Hands-On-Green

GreenBeams led a workshop discussion about parking and New Urbanist ideas at the Bayard Taylor Library Board meeting on Tuesday night.  The conversation was animated and informative as we discussed strategies for improving and designing parking for the library in downtown Kennett Square. This workshop is part of an ongoing series of talks about sustainable design issues meant to strengthen the library board’s knowledge base as they prepare to work with the design and construction team in developing a new library for the town and the surrounding townships.

GreenBeams presented a building envelope workshop at Westtown School on Friday, 10/21.  As part of their ongoing exploration of sustainable design elements, the students, using common building materials and insulation media, designed, drafted and built demonstration wall systems that met strict R-value goals.

GreenBeams gave a lecture about Integrated Project Delivery to the Bayard Taylor Library Board on Tuesday night (10/18) at 7:30 in the library meeting room; the public was welcome to join the meeting.  It was a lively and spirited discussion with many questions about how IPD could be implemented in the library’s new buidling project.  GreenBeams is developing  a series of lectures and workshops for the Board that will help to deepen their understanding of energy efficient and sustainable construction.

GreenBeams gave a Thinking About Sustainable Construction talk to the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library Board on Tuesday, September 20th.  In it we discussed the urgent need for constructing and renovating existing buildings to high-energy-efficiency standards.  We talked about LEED for New Construction, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy and Intergrated Project Management/Delivery.  We also took a short quiz – lets see how you do:

•How much energy is used for operating buildings in the US?
–10% 29% 47% 76% 82%
•What percentage of greenhouse gases from O&M of buildings?
–12% 26% 48% 67% 84%
If you answered 76% and 48% you win.