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Water Efficiency Makes a Difference

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Water efficiency has been a focus category in LEED since its introduction in 2000. More specifically, LEED has advocated for reduction in potable water use in the operation of buildings and the maintenance of building landscape. With the introduction of LEED V4 the rating system has increased its emphasis on indoor water use efficiency. Continue Reading

Is the USGBC Heading Down the Wrong Road?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

In what may prove to be a public relations nightmare for the Council, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced four days after the close of its annual Greenbuild Conference that it has extended the date for registering projects under the older LEED 2009 rating system until October 31st 2016. Continue Reading

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Get Up and Move!

Posted by: Frank Sherman

I already know I’ve been sitting at my desk too long as I settle in to write this. It’s time for me to get up and move. But let me get a few more sentences down – and answer these emails that just popped up – and revise that document the client says they need - I’ve got to take this call, back in a minute…. Before I know it another hour has passed and here I am still planted in my chair. Have I been productive? I suppose, but I am only six sentences into the task I set out to do, and I feel I have not moved an inch, which is literally true if you don’t count the slight shifting of the chair. I am rooted at my desk and that’s not such a great thing. Continue Reading

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Got RECs?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

We do! Or, more precisely we did until we sold them this week. Back in 2010 Spiezle installed a roof full of little crystalline generators (AKA solar panels) that work all day to generate electricity with renewable energy attributes. These attributes take the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECS, get it?). In our case they are SRECs. Continue Reading

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Optics and Outcomes

Posted by: Steve Leone

If it looks like a house and smells like a house, is it a home? In designing long-term care environments, or as we used to call them, nursing homes, we take great pains to re-create places that look just like the ones we came from. They may have peaks or porches, kitchens or dens, laundries or gardens but they all try to replicate home. It’s natural of course since we work so hard to make our homes just right; comfortable, warm, and above all, ours. Continue Reading

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Upping the Impact of Trade Shows

Posted by: Brian Duke

Trade shows are what many in the professional services industry refer to as “challenging to be differentiated” among the sea of other vendors, and in particular your competitors. Yes, it is true that the trade show floor is crowded, and it can be hard to distinguish decision-makers from non-decision makers or even other vendors – they never print those titles and company names in large enough print on the badges. But, an eye-catching display and, most importantly, engaging and message-educated staff manning the booth make all of the difference in making a trade show a success. Continue Reading

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Art & Architecture

Posted by: Scott Downie

We see use of the words Art & Architecture in many varieties and combinations. Whether in the context of a travel guide for historic cities or the curriculum for university programs the two are seen and felt to be linked even by association. It is a compliment to both as the “Art of Architecture” or “Architecture as Art” elevates both to a level the words themselves imply. Continue Reading

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The Only Constant Is (Culture) Change

Posted by: Steve Leone

The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. — Isaac Asimov Continue Reading

Making an Impact

Posted by: Frank Sherman

There is a post making its rounds in our office written by Sallie Krawcheck for LinkedIn. Her Big Idea is that 2014 may be the year in which investing fundamentally changes. She observes that the profile of the “typical investor” is changing, with women controlling more of the US wealth decisions and more millennials entering their prime earning years. Both these groups, Sallie observes, are inclined to express their values through their investment dollars. She calls this the ability to amplify one’s impact. Continue Reading