Help the editors choose the next BD+C White Paper topic

April 19, 2011

The editors of Building Design+Construction would like to get your input on the topic (or topics) we should tackle for our 2012 green building White Paper.

In our eight previous White Papers, we’ve covered the early days of LEED (2003 and 2004); life cycle assessment of green building products (2005); the business case for green buildings (2006); sustainability by building type (2007); green buildings and climate change (2008); water performance (2009); and net-zero energy buildings and homes (2011). These may be downloaded free at www.BDCnetwork.com/whitepapers.

Send your ideas or topics for the 2012 Building Design+Construction White Paper on Sustainability to: Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director, rcassidy@sgcmail.com.

         
 

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Whitepaper

MODULAR IS GREENER. The construction process is part of the buildings impact on the environment. McGraw-Hill just released their new SmartMarket Report called “Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry.” This report provides insight into the role that prefabrication and modularization is having on overall construction, including the following key benefits: - 66% of clients using prefabrication and modular report that project schedules are decreased--35% say by four weeks or more. - 65% report that project budgets are decreased--41% say by 6% or more. - 77% report that construction site waste is decreased--44% say by 5% or more. Now instead of just saying modular is greener, we have the evidence to back it up. It's saving people time, money and resources all by using a more efficient process to build. We need to be educating the public on this because people's perceptions of what 'modular' is needs to change, and with your help, it could be done.

2012 White Paper Topics

I think that green products based on technological innovation are the next hot topics in the green building space. It would be great to have an update on what makes a green product, market size, how they are being integrated into designs, etc.

Back to the business case

There is still a great hurdle to overcome by those who need to justify to their Board members the time, trouble, and expense (or savings) of going, being or providing green. Why should building owners, manufacturers

White Paper Suggestion

Hello, Since the interiors of buildings are where the most change and waste is produced over the lifecycle of the building itself I propose a white paper could be done on making the interiors sustainable. An agile, non-damaging interior space is long lasting without waste, added materials, transportation pollution of trades, dust and noise for inhabitants and ultimately giving the base building a longer more viable life. Thanks for all your great work. Best wishes, Julie

White Paper Suggestion

Hello, Since the interiors of buildings are where the most change and waste is produced over the lifecycle of the building itself I propose a white paper could be done on making the interiors sustainable. An agile, non-damaging interior space is long lasting without waste, added materials, transportation pollution of trades, dust and noise for inhabitants and ultimately giving the base building a longer more viable life. Thanks for all your great work. Best wishes, Julie

Electrochromic glass

I am biased because our company represents Sage Glass, but I feel any sustainable design should include dynamic glass. The technology is proven, the statistics are staggering, and it is something that we can act on immediately. The use of dynamic glazing is very disruptive to designers comfort level. Please help them understand how this technology can help them design building for the occupants.

White Paper topic

LEED for Healthcare