California Greenin’: David Johnson in Environmental Design+Construction on CalGreen Building Standards
The recently passed California Green Building Standards (CalGreen) will raise the baseline for new construction and have an enormous positive impact, given CalGreen’s widespread application. This new code from the California Building Standards Commission, which takes effect January 2011, will continue California’s legacy of environmental leadership. However, as we integrate these new requirements within the wide range of existing green standards, codes and rating systems, we are constantly faced with the question: Is what we’re …
[img_assist|nid=391|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=53|height=70] The steel structure is complete at the NASA Ames Sustainability Base, a William McDonough + Partners design. This is a major landmark in construction the project that is designed to be greenest in the federal portfolio. A ceremonial “topping out” event and beam-signing took place on March 12 to commemorate the completion of structural steel for the NASA Ames Research Center’s Sustainability Base. This represents a landmark for the building, expected to be one of …
Diane Dale, director of Community Design, presented the firm’s recent Dutch community planning work at the Sustainability in Urban Communities: Exchanging Transatlantic Best Practices seminar at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC.
On March 3, Diane Dale, director of Community Design, joined stakeholders from the smart growth, clean energy, and climate communities at the White House for the Clean Energy Economy Forum: Livability and Sustainable Communities, put on by the DOT and HUD.
The director of the William McDonough + Partners San Francisco studio, David Johnson, presented at the Strategic Opportunities in Water Technologies conference in San Francisco (February 3-5); his February 5 panel, on Water Technology Needs of the Commercial Real Estate Market, including industry experts including Sally Gutierrez, director of the National Risk Management Research Lab at the US EPA office of Research and Development.
Diane Dale participated in a forum entitled “Re-positioning American Communities for Successful Sustainable Development” hosted by ULI and AIA (January 28-29). This invitation-only event brought together architects, developers, mayors and other experts to focus on the creation of a plan for the increased development of sustainable, livable communities.
Bill McDonough spoke on a panel with IDEO’s Tim Brown and Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair. Alice Rawsthorn moderated the Design for Sustanability panel, and reported on it for The New York Times.
Kevin Burke explains how the Bernheim Arboretum Visitor Center applies the principles of Cradle to Cradle design in the December 2009 edition of Construction Digital Magazine. As the article highlights, the Visitor Center is one of only 68 LEED Platinum projects worldwide and is the winner of the EPA’s Lifecycle Building Award.