Do you love your job? We love ours! If you are looking for fulfilling, fast-paced, flexible and fun work in the field of green building, it’s time to join the O’Brien & Company team! Perks include: Work for a leading … Continued
O’Brien & Company and 360 Analytics have merged to expand our services and capacity across the whole project arc. O’Brien360 can now offer the technical expertise and sustainability experience that add value from building inception to operation – all within … Continued
Washington State not only landed in the ranks of US Green Building Council’s top 10 states for LEED Green Building in 2018, it raced straight to the number 3 slot. Visit the USGBC website to learn more about all the … Continued
Seattle’s newest LEED Platinum fire station has won Merit Awards from AIA Seattle and AIA Washington. See our project page for more details on Fire Station 22’s sustainability features, Priority Hire Program and project team.
Fall Fundraising Extravaganzas for Sustainable Building and Affordable Housing! Autumn brings to Seattle cool crisp days and plenty of awards and fundraising events. O’Brien & Company is proudly sponsoring: the 2030 District Vision Awards Dinner on October 4, 2018, as … Continued
O’Brien & Company has earned the designation of LEED Proven Provider from the GBCI.
New suite of resources shines light on changing technology landscape.
To the LEED Certified Dexter Horton Building
Spotlight on Affordable Housing
Mix of green certification frameworks helping to realize new community vision.
Finding solutions and synergies through multiple green building frameworks.
Putting green on the agenda.
Don’t miss the DJC’s Special Section with their 2015 Environmental Outlook
Learn about current updates to Enterprise Green Criteria and Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards.
We are sharing some of our favorite tools and resources in our latest newsletter.
We are proud to co-sponsor a new report from the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College.
New Green Advantage Credentials for Kris Knutson and Elly Bunzendahl.
LEED v4 Materials Credits Without Their Scary Masks.
Blog article by Michelle Bombeck.
LEED v4 Materials Credits and Fall Events
Andrea Durbin, Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council “Our energy, transportation, water, and waste systems are in urgent need of renewal and innovation. In a world with too much carbon in the air and serious constraints on the public purse, Infrastructure … Continued
Innovate Washington’s Smart Buildings Center project will provide needed information on new and innovative building operation technologies.
Blog article by Alistair Jackson and Elizabeth Powers
Mitigating Risk, Enhancing Value and Assuring Performance
O’Brien & Company helps find the right incentives.
O’Brien & Company sees reason to celebrate.
What’s ahead for Spring and some of our recently completed multi-family projects.
5th Anniversary Celebration Presents an Inspiring Call to Action.
O’Brien & Company was in good company in last week’s Building Green, special section of the Daily Journal of Commerce.
O’Brien & Company’s top three recommendations for ongoing building performance.
USGBC announces it has certified its 50,000th home under LEED for Homes.
How can the green building industry continue to improve the value, quality and performance of buildings?
Agency using project to pilot new practices, and measure their performance.
Elizabeth Powers shares early learnings on applying LEEDv4
Justus Stewart steps in as new head instructor for Seattle SBA; new class graduates.
County’s new green building ordinance reaches for Platinum and beyond.
Kathleen O’Brien and Elizabeth Powers co-author article in legal journal.
Highlights from the end of 2013
Project earns both LEED-ND and LEED-NC
New staff bring deep expertise
First on the West Coast
Group Health Puyallup Medical Center gets Gold
Award for our commitment to verifying energy efficiency
Kathleen O’Brien shares why the time is now for Emergent Leadership
A new credential recognizes Living Building expertise
Emerge Leadership Project Launches Vital Training for Green Building Advocates in Northern California
Leadership training in the Bay Area
Kathleen O’Brien recently returned to the former site of a derelict Sears Auto Store, now the award-winning LEED Platinum office and studio for RiceFergusMiller. This urban Infill project reveals how a sustainable built environment is about so much more than bricks and mortar.
Hunter Lovins shares her views on the future and the role Northwest business educators and public servants have to play in helping us survive it in this interview with Kathleen O’Brien.
Accessing Funding, Redefining the Economy, and Women’s Leadership were themes providing food for thought at Living Future 2012, held in Portland Oregon. Kathleen O’Brien, Donna Trost, and Chris Edlin, all members of the O’Brien & Company crew, share tasty tidbits from the popular UnConference menu.
Kathleen O’Brien, long term sustainable building activist, recently shared her story of leadership in the transformative atmosphere of TEDx Tacoma.
When we transform the conversation from one of subtraction to one of integration, we change the focus from problem to solution. Green building expert Alistair Jackson reports on the recent Green Enterprise Communities National Summit, where a positive collaborative approach, with the assistance of technology, turned the conversation about greening affordable housing on its head.
Not a conventional leadership workshop, nor typical sustainable building education, Emerge: Leadership for a more sustainable society is about finding a new way of being in the world that will advance sustainable building through the work of ordinary heroes who serve the greater good. Hear from Kathleen O’Brien, long term green building advocate and founder of the Emerge Leadership Project.
Developer Quadrant’s energy efficiency program nearly doubles economic savings for Northwest homeowners when accounting for the water saved through Energy Star measures. Alistair Jackson, Principal of O’Brien & Company, and consultant to Quadrant provides data that tells the story.
Training can backfire if something other than lack of know-how is in the way of achieving better building performance. Kelly Kirkland, Education Coordinator from O’Brien & Company, a green building consultancy located in Seattle, WA shares some ways to discern whether its training that you need, or something else.
Seven years in, does LEED’s tool for LEED for multiple buildings and on-campus building projects meet the market’s needs? Elizabeth Powers, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C Responds.
Trying to apply LEED to your campus or multiple building project cost-effectively? Elizabeth Powers, CSBA, LEED AP (Multiple Specialties) discusses how far the LEED tool has come and how far it still needs to go to meet the market’s significant demand for this solution.
Elizabeth Powers recently shared her observations on 2011 trends in the Northwest green building environment in the December O’Brien & Company newsletter. Building Capacity Blog Editor O’Brien points you to this timely article and suggests you “like” the newsletter for 2012 to take advantage its practical bent!
Failing insulation field inspections isn’t fun for anyone. Chris Edlin, CSBA, Project Associate at O’Brien & Company shares lessons learned from a day in the field with managers of a major insulation company willing to crawl and climb to find workable solutions.
Colleen Groll, CSBA and Senior Project Associate at O’Brien & Company, Inc. candidly discusses the usefulness of LEED for Health Care tool and how it’s being applied by Group Health Cooperative in two of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest.
Kathleen O’Brien reviews Vision 2050, a World Business Council on Sustainable Development project, as it lays out a pathway created by business for business to create one-planet living.Vision 2050 has been integrated into the Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s curriculum, a happy development according to O’Brien
Green Schools From Top to Bottom: Interview with Kim Armstrong Co-Executive Director for Washington Green Schools
Schools are the first place to start when promulgating sustainable building concepts. Hear how the recently developed and piloted Washington Green Schools, is doing in this interview with Karen Armstrong, co-Executive Director.
Alistair Jackson, CSBA and LEED for Homes QAD discusses a recent development in building performance surrounding air barriers in multi-family projects.
The Built Green Santa Barbara recently defined cool for youth at a green building career event held at the Built Green Resource Center, a green historic remodel. Building Capacity Blog Editor Kathleen O’Brien describes the event and why it succeeded.
In Emerge: Leadership for a Sustainable Society, nationally renowned sustainability expert Kathleen O’Brien provides insights on leadership based on years of experience guiding clients and others to a sustainable built environment.
Maier Hall at Peninsula College: Early Collaborative Process Yields Healthy, Efficient Building, Gentle to the Site and High on the LEED Scale
Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP, CSBA shares how the integrative process (IP) informed the design of a LEED Gold college building surrounded on three sides by sensitive areas.
Everything is Connected! Environmental Education and Community Center and Community Park Opens at Brightwater
Kathleen O’Brien finds the Sustainable Energy Demonstration Lab a work-in-progress at the recent grand opening of Brightwater’s Environmental Education and Community Center (EECC) and celebrates the successes of the teacher-organized non-profit, Friends of the Hidden River.
Not all Low-E windows are alike. Alistair Jackson, CSBA and LEED for Homes AP discusses how to make the best choice for a historic home in the Northwest, in spite of flawed markets, policies, and understanding of the technology.
We learned at the King County Green Tools Government Confluence today that King County Executive Dow Constantine declared today to be "Kathleen O’Brien Day" in honor of her over 20 years of service to the green building community. Governor Gregoire also … Continued
Part 2: What’s The Story? Developing a Green Building Education Plan – Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP BD+C, CSBA Reports on Developing a Green Building Education Plan
Whether industry-changing and monumental or simple and familiar, all green buildings have something to teach us. Last week, Elizabeth Powers discussed ways to find the interesting and engaging stories in all your projects. This week, Elizabeth discusses how to turn these stories into a “credit-worthy” green building education plan while considering the appropriate audience and application of the information.
What’s The Story? Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP BD+C, CSBA Reports on Developing a Green Building Education Plan
Whether industry-changing and monumental or simple and familiar, all green buildings have something to teach us. Elizabeth Powers discusses ways to find the interesting and engaging stories in all your projects. Next week, Elizabeth will discuss how to turn these stories into a “credit-worthy” green building education plan.
Kathleen O’Brien reports her sustainability observations while on a 200 mile trek along the St. James Way in France.
How can the sustainable building industry help drive market transformation in the energy efficiency world? Read about Alistair Jackson’s impressions from the LEED for Homes Provider retreat and thoughts on how to use residential building to steer the market.
Almost two years into the use of LEED 2009 ratings system and most project teams are still encountering the system for the first time. When discussing the LEED project boundary, many projects find themselves in a fuzzy area with no definition or direction. Elizabeth Powers discusses the options and methods for deciding your project’s site boundary.
Squire Park’s First Woonerf Project Completes a Street – O’Brien & Company’s Nora Daley-Peng ASLA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, Interviews Bill Zosel
What’s a Woonerf? O’Brien & Company’s Nora Daley-Peng interviews Bill Zosel to find out how this strangely named neighborhood amenity provides a place for community, safe pedestrian access, green space and sustainable design.
Developments in and discoveries of the impact of solid waste disposal and recycling require a new perspective on construction waste management. LEED AP Homes Alistair Jackson discusses the current methods and explores some alternatives.
“Extreme” collaboration is exactly what it sounds like, and when aimed at sustainable buildings, cities, and economies, achieves so much more. Andrea Lewis, Senior Project Associate of O’Brien & Company, reports on three examples of this uber approach to getting things done in the Northwest.
Strategic visioning lays an important foundation for success. In this case, success has meant a living, learning laboratory integrated into a campus that has “gone green” — seriously. Alistair Jackson and Elizabeth Powers shares how on O’Brien & Company’s Building Capacity Blog.
Nora Daley-Peng reports on her thirst-quenching experience at Cascadia’s Come Rain/Shine Workshop, where a net zero water future reveals itself.
Its more integrated approach to designing and implementing solutions on the ground makes the Washington Business Alliance a winner for this sustainable building consulting firm, says Donna Trost, O’Brien & Company’s Business Manager.
LEED Rescue: How do projects get into trouble, and how do they get out? Jodie Clarke, LEED AP BD+C Responds
Jodie Clarke, LEED AP BD+C of O’Brien & Company sometimes comes to the rescue for clients needing a LEED Rescue. In this article, she offers tips on how you can prevent an emergency in the first place, and what to do if you find yourselves in one.
Everything old is new again: Regulatory changes and changes in LEED reinforce waste prevention and source separated recycling as best practice for construction waste management
Regulations and changes in LEED means it may be more difficult to meet the letter of the law or LEED using commingled recycling facilities. Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP, an old hand at construction waste management policies and practice, discusses three issues contractors must consider for non-residential construction projects.
Colleen Groll, CSBA, LEED AP for Homes, and Senior Project Associate at O’Brien & Company, points out an area where developer and green buildng interests coincide: multi-family, and discusses why.
If USGBC is PC, Living Future is Apple, said Majora Carter at the recent Living Future Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This pearl and more reported back from Alistair Jackson and Kelly Kirkland of O’Brien & Company reveals why this is one of the most transformative conferences in green building going.
The Sustainable Building Advisor Institute offers even greater value and a fresher look for the long established SBA program, while maintaining its core mission of building capacity within the practicing professions to design, build, plan, operate more sustainable buildings.
Kelly Kirkland, Educational Coordinator for O’Brien & Company, and the holder of multiple green buildng credentials herself, discusses green building credentials: why they look good, what to consider if you are new to the design and construction field, and what to do if you have industry credentials and want to “green them up.”
Green Gut Rehab Serves as Building Science Laboratory for Guild’s 2011 Green Home Tour: Interview with Colleen Groll, CSBA, LEED AP Homes, Energy Star Verifier and Performance Tester
Colleen Groll, LEED AP for Homes and CSBA and Residential Services Manager for O’Brien & Company, shares her lessons learned converting her 1918 “fixer-upper” into an energy efficient, healthy home that functions like today and meets aggressive LEED for Homes standards.
“Green” Resident Engagement Cards Inform AND Empower in California Non-Profit Housing Developments: Interview with Maria Elena Marquez-Brookes, LINC Housing’s Director of Resident Services
Maria Elena Marquez-Brookes, Director of Resident Services for LINC Housing, shares how a residential engagement tool developed by Enterprise Community Partnersand customized for LINC helps her fulfill the California non-profit affordable housing developers goal to enhance the lives of residents living in its communities.
Relationships + Expertise = Successful Adoption of Hawaii- and Trade-Specific Green Building Curriculum. Interview with Karen Nakamura, CEO BIA-Hawaii
Karen Nakamura, CEO of BIA-Hawaii shares why she invested staff time and energy in green jobs training curriculum that is “Made in Hawaii” and the formula she used for achieving successful adoption in worker training programs throughout the State.
Capacity Building Tool for Planners hoping to achieve Net Zero Water Buildings and Neighborhoods Marks World Water Day
Kathleen O’Brien reviews a new capacity buildng tool for planners hoping to achieve Net Zero Water Buildings and Neighborhoods: “Toward Net Zero Water: Best Management Practices for Decentralized Source and Treatment.”
Don’t Touch My Building: Yvonne Kraus, LEED AP balances energy efficient adaptive reuse with historic preservation
Yvonne Kraus, LEED AP, and leader of LEED EB: O+M services at O’Brien & Company discusses how to best balance historic preservation needs with adaptive reuse and energy efficiency goals, outlines key factors to consider, and provides her favorite resources on the topic.
Client Health and Autonomy, Building Durability, and Cost Control were Key Drivers for Sound Mental Health’s LEED Platinum Housing Project in Seattle, Washington
Kenyon House is an 18-unit two-story affordable housing project for previously homeless people with disabilities and fragile health. Kathleen O’Brien interviews designer Christina Bollo, getting feedback on using LEED late in the game, restricted budgets and the satisfaction of building a beautiful, sustainable, durable home for those in need.
Your LEED AP Credential may be a lasting legacy, but if you don’t update it, your credential may be obsolete. Elizabeth Powers, CSBA, LEED BD+C and ID+C with more than a decade of green building consulting under her belt offers tips and access to a free webinar to help you plan your way out of a possible deadend.
Kids chant “Liv-ing Build-ing!” at the opening ceremony for the new Bertschi Science Wing where they will interact with the building’s water and energy-saving features, as well as experiment with sustainable urban agriculture. The project is on track to be the first certified Living Building in Washington State.
Nora Daley-Peng, ASLA, AICP, CSBA, and LEED BD+C offers a sneak peek at the IP Standard for Integrative Process coming up for ANSI Ballot Vote and discusses how it will redefine design teams, yield more creative and cost-effective design solutions, and improve the environment for all living systems.
I’m a designer: What do I tell my client when he or she asks me what LEED will cost them for their project? Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP BD+C responds.
I’m a designer: What do I tell my client when he or she asks me what LEED will cost them for their project? Elizabeth Powers, LEED AP BD&C offers designers of LEED BD+C and LEED ID+C some answers to this burning issue at www.buildingcapacityblog.com.
How do you optimize a forced-air system to maintain a green home? Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes Rater Responds: Part 4: MECHANICAL VENTILATION
Alistair Jackson, LEED for Home Rater offers the FOURTH and FINAL installment on How to Optimize a Forced-Air System for a Green Home at Building Capacity Blog. Focus: Ventilation.
How do you optimize a forced-air system to maintain a green home? Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes Rater Responds: Part 3: HEAT SOURCE & CONTROLS
After you’ve dealt with the thermal envelope and ductwork of the home, it’s time to look at HEAT SOURCE (and controls). Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes and Principal of O’Brien & Company’s Residential Technical Services writes the THIRD of a four part series on Optimizing Forced-Air Systems in a green home.
How do you optimize a forced-air system to maintain a green home? Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes Responds: Part 2: FILTRATION
Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes offers practical tips for optimizing Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems in new and existing homes. THIS WEEK (Part 2): FILTRATION
How do you optimize a forced-air system to maintain a green home? Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes Responds: Part I: Distribution
Alistair Jackson, LEED AP for Homes offers practical tips for optimizing Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems in new and existing homes. First of a four part series, starting with Distribution.
First Time LEED Construction Project Manager Beats Gold and Helps Build Schuchart’s Green Portfolio: Interview with Joe Giaudrone
Joe Giaudrone tackled his first LEED project as Schuchart Construction Project Manager of Bastyr University’s Student Village and beat the goal of LEED Gold to bring in the Platinum. Even the USGBC was impressed! Learn what he did to accomplish this exemplary achievement and build Schuchart’s Green Building Portfolio with this first ever LEED for Homes project.
At this reflective time of year, Kathleen O’Brien provides an invitation to read Jason McLennan’s new book Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change, as well as a few words of advice of her own for the anxious change agent.
Shoreline’s Sustainability Strategy Bears Fruit: Interview with Juniper Nammi, Associate Planner, AICP.
Juniper Nammi, AICP, Associate Planner with the City of Shoreline reports on progress resulting from her City’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy implemented in 2008, and offers her experience to those hoping to do something similar in their communities.
EECS & Strategic Energy Plans: Part 2 of 2. Kathleen O’Brien (O’Brien & Company) and Katie Spataro (Cascadia Green Building Council) discuss the ins and outs of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Strategy Block Grant money authorized by the National Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Examples of different strategies from cities around the nation can help you get your local government on the move!
Creating Effective Energy Efficiency& Conservation Strategies in Your Community: Getting Started (part 1 of 2)
EECS & Strategic Energy Plans: What are they? Kathleen O’Brien (O’Brien & Company) and Katie Spataro (Cascadia Green Building Council) discuss the ins and outs of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Strategy Block Grant money authorized by the National Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Examples of different strategies from cities around the nation can help you get your local government on the move!
Workforce Training Tool Responds Directly to Industry Needs: Interview with Laurie Black, Director Workforce Initiatives
Workforce development expert Laurie Black shares why a sustainable building training tool developed for the trades has been successfully adopted as well as tips for organizations hoping to generate green job opportunities in the building industry.
How does a community support the use of FSC certified wood in its built environment? Ian Hanna, FSC-US Director of Development, Responds.
Promoting the use of FSC-US certified wood in the built environment directly aligns with community goals, if long term sustainability is the driving principle. Ian Hanna, FSC-US Development Director shares practical tips on ways to get more FSC-certified wood in our buildings.
What’s a Blogathon, and Further More What’s an EcoCribz? Two Ideas Good Enough to “Borrow” for your outreach campaigns.
Kathleen O’Brien writes about a blogathon, EcoCribz and other green building education tools the innovative change agents at King County’s Green Tools program have created. Could they work for your constituents?
Why must we reinvent the wheel when conducting collaborative change projects? Kathleen O’Brien, LEED AP, CSBA and Yvonne Kraus, LEED AP, CSBA Responds.
Yvonne Kraus and Kathleen O’Brien, both CSBAs and LEED APs, share their top ten picks for an effective collaborative change process, based on their combined experience designing scores of facilitated workshops, public meetings, and charrettes. Yes, you must re-invent the wheel!
Transforming Markets and Practice through Environmental Procurement. Interview with Shirli Axelrod, City of Seattle
Shirli Axelrod, Senior Environmental Analyst with Seattle Public Utilities, shares her experience and practical advice on transforming markets and practice through environmentally preferable purchasing based on 20 years of practical experience working for the City of Seattle. On Building Capacity Blog.
Stuart Vazquez, Publisher of Eco-Logica, a bi-lingual magazine promoting sustainable living and business to the Latino Community is interviewed by Kathleen O’Brien, President of O’Brien & Company, a woman-owned business promoting sustainability of the built environment since 1991.
To what type of construction does the Passive House system apply? James Jenkins, Certified Passive House Consultant replies.
It’s a misperception that Passive House applies only to homes. James Jenkins, Certified Passive House Consultant corrects this misperception for Building Capacity Blog readers, explaining how it applies to all buildings.
Economic Development Manager Ellen Miller-Wolfe discusses how the City of Kirkland is working towards economic sustainability in this challenging economy with a focus on local enterprise, green business practices, green job creation, and green building. For Miller-Wolfe, it’s all about place! Interview conducted by Building Capacity Blog Editor Kathleen O’Brien
Green Building Jobs in a Lousy Market: For Labor Day, Kathleen O’Brien answers the question: Where’s the Opportunity? and how to stand out so you can capture it.
LEED Silver Building Stands as Beacon of Hope for Agency with Long Legacy of Fighting Poverty: Interview with Larry Eyre
Larry Eyer, Executive Director of Kitsap Community Resources, an agency with its roots in the War on Poverty, discusses how its new LEED headquarters acts as a fitting beacon of hope and financial sustainability for its clients coming for help developing their personal financial independence.
What mechanical systems and fuel choices make sense for homes in a warming world? Alistair Jackson, LEED for Homes Rater Responds
With recent record high temperatures in North America and Russia and massive flooding in Pakistan as I write this, the evidence that climate destabilization is real – whoever or whatever is causing it – continues to pile up. If we … Continued
Visionary Built Green Program: Santa Barbara’s Gateway for Green Building. Interview with Executive Director Karin Perissinotto
Built Green Santa Barbara’s Executive Director Karin Perissinotto tells how the industry-based program has earned the respect of government, environmentalists, and green building skeptics and now serves as an important gateway for all things green building in Santa Barbara and nearby communities.
How can COMMUNITIES accelerate change towards green building? Kathleen O’Brien, LEED AP, CSBA responds.
Kathleen O’Brien, long time leader in the green building movement, shares her view that a thoughtful approach to accelerating green building is the most effective, and the rationale behind it.
What would it take to accelerate the green building movement? Kathleen O’Brien discusses how an individual can foster positive change in the decision-makers they meet professionally through a deliberate approach using listening and learning.
Vulcan’s Sustainable Real Estate Initiatives Have Deep Roots: Interview with Lori Mason Curran and Brandon Morgan
Green building icon Kathleen O’Brien interviews Lori Mason Curran, Real Estate Investment Strategy Director and Brandon Morgan, Real Estate Development Manager on Vulcan Real Estate’s sustainable initiatives in the South Lake Union District of Seattle. They talk about Vulcan’s many firsts, the commercial real estate’s rationale for its deep rooted investment in sustainable development, and contributing factors that explain their success in the green building arena
LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance’s Energy Threshold: What does it take to get through the door? Kelly Kirkland, LEED AP O+M, Responds
Is it possible for our building to get LEED-EB certified? How do we find out before we get too far down the road? Kelly Kirkland, LEED AP O+M, responds.
Nothing tells the story of green building better than a green building itself. But it would be challenging if not impossible to achieve the level of understanding, acceptance, and action we need without the written word. Some tips on writing to get the message out, from the mouths of three experienced communicators: Kathleen O’Brien, Joanie Parsons, and Kathleen Warren
Think educational facilities don’t inform the learning within? Or sustainable change? Think again. Read about the most recent recipient of CEFPI’s Innovative Educator: Environmental-Based Learning Award, by jury member and former 7th grade teacher, Kathleen O’Brien.
Passive House Standard is a bit of overkill for mild climates. Or is it? James Jenkins, Certified Passive House Consultant says no, and makes his case with research results, and good hard reasoning aimed at green building designers, builders, and owners.
Building Capacity Blog Editor Kathleen O’Brien interviews Captain John Hickey about his work as a leader of sustainability as it is applied in the U.S.Coast Guard, including creatively identifying energy savings, using LEED EB, and LEED for new construction.
Editor Kathleen O’Brien provides tips on how to comment and submit questions to her recently launched www.buildingcapacityblog.com, and offers some good reasons to do so: Free good quality advice, Free marketing, and an easy way to help build capacity towards a sustainable future.
Leading design firm shows how to take the parking out of the parking lot. Interview with Walter Schacht.
Parking lot projects are common. They won’t be going away. In this interview with Walter Schacht, leading designer in the Northwest, we hear about how to approach these projects in a whole new light. Schacht discusses two campus parking lot projects (one new construction and one a renovation) that have been selected as pilots for Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance.
Get a taste of the recent Living Future 2010, the only conference focused on the Living Building Challenge, from the perspective of Kathleen O’Brien, a respected pioneer in the field, recently called the “matron saint” of green building — (not kidding!)
Elizabeth Powers discusses the potential causes for cost premiums in contractor bids on LEED projects, why they vary as much as they do, and possible solutions, for both clients and contractors.
Patti Southard, Program Manager at King County GreenTools, describes the bioregional sustainability effort the County is spearheading to close the governmental gap between natural resource solutions and development policy through its 2010 Government Confluence. (If you work for, with, and in governments located in the Cascadia Region, be there or be square!)
On July 1, 2010, the new Washington State Energy Code comes into force.This week, Travis of Topline Builders asked Building Capacity Blog: As contractors, how can we meet the new code without losing our shirts? Are YOU ready? Are you confident your construction practices will meet the new infiltration requirements? Alistair Jackson, head of O’Brien & Company’s residential technical services group responds to Travis’ question with a gameplan you can use to make sure you don’t get caught with your proverbial pants down.
Learn how Art Castle, representing of the building industry in Kitsap County successfully changed LID Policy in Kitsap County and all four cities in its jurisdiction using an Ecology Grant and working with consultants O’Brien & Company, Herrera, and an impressive group of stakeholders. Castle shares his advice on how others could follow his act.
Find out why green building and sustainable development expert Kathleen O’Brien has launched the Building Capacity Blog — a tool to exchange ideas, highlight solutions and lessons learned, and reduce risk as we all work towards a full-bore vision of a sustainable built environment.
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