• Green Piece

    The temperature atop Chicago's City Hall building on an average summer day is usually 14 degrees to 44 degrees cooler than the county office building across the street. The reason: the county building has a typical black-tar roof, while City Hall has a green roof planted with grass, plants, and...

     
  • Taking the Leed

    What defines a “green” home? There are certain adjectives we associate with green building: high-performance, energy-efficient, durable, sustainable, healthy, environmentally benign, and so on.

     
  • Cultivating Green Talent

    Traci Rose Rider, LEED AP, was working as an intern at HOK in Houston in 2002 when she decided to drive over to Austin, Texas, for the afternoon to attend the U.S. Green Building Council-sponsored Greenbuild conference. Energized by the overwhelming turnout of students and young professionals—and...

     
  • The Not So Green House

    My study break snack in college was a Snickers bar and a can of TaB from the vending machine in my dorm. I figured if I were going to indulge in the candy, I should at least mitigate the damage with a diet soda. Well, this is pretty much the same approach architects who design large houses are...