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Viewpoints & Interviews

Short essays, opinion, and occasional interviews
on subjects related to sustainable design and building

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Viewpoint: An LCA Pioneer

An LCA Pioneer: The whole story A pioneer in bringing life cycle assessment [LCA] to the North American construction sector, the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

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Viewpoint: Embedding Value

Embed the value of housing affordability in sustainability A lone voice from Vancouver issued a challenge at the Greenbuild #2 conference in Pittsburgh in 2003:

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Interview with Alex Speigel

  Alex Speigel, partner at Windmill Developments, believes that the greenest buildings are actually conversions. With Arch Lofts [], they’re transforming a century-old church into

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Interview with Greg Clarahan

Greg Clarahan, President and CEO of LiteZone Glass Inc. in Nisku, Alberta [] has come up with what may be the world’s best-performing insulating glass,

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Interview with: Ron Schwenger

Principal of Architek [ ] in Vancouver, Ron Schwenger has a living architecture technologies company, and sage advice on vegetated roofs, living walls, living facades,

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Interview with Jack Laken

President of Termobuild Canada [ ,] in Toronto, engineer Jack Laken [ ] has long been a missionary of passive heating and cooling of buildings.

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Interview with John Jansen

President of Wishbone Site Furnishings in Langley, John Jansen was an early adopter of incorporating recycled materials into attractive, durable outdoor furnishings.

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