Institutions Set Good Examples for Green Builders Everywhere
The new home of the Iowa Utilities Board and the Office of Consumer Advocate in Des Moines, Iowa, is a LEED-Platinum “net zero ready” building believed to serve as a blueprint for construction of other energy-efficient buildings.
Clare House is a 93,202 square foot skilled nursing facility designed to reduce operating costs for the Catholic Sisters of St. Francis while enhancing the care of their elderly and infirmed. The building's energy efficient properties, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, save the convent $186,000 a year.
Carey Nagle, project manager at BNIM Architects, focuses on high performance, environmentally responsible design.
Scott Bowman is a principal with KJWW Engineering Consultants where he serves as corporate sustainability director, responsible for overseeing the company's sustainability practices, as well as education and training in high-performance building design strategies and LEED certification requirements.
Mark Hanson is director of sustainable services at Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., a company that specializes in green building projects.