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Durable Design

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Durable Design [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Four USGBC Platinum level members are leading the way on resilient design.   By Aline Althen[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Design is at once an art form and a scientific pursuit. Good design takes equal parts intuition and education, perception and persistence. As designers are confronted with growing public and private interest in risk mitigation, climate change and responsible development, new challenges and opportunities are arising to define resilient building and community design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="24702" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1502476096008{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Above and below: Dsigned by Perkins + Will, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts is proving its resilience both financially and experientially. A LEED Gold healthcare facility, the hospital is located on the water, providing an added benefit of water activities in patients’ rehab programs. photo credit: Anton Grassi / ESTO [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Resilience is a buzzword, but for those working in the buildings sector it carries real weight and meaning. To design for resilience is to design for a long life – for an individual building or an entire community to outlast whatever may come, be it floods, fires, wind or a drastic economic downturn. “At the building scale, resilience is about ensuring...

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Material Matters

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Material Matters [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] USGBC Platinum members are rising to the challenge of designing and making products that last.   By Amanda Sawit[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]What do the Palace of Versailles and Denver International Airport have in common? Glass. Specifically glass produced by Saint-Gobain, which was founded more than 350 years ago when King Louis XIV commissioned it to produce glass for the iconic Hall of Mirrors. Today, the multi-national manufacturer has a diverse product portfolio (including the fiberglass used in Denver’s airport), and remains committed to making materials that stand the test of time, and sometimes, the forces of nature.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="24729" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1502478285416{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Saint-Gobain’s Sheerfill ® Fiberglass Architectural Membrane is a great example of durability by design. Denver International Airport is evidence of how a “fabric” could be used for the most abused surface in one of the hardest temperature-swing/UV light expose environments of any major airport in the U.S. Credit: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Out of all the elements in the building envelope, roofs, windows and doors are likely your suspected points of vulnerability, and you’d be right. Breaches during extreme weather events have given rise to rapid...

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Greener Partners

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Greener Partners [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] For Starbucks, fostering local leaders is key to delivering on its commitments to the community and the environment.   By Amanda Sawit[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Like its logo, the effects of Starbucks global sustainability commitments can be seen pretty much everywhere. For more than 30 years, the coffee company has integrated sustainability into nearly every facet of its stores, from the way they are designed, decorated, and maintained, down to the waste management and recycling of products after use. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="24541" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1496329875189{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Greener Apron completion pin[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="10"][vc_single_image image="24547" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Starbucks designated thousandth LEED-certified store, located in the campus town of Ames, Iowa, was awarded LEED Silver under the Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system and posted notable resource savings, including a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption. Image courtesy of Starbucks Coffee Company. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Much of this has to do with the coffee company’s global efforts to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. But it didn’t reach more than 1,200 LEED-certified stores overnight. Early on, Starbucks was...

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