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LEED green building certification

LEED green building certification
Proven performance If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice. Bar none. Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle. Continuous improvement Behind the LEED program is an immense infrastructure developed to support the leaders in the industry as they innovate and create cutting-edge, high performance buildings. Lifetime of returns LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Each LEED-registered project receives access to: LEED Online Customer service Technical customer service is only a phone-call away. Related:  Travel

! The Role of Nature in our Future Built Envir Olympians speak out on climate change as Sochi warms up More than 100 winter Olympians, led by Americans, have signed a petition urging world leaders to fight climate change as balmy weather creates slushy conditions at the Sochi Games. "The once-consistent winters that I saw as a young kid are no more, especially near my home in Vermont," U.S. cross country skier Andrew Newell, 30, says in a statement seeking support. At least 105 Olympians from 10 countries have signed on, including 85 Americans. They're asking countries to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, embrace "clean energy" and prepare for a global agreement at the United Nations' climate convention in Paris next year. While athletes have campaigned for other causes in the past, this is the first Winter Olympics at which they've coalesced on climate change. They each have stories about how rising temperatures are affecting them. In Sochi, where temperatures have soared into the low 60s, a lack of snow has contributed to safety complaints that the halfpipe is too bumpy.

Travelife Welcome to Travelife Travelife is dedicated to making holidays more sustainable. We work with travel businesses around the world to help them improve their social, economic and environmental impacts. Businesses that prove they meet the Travelife sustainability criteria become Travelife certified, helping them easily promote their achievements to others. Travelife comprises 3 main services: Are you a tour operator or travel agent wanting to find out how to become more sustainable? Visit the Tour Operators & Travel Agents website Are you a hotel or accommodation wanting to become more sustainable? Visit the Hotels & Accommodations website Do you want to find sustainable hotels that are Travelife certified? Visit the Travelife Collection website Tour Operators & Travel Agents This part of the business works with travel organisations to help them improve the sustainability of their operations – from energy and water, to staff contracts and working with suppliers.

Cabin fever: Are tiny houses the new American dream? Tiny houses have seemingly taken over the landscape of aspirational real estate, and not just for the green-minded. When it comes to choosing a compact cottage of one’s own, tiny house fetishists need only adopt the guiding principle of sage philosopher Ludacris: What’s your fantasy? Ranging from impossibly twee to space-age minimalist, with rustic cabins in snow-covered woods lying somewhere in between, there’s seemingly no limit of miniature dwellings to fill the Pinterests of a growing audience. The prolific Tiny House Swoon website, for example, offers pages upon pages of shelter porn for those who dream of downsizing: a fairy-tale treehouse in Germany; a stark West Virginia cabin built entirely of recycled materials; and a transparent cube unit in Switzerland that may as well have been abandoned by an extremely adorable Martian. What’s the appeal of a home the size of a toolshed? She has a point. And those benefits are certainly real. “Tailor-made!”

The open-office backlash continues, but it is a lost cause to hope that the private office is coming back. Complaining about open offices is all the rage these days; Jason Feifer did it in Fast Company and called for "offices for everyone!" I responded with Open offices for all; it is more flexible, adaptable and green. Open offices are more efficient in terms of use of space, more flexible and adaptable. They offer the employee more opportunity to work from home or in teams as required. Bürolandschaft, the first "office landscape"/CC BY 2.0 When Maria Konnikova wrote The open office trap for the New Yorker, dredging up the same studies, Architect and author Lance Hosey jumped into the fray with a great response in Huffington Post. Cutting area also considerably slashes energy and emissions. © Ace Hotel Lobby/ CONTESSANALLY In fact, offices are becoming indistinguishable from the lobby of the Ace Hotel, as all of our communications and file needs shrink into our computer or our smart phone. City of New York/Public Domain

HOME | Buildings consume 40% of the total energy and emit 36% of greenhouse gases in Europe, therefore represent a high potential for energy savings. Large scale renovations of existing buildings towards Zero Energy are in the forefront of EU and national policies. The European initiative Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) aimed to accelerate the rate of large scale renovations of existing hotels into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by: • providing technical advice to committed hoteliers • demonstrating flagship nZEB projects in the European hospitality sector • undertaking training and capacity building activities. neZEH responded to the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings (2010/31/EU, EPBD recast), contributing directly to the EU 2020 and 2050 targets and supporting Member States to their national plans for increasing the number of nZEBs. Learn more about the neZEH activities, tools and results

Electric Camper: Tiny Geometric House on Wheels Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform. By day, that platform also serves as the driver’s seat. There are no conventional gas and brake pedals here – the driver uses controls on the steering wheel to operate the vehicle. The Golden Gate is better equipped than you might expect, with a sink, stove, cooler, storage compartments and even a toilet. While its top speed of 20mph and lack of headlights doesn’t exactly make it ideal for traveling long distances, it’s easy to envision owning a tiny house like this for use as a swanky home base for camping.

ThatMatters Live: Martha's Vineyard Thanksgiving - Splash Sustainable Tourism - EUROPARC Federation Sustainable tourism is Good for Parks, Good for People! Our iconic landscapes are often one of the most cited reasons for tourist visits to Europe. Tourism is booming business. It produces almost 5% of the world’s economic turnover, employs around 200 million people globally and is the fastest growing industry. Tourism is also one of the main economic drivers of Europe’s rural economies; directly and indirectly it accounts for around 10% of European GDP and 20 million jobs. Between 2000 and 2010 European countries recorded over 440 million annual international visitor arrivals. EUROPARC has long recognised the need to take care of both the land and the people who live and work there, and often derive their livelihoods from those who come to appreciate these special places. In 1993 EUROPARC published the ground breaking report “Loving them to death”, which called for sustainable tourism in Europe’s Protected Areas. What is the Charter? Becoming a Sustainable Destination – Charter Part I

We The Tiny House People This is journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Basically, Dirksen made a documentary on people living in tiny houses. For around five years she was traveling the world and filming these segments. Kirsten Dirksen is co-founder of and a Huffington Post blogger. She has worked for MTV, Oxygen, The Travel Channel and Sundance Channel. From the author: I still live in a relatively spacious 1000 square foot apartment with my family of 4 (soon-to-be 5) and I’m not looking to downsize, but I can’t get enough of these tiny homes. I continue to be impressed by how so many Tiny House People have been able to let go of their stuff and not despite, but because of this, find a certain calm. Watch the full documentary now

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