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October 29, 2009

Concept Green Building

Interior, SSU Environmental Technology Center

Interior, SSU Environmental Technology Center

Exterior of SSU Environmental Technology Center

Exterior of SSU Environmental Technology Center

This is the Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University. It is a concept building designed and constructed ca. 2001 for the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning to test and demonstrate innovative energy and sustainable design concepts. The Green Building Professional Certificate Program in which I currently am enrolled has held occasional classes in the building. It effectively uses natural daylighting during most days, with supplemental light fixtures when necessary. Sunlight also is its chief source of heating and is controlled by motorized louvers at the light monitor and window awnings. It also is equipped with photo-voltaic roof panels. For more extensive description of its features see http://www.sonoma.edu/etc/about/design.html.

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October 27, 2009

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. I have been a building design professional all of my career, doing things according to the construction conventions of the day and lean of budget. However, during this economic lull I decided to take up the cause against global warming and do what I can to forestall and possibly reverse ¬†its adverse affects. Current building methods and means, and the related infrastructure that supports the built environment, are responsible for as much as 40 percent of the carbon dioxide ’soup’ effecting greenhouse warming. [I recently watched the PBS/Nova telecast 'Extreme Ice' that forecast major loses of glaciers and continental ice caps that would cause sea level rise of about 3 feet by the end of the century if global temperature rise was to continue unabated.]

For my part I currently am studying ‘green’ building technologies, methods and materials, and intend to acquire national certification as a green building professional. With that I’ll endeavor to help reverse that greenhouse effect with more carbon-neutral building design. I’ll use this site to inform you of my progress, and to possibly enlighten you with useful information that I might glean from various sources along the way. Thanks for visiting.