A Beginner’s Guide to SWPPP for Contractors and Developers

I’ve been very fortunate over the course of my relatively short career in construction to spend time focusing on many different aspects of construction.  I recently spent about two and a half years working in site development and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) compliance on a national scale and I wanted to share some of the insights that I gained from that experience.

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NYC’s Green New Deal Targets Construction Industry, Bans Inefficient Glass-Walled Buildings

On Thursday, April 18th, the New York City Council passed what they are calling “NYC’s Green New Deal,” which legislators hope will greatly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.  In order to achieve those results, several mandates included in the legislation will have major effects on the construction and real estate industries.

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[Timelapse] Watch 7 Years of Construction of New York’s 2 Newest Supertall Skyscrapers

Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development.  On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened. 

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How the Atlanta Falcons’ New Stadium Helped Reduce the Area’s Flooding Issues

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, was completed in late 2017.  The impressive structure had a hefty price tag of $1.4 billion, but it has already played host to several of the biggest events in sports, including the 2018 College Football National Championship and the recent 2019 NFL Superbowl.  In addition to playing a large role in the sports world, it’s also playing a large role environmentally for the area surrounding the stadium.

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First Approval Granted for Possible Tallest Mass Timber Building in North America

A new 21-story apartment building proposed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin as received unanimous approval from the City Plan Commission. If built, the new tower could possibly be North America’s tallest mass timber building.

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The Top 10 US States for LEED Certified Construction in 2018

The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita.  That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings.

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USGBC Announces LEED Zero Certification for Net Zero Projects

Photo by  OregonDOT ,  CC BY 2.0

Photo by OregonDOTCC BY 2.0

After being informally announced at the Global Climate Action Summit earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has officially launched LEED Zero to address net zero operations in buildings.

LEED Zero will be open to all LEED projects that are certified under the BD+C, ID+C, or O+M rating systems, as well as projects that are registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. In order to achieve LEED Zero, the project must meet one of the following characteristics:

  • Net zero carbon emissions

  • Net zero energy use

  • Net zero water use

  • Net zero waste

In addition to meeting one or more of the characteristics above, 12 months of performance data also has to be submitted for verification. By definition, “net zero” means to produce at least as much as you use.  Examples of net zero include producing renewable energy using solar panels, harvesting rainwater, or keeping waste out of landfills.

“Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC, in a press relase. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to net zero milestones. We are recognizing the leadership of these projects—and formalizing our commitment to focusing on carbon and net zero across the entire LEED community. These new certification programs will encourage a holistic approach for buildings and places to contribute to a regenerative future and enhance the health and wellbeing for not only building occupants, but all of humanity.”