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Friday
Sep152017

LANDSDS Speaks Again

September 15, 2017

By Tyra Oldham

 

It is great to be back after a long hiatus. Content and sharing innovation, sustainable, green and construction news is important to the mission and vision of LANDSDS

We look forward to sharing news with our previous followers and invite new readers to our new Website and blog. We want to thank all the people and companies whom in the past and currently reference the articles posted.

We are committed to delivering news and editorials, as well as bringing a new look and more to you.

Friday
Feb222013

Fabulous Green Sustainable Architecture

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds Sustainability Experts, February 22, 2013

Sustainability and energy is leading a renaissance in architecture. the limitations I suggest will be budget but not innovation. The development of  "Archi-future: 13 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind" within the Huffington Post is a symbol or the evolution of building beauty within sustainability solutions.

"As architects continue to envision the utopian cities of the future, one thing is certain: innovation means sustainability.

"In the midst of a global ecological crisis, architects and designers are relentlessly pursuing design strategies that manage to mitigate the toxic byproducts of our consumption habits, while maximizing our use of sustainable energy sources. Meeting these challenges means more deeply integrating green technologies like wind and solar power, natural climate controls and space-age materials in to the building processes."

The importance of evolutionary energy efficient sustainble architecture will drive education, institutions and standards for the development of  live-work structures that support the future demand for infrastructural smart grid integration. These building can drive the theoretical principles to the application of what it means to design, build and support sustainable ecosystems.  These architectural renderings will demand an increase in efficient sustainability designers and thinkers.

Wednesday
Jan162013

Sustainable Construction Solutions in Energy Efficiency

 

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, January 16, 2013

 

Buildings are the largest contributors to carbon emissions creating a large footprint that when managed can produce a reduction in pollutants, advance clean air and reduce energy usage. “Chemistry provides solutions for sustainable construction” from BASF overviews a new technology that will be introduced at the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

BASF shares, "Our goal is to integrate sustainability into our business even more than before. We understand sustainable construction to be a process that combines economic viability, conservation of resources, environment protection and addresses social needs. Chemical innovations are the key to sustainable building," commented BASF manager Jacques Delmoitiez, whose responsibilities for business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region include promoting dialog between the construction industry and BASF.”

“The construction and housing area accounts for approximately 40 percent of global energy consumption and 30 percent of global CO2 emissions. This impact can be reduced significantly. The range of solutions BASFpresents at BAU includes perimeter insulation, window frames with reduced thermal bridges, and insulating systems for frontage, roofs and solar collectors.”

“Neopor ®, an advanced version based on the classic polystyrene insulation material Styropor ®, contains special graphite particles that reflect thermal radiation like a mirror and reduce heat loss in the home. The technology is shown in use in a flat roof and in a system with rear-ventilated rainscreen cladding. Long-established S tyrodur® C is ideal for perimeter insulation because of its high compressive strength and low water absorption. Basotect ® , an open-cell specialty foam made from melamine resin, is a heat-resistant thermal insulator used for applications such as insulating solar collectors.”

The advancement of new technologies will allow for the innovation of buildings though new sustainable construction, retrofit, and development opportunities driving facilities toward energy efficiencies and net zero. Builders and CM’s not considering net zero are losing opportunities to reduce costs pre-an-post construction that translate to savings overtime for the owners.

The gap exists between owners, architects and CM’s inspiring sustainability and utilizing green consulting across all aspects of the project. Further, integrating lean processes into sustainable planning is a vital ingredient to project and development success producing, waste reductions and a return-on-investment for the owners, stakeholders and the ecosystem.

Monday
Jan142013

What is the Future of New York City's Sustainability After Bloomberg

 

 

by Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, January 14, 2013

 

The leadership of Bloomberg has placed sustainability in the forefront. The next Mayor of New York will have to take up the mantle or determine a new platform on sustainability and development. "Maintaining the Momentum behind New York City's Sustainability Initiatives" from the Huffington Post

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg's third term draws to an end this year, it is imperative that whoever succeeds him as Mayor commits to maintaining the momentum behind New York City's sustainability initiatives.

"Local Law 17 of 2008, enacted by the City Council with the Mayor's support, requires that PlaNYC be updated every four years... The Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, created in 2006 and charged with developing and implanting PlaNYC, will lead the effort to update the plan."

By law, the next mayor must maintain the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and must continue to update the city's sustainability plan and track the implementation of that plan. By the end of 2013 and Mayor Bloomberg's term there are 400 very specific sustainability milestones that will hopefully be achieved and there are 29 Sustainability Indicators that will continue to be used to monitor progress toward the city's sustainability goals for 2030. These goals range from creating more affordable housing while accommodating a growing population, to ensuring that all new Yorkers live within a ten minute walk of a park.

Bloomberg administration and it must continue to be a major theme of the next mayor.

The transition to a renewable and sustainable economy will bring a range of new challenges. Some can be foreseen, such as the costs and disruption that smartgrid construction will bring to our already complex underground infrastructure.

As the global economy continues to develop, the great cities of the world will find themselves competing for businesses, people and tourists. The quality of life that the city offers is a key element of that competition. Right now, New York City has many more advantages than disadvantages in that competition. Companies like Googlewill expand here because they need the brainpower that New York continues to attract. Students from all over the world come to study at our universities because they want to take advantage of the excitement and energy that New York provides. Unlike Beijing this past weekend, where air quality measured by the American embassy was the worst in history, New York's air and water is getting cleaner."

The task of cities are to support leadership that can proactively support sustainability thus responding to climate change, clean air, smartgrid thinking, construction, resource optimization innovation and planning to meet the needs of its citizens today and tomorrow. It is clear that Bloomberg's impact on NYC was felt. The next Mayor will be focused on yes, education, economics, public safety and transportation but yet all of these areas are sustainable factors effecting the city and state. No one factor can be isolated from sustainable web. Sustainability when enabled brings clarity, mission and vision to a sustainable future. We applaud the work of Bloomberg and we are sure that he will continue to serve in sustainability to make a difference in our world.

Friday
Dec282012

Building Efficiently Producing New Technologies from Berkeley Lab

 

Tyra Oldham, December 28, 2012

 

Buildings produce more emissions than any other source. When buildings are built efficient their will be less costs to the environment. "Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Tests Green Materials In High And Low Energy Uses" announces Huffington Post.

"On the low-energy side, California-based Berkeley Lab has broken ground on its long-awaited Facility for Low-Energy eXperiments on Buildings (FLEXLAB), which will contain new platforms for scientists, builders, architects and engineers to test a wide variety of building materials for their environmental characteristics. For higher-energy testing, the lab has also created its Advanced Light Source (ALS)mechanical testing rig, which researchers can now use to experiment on ceramic composites under ultrahigh operational temperatures."

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Artist’s conception of new FLEXLAB modules via Berkeley Lab

"Once construction is completed in late 2013, FLEXLAB will allow researchers to experiment with various combinations of building materials as integrated systems under real-word conditions. Materials to be evaluated include windows, walls, access floors, lighting, HVAC systems and other prototype elements. The interior spaces of FLEXLAB can also be reconfigured in separate testing zones or converted into office space, as needed."

Energy efficiency built into form and function can result in development of green jobs, new technologies, model construction and improved practices. The cost to clean-green build is not more as thought. It is only pricey when integrated as an after thought in the plan. We suggest think sustainably from the onset to produce high performing build and projects.

Monday
Dec102012

Construction Workforce Challenges for 2013

 

 

Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, December 10, 2012

 

As the movement to green-clean-and-lean drive the industry, as well as economic challenges that place the bust on building.  USA Today reports "Construction industry faces worker shortage". The shift is managing build to retrofit while educating the workforce on new technologies and processes.

The issue is in providing the education and training necessary to meet the requirements of the field. The reactive trend is in developing professionals during the rollout of the projects. This process is gap and lag time in delivering quality and efficiency across the sector that reduces competitive advantage. Further, as the industry moves form lean-LEED-renewable-clean-green and efficient the requirements call for new knowledge.

The story

"Nationally, building-permit applications for homes and apartments this year are up 31% over 2011, though they're still well below average and the mid-2000s peak, according to the Census Bureau. Builders are finally responding to record low new-home inventories, historically low interest rates and a modestly improving job market. All construction spending, including commercial and government, in September was up 14% from the market bottom in February 2011.

Yet construction payrolls are virtually unchanged from two years ago at 5.5 million. Contractors are coping with the added workload in part by paying employees more overtime, says Ken Simonson, chief economist of Associated General Contractors of America.

Some companies are being cautious following a brutal slump, but others simply can't find workers. Despite the industry's static employment, its jobless rate has dropped from 17.3% to 11.4% the past two years as 320,000 construction laborers stopped working or looking for work, Labor Department figures show.

Twenty-nine percent of home builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders in June reported some shortage of framing workers and 6% said there was a serious deficit — only slightly less than in 2006 at the height of the home construction frenzy. By 2017, there could be a shortage of 2 million commercial construction workers, according to the Construction Users Roundtable, a trade group."

The prediction is that the shortage of workforce will continue to spiral as education lags behind the technical requirements for work. This further resembles and reflects the state of education in the U.S. and the dichotomy of technology, innovation and education. When business and government plan the requirements are identified for success.