Posts Tagged ‘energy-efficient’
By Katie Peige
If you’re looking for some green inspiration or want to get involved with some cool sustainability projects, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the place for you. Arizona’s USGBC chapter hosts events throughout the year to fulfill their sustainable building education and advocacy mission. Last month, the Arizona chapter’s annual conference, dubbed “50 Shades of Green,” shed light on more than 50 statewide sustainability initiatives and offered a bright green vision of the future for our Arizona cities, schools, and communities.
The USGBC is dedicated to creating a sustainable and prosperous future through implementing environmental and energy-efficient designs into the construction of new buildings and renovations of older buildings. The USGBC’s main program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED, allows the organization to rank a building according to certain criteria. Only LEED accredited professionals can designate a project as LEED certified. The accreditation process for professionals involves taking sustainable-building classes, passing a test and working on a LEED project.
BY TRACY HOUSE
When you are one of the largest global manufacturers in the world, leaving behind a large carbon footprint on the environment may seem inevitable, but it’s not an option for Intel. Intel has had a long history of environmental stewardship going back to 1994, when it published its first public environmental report. Because Intel factories are located in communities, the company has been proactive about effectively managing their environmental footprint.
The City of Scottsdale honors projects that exemplify sustainable practices through its Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards Program (SEDA). This month we highlight some of the award winners recognized for their design quality, public education and sensitivity to the Sonoran desert environment.
How going green can add a warmth and charm to your home.
1. Hood made from reclaimed water tank (cut neatly and reformed) acquired from a salvage yard in Page, AZ.
2. Reclaimed French firebrick ceiling and stone walls; interior and exterior.
BY DAVID M. BROWN
On June 15, the Arizona office of Turner Construction Company obtained substantial completion of the $22 million Colonel Smith Middle School in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, about 90 miles southeast of Tucson, for the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District. A dedication ceremony is being held Aug. 3 at the school.
The 88,700-square-foot project is expected to be the state’s first net zero school and the nation’s twelfth. Approximately 375 sixth- through eighth-grade students will benefit from its sustainable education facilities. Groundbreaking was May 5, 2011.