The Thread: Sustainable Building Design

Read our posts below highlighting the design of sustainable building.

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LEEDing the Way: An Overview of the LEED Rating System

LEEDing the Way: An Overview of the LEED Rating System

About LEED LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is one of the most common sustainable building rating systems used in the United States and around the world. LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which many...

Hosting a Sustainability Charrette

Hosting a Sustainability Charrette

What is a Charrette? A charrette is a term that, in the architecture industry, describes an important meeting or meetings intended to set goals for a building project including scope, schedule, and budget. This meeting is often a good chance for the project team to...

Sustainability Building Certifications 101

Sustainability Building Certifications 101

This post expands on the last post in The Thead and goes into depth on some of the major sustainability certifications available today. Buildings, appliances, building materials and products can all achieve sustainability certifications from applicable authorities....

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 2

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2! Who knew there were so many small and big ways that office design can improve productivity in workers? There are so many, I needed two blog posts just to skim the surface!  In the conclusion of Part 1, I asked you to consider some of the...

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 1

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 1

Have you ever found yourself nodding off at your desk after lunch? Or maybe you wished you were anywhere else besides your stuffy office building. Most of us have been there, and it isn’t necessarily our faults. Office and building managers can take measures to...

Cold Climates & Sustainable Design

Cold Climates & Sustainable Design

It’s winter, and we are all finding ways to stay safe and warm. For many of us, staying warm indoors requires adjusting the thermostat and fans in our homes then sitting back and enjoying the comfortable temperature. We often don’t think about what systems have to be...

Can Buildings Keep Us from Getting Sick?

Can Buildings Keep Us from Getting Sick?

To answer the title question, the answer is, yes, the buildings in which we spend at least 90% or our time can definitely contribute to our health. Buildings, their materials, and their systems can affect our health in positive and negative ways. Sickness is a...

Reducing Utility Costs This Winter

Reducing Utility Costs This Winter

Finding Ways to Reduce Utility Costs Winters where I am, in northeastern Oklahoma, can be mild to severe and back again. Sometimes it seems unpredictable. In my lifetime, we have had white Christmas seasons and Christmas parties when everyone wore short sleeves. It’s...

Make Social Distancing Easy

Make Social Distancing Easy

Social distancing is changing our built environments and how we interact with them. Places we used to frequent like grocery stores, malls, and offices must consider how to implement social distancing requirements. It is true that our collective visits to these...

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