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Green Buildings Policy (and an iPad)

by Mel Starrs on September 21, 2010


I recently treated myself to an iPad – a thing of beauty, indeed – and was interested as to how it would change my blogging behaviour. As I keep telling people – the iPad is an excellent consumption device – I find myself processing my inboxes (email, RSS, etc) much faster and by actually using Instapaper, I am savouring longer posts whereas I used to skim or tag for later and then never go back to.

One app which I am loving is iAnnotate for reading and annotating pdf’s. This will change how I blog, especially when I review pdf documents. For example, I subscribe to Enermodal’s newsletter, and this month they had an interesting article on implementing green building policies, from an example of a Canadian university which has 3 LEED projects. Whilst drinking tea over breakfast, I was able to highlight the sections I was interested in, email to myself, cut and paste into Windows Live Writer and bash into a post. This I did whilst sat at a proper keyboard – the iPad is just too fiddly to type long tracts of text on for me, although your mileage may vary.

The sections which caught my eye:

“1. Focus on Outcomes, Not Just Standards says Mr. Kurczak.
“If you’re making LEED certification a requirement, you should also decide which credits are of paramount importance to the organization; a building can achieve LEED certification without achieving the ultimate goals of the owner,” says Mr. Kurczak. While creating a building policy requiring LEED certification is a good start, all green policies should be created with an eye to overall organizational goals.
“If you’re making LEED certification a requirement, you should also decide which credits are of paramount importance to the organization; a building can achieve LEED certification”

“2. Clarify Requirements and Measure Results
Want to guarantee a policy will fail? Develop green policies that are overly complex, vague, or unenforceable.”

“An enforceable green policy is one that has specific targets and ways to measure if those targets are met.”

“3. Ensure Buy-In Someone with authority and direct involvement with green policy implementation needs to understand and buy into the goals and requirements of the organization’s green policy. The University staff take responsibility for ensuring design teams are aware that the green policy is a priority. From his experience, Mr. Cupido also suggests having the same sustainability or LEED consultant coordinate several projects to ensure a consistent message and lessons learned from past projects are implemented on future buildings.”

“4. Don’t Forget About Operations”
““A good LEED policy is about more than just a plaque on the wall; it is living and breathing that philosophy after the building is open with operations and continuing to look for ways to decrease energy use.” Perhaps the most important aspect to any green policy is to be nimble. “Green” is an ever changing concept. As the core concepts of green buildings move into the mainstream, the goal is to raise the bar; this is evident in the recent release of the LEED 2009 rating system. A good green policy will be able to adapt to changing conditions, including, political, economic, social and technological.”

Marked up using iAnnotate on my iPad

All good stuff, which I will want to refer to in the future. The iPad has made it easier for me to review documents and highlight the bits I need to remember. I’m sure there must be a way of emailing direct to the WordPress dashboard too (anyone know?).

People often ask me how I’ve got the time to blog – I leverage tools! Expect to see some more posts reviewing documents – I have a massive backlog of pdf’s which I am working my way through…

  • Sam Carson

    I agree, iPad is great for reading and for process. Its amazing how much more useable a PDF is with one.