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[Magazine] Environmental Design + Construction. Vol. 14.

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The FTC also has a name for calling something “green” that doesn’t meet the legal requirements: greenwash. At a high level, the solutions are straightforward: Connect minimum performance standards to bio-based credits. For wood, the minimum acceptable standard is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Limit reliance on LCA to one transparency credit. LCA is an important emerging tool and incentivizing development of LCA tools is good, but the credits awarded should take into account the relatively nascent state of LCA science and application.

The inn provides opportunities for visitors who wish to experience the park but desire amenities not offered by cabins and campsites. The inn anticipates LEED Gold certification. The overall goals were to connect visitors to the outdoors, convey the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources message of conservation and stewardship, and provide a sustainable message in the inn’s design, construction and operation. The inn also has a specific theme — birding — since the park lies within an Audubon-designated Important Bird Area.

This is also the key to architects embracing a new generation of energy modeling software currently in development at national energy labs. The AIA is involved in the development of several of these new, rather user-friendly tools, which will be tailored to the specific professional expertise of architects. An Energy Modeling Summit Today, the fragmented field of building energy modeling suffers from a lack of standardized inputs, the need for new and better modeling algorithms, and a wide variety of other challenges.

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