Green Building

The Ultimate Expression of Acting With Purpose

Without intent, there is no reason to build.

PERHAPS IT HAS JUST been on my mind, rattling around in the subconscious and peeking out of the corners as if to tease me, or maybe I’m just imagining it, but it seems that the term (and the meaning of) purpose keeps popping up lately. It could be the result of the change of the seasons, apparent in the lengthening of the days and the almost imperceptible transition from the colors and tones of winter—white, brown and gray—to the pale greens and brightening blues as spring careens toward summer.

Designing Sustainable Office Space

By Matt Wilderspin Head of Project Management, at CBRE
In the last 20 years, the trend of shell and core vs Category A office space has shifted one way then the other. Is the latest shift towards shell and core or shell and floor (including the installation of a raised floor) a returning trend or a shift driven by changing attitudes towards waste and sustainability?

Smart Appliances Still Must Win the Hearts of Buyers

Now you can talk to your refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher through your phone, but what's the value added?

For several years now, the advent of smart home devices have allowed you to turn on and off the house lights, change a room’s temperature settings and record your favorite TV shows or movies from your phone without even being home.

Taco Bell Shines Purple in a New Way


Taco Bell's focus on reducing its footprint can be seen all the way in sunny Southern California.

Taco Bell is focused on exploring ways to use its scale for good, and reduce its environmental footprint. This exploration has ignited a fire in the brand to become a leader in sustainability in ways that are both good business and the communities we operate in.

TD Economics looks at the Impact of ‘Green’ Buildings on the Toronto Condo Market

Special Report: TD Economics
Press Release

May 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ - TD Economics has released a special report titled “The Market Benefits of Green Condos in Toronto.”  

The report shows that:

Green Builder Home of the Year Awards Call for Entries

Green Builder magazine is looking for the best green residential home projects.
Press Release

May 14, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder® magazine is looking for the best in residential, green homes for their annual Home of the Year Awards. The contest looks at innovative design, sustainable features, whole home performance, and integration with the natural environment.

Investing in History with Geothermal

A geothermal system breathes new life into an historic West Virginia farmstead, showcasing an innovative approach to cultural preservation.

The Cockayne Farmstead is an historic home and preservation project located near the banks of the Ohio River in West Virginia. Once a thriving sheep ranch belonging to the prominent and successful Cockayne family, the dwelling was named to the National Historic Registry in 2002.

When the house came into the custody of the Marshall County Historical Society, it was a living museum, stocked with over 1,500 artifacts dating back to 1850. But without a central heating or cooling system, they were in jeopardy.

Green Code and Regulation Round-Up

Florida eliminates solar rebate programs; meanwhile, California curbs Homeowners Associations from prohibiting drought-tolerant plants.


Regulation Information: 
In late November, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 in favor of a utility-backed proposal to eliminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015 and lowering the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent. This was decided after a very lengthy debate that lasted almost two hours, and the debate might not be over. Environmental groups are considering whether the PSC violated state law by instituting a policy that leaves utilities with virtually no energy efficiency requirements.

Biophilic or Dystopic: The Future in our Hands

Will we choose to live in harmony with nature or separated from it?

Last weekend, I watched two movies. The first one, set in in the 1920’s, was about a female immigrant who came to New York City to build a new life. Instead of finding streets paved with gold, she encountered heartbreak and deception everywhere. The movie was grim and grimy, depicting the hardships of the era. As I watched, I remember thinking how grateful I am to be alive today, with all of our amenities, technological innovations, and medical advancements.

Leading by Example: Hayes Highlights UTC’s Longstanding Commitment to Sustainability

Business Roundtable releases its 2015 Sustainability Report
In an essay published by the Business Roundtable (BRT) on sustainability initiatives at United Technologies, President and CEO Gregory Hayes highlighted the company’s commitment to “developing the smart, sustainable solutions the world needs – while delivering superior customer and shareowner value.”


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