- Proposed Legislation Seeks to Revise Lead-Based Paint Rules
Lead-based paint exists in millions of homes in Michigan and throughout the United States. Although lead-based paint was banned in 1978, dust and chips from deteriorating old paint still pose a health risk. At the same time, it is extremely easy to become enmeshed in EPA enforcement for simple paperwork errors. Legislation introduced in 2012 seeks to resolve that issue, among other issues raised by EPA's Rule.
- State building codes survive federal court scrutiny
State governments are mandating energy efficiency requirements for builders. These requirements have faced some pushback by builders. As long as the legislation does not require the use of products that are already governed by federal efficiency standards, they will survive judicial scrutiny.
- Behind The Drywall Tour
The Meadowlark Builders "Behind The Drywall Tour" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20 thru 22, 2012 is proving to be a popular annual event.
- Matt Grocoff: Creating Michigan's first net-zero energy home
"Greening our homes is the best way to save money, help the economy, create jobs, make our homes more comfortable and help to avoid climate catastrophe and protect the one home we share."
- Condo owner wins judgment for improperly cleaned brownfield site
Brownfield redevelopment is a boon for communities that have abandoned, contaminated properties causing blight. However, when considering buying or leasing these properties, prospective purchasers should conduct their own due diligence to avoid being taken for a ride.
Green buildings of West Michigan tour set to showcase sustainable initiatives
- Renae Hesselink talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
On September 8-10, the Green Buildings of West Michigan Tour will take place in Grand Rapids to present 40 LEED-certified buildings in that area. Renae Hesselink, Vice President of Sustainability at Nichols and chair of West Michigan chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council talks to Kirk about the tour and other sustainable activities in the area.
“There were three parts to the project; there was post occupancy research, there is a green buildings of West Michigan book that we’re publishing that showcases all of the buildings that are in the research project, and then the tour on Sept 10th and 11th.”
The Green Buildings of West Michigan tour will be divided by industries such as health care or manufacturing.
“We’ve got several tracks, and we’ve organized the buildings by market segment. Someone could go on a health care tour, for example, and they would see Spectrum Health Lemmen Holton Cancer on that tour,” says Hesselink. “They would see St. Mary’s Lacks Cancer Center, too. “
The West Michigan Council of the U.S. Green Building Council has partnered with an event called GreenTown that will also take place on September 9-10. GreenTown will focus on driving community-based sustainable action in Western Michigan.
The synergism of green events is expected to draw elected officials, architects, building owners and anyone else with interest in sustainability.
Click on the arrow above to hear Hesselink’s September 3 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs every Friday evening at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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