The architect who earlier this year made a case for the use of wood in tall buildings goes on the record with TreeHugger.com to say that wood is one of the most technologically advanced building materials. And it's been that way for the past 500 years, he says. "The architecture industry is stuck in a mindset that Modernism is about glass, steel, and concrete and my argument is that those are man-made materials that have incredible impacts on the earth, incredible impacts on energy, and incredible impacts on carbon," he says. When it comes to wood, "we have a material that has an incredible molecular structure, it's incredibly lightweight ... and we realize that the binders in the wood molecular structure are quite complex and have in themselves all kinds of opportunity," he says. "So as we start to break down wood, we can see how we can reconstitute it in new ways."
Manufacturers served up variety and innovation at the year’s biggest event for the green building industry. Here are some offerings you won’t want to miss.
The world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, going on this week in San Francisco, is packed with the latest innovations from the sustainability sector. Here are some of our favorites.
In round four of the back and forth between USA Today and the USGBC over the on-going series on the green-building organization and LEED, USGBC vice president of LEED technical development Brendan Owens weighs in.
USA Today took aim at the green building industry today with a special report that argues against the environmental benefts promoted through the U.S. Green Building Council's programs.
The USGBC repsponds to USA Today's article critiquing LEED, asserting that "LEED isn't perfect, but it is always improving" and "the costs of individual LEED credits are irrelevant because the market learns to deliver green buildings at little to no added cost."
As the U.S. General Services Administration continues to evaluate green-building systems for use in its projects, more than 1,200 businesses and organizations sign on to a letter asking the organization to continue using LEED.