Green Building & Design

EcoIntelligence sustainability articles, speeches, and interviews.Online audio programs, including presentations, panel discussions, documentary and online interviews, talk radio guest appearances, broadcast radio news and feature stories, green performances, and radio documentaries with a broad focus on the green building revolution and how it will affect our approach to building and design as well as on benefits including reduction of energy use and carbon emissions, related financial savings, and improved business productivity and profitability.

Specific topics include materials selection, LEED certification, regenerative design, green interior design, reduction of indoor air pollution, natural light and daylighting, use of recycled materials. green remodeling and renovation, a new green and sustainable approach to infrastructure, and the origins of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tips On Making The Most Of Concrete. Radio interview with Hillary Brown. In this NPR Living On Earth interview, Brown offers some tips on how to make the most of miles of concrete and pavement rights-of-way in big cities. Listen Here >>

Building Demand for Green Construction. Online audio story including short clip of Christine Ervin. To the environmentalist, “green” refers to something environmentally friendly. When manufacturers refer to green, they usually mean money. But with an increase in the demand for environmentally sound buildings, manufacturers have the opportunity to combine the two definitions. For those who see the possibility, retooling to meet the demand for green construction could mean a large payoff in a burgeoning industry. Listen Here >>

Interview With Bill Browning: The Early Days Of Green Building. Interview conducted by David Gottfried. Browning discusses biomimicry and some of his favorite green projects, including the early days of the green building movement and our “Greening of the White House” initiative. He has written several important sustainable building books, including Green Development, and he was the first environmental organization member of the U.S. Green Building Council in 1992. Listen Here >>

Interview With Renowned Architect Peter Ellis. Interview conducted by David Gottfried. Ellis discusses his work on very large site and city design, including Jaypee Sports City that is home to a million people in India, 30 miles south of New Delhi. His city and campus design practice embraces new concepts on transportation, water, energy and waste. Another specialty is the re-structuring of America’s 19th-century cities, focusing on how they could contribute positively to the natural environment. Listen Here >>

The Explosion Green and Creating a Sustainable Home. Online audio discussion with David Gottfried. Features discussion of Explosion Green, a twenty-year memoir about David on his quest to green the planet. It also includes a topic that is an essential component of healing ourselves and the planet: Rewiring the brain for survival in the 21st century. Listen Here >>

Bullitt Center: A Building That Functions Like An Organism. Radio interview with Denis Hayes. Discussion of the new Bullitt Foundation headquarters building in Seattle. They call it the greenest building in the world. It is a “living building” that will generate all its own electricity and water. Listen Here >>

Going Greener: Jason McLennan Designs Living Buildings. Conversation with Jason McLennan. A “living building” is one that not only does less harm to the world around it but is designed to improve the environment in and around it. Jason also discusses his project to design and build his own home as a living building. Listen Here >>

Founding The Living Building Challenge Rating System. Interview with Jason McLennan. Discussion focuses on his work in founding the Living Building Challenge rating system and on what inspires his visionary practice. Listen Here >>

Planting Buildings: The Living Building Challenge. Conversation with Jason McLennan. A living building is like a flower, planted and rooted to its place. It collects its energy from the sun. It harvests its water from the rain. This building does not pollute. It engages actively with the environmental around it. And its beautiful and inspiring. This is natures blueprint for building a better world, says visionary architect Jason McLennan. Listen Here >>

Jason McLennan: Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree. Interview with Jason McLennan. This interview is part of a series sponsored by Yes! Magazine in honor of their 15 years in print, Yes! selected 15 heroes whose work is helping to create a more just society. Jason McLennan is an architect whose passion for “living buildings” is bringing eco-friendly construction to the next level. Listen Here >>

Growing Greener Buildings. Interview with Eric Corey Freed. Freed discusses the makings of a good green building keynote address, the XPrize for growing buildings, EcoDistricts, LEED v4 and more. Listen Here >>

A Conversation About Organic Architecture. Interview with Eric Corey Freed. A discussion of “organic architecture,” a term first used by Frank Lloyd Wright. It refers to a philosophy of architecture that has nature as its basis. Organic architecture has similarities with biomimicry, but it’s not about copying nature. Rather, it’s about respecting natural materials, blending in to the natural environment, and designing buildings that are an “honest expression” of their function. Listen Here >>

Re-Imagining The Suburbs. A discussion panel including Eric Corey Freed. A discussion of the changing suburban landscape. Freed is a judge for Reburbia, a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs. Listen Here >>

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