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Friday Featured Local Leader: Meet Scott Balsley of Creative Works Farm, Inc, Home of Camp LIGHT

Creative Works Farm, the proud home of camp LIGHT, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia nonprofit corporation. We are developing an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible LEED certified children’s summer camp and community center. The special-needs youth and families...

LEED is a Tool that Creates Better Buildings

The LEED rating system has faced some serious criticism over the last several years for the actual building performance vs. modeled performance. While I do support the program’s rating system as a tool to create better buildings, I see the point of the criticism. LEED is a...

How green am I, better than some, but still work to do…

As an architect, I pride myself in being able to help people save money, live healthier, and conserve resources. I have used the terms, green design, sustainable design, and eco-friendly design to describe what I know how to do for my clients. The knowledge I have about these...

LEEDing the way to a better future?

At a recent presentation I was giving on green design and construction, one attendee was very concerned with my endorsement of the LEED green rating system. LEED is a third-party green certification for buildings that measures multiple aspects including energy efficiency, indoor...
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LEED – Cost vs Value

LEED – Cost vs Value LEED (Green design) and construction does not cost more, quality costs more. When weighing cost vs value in green design it is important to evaluate quality requirements. LEED provides some quality standards In a meeting yesterday it was pointed out...
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