Agora Borealis – Engaging in Sustainable Architecture
Vivian Manasc and Cheryl Mahaffy
"Agora Borealis is the story of a journey into sustainable architecture amid the vagaries of Canada’s northern climate. From that journey emerges a new generation of green buildings, models not only for the north but for the world.
Agora Borealis makes its case by taking readers behind the scenes, telling the story of four community friendly, occupant friendly and energy efficient buildings. In the process, we demonstrate that sustainable architecture can bring financial as well as environmental rewards."
Copies available at: Audrey's Bookstore, The Artworks in Edmonton. Built Books, Ryerson and UofT Bookstores in Toronto. Or purchase online.
Economics of Green Buildings
U.S. buildings labeled under the LEED or Energy Star programs charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than comparable properties, according to the new study "The Economics of Green Building."
Additionally, green-labeled buildings have effective rents that are almost 8% higher than those of otherwise identical nearby non-green rated buildings.
Results of the 2009 CoreNet Global and Jones Lang LaSalle global survey on
Websites related to sustainable buildings
or the reimagine initiative