Entries by Robert Kobet

Building Green for China’s Future

If all goes well, when the Summer Olympics opens in Beijing in 2008 visitors will see a new, green Olympic athletes' center built expressly for this international event. The state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly building is being planned now with technical consultation from a group of U.S. energy-efficient building experts led by Joe Huang, of Berkeley...

Education by Design

Affordable and community-driven, the green-school movement stands to change the world in which children learn. So what's the holdup? Ten years ago, if an architect said he was designing a green school, most people would have assumed he had decided to paint the façade a pleasant shade of sage. But now it's 2007, and "green...

Modular Building and the USGBC’s LEED™ Building Rating System

Sustainability Expert Bob Kobet Outlines Industry Compatibilities with Green Building Goals Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association representing commercial modular construction providers, has recognized that modular building units can be a part of any sustainable design and construction effort. MBI has now published a report that provides the membership...

Filmtronics Incorporated

Filmtronics is a fully earth integrated laboratory and manufacturing facility for semi-conductors. Filmtronics is a leading supplier of advanced process materials used throughout the semiconductor, photovoltaic, photonics, nanotechnology, and display industries. The buildings earth integrated design concept combined with extensive day lighting, energy efficient mechanical systems and controls, makes Filmtronics a very environmentally responsible building. Other...

Three Sisters Bioshelter

Since 1989 Three Sisters Farm has been growing and marketing organic produce from their bioshelter(solar greenhouse)and gardens. Principles of Permaculture Design are used to guide farm development as an ecological system. The Bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm is a year round organic garden,compost facility, chicken house, potting room, kitchen and storage barn in one. The...

Central European Linkages Project (CELP)

A multiple sustainable community development project in the Czech Republic and Poland. Serving as a sustainable design and development consultant to the Central European Linkages Project (CELP), the intention was to use environmental stewardship and economic opportunity as drivers to improve the quality of life in schools and communities. The project was modeled after the Green Neighborhood Initiative developed...

CCI Center

 The CCI Center, is a LEED GOLD-EB (Existing Buildings) office and resource space that houses several non-profit organizations dedicated to resource conservation and other related environmental issues. It is a combination of adaptive reuse of an existing building and new construction. The building was awarded a LEED Gold rating in 2005 and was selected one...

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center is a public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. This project was selected by the American Institute of Architects National Committee on the Environment as one of the Top Ten Buildings of 2005.   Go to the AIA website for their top 10 awards. With comprehensive hot...

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Opened in 2003, this $375 million facility was the first and largest "certified green" convention center in the world. Served as LEED consultant and provided technical review for the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh between the beginning of this project and March 2002. Project acheieved LEED Gold. Raphael Vinoly, Architect, Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann, MEP Contractors, Lamm...