This week's sustainable design 'Fri'd Green' discoveries by Epstein's principal designer Darren Hoppa, NCARB, LEED AP include links to articles on how Illinois has embraced the green-building movement, how energy-efficient buildings can benefit cities in surprising ways, and how by designing steel for re-use can deliver savings. Lastly, Darren has also provides a link to how you can use Google to determine if your home is suitable for solar panels. Enjoy…
If California is the Golden State and New Jersey is the Garden State, Illinois is fast carving out a new moniker for itself as the Green Building State. This mid-western state, which is home to the city of Chicago, has ranked first in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual list for the third year in a row.
4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities – World Resources Institute
Urbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of scale, healthier lifestyles and economic opportunity.
In recent years Arup has worked with major players in the UK steel industry to examine the possibilities for a more sustainable use of this vital, but carbon-intensive material. The research shows that designing for re-use can deliver up to 25% savings on steel costs per tonne. I believe designing steel for re-use is a potential solution for reducing carbon emissions whilst perhaps also building a more resilient commercial future for the steel industry.
(Includes Chicago metro area)
With the recent expansion of Project Sunroof, tens of millions of potential solar customers from across the U.S. can now Google their own rooftops to find out if their home is suitable for solar panels.