2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Kitchens and Building in Nevada
2006, vol. 44
Welcome to the November 2006 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "By 2050 A.D. we will have run out
of all the fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas. We still
will have adequate supplies of coal, but only if we are
willing to ignore its enviromental consequences."
Lisa A. Swan
urged to go green by panel in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Commercial developers who go to the
extra expense of putting up environmentally friendly
buildings will be rewarded when their energy efficient
designs save money in the long run, a group of panelists
The additional 3 percent to 5 percent in construction
costs to bring a building in line with the Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design certification can
be recouped in three years or less, said architectural
consultant Lynn Simon.
"This is all about education," Simon said.
The panel met Oct. 27 as part of a presentation sponsored
by the southern Nevada chapter of the National Association
of Industrial and Office Properties.
Features such as systems to reclaim wastewater from
kitchen sinks and toilets, and solar energy panels are
upfront costs that will pay for themselves over and
over, Simon said.
These and other practices related to design and construction
are how buildings receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum
certification from the LEED program, established by
the U.S. Green Building Council.
Real estate owners and developers need a push to go
green from tenants who are in the market for space,
broker Judi Woodyard of ITRA Realty Group said.
Not only do green buildings consume less energy and
reduce pollutants, but the designs can be more attractive
work environments and can result in better employee
retention and increased production, said Jerry Yudelson
of Greenway Consulting Group.
"This is a major movement," he said. "Every big company
is responding to environmental demands of the time."
Buildings in the United States account for 36 percent
of total energy use, 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions
and 30 percent of raw materials use in the country,
the U.S. Green Building Council reports.
Las Vegas is making progress in going green, panelists
The city council has adopted the Green Building Program,
which supports and certifies energy efficient buildings.
"So many of our builders are already using energy- efficient
elements and this new program will help consumers know
who those outstanding builders are," Mayor Oscar Goodman
The 180-acre Springs Preserve set to open in May between
Alta Drive and U.S. Highway 95 is using straw bales
in the walls of its educational Desert Living Center,
a showcase for urban sustainability in the West, marketing
manager Jesse Davis said.
"When you think about straw-bale construction, it may
conjure up images of the Three Little Pigs," he said.
"But when you look at the finished product, it's sustainable
and energy efficient."
"You'll have 'truth windows' so you can see what's inside
the building, the straw bales. That's part of the education,"
Information from Las
Vegas Review-Journal Picture © Ryan McVay/Digital
Up Your Office Kitchen — Make It a Green Kitchen
At home, most of us recycle, and many of us are committed
to minimizing waste, buying organic, and other activities
that contribute to good health and a clean environment.
But at the office, it's usually a different story. Trash
cans can be seen full of recyclable items, overhead
lights blaze away in empty offices, and office kitchens
are stocked full of Styrofoam cups, plastic forks, and
non-organic everything. This article addresses how you
can make progress on the last of these issues and convert
your workplace mess hall into a green office kitchen.
Read on to find out how...
© 2006 by Mark Jeantheau/Grinning Planet. More great
articles at http://www.grinningplanet.com
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