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Classic, Timeless and Sustainable Cities

Every story about a green building is a story about people. LEED buildings have a direct impact on the people who eat, live, work and play in them: these high-performing buildings boost the health, productivity and happiness of millions of people across the globe.

Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool that works. Every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. These leaders recognize that LEED enhances a company’s triple-bottom line, helps organizations manage their business operations and creates a more sustainable, energy-efficient built environment. 

Written by Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council

Read the full article here: http://www.usgbc.org/node/6798343

Building Berkshire Place

Berkshire Place

Pouring the foundation.

The new future home for Gracious Retirement Living & Healthcare Services.

Exciting things have begun over at 270 South Main Street in Pittsfield. A vast clearing has been created and a strong foundation has been started. This centrally located site will be the new home of Berkshire Place’s newest facility, a much welcome addition to aid in the growing need for senior living. This facility will be centered on skilled nursing and superior health-care, while in a warm home-like environment.

Old Made New: A Thoughtful Renovation

Off the Grid

Miles from any town or city, in the western countryside of Spain, a beautiful old stable now lives as a gorgeous home, which perfectly melds an old stone exterior with a fresh and modern living space.

Read More Date: Jul 30, 2013 Posted in: Blog Green Building Tags: green building, masonry, modern, sustainability

The Howard: Back to the Original Plans

The Howard

Photo: Emily and Allen Phoenix of Chicago Albumen Works

Constructed in 1916 in the Classical Revival Style, which was typical for the era, The Howard Building was originally constructed to house a hardware and agricultural implement business which catered to the surrounding farms and the great estates of the rural Berkshires. The Howard, a popular Pittsfield staple, sold tools, dairy & poultry supplies as well as other important farming implements. But it was best known as a seed company, annually producing a seed catalogue, which it published through 1960 issuing 10,000 copies that year alone. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2010, The Howard Building was purchased by Allegrone Construction as a Historic Redevelopment project. It is fast becoming one of the most exciting and transformative real estate projects in Downtown Pittsfield. So, you can imagine our delight when Holly Stover the granddaughter of Frank Howard, contacted us with the original plans. 

Wood: A Material for Skyscrapers?

Wooden Skyscraper

C.F. Møller a Scandinavian architecture firm has put out a proposal to design 34-story, wood-framed residential tower to be built in the center of Stockholm. If the proposal is accepted it will be built by 2023 and will be the tallest wooden structure in the world.

Read More Date: Jun 25, 2013 Posted in: Blog Green Building Tags: construction, green building, sustainability

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