In The Industry
LEED Automation was announced at GreenBuild 2010 and has the potential to positively impact the industry for many years to come. It provides bi-directional integration with LEED Online, which is the USGBC's tool for submitting all of your documentation and project certification requirements. LEED Automation allows third-party tools to deliver value to the LEED certification process and is the next phase of the market transformation, ultimately streamlining the process. It improves efficiency, reduces cost and is a natural evolution as the green building industry matures.
By: Laurie Williams
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The Future Of Solar
Rebates and tax incentives are the engines that drive the solar business. The Rebates or subsidies can be used in various ways as incentives while producing two very different results. Rebates here in the U.S. (just federally reauthorized) work for home owners by reducing their capital outlay for energy upgrades (by approx 30%). The now defunct PACE program which was a means of financing energy efficiency levied a lien on the mortgage of a building to be paid off over the duration of the loan, thus defraying upfront costs while realizing the benefits of efficiency, this program will be reinstated. Rebates or tax incentives therefore drive demand.
Rebates for manufacturers (as in China) produce another effect - production. Chinese manufactures get money for export, especially when there sales results in dollars. So the Chinese over produced when the American market was poised to take off in 2007-2008, but dropped dramatically in 2009-2010. Chinese made solar products will drop again in 2011.
By: Jon Dougal
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Cleaner Rain Water Coming Our Way!
The new Cal Green Building Code is to Architects as the Regional Water Board's Order No. R8-2010-0033 / NPDES No. CAS 6180033 is to Civil Engineers! Not to be forgotten by all the anticipation of the new building code, the above mentioned revisions to Region 8's Water Quality Management Plan will create many changes in storm water mitigation. The new order was adopted on January 29, 2010 and will come into enforcement July 29, 2011 by Riverside County Flood Control District (Principal Permittee) and all 15 cities (Co-Permittees).
By: Andrew Walcker
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Green Funny Bone
· HERS I · HERS II · BPI
· Building Performance Analysis
· Energy Efficient Mortgages
| Green Code Conflict
The history and application of zoning codes until quite recently remained an evolutionary tale that began after the Chicago fire in 1909 and spread across the nation, big cities and small, dense urban areas and rural communities as well. The result is a century of antiquated, badly conceived and poorly written zoning codes. In particular, at least in Southern California, there are some significant gaps between current zoning law and sustainable development criteria, resulting in conflicts to designing and developing green buildings and communities. RESCUE Greens Bill Warkentin has studied this problem in some local jurisdictions and what follows are examples of discrepancies and conflicts between zoning codes and sustainable design criteria.
By: Bill Warkentin
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USGBC Orange County Networking in the Park
September 23, 2011
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Park; 14301 Yale Ave., Irvine 92604
Families welcome! Get together for Pizza, Drinks and Games. Networking and have some relaxing fun.
Pass the LEED GA Exam with Confidence
October 28, 2011
8:30am - 4:00pm
Waxie; 3220 Fairview Avenue, Santa Ana 92704
The USGBC Orange County Chapter will be holding a LEED Exam Training workshop designed to prepare you to pass the exams with confidence - the first time. At the door registration will begin one half hour prior to the workshop, only full Non-Member rates will be available the day of the workshop.
7th Annual Green Gala
November 3, 2011
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7th ANNUAL GREEN GALA
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$250 per seat
Held this year at
LEED Silver Certified
JW Marriott at L.A. Live
| Featured Product
With a CURRIES prefinished product, a building's project manager has more flexibility to complete the job correctly and on schedule. Factory prefinishing also eliminates their concerns with on-site painting: jobsite mess, and dirt in the paint, toxic-smelling fumes, disposal of solvents and other painting supplies.
A very green solution - Compliance with LEED EQ 4.1 and 4.2 for VOC levels at jobsite. Waste and solvent disposal is controlled at the factory and meet all of the requirements of the EPA
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| Plant of the Month
The Aster is September's Birth Flower...
Asters are an easy to grow perennial that grows well in average soils, but needs full sun. Asters come in blues, purples and a variety of pinks. All Asters are yellow in the center of the flower. They are daisy-like in appearance, even though they are a member of the sunflower family.
Green Living Tips
Set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.
Quote of the Month
"Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. "
~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1964