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Efficiency: Toward Net-Zero Energy (VoiceThread Presentation)

Green Building

Efficiency: Toward Net-Zero Energy (VoiceThread Presentation)

  Four years ago, I co-authored a white paper with my colleague Nick Worden at Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf (BDMD) Architects and William Brown, currently the Director of Sustainability at Indiana University. The white paper was published at 2010 International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue University and it presented a full-year of energy consumption and on-site renewable energy production data for the Chrisney Library (a branch of the Lincoln Heritage Public Library), verifying the project as the first non-residential net-zero (site) energy facility in Indiana….

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How Performance Metrics Will Change LEED Forever

Green Building

How Performance Metrics Will Change LEED Forever

Since its inception, the LEED rating system has been criticized for its points-based approach to green building that focuses on design intent rather than actual building performance. In fact, in many circles, this was strongly considered to be a potential Achilles’ heel of the blossoming rating system. Case in point: about two and half years ago, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) published a study that now appears to have been a watershed moment in the green building movement. In that….

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