Tag Archives: West Coast Green

isite news and update

Media Partner

Delighted that isite has been invited to become media blog partner to the Eco City 2008 World Summit and West Coast Green conferences.  Watch out for live feeds.


Bright Green: looking for that new job in sustainability or CSR? then the latest positions from the London and San Fransisco offices of Bright Green can be found on the right hand sidebar

Twitter – still getting to grips with the potential of this, my tweets are, again, on the right hand sidebar.

Blogs added to blogroll:

Transition Culture the tranistion town movement blog from Rob Hopkins

WICE: a small community enterprise in my own home community

Second Life

isite now has a presence in second life – more on this very soon


Two gadgets that fascinate me – where in the world and cluster maps show the locations of isite readers.


Watch out for live blogging from upcoming events – from local to regional and national to international

I also intend to replace the flickr feed with photos of buildings in use, representing the users experience of facilities – watch this space.

are green buildings usable?

It seems we are becoming awash with green buildings, eco homes and eco towns.

There are some great sites out there with green architecture eye candy (check out Mad Architecture for example).

We have some major and significant conferences and events on the horizon – from the international Eco City 2008, Green Build 2008 and West Coast Green, here in the UK Think 08, and more locally the Elevate Exemplar event in September and the Lancs Best Practice Club July event.  All very different and important to their target audiences.

Even in Second Life there are great green and sustainable ‘built environment’ demonstration and education projects

And yet in all the design, conferences, events and working groups I see very little about the usability of green buildings – what is it like to work, live and play in them?  What does the comfort level  within (and around) green building do for health, for productivity and for well being?  What is it really like to be a citizen of a eco-city such as Auroville?

Once again I am convinced its not the building – green or other wise – but the way we use buildings that is paramount importance on the sustainability agenda – as Prof Keith Alexander down at the Center for Facilities Management comments – its about building consumption – not production. 

Time to turn the telescope around?  Is the green / sustainability movement in the built environment stuck in the building production with eye candy design, at the expense of the usability of the buildings?

As a Friday comment – I am throwing down a challenge for comments and evidence – are  Green Buildings usable?

I invite guest posts here and links to sites that discuss this issue.

Green build goes big in San Jose

Over 13000 delegates, 100 speakers and 380 exhibitors are expected at West Coast Green, the world’s largest residential green building conference, in San José this September.

The event, that will be a green zero-waste conference, will also include live blogging, live broadcasting and plenty of pre-conference previews and profiles through the online San Fransisco Chronicle.

From the West Coast Green site:

We live in an exciting time in the green and healthy building movement.  At no other time in history has the profound effect of the built environment gained so much public prominence. Now its time to discover what is emerging, envision the future and take the next bold steps.

isite has highlighted the green build movement in the USA many times, attempting to draw comparisons and lessons for the UK built environment sustainability agendas, and will follow the build up to this one and hopefully relay live blogs and webcasts during the event itself to UK isite readers.