protection

A decision earlier this month by the Eleventh Circuit United States Courts Of Appeals goes further than other modern courts in describing that building codes when adopted by local government cannot be copyrighted. Ruling that “the law,” whether by statute, ordinance, regulations, or code, and even when its source is a judicial opinion, is not subject to federal copyright law, has broad implications, particularly for green building. And it is not new law that government’s building codes are unpro...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Massachusetts, United States, Green Building, Times, Icc, Peters, Wheaton, Stuart Kaplow, James Madison, LEED, Eleventh Circuit, USGBC


Hospitality Industry Leading the Building of a Sustainable Future

Hotel Terra in Wyoming is set on the edge of Grand Teton National Park and south of Yellowstone National Park, with some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll find anywhere on the United States. It’s no wonder, then, that guests of the upscale 132-room hotel appreciate nature and choose an experience that helps to protect ...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, United States, Wyoming, Innovation, Green Building, Yellowstone National Park, Eco-friendly, LEED, Grand Teton National Park


Mark your calendars for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago!

Integrating nature into the built environment is no easy feat, but when done correctly, it can be a work of art that gives back to our world instead of taking from it. Greenbuild celebrates just that by exploring new ways of sustainable building and design through teaching, collaborating and empowering professionals. View the gallery below to learn about this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, where you can find new inspiration, learn state-of-the-art techniques and...
Tags: Art, Sponsored, Design, Environment, Chicago, Architecture, Green Building, Green Design, Sustainable Building, Greenbuild, Sustainable Architecture, Greenbuild International Conference, Greenbuild Conference and Expo


Contractors and Green Building: I feel the need … the need for LEED!

Originally posted 2010-12-03 09:00:24. For this week’s Guest Post Friday, Musings welcomes Ryan Bowers (@ryanbbowers).  Ryan is a construction law attorney and business litigator. Ryan’s construction practice draws on his years of hands-on experience in the construction field, which predates his practice of law.   He also maintains Law under Construction, a blog built for Indiana construction professionals to monitor legal news and developments.  Ryan is an attorney at Kroger, Gardis & Regas, ...
Tags: Business, Law, Indiana, Green, Guest Post, Green Building, Energy Star, Chris, Ryan, Indianapolis Indiana, Richmond VA, LEED, US Green Building Council, Green Globes, Guest Post Friday, Building Types


Is There Lead in the Drinking Water of Your Green School?

EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children. Though most lead exposure occurs when people eat paint chips and inhale dust, the EPA estimates that up to 20% of lead exposure comes from drinking water. Lead enters drinking water through multiple pathways and the largest quantity is through corrosion, that is a dissolving metal caused by a chemical reaction between water...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Environmental, New Jersey, Green Building, Epa, Rhode Island, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Lead In Drinking Water, Stuart Kaplow, SDWA, Maryland Department, Green Building Law, Kaplow, Lead In Water


Historic Luxembourg building is metamorphosed into an eco-friendly powerhouse

Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures has placed first in POST Luxembourg’s international design competition with its chrysalis-inspired vision for transforming the telecommunication company’s historic headquarters building into a carbon-neutral city landmark. Dubbed the Metamorphosis of the Hotel des Postes, the winning design includes nearly 120,000 square feet of mixed-use space comprising housing, co-working, retail, a brewery, restaurant and a permaculture rooftop garden. Although th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Paris, Luxembourg, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Green Building, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Carbon-neutral, Mixed-use, Permaculture, Mosul, Atrium, Double-glazed Windows


Green Building, Litigation and Risk

Originally posted 2010-12-03 09:00:25. Green Building is all the rage. From the latest version of LEED, LEED 3.0, to discussions of “LEEDigation.” Every level of government wants in on the latest in sustainability. Musings discussed this trend in prior posts relating to Virginia and “green” building and Virginia Business Magazine chimed in as well. This trend is laudable, however, like any new technological or social change, risk follows. We have new technology being used for the first tim...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Insurance, Risk Management, Green Building, LEED, US Green Building Council, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Sustainable Architecture, Construction Lawyer, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Virginia Business Magazine, Green Building Litigation


Omnes announces new hires and promotions

Omnes announced Oct. 1 staff promotions, including Frédéric Mimoun to senior director, along with several hires. PRESS RELEASE   Mid Cap Buyout & Growth Capital Céleste Lauriot-dit-Prévost has joined the Mid Cap Buyout & Growth Capital team as Associate, under the management of Éric Rey, Managing Partner. The mid cap team invests in SMEs / ETIs with high growth potential. Since 2005, it has made 36 investments, 55 build-ups and 30 exits. Its 4th generation fund (Omnes Croissance 4 at 210 million...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, France, US, Trends, Renewable Energy, People, Washington Dc, Paris, Hsbc, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Venture Capital, BNP Paribas, Green Building


Net Zero Certification Program Announced by USGBC

Much as NASA developed dozens of life changing and useful inventions that benefitted all as it raced to the moon, USGBC may be the catalyst for new, cutting edge technologies in the race to net zero buildings. There is no doubt that the newly announced LEED net zero certification program is aspirational. LEED has always pushed market transformation. This new program does not mean USGBC is abandoning its long term goal of regenerative LEED building, but rather this has been characterized as a res...
Tags: Law, California, Nasa, Washington Dc, Green Building, Dc, Ftc, Net Zero, Merriam Webster, U S Department of Energy, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, USGBC, US Green Building Council, Greenbuild, Green Building Law