What Does Cradle to Cradle Certified Mean?
Cradle to Cradle Certified is perhaps the world’s most trusted and advanced science-based standard for designing and manufacturing products that maximize health and wellbeing. Assessing products across many sustainability categories, C2C products have immediate and long-term positive impacts on companies and their workers, consumers, and the planet.Read More
Net Zero Water Through The Lens Of The Desert Rain House
In an era of increasing water scarcity, the innovations at Bend, Oregon’s Desert Rain house, America’s first Living Building Challenge-certified residence, are worth tapping into.Read More
A Custom Living Building Challenge Home in Portland, OR
These homeowners decided to go for the Living Building Challenge. The Challenge is a strict rating system that leaps far beyond LEED in its requirements for non-toxic, locally sourced materials for every component of the building.Read More
PlanIT Impact Cloud-based Building Sustainability Scoring Tool
Architects, engineers, and builders aspire to create sustainable buildings. Yet, accurately measuring building performance throughout the design process has proved costly and time intensive. PlanIT Impact has created a smart modeling platform. The tool provides the fastest and most affordable solution for designers to understand the environmental impact and ROI of the building they’re considering.Read More
What is a High Performance Home?
The construction industry has been cautious about change. Rules of thumb and decades-old conventional wisdom tend to rule the day. This innate conservatism makes sense given the high stakes of construction. Buildings are a big investment with big health and safety implications. Why risk something new when we can just follow the well-worn path, the tried and true?Read More
Method Homes LEED Eligible Prefabs
Method Homes is a custom manufacturer of precision–engineered, prefabricated, modern structures. Their homes can be built to obtain LEED, ENERGY STAR, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, and other environmental certification standards. Building off-site inside their custom facility eliminates exposure to the elements and minimizes construction waste to less than 10 percent.Read More
LiveRoof Patented Hybrid Green Roof Systems
Green roofs aren’t one size fits all. That’s why LiveRoof’s experienced local representatives evaluate, recommend, and grow vegetated roof systems and plants based on the specific site conditions of your green roof project. LiveRoof is the proven, patented hybrid green roof system, installed on millions of square feet worldwide.Read More
The Many Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes
Why should you aim for LEED certification for your home? Is it worth it to put forth the extra effort? Building and renovating with the environment in mind can be challenging on their own. Adding in a certification process may seem too daunting for many homeowners, but it’s worth it.Read More