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Green Notes


A simple question about the future of our planet has sparked serious debate; we offer an explanation as to why it should be over already.


Stuart Kaplow, ESQ. builds his clients much-needed roadmaps through the confusing world of sustainable building.

An art program that cuts waste and reduces environmental damage can be as beautiful as it is sustainable. Here’s how.

The global sustainability movement has gained some fashionable allies as of late, but the A&D community still has a leadership role to play.


Breaking into the green building world can be difficult if you don’t have the proper background. Here’s some tips for getting your foot in the door.

Formaldehyde-emitting adhesives can have a big impact on indoor air quality, but new options promise to help clear the air.


The USGBC's Summit on Green Building and Human Health aims to draw deeper connections between our buildings and our health.


For hospitality designers who have struggled to adapt facilities to LEED standards, the coming release of LEED for Hospitality is sweet news, indeed.

How modular systems can help healthcare facilities keep pace with less waste.


Daylight modeling can help you design more enjoyable and sustainable interiors—here’s how.

LEED certification may not be feasible for small businesses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have sustainable spaces. Here’s how green integration can help.

From seating to flooring, PCRs, LCAs and EPDs work together to help you compare and specify green products. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

Architects and interior designers don’t have to choose between sustainability, design and acoustic needs—now they can have all three.

With a fifth public comment period on the horizon, the USGBC’s Scot Horst explains the initial pushback against LEED 2012 and what led to its transformation into LEED v4.

As green product claims continue to proliferate in a marketplace largely devoid of rules and guidance, what’s a designer to do?

When implemented correctly, daylight harvesting and automated shading strategies can provide impressive energy savings, all while boosting comfort and productivity.

After years of navigating product certifications and third-party labels, A&D professionals can finally certify themselves as green with the help of a new protocol from NSF.

Proposed changes to the Indoor Environmental Quality credit category in LEED 2012 have the potential to negatively impact the air quality in our schools and classrooms. But what can be done to fix it?

As the last public comment period closes on LEED 2012 we look at some of the most notable changes that members will be considering on June's member ballot.

As the number of sustainable flooring standards and product evaluation tools continues to grow, it can be hard to keep up. Here’s a quick primer to get you up to speed on the latest developments in the market.
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