Take a closer look at sustainable development in San Diego.

  • Sustainable living made affordable: Green homes sprout in Banker's Hill

    The trend of green homes is blossoming as consumers commit to a sustainable way of life. And while green homes have traditionally been targeted for the wealthy, New Green Housing Corp., San Diego's first and only official green builder, introduces Bankers Hill Green: 10 fresh, contemporary and affordable green condos.

  • 360-degree views accentuate open space at new San Elijo Hills regional park

    The view is astonishing along the ridge of Cerro de las Posas in San Elijo Hills. The 360-degree vista takes in Dana Point, the Catalina Islands, Big Bear and Point Loma. Now available to hikers, the view is soon becoming much more accessible. San Elijo Hills Development Co. is scheduled to start construction this May on major facilities for the 250-acre Double Peak Regional Park that encompasses this highest peak in coastal North County.

  • Interior designers come in many shades of green

    Interior designers -- like the spaces they create -- come in many shades of green.

  • San Diego to welcome first speculative, LEED-certified office tower

    In May, the city of San Diego will welcome its first speculative LEED-certified office tower with the completion of Sunroad Centrum I in Kearny Mesa -- an 11-story building that sets a new local standard for environmentally responsible development.

  • Innovative recycling program diverts 92 percent of construction waste

    Del Sur, the new master-planned community, has reached a new milestone for recycling of construction waste. Through December 2007, more than 92 percent of waste has been consistently diverted from local landfills since development began in September 2005 for the north San Diego community of 2,500 homes.

  • Wind power bolsters renewable energy production in San Diego

    Blowing the roof off all previous records, the U.S. wind energy industry expanded the nation's total wind power generating capacity by 45 percent last year, infusing more than $9 billion into the economy.

  • 9 cities, 9 ideas: Local government around globe using innovation to cut energy use

    Ann Arbor, Mich., and Beijing, China, have precious little in common. But the modest college town and sprawling national capital do share one trait: They're part of a world-wide movement by cities to rein in their runaway energy use.

  • Monthly utility bill typically reveals little

    Utilities are turning to a new tool to help consumers conserve energy and cut costs: the monthly bill.

  • Seeing stars: The right outdoor lighting can restore dark skies and save money, too

    For environmentally concerned sky-watchers, it isn't enough that the world should go green. It should go dark green. As in, "Turn off all the unnecessary lights, please."

  • L.A. to adopt one of toughest green building laws in country

    (AP) -- Los Angeles is poised to adopt one of the toughest green building laws in the nation.

  • Elusive green laser is a scientific 'holy grail'

    Imagine a projection-style TV that fits in your hand, but which can fill a whole wall with a full-color, high-resolution picture that's as bright as any you've seen. Or a light bulb an inch or two high that fills a room with pleasing white light, but without the heat and wasted energy of an incandescent bulb.

  • Some realtors tout 'green' credentials in tough market

    In a bid to stand out in a sagging housing market, an increasing number of real-estate agents are marketing themselves as eco-friendly -- connecting environmentally conscious buyers to "green" homes and helping sellers make their homes more eco-sensitive.

  • Law firm goes green

    As the world's largest intellectual property firm, Fish & Richardson is working to make a difference not only through its legal work but also through its contributions to the world in which we live.

  • Building green to save green

    Until recently, the benefits associated with designing and building a "green," or sustainable project, were considered too small to outweigh the costs. Fortunately, the mainstream adoption of eco-friendly technology has caused price reduction. It is no longer considered too expensive to build a sustainable facility; in many cases, it is considered too expensive not to build with this goal in mind.

  • Rick. Green then. Green now.

    "Green" is the popular term assigned to standards and practices that take into account the environment and the long-term health of the planet and its occupants.

  • Reno Contracting sustains green path

    The movement to incorporate sustainable materials and green building practices into new construction projects continues to grow, and Reno Contracting, one of Southern California's premier building contractors, stands at the head of the push to "go green." The company is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. The USGBC goal is to change current building practices, and it offers certification to those who incorporate green materials and processes into their projects.

  • LivingSmart homes by Pardee deliver eco-friendly lifestyle

    A recognized leader in sustainable building practices, Pardee Homes' LivingSmart concept combines features and options that are environmentally sensitive, energy conscious and healthier. LivingSmart also pairs these eco-friendly options with distinctive architecture and functional design in some of the best locations in San Diego County.

  • 'Imagine a street that breathes'

    All things on earth are connected, each a part of the web of life. What we do, as human beings and designers, affects each strand in the web. This is the fundamental truth that guides Fuscoe Engineering Inc. -- who we are and the work we must do. It connects us to the importance of the role we play in creating the delicate balance between built and natural environment. Imagine entire communities or neighborhoods conceived and developed in harmony with nature. Imagine a street that breathes. We do.

  • Green is more than a color in the construction industry

    Once upon a time green was a color. Mix yellow and blue and there it was. Trees were green, grass was green, limes were green. Today, though, green has evolved beyond an adjective into a concept, a noun, an important strategy in how humans consider the environment as a whole, from the food we eat and the way we live to how we treat the world around us.

  • USGBC commits additional $1 million to fund green building research

    The U.S. Green Building Council has doubled its funding commitment for green building research grants to be awarded in 2008 to a grand total of $2 million. Of the additional $1 million in grants, $500,000 has been allocated for K-12 school facility research related to occupant impacts.

  • Conserving water by installing green plumbing products

    In San Diego County, water is the most endangered resource. According to the San Diego County Water Authority, our county is coming out of two of the driest years on record since 1801. The water authority estimates the county will have a 30 percent decrease in water supply this coming fiscal year, which will not only affect agriculture and commerce, but will also likely affect residents.

  • LEED standards expanded with neighborhood development pilot program

    As concerns about the environment remain front and center among leaders and citizens in all walks of life, the building community continues to make great strides in establishing achievable and lasting standards for environmentally conscious design and construction practices.

  • Lake Mead could dry up by 2021

    There is a 50 percent chance Lake Mead, a key source of water for millions of people in the southwestern United States, will be dry by 2021 if climate changes as expected and future water usage is not curtailed, according to a pair of researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

  • Old Grantville rock quarry may gain new life as mixed-use development

    The proposed transformation of a Grantville quarry into a major mixed-use development is about three years away, but the plans are starting to take shape.

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Green Building & Design - 2008

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

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.