The 3rd Annual GreenNC tradeshow (www.greenNCtradeshow.com) brought
together companies, organizations, and individuals active and interested
in green commercial building in North Carolina. The keynote speaker at
the GreenNC luncheon was Sandy Wiggins (www.consilience.net), the Chair
of the US Green Building Council (www.USGBC.org), which is the
organization responsible for the very popular LEED green building
certification program. The tradeshow and luncheon were at the McKimmon
Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC on September 6th, 2007. His
enthusiastic presentation to the few hundred luncheon attendees
discussed the importance of green building in our modern world and the
role USGBC and LEED in its future. The event was produced by the local
Triangle Chapter of the USGBC (http://chapters.usgbc.org/nctriangle) and
was sponsored by the NC Solar Center (www.ncsc.ncsu.edu). The chair of
the local Triangle Chapter is Dona Stankus (Dona_Stankus@ncsu.edu).
- Jason McLennan, CEO Cascadia Region Green Building Council: Post-Platinum
- Scot Horst, chair, LEED Steering Committee: LEEDís evolution
- Jay Bolus: Executive Vice President, Benchmarking and Certification for McDonough Braungart
Design Chemistry: Cradle-to-Cradle, the product
- Guy Battle, Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers/founder, dCarbon8: Carbon is the new gold
- Phil Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Strategy and Relations, Autodesk: Design tools for
- Michael Murray, President, Lucid Design Group: A building dashboard
- Jon Ratner, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Forest City Enterprises: Developer green
- Clark Brockman, SERA Architects & Chris Ziegler, Sage Hospitality Resources: Portland
- Patti Purcell, CEO, The Beam and Green Building Blocks: Consumer green
As the architect of Bank of America's new super-green building in
Manhattan, Rick Cook has a front-row seat for the greening of Corporate
America. In this podcast, he talks about his own green conversion, the
Bank of America tower, and choosing work that matters.
"Engineers are a hidden hand when it comes to innovation," says Guy
Battle, principal of London-based Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers,
who specialize in green buildings and their role in creating sustainable
businesses. It's an admittedly unusual combination, at least from the
American perspective on the role of engineers. But Battle is an unusual
engineer, choosing to chase down new challenges rather than merely solve
the ones at hand -- like forgoing air conditioning in the tropics, or
combining transparency and bomb-resistance. "We're very much seen as
drivers, and that's why architects come to us and ask us to get
involved," says Battle.
Working in the realms of art and architecture, Michael Singer has opened
new possibilities for public art through developing site-specific
sculptures. His pieces have become models for successful urban and
ecological renewal. In a discussion with Andrew Blum he describes how
his planning and design reimagines the use of a parking lot.
Andrew Blum speaks with Guy Battle, founding partner of Battle McCarthy
Consulting Engineers, a firm specializing in designing environmentally
responsive buildings. Battle weighs in on sustainability in the U.S and
Europe and how far along we've come.
The challenges of a residential architect going green in Miami.
Andrew Blum speaks with Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture +
Design, a residential architect going green in Miami. By strategizing
ways to use design to the advantage of developers, Oppenheim aims to
overcome convention and create stimulating places to live.
Andrew Blum talks with Rick Fedrizzi is the founding chairman and
president of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Fedrizzi explains
how the combination of environmental, financial, and moral factors may
be the key for future sustainable construction.
Good planning and common sense create alternatives to urban sprawl.
Katy Sorenson, an advocate for new urbanism, has been county
commissioner of Miami-Dade's District Eight since 1994 and champions
sustainable urban development. She and Andrew Blum talk about the local
initiatives that could put a halt to the urban sprawl of Miami.