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Links for December 22nd through December 23rd

by Mel Starrs on December 29, 2010

in News

These are my links for December 22nd through December 23rd:

  • People power and the rise of social sustainability | The Fifth Estate – "As part of its Green Star – Communities the GBCA has developed five principles for sustainable communities – liveability, economic prosperity, environmental responsibility, design excellence and governance."
  • BSI-007: Prioritizing Green—It’s the Energy Stupid* — Building Science Information – Hilarious rant on LEED via an ex-colleague: "Before you can have a “green” building you need a building first. Presumably this building needs to … be able to meet applicable building codes such as having a basic provision for ventilation like that specified by Standard 62.1. <br />
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    So what’s with all these “green” programs providing “points” for “durability” and “indoor air quality”? I mean it’s pretty pathetic if we have to reward architects and engineers when they provide details and specifications that should be basic to fundamental practice. If you design and install a controlled ventilation system that meets Standard 62 you get points. You get more points if you keep the rain out and design the building to dry if it gets wet. And you get still more points if the occupants are actually comfortable. Aren’t these code requirements? Shouldn’t these be “the standard of care”?"
  • Announcements > LEED NCv2.1 Sunset Date: December 15, 2011 – "The sunset date for LEED for New Construction version 2.1 will occur on December 15, 2011. All projects currently registered under LEED for New Construction version 2.1 may either submit for certification or upgrade at no cost to a newer version of the LEED rating system by Dec. 15, 2011. Projects that do not submit for certification or upgrade to a newer version of the LEED rating system prior to this date will be retired and will be ineligible to certify under their current registration. These projects will be removed from the LEED registered project list on the GBCI website."