Why are environmental educators nicer people?
That’s a comment we got a lot as we started to cover the show floor. Compared to contractors, builders and building material suppliers that you find at many industry shows, the folks at Greenbuild are a bit more like Burning Man. They have an environmental consciousness and show it. Maybe they are not as extreme as the Earth Guardians where you are banned if you show a water bottle. Not really, but you are given some looks and soon learn the ways of the island.
Conscious communities have a conscience!
Some of the other similarities between Greenbuild and Burning Man are that they have measurable environmental benefits. BM as the largest leave no trace event in the world, packs out everything that was brought on to the playa. The role of the Earth Guardians is to patrol the event and help everyone preserve the clay lake bed for future generations of fairy shrimp that grow an hatch in the short two month wet season. Green build hasn’t banned water bottles yet but we did notice that they are selling water in aluminum bottles.
We spoke with the nice folks at Mitsubishi Electric and they showed off their new outdoor condenser unit that can serve 50 wall units. 30% smaller and 255 more efficient. They have everything you need to report energy use to the ARC system that replaces the LEED Dynamic Plaque. The illustration above shows the energy use in our LEED Platinum office. It’s not as efficient as it could be because the HVAC was out of the scope of the project. The AC was only a SEER 10 versus a 26 or a 28 for the Mitsubishi units. We show as having a very low use because we don’t occupy the office 24/7/365. We also use a Nest thermostat to turn the heating down to 60 degrees when we’re out of the office.
USGBC Launches LEED Zero, to Address Net Zero Carbon Operations and Resources in LEED Green Building Projects
LEED Zero complements LEED to verify the achievement of net zero goals and signals market leadership in green buildings
CHICAGO – (Nov. 14, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings.
“Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to net zero milestones. We are recognizing the leadership of these projects—and formalizing our commitment to focusing on carbon and net zero across the entire LEED community. These new certification programs will encourage a holistic approach for buildings and places to contribute to a regenerative future and enhance the health and wellbeing for not only building occupants, but all of humanity.”
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