This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowa State University’s achievements in environmentally focused building design. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Back in 2009, the University of Iowa committed themselves to building while following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. LEED provides third-party verification of green buildings, and gives grades such as silver, gold and platinum depending on the buildings’ energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
UI has exceeded expectations in their recent construction projects. The school’s Information Technology Facility is one of the few IT buildings in the world to receive a platinum grade.
Des Moines has been selected this year as one of five cities to take part in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Capitals project.
This project incorporates green building and green infrastructure strategies on parts of the cities, which can be used as a model for future construction projects.
Read more from Iowa Public Radio here.
Tammie Krausman and Derek Dautremont did not necessarily set out to build a home that would set the green bar so high. But they wanted a home that would last and wound up with an award-winner.
The Des Moines Register reported last Friday that the couple had received a five-star Energy Star certification and a bronze green certification from the National Association of Homebuilders.
It’s green amentities include a furnace that runs on 80% less energy, which has cut their heating bill to a mere $106 per month. The contractors from Emerald Homes worked with the couple’s budget to create a home they could grow into that would resist erosion and last a lifetime. Continue reading
Note: The text in this post has been updated to reflect that West Union has not yet begun to use its district geothermal energy system, but it plans to soon. The audio clip, however, has not been updated. Language in the original post implied that the project had already begun. Construction on the system began last month, according to Robin Bostrom, Executive Director, West Union Chamber of Commerce.
The mistake stemmed from a misinterpretation of language in the report appended below. IEF regrets the error.
Listen to this week’s radio segment, which details West Union – a 2008 Green Pilot Program – is saving energy while preserving its history. And read about the rest of West Union’s green vision. Continue reading
The University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning will host a speaker on green development tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Jaigopal Rao will give the guest lecture entitled “Sustainable Architecture for Grassroots Democracy” in room C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center. Rao is the managing director and principal designer at Inspiration, an Indian architecture firm that specializes in environmentally friendly buildings.
The free event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail UI professor Jerry Anthony or call him at 335-0622.