What's in your bath cabinet?

If your keeping in touch with your early-adopter client who continues to improve greening its existing building operations they might want to read the product labels in their bath cabinet. 

Photo featured in referenced post by attorney Stuart Kaplow of greenbuildinglawupdate.com

Photo featured in referenced post by attorney Stuart Kaplow of greenbuildinglawupdate.com

In a post today  by attorney Stuart Kaplow of greenbuildinglawupdate.com titled "Microbeads Ban in Maryland will be more Efficacious than Others", [http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2015/06/articles/sustainability-1/microbeads-ban-in-maryland-will-be-more-efficacious-than-others/index.html] Stuart wrote that Maryland signed into law prohibiting the manufacture of a personal care product containing synthetic plastic microbeads beginning December 31, 2017. Illinois, Maine, New Jersey and Colorado have passed similar phased-in bans. Legislation is pending in several states, including California, New York, and Washington. The tiny microbeads have an impact on our environment posing a threat to the ecosystem of rivers and waterways downstream from waste water treatment plants that cannot remove.

You may want to determine whether any of your suggested maintenance green cleaning products contain this gentle abrasive ingredient.





I'm taking a lean start-up approach to launching this website.  Starting with a  concept and creating visual thinking sketches. Adding the initial posts. Creating a personal blog website that represents my architectural practice and culture, relevant to today’s building industry, starts with creating a title. The word that architectural clients use: Green, LEED®, Energy Star. The word builders use: Green, LEED. The word construction defect attorneys use or inquire about: Green. The word that the professional liability insurance industry uses: Green.  The word AIA uses: Sustainable. The word the USGBC uses: Green, LEED. Perhaps its the Beatles choice for the apple record label color: Green.






2014 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition Entry: Putman Foundation Timken Museum of Art

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts its National Building Competition. The competition pits energy managers of commercial buildings against each other to see who can save the most energy and water.

The Timken Museum of Art has spent years planning and implementing energy efficient lighting and mechanical strategies, lead by The San Diego Energy Desk. In that time, the museum has reduced its electric and natural gas energy use by more than 50 percent, which makes them a strong contender in the EPA’s national building competition.

In 2015, KPA Associates, Inc. principal architect Bruce Bergman assisted Randy Walsh of the San Diego Energy Desk and James Petersen of the Putnam Foundation. Together they completed final requirements for the nomination of the Timken Museum of Art to the competition. Bruce conducted on-site observations to verify the building’s energy data, which required certified by a licensed architect or engineer.

This 2014 competition is the fifth consecutive year the EPA has hosted the competition and it remains the largest energy efficiency competition of its kind in the nation According to the EPA news release, last year’s competitors saved an estimated $20 million on utility bills. Nearly 50

buildings in the competition had demonstrated energy use reductions of 20 percent or greater.

Competitors from across the nation measure and track their building's monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool. EPA maintains a competition website. For more information, visit: https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/learn-past-winners






(L) Bruce Bergman AIA, LEED AP BD+C, (R) Randy Walsh CCIM, LEED AP

New LEED® Pilot Credit Blurs the Line Between Architects and Contractors Standard of Care

The new LEED pilot credit "Prevention through Design" (PtD) seems to blur the traditional boundary between architects and development contractors. Architects have historically refrained from inserting themselves into the means and methods of construction health and safety. Qualifying for this credit will undoubtedly lead to an evolution and adaptation of an architect's standard of care. 

Under this proposed credit, the design of a landscaped roof would include safety methods during construction for installation of the vegetative system especially along a roof edge. The credit also encourages architects to think about building operation and maintenance functions and incorporate features such as guardrail parapets to protect against falls during roof maintenance. According to the LEED Pilot Process Worksheet, the architect is a responsible party and must describe any safe operation and maintenance plan items that need to be communicated downstream to the building owner for the development of additional protective measures.

If you want to pursue this pilot credit and you aren’t sure how, look at the way architects have crafted documentation for a similar credit, MRc2 - Materials & Resources Building Product Disclosure. The Environmental Product Declaration portion of MRc2 includes the manufacturer's confirmation as to the presence of chemicals with known health risks. Architects seeking credit MRc2 need to be aware of how the standard of care is evolving in response.

The construction crew should be informed of product health risks. The pilot credit Prevention through Design does that but choose it carefully within your standard of care.

For more information about the new LEED pilot credit "Prevention through Design" (PtD) refer to:


Download the LEED Pilot Credit PROCESS WORKSHEET 2015 02 18 at: (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/prevention-through-design-pilot-process-worksheet).