Going Green From The Ground Up – Texas Contractor

The green build wave is rising, and right now general contractors have the opportunity to ride its crest. It is fast becoming expected that professionals in the building trades are ready, willing and able to work green — and that means understanding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Contractor’s LEEDing Role

In the chain of events that leads up to LEED certification, general contractors have a special “watchdog” role. It is the general contractor’s responsibility to keep accurate records on all materials used that are required to meet LEED standards. Consequently, it is imperative that not only the general contractor but also sub-contractors understand LEED certification, its requirements and its growing importance in winning bids.

Once the SSI guidelines are published in spring 2009, general contractors, landscape architects, developers, builders, and maintenance crews who are prepared to take advantage of them stand to see interest in obtaining their services rising.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Texas Contractor – Going Green From The Ground Up – 6/16/2008  Author of the SOURCE article is   Jo Ann Jarreau call  (713) 682–5299 

Want a new urban model? Go west – TheStar.com

VANCOUVER–Even in this city of condos, The Beasley stands out. Not because of its height (33 storeys), the number of units (271) or its location (Yaletown). What makes it impossible to ignore is its name – The Beasley.

In this city, that can mean only one thing, Larry Beasley.

On the off chance you haven’t heard of Beasley, he is Vancouver’s former chief planner and creator of the famous “Vancouver model,” which for all its flaws, now defines this city.

The point is that in a world obsessed with starchitects and celebrity designers, Vancouver is one of few cities to have grasped that the important issue isn’t architecture, but planning. It’s not so much buildings as the space between them that differentiates one city from another, that makes one city attractive, another unappealing.

SOURCE: TheStar.com – Ideas – Want a new urban model? Go west.

Record: Architecture students win JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition

A design proposal by 10 architecture students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has won the 2008 JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition.

Over the past several months, a class — led by Derek Hoeferlin, lecturer in architecture — has partnered with the Good Work Network, a nonprofit business incubator in New Orleans, to create redevelopment strategies for the Franz Building, a historic retail space at 2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.

Two graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning also developed a corresponding business plan.

The first-place award of $25,000 will provide seed money for the Franz Building renovation, which is scheduled to begin later this year. When completed, the 6,800-square-foot structure will house storefront tenant spaces as well as a new headquarters, including offices and classrooms, for the Good Work Network. Last year, the group provided training and support services to more than 600 low-income and minority entrepreneurs.

SOURCE: Washington Univeristy Record: Architecture students win JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition.

Burt Hill wins award for innovation

Burt Hill was honored this week with a Digie Award at a June 10th ceremony held at the Realcomm Conference in San Diego. The firm received a 2008 Digie Award for their innovative use of automation in architecture.   

The Digie Awards take place annually at the Realcomm Conference, a conference that provides a place for real estate industry leaders to discuss, analyze and debate the latest technologies and innovation that impact the commercial and corporate real estate industry. The awards recognize the individuals, companies and solutions that demonstrate the most innovative use of technology and automation in the industry. Burt Hill often utilizes building information modeling (BIM) software programs such as Autodesk’s REVIT platform and IES<Virtual Environment> to ensure the highest quality and most efficient designs.  

SOURCE: Burt Hill – Press Release

Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities

A new report from the Centre for Cities and Washington’s Brookings Institution has found that the USA has a lot to learn from Britain’s urban renaissance. But while British politicians and officials have always been keen to go on the hunt for policy ideas from the States, US politicians don’t always follow suit. US mayors – and the next US administration – should look more closely at British policy ideas, to help American cities compete in the future.

Smarter, Stronger Cities points to the following examples of UK innovations which could be exported Stateside:

Read more @ the SOURCE: Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities.

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