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Another Tool for Building Capacity: Newsletter Reports Trend Observations

Thank you faithful readers! After two years at Building Capacity Blog, our (nearly weekly) posts have garnered interest from multiple time zones and continents. As promised the blog has focused on issues you face every day in your sustainable building projects and programs, providing lessons learned straight from those who have applied them. The more practical the post, the higher the hits spike. We know what you like.

There's another tool, however, which I think you’ll find practical, timely and valuable. The O'Brien & Company newsletter, released bi-monthly, offers announcements about upcoming events and shines a spotlight on recently completed green buildings. Last, but not least, each issue features an article written by a staff expert at O’Brien & Company who shares his or her insights gained by working with many projects struggling to achieve the latest and greatest in sustainability.

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In the December issue, Elizabeth Powers, Principal-Owner of O'Brien & Company, offered her observations on trends in 2011. Some of these will likely coincide with other "trend" articles you will read in industry publications, but a few are uniquely from the position of a long-time green building consultant who has watched the ups and downs, curves, tsunamis, and windfalls of the last several years. The newsletter's project spotlight actually focuses on two high performance projects celebrating LEED recognition in 2012 and representing two very different climates: a LEED NC Gold Fire Station in Seattle; and a LEED Home Platinum single family residence in Hawaii.

Check out Elizabeth's Trends piece and share your thoughts here on the Building Capacity Blog about what you've seen in 2011 and think you'll see in 2012.

Kathleen O'Brien, Founder of O'Brien & Company, the oldest green building consultancy in the Northwest, edits the Building Capacity Blog. Elizabeth Powers, CSBA and LEED AP (multiple specialties) is a regular contributor to the blog.

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