NYT: The Bottom Line on Corporate Sustainability

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Today in the Green Inc. blog of the New York Times, a fascinating study by the Harvard Business Review about corporate sustainability being a “key driver” of innovation that also yields real financial rewards rather than extra cost is discussed. We’re still reviewing the study and will contribute our thoughts on it soon.

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NYT: Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label

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In today’s New York Times there is a telling article that talks about the ‘soft underbelly’ of LEED. The article observes that many LEED-rated buildings perform well below their projected levels. The article goes on to say that this is largely because there is no incentive for owners and users to efficiently operate their buildings once the LEED certification has been achieved, generally at the end of or shortly after construction. This misses a basic point of sustainable design and also points to a serious weak spot in the otherwise-useful LEED rating system.

Truly sustainable architecture results primarily from obtaining the optimal services from the fewest resources. Rather than relying on superimposed equipment and technologies, the most effective measures for improving building performance come from basic planning and design strategies which recognize the programs to be served and the ways in which the building is to be operated.

Elemental Selected as Finalist for Scenic Hudson Land Trust

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Elemental has been selected as one of five finalist firms for the design of a new kayak pavilion and historic reconstruction of the Red Barn for The Scenic Hudson Land Trust Long Dock Beacon site.

McKinsey: Energy Improvements Can Save $1.2 Trillion Through 2020

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A new report on energy efficiency from McKinsey found that the US alone could save $1.2 trillion through 2020, by investing $520 billion in improvements like sealing leaking building ductwork and replacing inefficient household appliances with new, energy-saving models. The report recommends such items as education about potential energy efficiency savings,  more stringent energy codes, efficiency requirements for appliances and stronger financial incentives for making efficiency improvements.

Elemental Commissioned to Design New Midtown Medical Facility

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Elemental has been selected to complete the interior design and planning of a new 16,000 sf medical facility in Midtown Manhattan. The charge is to create a multi-tenant facility that is both modern, inviting and sensitive to the patient experience. Stay tuned for design and construction updates.

Construction Update: Shepard Hall Reconstruction Kicks-off

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The 9th & 10th phases of the award-winning historic reconstruction of Shepard Hall at the City College of New York has officially begun. The project, which includes the replacement of nearly 8,000 pieces of failing terra cotta sculpture ornament with new glass-fiber reinforced concrete replacement units and a new main entrance to the building, is expected to be complete by May 2011. Stay tuned for regular construction progress updates from the field.

Marcel Breuer's Atlanta Library Threatened

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As the debate over the preservation of what is considered to be Marcel Breather’s last project continues, Carl Stein is mentioned as one of the Library’s creative contributors here. Carl, prior to departing the Breuer office to join his father Richard Stein, FAIA to form  The Stein Partnership, served as Project Manager for the building’s design. Metropolis Magazine discusses the battle here.

Empire State Building Becomes More Energy Efficient

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Jones Lang & Lasalle released their white-paper on their spearheaded efforts to make the Empire State Building more energy efficient.

Elemental Selected as Finalist for SUNY Cortland Memorial Library

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Elemental has been selected as one of five finalist firms to prepare a feasibility study for the replanning of the campus library at SUNY Cortland.