Where other than in Austin would the state’s first platinum certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) home be located? In addition to being a LEED® platinum level certified home, Tonalacalli, the House of Sun and Water, is a Five Star rated home by the Austin Green Building Program. The environment and being a good, responsible neighbor were foremost considerations in every aspect of the design and construction of the one and a half story spectacular home, office and studio.
Sustainable planning and green construction in China, India and South Korea are showing rays of hope. Amazingly, China now has 166 projects that have entered the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process. India has 56 LEED certified projects and South Korea has 49. This is tremendous progress and is drawing environmental acclaim from international and regional industry experts.
At the core the U.S. Green Building Council’s mandate is a commitment to sustainable development. When the Council organized in 1993, the founders set about promoting green construction by defining guidelines for sustainable building.
The Gulf Coast Green 2009 Symposium is a free-to-the public, two-day conference from April 16 – April 17, 2009 at Houston’s Reliant Park. The Gulf Coast Green Symposium is followed by another two-day, free-to-the-public Houston Green Expo at the same location.
Hope rises from the ground at Battery Park in New York City. Just blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, on of the country’s the biggest green building project is taking place in Battery Park City.Sustainable buildings are being erected with a “live, work and play” environmental theme near the busy financial district of lower Manhattan. Visitors are surprised to see the open green spaces and how the harbor has been integrated into the design of the new high rises.