green building

EARTHTALK®: WHAT IS THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE?

E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

January 12, 2013 (San Diego)--Dear EarthTalk: What is the Living Building Challenge and how does it differ from the LEED certification program?                                                 -- Jason Marshall, Richmond, VA

Both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) were created with the same goal in mind: to encourage more sustainability and resource conservation in architecture, design, construction and building operations. LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is well known in architecture, building and design circles as the standard for certifying the green attributes of new and retrofitted structures (and even entire neighborhoods).

FREE “LUNCH AND LEARN” SUSTAINBLE ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR JANUARY 26


January 18, 2012 (San Diego) – SDG&E will host a Sustainable Architecture seminar on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 11am to 1 pm at the Center for Sustainable Energy, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117.  The presentation will be made by Simi Razavian, a certified green building designer who specializes in environmentally friendly building design incorporating ancient ideas into modern buildings.

SDG&E PRESENTS $71k CHECK FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN NEW POLICE STATION

 

August 24, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, August 23rd, San Diego Gas & Electric representatives presented a sizeable check to the El Cajon City Council. The check for $71, 340.00 was for the City’s hard work and leadership in energy efficient building for the new El Cajon Police Station.

FREE TRAINING IN GREEN BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PRACTICES

March 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Cuyamaca College will again provide free classes and hands-on work experience in green building and sustainable energy to eligible students through a training program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership. The $1.6 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money along with grants from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, State Energy Sector Partnership and others.

Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.

GREEN DESIGN & BUILDING WORKSHOPS OFFERED JUNE 5 BY PIONEERS IN NEW GREEN AND FIRE-RESISTANT MATERIALS


Lakeside’s EcoTectura designer Michael Monterey teams up with eco-planner Jim Bell

 

May 21, 2010 (San Diego) -- Need a green career upgrade or an affordable green dream home? Want near zero or net zero energy bills, super low maintenance, and millennial durability?

 

Jim Bell and Michael Monterey, two of our region’s top experts on green design, have teamed up to offer information on their innovative new materials and designs for natural heating and cooling as well as ultragreen sustainability in areas with high temperature fires, earthquakes, high winds, mold, and termites. In other words, design elements ideal for East County!

MEET EAST COUNTY’S “ECO-WARRIOR” JIM MUMFORD

 

  

First came green roofs; now edible walls join pioneering urban farming trends

 

By Gayle Falkenthal

 

May 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Plenty of people told Jim Mumford he was nuts building a green roof project in the middle of a Kearny Mesa industrial park. Three years later, the roof is thriving and Mumford’s GreenScaped Buildings is a pioneering venture and he's earned a reputation as leader in this segment of the green building industry.

 

Ironically, it was the destruction of his Muth Valley home near Barona in the 2003 Cedar wildfire that got East County resident Mumford thinking about the environmental future and more seriously about sustainable growing practices.