The Advantages Of Live Courses

Thankfully, architects and LEED professionals have so many options to complete their continuing-education LUs. State requirements vary considerably, and professional organizations like the AIA and USGBC have their own CE criteria. So, completing credits can be confusing and cumbersome. Webinars are great for completing that one-hour credit at your desk. And, since the speaker presents […]


What Qualifies as Sustainable?

Architects proclaim sustainable design. Manufacturers promote sustainable products. But, what does it mean to be sustainable? The words sustainable, green, and eco-friendly are used loosely and way too often. In fact, architects, builders, and manufacturers who take some “green” actions may not deliver a truly sustainable project. Green does not always translate into sustainable. By […]


A Wood-Hybrid Product That Checks The Boxes

Over the years, we’ve worked with hundreds of manufacturers, most of which continue to focus on product innovation to meet the high demands of today’s architects. Specifiers alike are paying more attention to a product’s ingredients, how it’s made, and the factory’s operations. Architects, designers, and LEED professionals bring a menu of expectations when selecting […]


The Expectation of Carbon-Neutral Design

Climate change is a hot topic…and with good reason. Signed in 2016, the Paris Agreement sits at the center of the fight against global climate change. Ultimately, its end goal is to ensure that global temperatures don’t rise more than 2° C above pre-industrial levels. Reaching 2° C could mean catastrophic weather outcomes like drought, […]


The True Cost of Building Green

  With buildings contributing to 40 percent of  emissions, architects play a key role in preserving the environment and making significant steps to carbon neutrality. With the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030, we can’t neglect to invest in green buildings. Building green requires purposeful consideration of the impact that […]


mindful MATERIALS: Why Manufacturers Need to Be Listed

You know it all too well: Researching the environmental impact of products from manufacturers is a time consuming and fragmented process. It’s about time a platform addressed the absence of a real-time, aggregated source of reliable information architects and designers can count on. mindful MATERIALS is a design industry initiative, one that provides a centralized […]

By Stephane Forget | mindful Material . Sustainable Design

How LEED v4 Differs from Previous LEED Versions

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has become the hallmark of whether or not a building has followed proper protocol for reducing its environmental impact. Truly, it’s a recipe for success for builders who want the most functional and transparent process when bringing their green building projects to life. With a lifespan of […]


This is the Most Overlooked Aspect of Building Design

It’s affecting you more than you know   Your office or workplace has one serious design flaw. And no, it’s not the outdated carpeting or questionable color scheme – although those too could definitely use a complete overhaul. This design flaw has less to do with the aesthetics and more to do with overall functionality, […]


Lighting effects on human health

Why Your Workplace Environment is Negatively Affecting Your Productivity At some point, we have all felt bogged down by the weight of work responsibilities, sometimes before we even open our email inbox. Many times, you can overcome work related stress by tuning into your surroundings and garnering inspiration from your place of employment. For many, […]


EPD! EPD! Demystify it!

Environmentally responsible, sustainably sourced, and built to last. Green building emphasizes resource efficiency throughout a building’s life cycle: from day one of the planning stage to demolition day. The green building concept, which preceded LEED, presents a realistic view of global resource limitation. It lays the groundwork for a healthy approach to urban planning by […]


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