Get a closer look at green building and its impact on the region with an update on building laws, sustainable projects and local pioneers.

  • Gaslamp hotel boasts eco-friendly features

    A new hotel will soon offer travelers eco-conscious lodging in San Diego's urban Gaslamp District.

  • New Ronald McDonald House pursuing LEED certification

    The new Ronald McDonald House, located adjacent to Rady Children's Hospital, creatively solves the problem of scarce and expensive land in San Diego's hospital district. Set to open to the community on April 4, the 65,000-square-foot House and exterior courtyards are constructed on top of an existing six-story parking structure and feature 47 bedrooms for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals.

  • Thomas Jefferson law school builds sustainability into new campus

    Developers, contractors and architects say their customers want to go green. They want sustainability -- energy-efficient facilities that will not only save them money in the long run, but also help out the environment.

  • Church's energy performance inspires, with help from SDG&E's Savings By Design

    Being a good steward of your resources is part and parcel of many religious paths. It also makes sense from a purely practical standpoint, as the Rock Church & Academy can attest. The church recently completed a 206,000-square-foot sanctuary/school building that's designed to perform 22.1 percent better than required under Title 24, California's minimum energy-efficiency requirements.

  • Building green while thinking blue

    "Building Green" isn't just about conserving energy or using more environmentally friendly products. It's also about the impact that you make on the environment while you are building. Worksite management, waste management and waste disposal all contribute to building and being greener. Water is an essential component in most construction projects, and how that water is managed, in particular, construction run-off, is equally important.

  • AIA 'Walk the Walk' sustainability campaign for green building design

    In 2008, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched "Walk the Walk," a multi-faceted campaign to educate, promote and encourage sustainable design among consumers, business owners and architects. The purpose of the program is to help inform the marketplace on the benefits of more energy-efficient homes and buildings, which coincides with the AIA's stated goal of making all buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and helping the U.S. design and construction industry reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in buildings. To advance its efforts in achieving a 60 percent fossil fuel reduction by 2010, the AIA also is implementing a comprehensive communications plan, inclusive of print and online advertising, new media and public relations.

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  • CCDC planning for more sustainable San Diego

    Today, with a focus on resource conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, everyone is striving to make life a bit greener by recycling at home, carpooling, climbing aboard busses and trolleys and investing in renewable energy sources for our homes, vehicles and beyond. Can more be done? Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) planners are defining sustainable goals, outlined in the Downtown Community Plan, with an eye toward implementation.

  • Tips, considerations for the contemporary green remodel

    The challenging San Diego real estate market is changing the way many people view their homes. In the last decade, as home prices escalated, many people looked at property as a short-term investment. Home remodeling increased value and quick salability. In 2009, attitudes have adjusted to meet the new economy. More and more people are looking at their homes as long-term residences, and looking at renovation as a means to maximize comfort, health and safety with a close eye on cost savings and the environment.

  • State, local building laws point to greener future

    According to studies compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2004, residential and commercial buildings accounted for 68 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, 39 percent of total energy consumption and 38 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions. California leads the nation in its efforts to compensate for the impacts of building effects on the environment, which have resulted in green building legislation and incentives at the state and local level.

  • San Marcos fire station receives LEED certification

    The city of San Marcos has received LEED Gold certification for its new fire station in the San Elijo Hills community.

  • Homebuilders release new standards to gauge energy efficiency

    Look out LEED! A new system for rating green buildings provides builders with more choices and slightly lower costs.

Green Building & Design


Archived Reports

Green Building & Design - 2008

Take a closer look at sustainable development in San Diego.

Green Building & Design - 2007

In this special report, The Daily Transcript takes a look at how San Diego is incorporating green building into its communities.

Green Building & Design - 2006

How is San Diego incorporating green building into its communities? Who are some of the local pioneers? In this special report, we take a closer look at green building and is impact on the San Diego area.