Rob Cassidy

Rob Cassidy (“ClimateGrouch”) is editorial director of Building Design+Construction. A city planner, he is the author of several books, including “Livable Cities,” and was a co-founder of the Friends of the Chicago River.
Posted on May 18, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
In her 1859 book “Notes on Nursing,” Florence Nightingale called unnecessary noise in hospitals “the most cruel absence of care.” A century and a half later, her message still seems to be falling on deaf ears, as noise has become one of the biggest patient complaints against...
Posted on May 04, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
“Zero and Net-zero Energy Buildings + Homes,” a 64-page White Paper that proclaims “the next frontier in the green building movement,” will be the topic of a 1-hr Q&A with 6 “NZEB” experts at the AIA Conference + Expo, Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at...
Posted on April 22, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Thanks to the hundreds of our loyal audience members who watched our “Greening the Campus” webcast on April 21. We hope you gained some insights from our distinguished panel of experts: Bob Koester (Ball State), Angela Halfacre (Furman), Richard Johnson (Rice), and Chris Ramey (U of...
Posted on April 05, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
They’re all “world middleweight cities” that are likely to become regional megacities (10 million people) by 2025—along with Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Wuhan (China); Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Jakarta (Indonesia); Lahore (...
Posted on March 14, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
I have a confession to make: Two years ago, when we first considered the topic of our eighth White Paper on Green Buildings, I was less than enthusiastic about devoting 40,000 words and months of staff time to “Zero and Net-Zero Energy Buildings + Homes.” I just didn’t believe in...
Posted on February 01, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
I’d like to share an email I got the other day.“My name is Tom Waski,” it began. “I am an Air Force air traffic controller deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. I received a ‘We Care’ package from your office a few weeks ago. I wanted to let you know how much it...
Posted on January 07, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
There is a growing sense among those who take sustainable design and construction to heart that building green buildings alone is not enough. We have to take their location into account, too.If you stick a LEED Platinum building out in the middle of nowhere, the building itself may be an energy...
Posted on December 07, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
The Urban Land Institute says the real estate world is about to enter an “Era of Less” in 2011, characterized by “a shrunken industry, lower return expectations, restrained development prospects, reduced credit availability, and crimped profits.” Yet there are a few glimmers...
Posted on November 12, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
The years 2000-2010 will be remembered as the Green Decade, when the green building movement, led by the U.S. Green Building Council, took root in the nation’s consciousness. Building Design+Construction has, through our annual White Papers on Green Building, advocated for a number of crucial...
Posted on September 21, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
Just how bad is the condo market? Some figures from a desperation ad from one Chicago developer: Studios were $237K, now from $189K - 20% off. 1BRs were $354K, now from $271K - a 23% cut. Plus a 4.25% rate on a 30-year mortgage, with as little as $5K down. Were these properties overpriced to...