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Written by R. Kirk Johnson, AIA Category REGIONALIZATION

This is the third article delineating emerging sustainable regulations as defined in the fourth edition public draft of the Standard 189.1P Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings.  The first two articles, illustrated in previous U.S. Green Building Council North Texas Chapter digital magazine editions, described elements from energy and sustainable sites. This brief overview article concentrates upon information as it relates to the materials, resources, and indoor environment air quality portions of the regulation.
 


Written by R. Kirk Johnson, AIA Category SITE & LANDSCAPE

As introduced in the August Edition of the North Texas Chapter digital magazine, the fourth edition public draft of the Standard 189.1P Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings was released in September anticipating a publish date in January 2010.  The standard is a joint partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) that is designed to significantly move forward sustainable concepts and construction by providing a code-enforceable standard for green buildings that may be adopted by jurisdictions, agencies, clients, rating systems, and regulatory entities.


Written by Paul Freeland, LEED AP Category LIGHT/AIR/WATER

Connecting people to nature is paramount for sustainable excellence.

Many sustainable approaches to site design are based, rightly so, on the tangible efforts of conserving and protecting resources.  Restoring native habitats and preserving existing ecosystems are fundamental foundations designed to ensure man’s touch on the land is as light as possible.  This approach can generally be easily documented for a client, often minimizing a designers influence over site planning to a simple matter of going through the motions to achieve a quantifiable end.  However, perhaps it’s only fitting within the discussion of a sustainable landscape that we reflect on the spiritual and intrinsic values of air, water, and light, and their place not only within the architecture, but in their expression within the fabric of the surrounding site.


Written by Thom Powell, AIA LEED AP Category MEMBERSHIP

On July 16th, the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) North Texas Chapter, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Dallas Chapter, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Dallas Committee on the Environment (COTE) joined together to host its second annual showcase of the latest green building products and technologies for commercial and residential use.  This year’s Sustainable Showcase was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum near Love Field.  Over 300 attendees, plus another 170 vendors and volunteers joined together in the museum’s main hangar with the collection of vintage planes as the backdrop to the exhibitor’s booths.  In fact, Sunrise Solar brought a small wind turbine that blended into the fuselage of a nearby plane so well that one had to question whether the turbine was a part of the sustainable showcase or a part of aviation history. 

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