Extending lives of existing buildings cuts our carbon footprint ——— Many building professionals and professional organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council, have come to believe that building reuse and adaptive reuse are positive steps toward achieving LEED certification for a building.[i] These beliefs are based on numerous studies and ample evidence that reuse, renovation, […]
Environmental impacts from the demolition and construction cycle can be mitigated ——— Staggering environmental consequences of demolition and construction debris are leading construction and development firms, as well as government agencies and industry organizations, to advocate for waste reduction and recycling. Total building-related demolition and construction waste in the nation is estimated to be 135.5 […]
Seismic fortification of buildings plays vital role in reducing carbon footprint ——— Combatting climate change is becoming serious business in the U.S. and California with ambitious initiatives designed to curb our dependence on fossil fuels that promote global warming. In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law sweeping legislation to accelerate the state’s transition to […]
Part One in a Series: It was a Saturday afternoon, with the sun shining and a light ocean breeze, as I pulled up to a cute little house sitting atop a grassy hill.