May 19, 2017

“We know how to create Living Buildings that are healthy, responsible, beautiful and long-lasting. We know how to design and construct net zero buildings that are sound investments. So why aren’t clients demanding these?

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From Red List to READYLIST

Building Energy / Spring 2017 / Jonathan A. Wright “Fundamentally, the vetting process is a continuous, three-way collaboration between architect, construction manager and materials consultant. Early on, I asked Charley Stevenson of Integrated Eco Strategy, who would actually be accountable for securing materials documentation, and he said we would collaborate. Hmmm. Who, and how, exactly? The process evolved…

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Water Conservation

Architectural Record / March 1, 2017 / Joann Gonchar Some regions seem especially receptive to the LBC and its water-conservation imperative. In Western Massachusetts, there are four completed projects pursuing certification or already certified: Smith College’s off-campus Bechtel Environmental Classroom, in West Whately; the Class of 1966 Environmental Center, at Williams College in Williamstown; and the Hitchcock Center…

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Buildings Can Give More Than They Take

High-performance construction products manufacturer Prosoco, explains the significance of helping create a Living Building the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. IES managed all imperatives of the Materials Petals for this building, which is open and currently in its performance period.

Kern wins 2017 COTE Top Ten Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the Kern Center at Hampshire College a winners of its Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2017 Top Ten Awards. This award honors buildings that “highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance.” For this project 

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May 18, 2017

What’s that Green Stuff? Lessons from Operating a Rain Water Collection and Treatment System Living Future unConference / Seattle WA / May 16-19, 2017 Presenters: Charley Stevenson, Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy Amy Johns, Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College “Williams College’s Class of 1966 Environmental Center is operating the first licensed rainwater collection and…

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Healthy People, Planet, and Bottom Lines

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.

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Material Vetting, What’s it Really Like?

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.

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