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Green Spotlight on Measurement and Verification Protocol (MVP)

Cornerstone speaks with Paul Petrilli, P.E. What is a Measurement and Verification Protocol, and what systems does it address in a building? A Measurement and Verification Protocol (MVP) provides a documented process to verify savings produced by energy and water efficiency projects.  It describes procedures to help buyers, sellers and financiers agree on how to implement […]

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Green Spotlight on Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Cornerstone speaks with Kevin Kampschroer What is Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE)?  Post-Occupancy Evaluation is the means by which we discover what works well and what doesn’t in a new or renovated building.  There have been different approaches to POEs over the years, and most have been in-depth analyses of specific buildings.  For a variety of reasons, the […]

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Green Spotlight on Life Cycle Assessment

Cornerstone speaks with Dr. Robert Ries Q:   What is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of building materials, and how is it done? A:  Life cycle assessment or life cycle analysis (LCA), whether for building materials, products or systems, is a structured analysis of their effect on the environment.  The considered time span typically includes the entire life of […]

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Green Spotlight on Daylighting

Cornerstone speaks with Robert J. Osten, Jr., R.A., and Keith J. Yancey, AIA, P.E., of Lam Partners Inc. Q:  Although everyone seems to enjoy spaces that have great daylighting, please explain why their existence is rare. A:  The technology of HVAC and fluorescent lighting was already in place in the early 1940s and, since then, energy […]

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Green Spotlight on Construction & Demolition Waste

Cornerstone speaks with Chris Klehm Q:  Is it appropriate to refer to what can be done with construction and demolition (C&D) waste as recycling? A:  Not really.  Some of the waste can be recycled, but I prefer to think of the process as “construction and demolition waste management,” implying that the materials need to be managed.  […]

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Putting the Flex in Flexible Buildings

Winston Churchill’s insight, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” doesn’t fully apply in our modern world.  According to Stewart Brand, the author of How Buildings Learn:  What Happens to Them After They are Built, we first shape our buildings, then they shape us, then we shape them again and again. To avoid […]

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