With the onset of the industrial revolution in the 19th century, lead became a widely used material not only in the workplace, but in the form of house paint as well. It became a public health disaster.
Happy Earth Day!
By Nick Noyes, Shavon Prophet
As an industry, green building is on pace to double every three years in large part due to the growing adoption of green building standards such as LEED, Living Building Challenge and Well. This year’s Earth Day campaign theme is “Environmental & Climate Literacy,” and Integrated Eco Strategy is on the case to shatter a myth or two in the interest of improving understanding of how choosing healthy building materials benefit not only our environment, but can contribute immensely to the well-being of people.
One of our Healthy Building Materials Specialists wrote this piece to answer the question. Here is a description of material vetting work – a knight’s tale if you will:
In a field that is constantly changing, no two correspondences are the same. There are a host of factors that influence the vetting process. Manufacturers’ familiarity with Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements, their level of skepticism towards green building, and the stringency of proprietary confidentiality are just a few of the aspects that color a vetter’s interaction with the maker of a potential LBC product, not to mention the fact that an individual’s workload dictates where on a priority list filling out a never-before-seen Integrated Eco Strategy disclosure form falls.
IES is excited to be a partner in Binghamton University’s (Binghamton, NY) first Living Building Challenge project, called Nuthatch Hollow.
Our first LBC project, The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College, has achieved Petal Certification.
Meet Matt Root. He will be our Boston based project manager. Matt comes to IES from CLEAResult, an Austin, Texas-based energy efficiency consulting firm, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical engineers, building-enclosure experts and building scientists. His experience includes serving as a Home Energy Rating System rater and then as a LEED for…
IES is a “Just.” company, providing transparency in our overall operations and a commitment to our employees and community.
Our staff grew, so we needed to move. Our office is now in downtown North Adams, around the corner from Mass MoCA.
Charley Stevenson, owner of Integrated Eco Strategy, was named a 2015 Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute.