To meet the Living Building Challenge’s green building certification requirements, a building must qualify in seven performance areas, or ‘Petals’:
Site / Water / Energy / Health / Materials / Equity / Beauty
To learn how Bechtel approached each ‘Petal’ of the challenge, and to read the very interesting Case Study for the Environmental Classroom, follow this link:
http://living-future.org/case-study/bechtelenvironmentalclassroom / Note – tribute, by way of wood engravings on the building, is made to the Jefferson Salamander – an endangered species whose plight will be helped by Bechtel’s purchase of the land.
‘Smart’, ‘Dynamic’, ‘Sustainable’ – are all terms that describe the future of high-rise living, and indeed high-rise living is our future. We must further condense our cities to accommodate our population and when urbania has sprawled as much as it can, the only way to go is up!
According to many forward thinkers, condensed high-rise communities could be the answer to cleaning up our smog. When everything you need is within walking distance, this lessens and often eliminates the need for vehicles powered by fossil fuels. This video shows some of the innovative architectural designs coming soon to a city near you!
The World Health Organization has ranked 3 Canadian cities among the top 10 with the Cleanest Air in the World. There is one city on this list that could really surprise you! Even though it’s close to one of the most industrially polluted areas on the planet, it has such an effective public transit and traffic routing infrastructure that it has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Take a guess and then check your answer here:
The Environmental Working Group has rated over 2,000 household cleaning products as to their toxicity levels – not very comforting results I’m afraid… www.ewg.org/guides/categories
The good news is that there are some very safe and cost effective solutions that you can easily make yourself – DIY Jayne is even supplying the recipes – www.diyjayne.wordpress.com
The world’s top scientists are sure we can do it – here’s a Stanford Report on how we can make this a reality:
Care 2 has published an article called “Top 10 Most Important Items to Recycle”, based on studies showing how much energy it costs to recycle products versus the amount of energy it would cost to produce new products. Here’s the link: