Benchmarking! Energy Use Intensity! Just saying them out loud gets me pumped! In some ways Greenbuild is a full-on geekfest. The more technical and the deeper into the weeds a session promises to go the more excited most of us are for it to begin. Today’s lunchtime roundtable on Benchmarking is a case in point. Measuring your energy and water use. Reporting it online and comparing the numbers to your peers. It’s not exactly Cirque du Solei
An early start at Greenbuild this morning with a really fun session on the next generation of LEED. Scot Horst of the USGBC moderated the 90 minute program which was modeled after Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. Seriously. There were “players” acting scenes while Scot delivered quotes from the play. Sounds corny, I know. But it w
Tuesday at Greenbuild is warmup day. The Expo Hall is not yet open and the general educational sessions have not begun. But there is plenty of throat clearing as the engine of this huge conference warms up. Tuesday is traditionally the day of the Chapter Forum- when the USGBC gathers representatives from many of the nearly 80+ chapters around the country for sharing of best practices, networ
Marc Gunther has a short piece on his blog about the inimitable Michael Deane, Chief Sustainability Officer for Turner Construction. Mr. Deane was an early board member of Urban Green Council and has remained a long time friend of, and advocate for, our organization. So it’s nice to see him get more props for the impressive work he is doing at the one of the largest construction firms in the U.S.
When Tony Malkin announced all the amazing retrofit measures he would pursue at the Empire State building, there was somewhat silly flap in green building circles about the fact that he was not pursuing LEED certification for his project. It made a certain amount of sense- he had partnered with RMI, the Clinton Climate Initiative, JLL, Johnson Controls and others to basically redefine what was possible in large scale retrofit work. He generat