Monthly Archives: August 2012

From the desk of Drew Lavine.

This short piece is an important reminder that while our ecological mission is important we need to simultaneously remain aware and connected to broader social issues as well.  We all know the triple bottom line but what this author is suggesting is that our best efforts with regard to sustainable design can and are being undermined by crumbling social conditions.

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From the desk of Brian Astheimer.

Interesting article in NY Times which delves into recently released comprehensive energy use study by NYC.  The study reveals a wide range in the energy use per ft2 by the buildings involved in the study, by up to 5x in some cases.  Most interesting quote from the report, “older buildings of every stripe, even those dating to the early 1900s, performed better than most structures from recent decades”. The next step for the city is to begin required energy audits next year.  These preliminary energy use studies are driven by a 2009 law that intended to support Mayor Bloomberg’s PLANYC 2030 goals and targets. By the way, Philadelphia’s Greenwork’s Plan is essentially a replication of PLANYC’s 2030 plan, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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From the desk of Drew Lavine.

Re:Vision was recently invited by our friends at Interface to participate in a national competition called “Interface Sustainability Next”.  The competition rues were simple: with your smartphone, tablet, or point-and-shoot camera, create a video (30 seconds to 2 minutes in length) that describes your vision of the future of sustainability. Make sure an Interface carpet tile makes a cameo in your video!

Our team of filmmakers (who knew we all had this in our repertoire as well;) embraced this challenge and crafted a short film called “Re:cycle Everything”.  While not as self effacing or serious as some of the other entries, “Re:cycle everything” is a laid back, tongue in cheek exploration of the future burdens of our society’s waste stream and the ability to (hopefully) upcycle everything.

Enjoy the video, vote for us as many times as you care, and forward it on…

Click on the link below to watch some of the entries, including Re:Vision’s Recycle Everything.

From the desk of Alex Vondeling.

I’ve heard of voided concrete, but not yet used in any project.  This product by Cobiax USA Inc seems like a pretty intriguing green option.  I would assume it would not cost more and perhaps less than conventional structural concrete systems.  I checked with CVM (structural engineers).  While they  are familiar with voided concrete they have not used it in any of their projects – perhaps since steel and wood seem to be far more common structural materials.