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February 14, 2008

A Special Section of
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Stories


"Charrettes evolve to help make projects lean and green"
By STEVEN PAGET
Olympic Associates Co.

"New headquarters lets firm walk the green talk"
By PETER DAVID GREAVES
Weber + Thompson


"Is LEED living up to its hype?"
By DOUG SMITH
Interface Engineering

"Dead-end street to get an urban makeover"
By NICK MCDANIEL
NBBJ


"Rising to the challenge of carbon neutrality"
By AMANDA STURGEON
Perkins+Will, Seattle


"When sustainability means putting people first"
By MARTHA DROGE and
CHRIS SALEEBA
Mithun

"What does sustainability mean in practice?"
By JOSEPH GREIF and
DYAN PFITZENMEIER
Greif Architects/Firefly


"New LEED standards help retailers go green" By SANDIE POPE
Callison

"Letís get pumped up about heat sharing"
By DON M. IVERSON
Coffman Engineers

"Tapping a market by building green"
By ROSEMARY COLEMAN
The Schuster Group

"Reduce your footprint, starting with where you work"
By ALICIA UHLIG
and AMY HARTWELL
GGLO

"Affordable green housing: a social, economic priority"
By PATTI SOUTHARD
King County

"Vancouver convention center goes for the gold"
By MARK REDDINGTON and TOM BURGESS
LMN Architects


"How one city is getting greener"
By JULIA WALTON
AHBL


What's inside...

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Image courtesy of Embassy Development Corp.
The Insignia, a Belltown condominium complex with two 41-story towers, is being designed by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Perkins & Co. Architecture & Urban Design to receive a LEED silver rating. Construction could begin in March. The developer, Embassy Development Corp., is also the general contractor.

This issue of Building Green, we begin with a look at how designers have responded to the growing importance of environmental, economic and social sustainability by initiating eco-charrettes and innovating sustainable design.

Peter David Greaves of Weber + Thompson talks about designing the company's space in the Terry Avenue Office Building to meet LEED platinum standards.

Next we take a hard look at the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program to see if green buildings really are saving money and the environment.

Nick McDaniel of NBBJ tells about the design process for the Yale Campus, a 776,000-square-foot office, retail, biotech and life-sciences project in South Lake Union being developed by The Blume Co.

Can we really eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions in new buildings by 2030? Amanda Sturgeon of Perkins+Will, Seattle, talks about rising to the challenge of carbon neutrality.

Going "green" in a building is more than energy efficiency and reduced consumption. A growing focus on health impacts is changing how green projects are designed.

Next we look at what sustainability means in practice, and how it's changing life for designers and citizens.

Financial services provider Wachovia Corp. has asked Callison to develop a design prototype to support its retail expansion, while reflecting the company's commitment to environmental stewardship.

What if the excess heat from commercial buildings could be used to keep residential buildings warm? This idea of heat sharing is being used at several area mixed-use projects, and could transform the way the city uses energy.

Buyers are now asking for green design features, and projects such as The Schuster Group's Mosler Lofts are answering the call.

Is your firm practicing what it preaches? Business such as GGLO are looking at their own environmental impacts and making changes to their workplaces.

While green building has become a major force in market-rate home construction, many see a strong need for green building in affordable housing as well.

With the 2010 Winter Olympics coming up, Vancouver, B.C., is already thinking gold. The West Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre is targeting LEED gold certification by the Canada Green Building Council, making it one of the greenest convention centers in the world.

Finally, we take a look at the city of Shoreline's efforts to mitigate climate change and make the community more sustainable.




Green Building 2008 team

Section editor: Jon Silver
Section design: Jeffrey Miller
Web design: Lisa Lannigan
Advertising: Matt Brown



Green Building 2008 Advertisers

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Cdi Engineers (www.cdiengineers.com)

Cedar Grove Construction Services (www.cedargroveconstruction.com)

Coffman Engineers (www.coffman.com)

Colliers International (www.colliers.com/seattle)

Coughlin Porter Lundeen (www.cplinc.com)

Flack + Kurtz (www.flackandkurtz.com)

Hargis (www.hargis.biz)

Huitt-Zollars (www.huitt-zollars.com)

Interface Engineering (www.interface-engineering.com)

King Kounty GreenTools (www.greentools.us)

Mountain Construction (www.mountainconst.com)

Northwest Environmental Business Council (www.nebc.org)

Otak (www.otak.com)

Old Republic Title and Escrow (www.ortconline.com/web/about/locations/washington/)

Quantum Consulting Engineers (www.quantumce.com)

Rosewater Engineering, Inc. (www.rosewater.com)

Seattle City Light (www.energysmartservices.com)

SMACNA (www.smacnaww.org)

The Greenbusch Group, Inc. (www.greenbusch.com)

Wood Harbinger (www.woodharbinger.com)




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