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Venture Capital Flowing to Green Building Materials Sector

According to the Associated Press (via Forbes), during the last two quarters of 2006, several venture investors, including DFJ Element, NGEN Partners, Nth Capital, and Rockport Capital Partners, backed a variety of companies producing sustainable construction materials. NGEN, for example, led the Series B round last August for Hycrete, Inc., a Jersey City, New Jersey-based […]

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Nashville Considers Green Building Legislation for Public Projects

Nashville City Councilman Mike Jameson is preparing legislation he intends to introduce which would apply to all public projects in the Nashville Metropolitan District (the city of Nashville and Davidson County, informally referred to as “Metro“) of 5,000 square feet or at least $2 million (except for Metro’s schools, transit structures, and housing developments, which […]

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From the Botanical Garden to Silvercup Studios: Going Green in the Borough of Queens

While (some of us anxiously) wait and see if the Mets’ CitiField will join the new ballpark in Washington for the Nationals in seeking LEED certification, a variety of other ambitious green projects are either underway or in the works over in Queens. The Queens Botanical Garden The first, the Queens Botantical Garden’s Sustainable Landscapes […]

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Smaller Cities Adopt, Consider Green Building Standards

I am down visiting D.C and got my hands on some great vacation rentals washington dc with a view like you wouldn’t believe , but I came across two articles discussing smaller cities adopting, and considering, green building standards. Asheville, North Carolina will now require LEED certification for all new city buildings, while Pembroke Pines, […]

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Thom Mayne’s Green Design Will Drive Redevelopment of Parisian Business District

A new green skyscraper designed by 2005 Pritzker Prize winning American architect Thom Mayne will anchor a redevelopment of the La Defense business district west of Paris. Mayne’s submission was chosen over nine other proposals, including those from Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas, and Jacques Herzog. Nicolai Ourossoff of The New York Times calls the design […]

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Boston Will Mandate Green Building- Public and Private- But Opts to Pass on LEED

Another day and another U.S. city is on the cusp of implementing green building legislation. All projects, public or private, of 50,000 square feet or more in Boston will be required to meet a city-developed green building standard. The new regulations will take effect in January after the public has an opportunity to comment and […]

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Green Sports Consulting Firm Hopes to Turn Reds, Browns, and Blues to “Greens”

Many green consulting firms focus primarily on assisting clients in negotiating the paperwork-intensive LEED certification process. (You can access several, including Paladino, through the links to the right). So, when I saw this article about a new Minneapolis-based green consultant, I thought its business plan was extremely original. A former Minnesota county commissioner, Mark Andrew […]

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Napa Valley Hotel Demonstrates Dangers to Developers Posed by LEED Creep

In the wake of the D.C. Council passing significant LEED legislation last week, there’s been substantial commentary about how positive the bill is for green building at large. While I agree that the legislation is certainly a step in the right direction, a recent post I wrote about the D.C. mandate describes what the BD+C […]

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NY Power Authority Lobbies for NYC Energy Legislation

New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) President Timothy S. Carey is backing two proposed energy laws currently pending before the New York City Council. The first, Introduction (Int.) No. 18, would require a survey of every City-owned building in order to determine the propriety of installing clean, on-site electricity generation. You can visit for appointing […]

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BIM Treatise for Contractors Released

The Associated General Contractors of America has released a forty-eight page treatise entitled The Contractors’ Guide to BIM: Edition 1. Co-authored by general contractor/design-builder Barton Malow’s executive vice-president Les Snyder, the Guide hopes to allay contractors’ various fears about BIM, including its potential legal risks. Cadalyst AEC believes the Guide is the first BIM publication […]

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