You clicked, we tracked and tallied. In the spirit of year-end lists and in case you missed them, here are the top most popular green building news stories we ran in 2013, according to Ecobuildingpulse.com readers' viewing habits:
10. Skanska USA Drops U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership Over Anti-LEED Lobbying.
Given the vigorous debates around the development and eventual launch of LEED v4 this past year, it's no surprise that stories related to the latest iteration--and the contention surrounding proposed changes--tracked high. One hot topic: Skanska USA's resignation to the Chamber of Commerce in protest to the organization's backing of anti-LEED lobbying efforts.
9. Talking a Big Game About Energy Efficiency
Clients may say they want and value energy efficiency, but do they really? A survey in November shows American homeowners might be talking a bigger game than they're willing to actually play.
8. Sea Levels Will Continue to Rise. How Are You Preparing?
Superstorm Sandy served as a wake up call in many regards and brought the word resiliency to many people's lips and minds. Taking the lead, Boston provided examples of how a city could reduce the vulnerability of existing buildings and infrastructure in the face of rising sea levels.
7. Builders and Developers Face a "New Normal"
With the housing bubble of the late '00s not only burst, but trampled to a pulp, how are builders and developers rebuilding the market? Here's a hint: Sustainability is playing a larger role.
6. The Top 10 U.S. Cities with the Greenest Homes
Our home base is on there. Is yours?
5. Top 10 Green Jobs Predictions for 2013
These prospective job fields were supposed to be hot this year. Were they?
4. Ten Misconceptions About the Passive House Standard
Too expensive? Too stuffy? Too complicated? Think again.
3. California Adopts New Building Standards
The code was adopted in 2013, but goes into effect this coming January. Are you up to speed?
2. Opportunities in Biomimicry Await in Function, Not Just Form
More and more architects and builders are looking to the natural world for inspiration, but are they missing even bigger opportunities?
1. Ohio Senators Propose LEED Ban
It seems only fitting to start and end this list with LEED-related pieces. Although the system was passed by a large majority of USGBC members and was officially launched at Greenbuild this past November, the system continues to draw fire, now on a state level. What will 2014 bring? We'll have to wait to find out.
Did we miss any of your favorite stories of the year? Add them in the comments below.