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Napa’s Odette Estate Winery proves red and green make a sustainable pairing

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Napa’s Odette Estate Winery proves red and green make a sustainable pairing [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Napa’s Odette Estate Winery proves red and green make a sustainable pairing [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Organic grapes plus LEED construction makes for a final glass that both tastes good and you can feel good about drinking. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25634" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1511186964585{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]One of the more notable features of the winemaking facility is the 8,500-square-foot living roof, which is equipped with 2,500-square-feet of solar panels that generate 30,000 KW of power every year.[/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]Explore a food and wine project pairing that uses LEED as an expression of business philosophy, and helps align operations with values. Editor’s Note: Although the Odette Estate Winery was not in direct line of the devastating wildfires this October, the effects of these fires are not yet fully understood. At the time of publication, the winery is inaccessible. Head a few miles north of the town of Napa and east of the Napa Silverado Trail, you’ll find yourself in the Stags Leap District. One of sixteen designated regions with unique microclimates and terrain in the Napa Valley, Stags Leap enjoys...

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Founding Farmers offers restaurant-goers a taste of sustainability

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Founding Farmers offers restaurant-goers a taste of sustainability [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/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] [caption id="attachment_25621" align="alignright" width="550"] DC’s first LEED Gold restaurant honors the farm-to-table concept with a design that is both natural and sophisticated.[/caption] By Aline Althen   The fried green tomatoes at Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C., are simply scrumptious. Each one is a perfect combination of cornmeal crunch on the outside with a soft, warm, bright center that leaves you wishing you’d ordered dozens more. What makes them most delectable, however, isn’t the southern goodness they represent, or the interesting selection of dips served on the side, it’s the fact that they are responsibly sourced and served in a restaurant designed to elevate your every bite to a new level of appreciation for farm-to-table dining. After nearly 10 years on the scene, Founding Farmers is a staple of the D.C. restaurant community. It is operated by the Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG), which holds the popular Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers restaurant brands as well. FRG was formed as a partnership between the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) and two successful D.C.-area restaurateurs, Dan Simons and Michael Vucerivich, in 2005. Through this collaboration,...

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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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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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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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