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Building walls like animal skin

David Beach  |  04/06/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

Through thousands of years of evolutionary trial and error, animals have developed skins with remarkable properties to regulate temperature, manage water, provide protection, and communicate with the surrounding world. What if we learned from animals to design building envelopes that functioned as elegantly as nature? More architects are doing just that. At a lecture last night at the University of...more

COSE tries to energize Cleveland companies with green programs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/10 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Green buildings

During the last four years, The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) rolled out a slew of energy savings programs. And while some early birds are feeding, hundreds of small businesses who may starve in this recession have shied away. That concerns Nicole Stika, COSE's Energy Program director. "We're providing a whole suite of products that think beyond paying utility bills," she says....more

Affordable housing green standard, NEO first LEED-Gold school opens, surveying state legislature candidates on green building

 |  09/02/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings

At a time when more and more low-income Ohioans are in need of housing they can afford, the Ohio Green Communities initiative is working across the state to help ensure that as many apartments as possible meet an energy efficient green standard. With the support of PNC, three community development entities - Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), Ohio Housing Financing Agency...more

Shearer's eyes more than potato chips inside LEED-Platinum plant

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/16/10 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

How did Shearer's-a relatively small player in its field-come to build the first snack manufacturing facility with a LEED-Platinum rating? The answer can be found in the inversion of what Shearer's peers see as an exorbitant but necessary cost of doing business: energy. The reason only three other manufacturers globally have a LEED-Platinum facility is where energy is consumed. "The lion's...more

Surveying attitudes about green building reveals many (not always welcome) opinions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/21/10 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Green buildings

Was it pent up demand or downright frustration that The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council unleashed in some 200 local builders, architects and real estate developers who filled out a survey on how well the region is adapting to 'green' building practices? "People are increasingly more interested in adapting sustainable building techniques and may experience some confusion...more

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