Biomimicry and Solar Ivy

Biomimicry and Solar Ivy

An approach toward achieving sustainable, fully realized solutions to human challenges by mirroring natural methods, Biomimicry is a crucial philosophy ensuring that we live better lives. As a practical methodology, it seeks to develop products, processes and policies that yield new ways of conducting ourselves in the world itself. What this accomplishes, in the long run, is a life cycle more finely in tune with the biology of the earth. In the most basic constructive sense, biomimicry looks to the environment for building solutions (the fossil record provides us with examples of failures).…Read more

LEEDing Product Transparency and Market Change

The Living Building Challenge, Materials Petal, calls for Red List-compliant materials, which we detailed in a previous entry. However, as a refresher: Red List guides sustainable building teams in choosing the right products for healthy buildings, taking both inhabitants and environmental protection into consideration. Each material purchased for a job-site contains a material safety data sheet (MSDS), and, on the MSDS, we find the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) numbers associated with each chemical contained in that specific product. Our team has been diligent in making sure all products chosen do not contain any…Read more

Retrofits Using EnerPHit

Passive House goals can be achieved for retrofits under the EnerPHit certification. Meeting Passive levels may become trickier when retrofitting, but the retrofit standard is ambitious and achievable. Passive House Institute Founder, Dr Wolfgang Feis launched the EnerPHit standard at the Passive House Conference, and pointed out that the energy consumption of old buildings can’t usually be brought to the level of new build Passive House standard, precisely because of those unavoidable thermal bridges. “But,” he notes: “The same components as for new Passive House buildings can be used, and the building substance…Read more

Building WELL

Greenstreet, along with everyone in the environmentally conscious design community, strives to create a better-built environment. So, in principle, we welcome the International Well Building Institute’s recent announcement of the WELL Building Standard as a way of providing additional guidelines. IWBI was launched by Delos in 2013, following a Clinton Global Initiative commitment by Delos Founder Paul Scialla, to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing the WELL Building Standard globally. However, the forthcoming WELL Accredited Professional Program seems to offer more…Read more