Architectural Industry – New Trends

Thursday, 04 February 2016 by
Energy Efficient LEED Home

The Architectural Industry In early summer 2012, when I joined HBS, I also transitioned from working as an architect myself, in the mainstream architectural industry, into a consultant to architects. Since then, I have worked with many architectural firms of all sizes, on small to very large projects. This gave me the unique opportunity to really step back






B Corp Declaration of Interdependence

Declaration of INTERdependence The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This pivotal document, penned largely by Thomas Jefferson, changed the course of American history. Ironically, not a single of the 13 colonies could have resisted the English crown by themselves. Their celebration of “independence” could also have been framed as a commitment to “interdependence.”






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Low Prices often equal Low Quality - You get what you pay for?

Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Testing A recent investigative journalist story exposed Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde testing and revealed a rather unfortunate tale that may affect hundreds of thousands of homes across the US. During active Federal investigations for suspicion of using illegally harvested lumber from Russia, it turns out one of the largest flooring distributors in the US






flame retardant-free furniture

HBS Joins Major Buyers Demanding Flame Retardant-Free Furniture In December, the Center for Environmental Health published a list of companies that are signing onto a commitment to purchase flame retardant-free furniture. Healthy Building Science joined the CEH Purchaser Pledge to purchase furniture without these toxic chemical additives. Other partners include Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, HDR Architecture, Perkins+Will,






Company Culture

Monday, 29 September 2014 by
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Company Culture = We’ve all got one, right? Does every business have a company culture? Even a person without a personality has a personality, right?  As an entrepreneur I’ve never really thought about the “culture” of our company. Client satisfaction, service options, managing liability, marketing strategy, and profit margins are the de-facto language of business.






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Building Health Initiative Logo

We are excited to announce that we are new members of the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter’s Building Health Initiative! The Building Health Initiative is a two-year program in which Northern California industry leaders from multiple sectors have pledged to promote health and wellness. Members have made commitments to take simple but






MLK B The Change

Corporate Responsibility – MLK and B The Change Landing in flood-stricken Boulder and uniting with fellow B Corps from around the world is inspiring. There’s just no other way to put it. Corporate Responsibility is going to the next level, and the “B The Change” phenomenon – already so powerful – is in its infancy






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B Corp Certification

B Corp Certification for Business In April HBS became a Certified B Corporation and joined an elite club of businesses throughout the world. B Corp business assessments and third-party B Corp Certification are administered through B Lab, a non-profit. There are myriad of third-party rating systems for sustainable businesses… but only two in our region seem






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Green Business Certification

Thursday, 18 April 2013 by
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Green Business Certification This blog covers a few green business certification programs making a real difference in the world. Products are Organic Certified, FSC-certified, Green-Seal Certified, Cradle-to-Cradle Certified, etc.  Then there is LEED Certification and GreenPoint Rating for buildings. But what about a sustainable business certification? I’ll discuss Bay Area and San Francisco green business programs.






Take the flame retardant quiz.

Flame retardants creeping you out… For years a small (but growing) group of concerned scientists, designers, and public health advocates have been warning about the dangers of flame retardants. It may seem counterintuitive that flame retardants – intended to reduce risk of harm from fire – could be harmful themselves. However, according to many of






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