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November 2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Kitchens and Building in Nevada
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Design Forward Newsletter November 2006, vol. 44
in this issue
  • Builders urged to go green by panel in Nevada
  • Clean Up Your Office Kitchen Make It a Green Kitchen
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    Greetings!

    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."
    -Wilson Greatbatch


    Lisa A. Swan

    Builders 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 said recently.

    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 said.

    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 said.

    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," he said.

    Information from Las Vegas Review-Journal Picture Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty

    Clean 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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