The world's narrowest building is now under construction in Warsaw, Poland.
New York City’s Pratt Center for Community Development has been gathering leaders like Guenther through its Green Healthcare Forum to discuss how the industry can contribute to a sustainable environment. The opportunity is huge: Hospitals account for 8 percent of the energy consumed by commercial buildings, but occupy just 4 percent of commercial floorspace across the country. Ongoing research from the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab has shown that hospitals could reduce energy use by more than 60 percent at a premium of only 1 to 3 percent over current costs.
The Obama administration and the business community haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on environmental initiatives over the past two years, but even the Chamber of Commerce is on board with this efficiency project. Thomas Donohue, the president of the business lobby, toured a building slated for retrofits today alongside President Obama, and he said in a statement that the Chamber has been pushing for public-private energy efficiency partnerships for a decade.
Except, thanks to a major series launched this morning by California Watch, we now know that's not true. Officials in the Division of the State Architect, the chief regulator of construction standards for public schools actually haven't enforced the Field Act. Thousands of schools across the state have serious seismic issues—structural flaws and safety hazards that were reported during construction—and they could put student's lives in danger during a quake.