Are you a landscape architect or other design professional working with teams designing green roofs and living walls? This workshop will provide information to help you understand this complex and evolving design environment.
The instructor, Patrick Carey, will share a range of precedents that illustrate key strategies and pitfalls to green roof and living walls design. The course is appropriate for those with some exposure to the topics through experience or study. It will cover history, basic assembly and benefits, decks, loads, waterproofing, growth media, geotextiles, plants, irrigation, installation issues and maintenance.
You can find out more details and register here.
The 9th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival is Sunday, September 30, at Ballard Commons Park. It’s a daylong celebration of community and everything “green,” sustainable, wholesome and fun.
This year the festival highlights green building and transportation choices. Festival goers will be able to learn about money-saving solar installations, rain gardens and cisterns; test-drive electric and cargo bikes; enjoy solar mini-car races; participate in do-it-yourself workshops and gather rewards for pledging new habits.
You can also visit the popular Undriver Licensing Station™, as well as the PCC Kid Picks Mobile and Bike Works Family Bike Expo. And there’s more: fresh-pressed cider, games with prizes, wellness practitioners, solar-powered live music (!) and delicious local food.
The festival runs from 11 am – 7pm at Ballard Commons Park (corner of NW 57th & 22nd NW). You can find more details here.
Sustainable building projects continue to thrive in Seattle. Through 2011, the number of projects completed include:
The Office of Sustainability and Environment’s Sustainable Building staff released two new reports that evaluate the impacts of these innovative green buildings on the City’s infrastructure and resources over time.
LEED Portfolio Analysis 2003-2011 (PDF) evaluates the impacts of innovative LEED certified green buildings on the City’s infrastructure and resources over time and calculates the anticipated savings in transportation, water, energy, carbon and the actual savings in construction & demolition waste.
Built Green Portfolio Analysis 2008-2011 (PDF) identifies the most commonly implemented sustainable design strategies and evaluates the impacts of innovative Built Green certified single-family and townhome projects.
Philadelphia, PA recently joined the growing number of places (including Seattle) with benchmarking requirements. It requires energy benchmarking and disclosure for all commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, set to take effect June 1, 2013. Read the IMT Press Release to learn more about Philadelphia’s new law.
Seattle’s benchmarking law was passed in early 2010, with the first buildings (over 50,000 square feet) reporting last October. Buildings under 50,000 square feet have until at least this October to report.
There are many benefits of benchmarking, including:
Find out more about some of Seattle’s success stories so far.
Other places with benchmarking requirements include New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Austin, Washington State, and California State. Portland, OR and Massachusetts have policies under consideration.
Please attend a free presentation on April 20th on the recently released report from the Preservation Green Lab, “The Greenest Building, ”a life-cycle analysis conducted by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Green Building Services and Cascadia Green Building Council. The presentation is open to anyone who may be interested.
The report answer the questions:
The presentation will last 30 minutes and will include a question & answer period afterwards.
Friday April 20
700 5th Ave, Rm 4080 (40th Floor conference room)
Ric Cochran is a project manager of the Preservation Green Lab. He manages building performance projects that enhance the value of existing buildings and increase rates of preservation and adaptive use. He leads development of the City of Seattle Outcome-Based Energy Code for Existing Buildings and the Getting to 50 Deep Energy Savings for Existing Buildings initiative. Ric’s professional experience includes real estate development and green building consulting. He is a Fulbright India fellow and has Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington.
Join program staff from the Department of Planning and Development on October 17th to learn more about the Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance and find out how to take a bite out of your energy bills. You’ll learn about:
-Free tools available to evaluate your building’s energy use
– Financial incentives for improving your building’s energy efficiency
– The city’s energy benchmarking and reporting program
You’ll also hear from other owners that have already taken the plunge into deep energy savings. Many resources have been developed to assist building owners including a self-guided webinar, FAQ’s and a How to Benchmark Guide. Local utilities have simplified the benchmarking process and now offer automated benchmarking to transfer summarized building energy consumption data directly into a building owners Portfolio Manager account. This service eliminates time consuming monthly manual data updates.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes room
600 Fifth Avenue
4:00-7:00 PM (presentation at 6:00)