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U.S. Green Building Council

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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.

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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.

Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System Envision® is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Introduction Envision® provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle.

New Songdo City, South Korea By Naomi R. Pollock, AIA These days, plans for creating entire cities from the ground up do not surprise us, but South Korea’s New Songdo City (NSC) does. 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.

Chris Edlin, EMERGE Alumni from Inaugural Workshop Reports Back Chris Edlin, MA of Science in Env. Engineering, CSBA, LEED AP Homes, and LEED BD+C, recently shared what’s happened to him since he attended the EMERGE Leadership workshop (the first-ever!) in 2011. Songdo: betting on the green instant-city Situated 65 km West from Seoul, Songdo, the greenest business hub in the world, should be completed by 2015. According to Gale International, the developer, green “instant-cities” are the answer to the frenetic urbanization taking place in developing countries. Songdo International Development. Foto: Gale International. The Songdo International Business District project, expected to cost about 35 billion dollars, is one of the most expensive development projects ever undertaken in the world. Built on 1500 acres of reclaimed land, this Free Economic Zone is meant to become a major business hub between Japan, China and South Korea.

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.

People Our staff are experts at translating complex information, guiding projects through tough choices, and ultimately helping our clients achieve their unique goals through green building. Staff are integrated across service areas and have a variety of types of expertise: performance testing, LEED project management, policy development, sustainable infrastructure, and more. Our credentials include: LEED Accredited Professional Specialties include BD+C, ID+C, O+M, and HomesLEED for Homes Green RaterCertified Sustainable Building Advisors (CSBA)RESNET HERS RaterBuilt Green VerifierEnvision Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP)Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) TrainerProject Management Professional (PMP)Provisional WELL APGreen Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP)Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA)National Charrette Institute Systems CertificationRESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Certification (RESCAZ)

If you want a model city, fix the one you've got New Songdo City, rising from reclaimed land near Incheon, South Korea, is slated to have 252,000 inhabitants.Photo: Nicolette MastrangeloSo-called smart cities — places where energy systems, water treatment, transportation, and other infrastructure elements are digitally coordinated for maximum efficiency — got the Economist treatment last week. In a special report, the magazine discussed the proliferation of built-from-scratch, totally wired municipalities, including Masdar in the United Arab Emirates, New Songdo City in South Korea, and PlanIT Valley (could the name be any worse?) near Porto, Portugal. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that smart grids of all kinds are a vital part of a sustainable urban future. These Tiny Wooden Houses Are The College Dorm Of The Future A few years ago, Swedish student housing company AF Bostäder had a young woman from the city of Lund inside live in a tiny house-box--not even 10 square meters large--to test the idea of a cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly “smart student unit" that included a toilet, kitchen, and bed. “I think she still lives there,” says Linda Camara of Tengbom Architects, the company behind the 2013 iteration of the living pod--a petite vision in pale wood offset with lime green plant pots, cushions and stools. The premise for the cube, which has been in the works since 2007, is reasonable enough: students live and die on cheap housing, but everyone needs a toilet. It’s taken six years to whittle the tiny houses down to the current cross-laminated wooden test model form.

Ellensburg Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy In 2009, the City of Ellensburg received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) to provide guidance and structure to the City as it continues its efforts to reduce overall energy consumption, thereby fostering cost savings, economic development, and long term sustainability. Ellensburg paired this funding with an initiative to update their Land Development Code (LDCU) in a unique integration of energy efficiency and land use. The completed EECS provides a snapshot of current energy efficiency efforts, identifies high-level goals, and identifies ideas to pursue in focus areas prioritized by the community in stakeholder research.

Book Review: Aerotropolis Aerotropolis:The Way We'll Live NextBy John D. Kasarda and Greg LindsayFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 480 pp, $30 If only Ryan Bingham had read Aerotropolis. Perhaps then the corporate hatchet man, portrayed by George Clooney in Up in the Air, would understand the global forces keeping his lost soul aloft—and relocate to a fledgling city in Asia. A collaboration between John D.