Treehuggers International

Green Building Practices, Part 2

July 22nd, 2007

In the second part of our two-part series on sustainable design and so-called “green” architecture, we catch up with area architect Nora Daley-Peng, a Project Associate and Sustainable Design Consultant with Seattle-based O’Brien and Company. Nora discusses her company’s role in green-style residential consulting, commercial and institutional building, and O’Brien and Company’s education arm (including a sustainable building course at Seattle Community College).

Fresh back from a visit to China, Nora also discusses the haphazard growth of cities in a rushed economic explosion and the need to export good sense environmental leadership, and closer to home, the Built Green program in King and Snohomish Counties, and area Environmental Home Centers, where builders can purchase renewable bamboo for wood materials along with local stone and brick.

Nora also talks about the building of her award-winning green Beacon Hill townhouse, and work with public staircase and greenbelt preservation in Beacon Hill, to better enhance “community connectivity.”

Downtown Seattle from Beacon Hill‘s Dr. Jose Rizal Park.

Photo courtesy of Shelby White / Wanken, © 2008.

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