Architects predict doubling of green design practices during Greenbuild conference
According to the 2006 Autodesk Green Index that measures adoption of sustainable design techniques by architects, use of green design practices will double by 2011. Officials from Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., announced the 2006 Green Index and future projections for the index during the Greebuild Expo Nov. 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Based on a score of zero to 100, the Green Index reached 30 for 2006. Autodesk officials attribute the projected increase on a rising demand from clients for sustainable design features in the face of high fuel costs.
"This year's study reveals a growing commitment by architects and owners for supporting sustainable design principles," said Jay Bhatt, vice president, Autodesk building solutions. "By enabling our customers to collaborate more effectively and estimate more accurately, Autodesk solutions help architects predict the overall lifecycle costs of their designs."
Architect recognized for sustainable glazing design and education Greg Franta, FAIA for The Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colo., was recognized during Greenbuild for the 30 years he has spent incorporating passive solar glazing into design and educating the building industry about sustainability.
Franta has guided more than 500 green projects, ranging from offices to educational buildings to health facilities, even the White House. He has been instrumental in developing new environmental resources and design methodologies for architects and has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C., and is the co-founder and past chairman of the AIA Committee on the Environment.
Franta also was key to the development of the rating system for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the USGBC, and is a LEED faculty member for USGBC and part of USGBC's certification team.
SageGlass named top green product
During the conference, BuildingGreen Inc. of Brattleboro, Vt., named its 2006 Top-10 Green Building Products, including SageGlass, an electronically tintable architectural glass from Sage Electrochromics Inc. of Fairbault, Minn. (See Page 50 of the October 2004 issue of Glass Magazine)
SageGlass products change from clear to highly tinted with the flip of a switch, allowing users to maximize daylight and minimize heat gain and glare, according to a Nov. 20 company release.
BuildingGreen officials chose the top products from the more than 250 green building products added to its GreenSpec Directory during the past year.
SageGlass was the only glass-related product included in BuildingGreen’s 2006 top 10.
This year marked the fifth year of the annual event, drawing about 12,000 people. The 2007 Greenbuild will be Oct. 17-19 in Los Angeles. Click here for more information.