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New guide for creating “grid neutral” schools in California

Posted in Green Building
The California State & Consumer Services Agency recently released the first draft of a step-by-step guide to help California schools and community colleges cut energy costs through on-site electricity generation and become "grid neutral."  The guide is entitled "Grid Neutral:  Electrical Independence for California Schools and Community Colleges," and can be viewed here.  In fact, the state’s Department of General Services is seeking comments regarding the… Continue Reading

The Future of Green Building – Tools and Technologies for Designing High Performance Buildings

Posted in Green Building
Hanson Bridgett will be hosting a sustainable business forum entitled "The Future of Green Building – Tools and Technologies for Designing High Performance Buildings" on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at our offices in San Francisco. Speakers will include Jon Pittman, Vice President of Market Development at Autodesk; Christopher (Kit) P. Ratcliff, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and… Continue Reading

2007 Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry

Posted in Architects, Green Building, Legislation
New laws concerning the construction industry will go into effect in 2007, some of which are previewed below. These laws encompass a wide variety of issues including indemnification of design professionals, the ability of architects to practice as limited liability partnerships, “green” building construction, expansion of design-build procurement, revocation and suspension of contractors’ licenses, execution of… Continue Reading

The Genzyme Center: the future of green building?

Posted in Green Building
In response to our last post regarding the green building revolution, one of our readers sent me a link to a very interesting blog article regarding the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.   The Genzyme Center is an office building for approximately 900 employees which received the highest LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating… Continue Reading

The “green building” revolution may be upon us

Posted in Green Building
The San Francisco Chronicle ran an interesting article on the trend toward "green building" yesterday.  Increasingly, cities are looking to require privately developed buildings to comply with a series of environment-friendly construction elements.  Pleasanton was one of the first cities to adopt such requirements, Boston and Washington D.C. recently joined the movement, and San Francisco is… Continue Reading