Largest Net-Zero Commercial Building Opens in San Diego


(04/22/2014)
Opened April 2, the new headquarters of LPL Financial at La Jolla Commons is now the largest net-zero energy and carbon-neutral commercial building in the U.S. Designed by AECOM, with offices in San Diego, and developed by Houston-headquartered Hines, the 13-story, 415,000-square-foot building features a high-performance building design, directed biogas and three on-site fuel cells that generate more electricity than the building and tenant will use.

San Diego Gains First LEED Platinum Certified Airport


(04/22/2014)
The San Diego International Airport is the first commercial airport in the world to be awarded LEED Platinum certification. The airport recently announced that the Green Build terminal expansion, which includes a 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas, achieved the highest green rating offered by the USGBC.

Sustainability Begins in the Classroom


(04/16/2014)
The ninth annual Green California Summit wrapped up last week with a special emphasis on promoting sustainability in schools and the potential benefits of Proposition 39 for educational facilities.

Whittier Elementary Students Come Alive Outside

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/16/2014)
Earlier this month, local contractor and community supporter Bruss Landscaping broke ground on a new outdoor classroom project at Whittier Elementary School in Wheaton. The project is affiliated with Come Alive Outside, an organization that focuses on helping people reconnect with nature and the outdoors in ways that improve health and wellness.

Thermal Energy Storage Saves Energy, Costs for Schools

By Audrey Arthur
(04/09/2014)
Using innovative sustainable strategies, the thermal energy storage solutions of Calmac Manufacturing have proven to create big cost savings for school districts. The company recently released its case study of St. Lucie County School District, which previously had one of the highest energy costs per square foot of school districts in the state of Florida.

St. Paul’s Union Depot Earns LEED Gold

By Audrey Arthur
(04/09/2014)
Through detailed teamwork and a focus on sustainability, the $243 million renovation of the historic Union Depot has achieved LEED Gold certification. The renovation project was designed by HGA Architects, with offices in Minneapolis, and constructed by Minneapolis-headquartered Mortensen Construction. The design preserves the historic significance of the 1926 building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, while also creating a new multimodal transit hub for passenger rail, light rail, bus, bicycle and pedestrian commuters.

Green Builders Respond to White House Sustainable Wood Support


(03/27/2014)
The Obama Administration highlighted their support of sustainable, wood-building materials as a way to create jobs, support rural communities and conserve the environment at the White House Rural Council workshop “Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment.”

Green California Summit and Exposition Coming to Sacramento


(03/27/2014)
Green builders and stakeholders are gearing up to attend the Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center April 8 to April 9 to share best practices and survey the latest technologies in sustainable building. A wide array of green building topics will be covered at the two-day conference. The summit will provide forward-thinking education programs through various education tracks. Each education track will present three distinctive educational sessions.

Hines to Open Sustainable Skyscraper in Houston

By Audrey Arthur
(03/13/2014)
A new landmark of sustainability is coming to the Houston skyline. Hines, an international real estate firm, recently began construction on a 48-story skyscraper on 609 Main St. Pickard Chilton, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., is the architect on the project and D.E. Harvey, with offices in Houston, was selected as general contractor.

PacMutual Campus Mixes Antique Architecture with Sustainable Design

By Audrey Arthur
(03/13/2014)
The PacMutual Campus in downtown Los Angeles has revitalized the ornate, historic architectural details of its buildings and partnered them with state-of-the-art sustainable features to create a singular LEED Platinum campus.