Photo courtesy of Vulcan Real Estate
The 278-unit Stack House Apartments are part of a full-block development by Vulcan Real Estate that opened last year in South Lake Union. The apartments earned a LEED platinum rating. Vulcan has targeted LEED gold for a historic laundry building that was preserved as part of the development.
Investing in green spaces can pay off for property owners
A new study finds that commercial properties with natural landscapes can draw higher rents, boost retail spending and reduce energy use.
By PAUL DAVIS
Natural Resources Defense Council
No guts, more glory: Why it pays to go minimal
A Queen Anne apartment project opted for outdoor hallways, a move that saved several hundred thousand dollars worth of mechanical systems and reduced long-term operating costs.
By BRANDON NICHOLSON
Nicholson Kovalchick Architects
Historic rehab a test for performance-based codes
A pilot program allowed Vulcan to decide how best to cut energy use at the 107-year-old Supply Laundry Building. If successful, it could offer a way reduce conflicts between historic preservation and code requirements.
By BRANDON MORGAN
Vulcan Real Estate
Stone34 to put its deep green bona fides to the test
The new Brooks Sports headquarters will be monitored after it’s built to make sure it meets its sustainability goals.
By ADRIAN MACDONALD and WENDY PAUTZ
U.S.-Mexico border crossing gets a net-zero makeover
The $577 million project could make the crossing the first 24-hour facility in the U.S. to generate as much energy as it consumes.
By ROB MISEL
Miller Hull Partnership
King County to try new rating system for infrastructure
The system, called Envision, was designed to fill a need left unmet by sustainable development tools like LEED.
By ADÉ FRANKLIN and JUSTUS STEWART
King County Wastewater Treatment Division and O’Brien & Co.
Old warehouse now a super-efficient office building
Portland’s Vestas headquarters uses 70 percent less energy than a conventional office building thanks to a thrifty HVAC system and other strategies.
By MITCH DEC
LEED is here to stay so long as owners find it useful
The test will be whether it continues to improve the value, quality and performance of the buildings it rates.
By ELIZABETH A.D. POWERS
O’Brien & Co.
LEED shifts focus from design to performance
Even project teams well-versed with LEED will find plenty that’s new in the latest version. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store.
By PATRICK LEONARD and MEGAN SNYDER
How transparency can change the game on green building
Demand for more disclosure about materials, energy use and social justice policies could spur businesses to change how they operate.
By KATHLEEN O’BRIEN
Emerge Leadership Project
LEED vs. Green Globes: How to choose
The competing green-building rating systems have their pros and cons when it comes to cost, credibility and red tape.
By STUART HAND
State seeks to wring more value from its projects
A new executive order requires state agencies to use life-cycle cost analyses when they plan new buildings. The state’s goal is for projects to cost less to build, operate and maintain.
By JEAN-CLAUDE LETOURNEAU
Schacht Aslani Architects
Building Green 2014 team
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Cadd Northwest, Inc. (www.caddnw.com)
Go Green Conference Seattle (www.gogreenconference.net)
Gray Lumber Company (www.graylumber.com)
Kulchin Foundation Drilling Company (www.kulchin.com)
PACE Engineers (www.paceengrs.com)
Pacific Earth Works (www.pacificearthworks.com)
Rafn Company (www.rafn.com)
Skanska USA Inc. (www.usa.skanska.com)
Trash Transit (www.transtransit.com)
Tree Solutions Inc. (www.treesolutions.net)
University Mechanical Contractors (www.umci.com)
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