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Kathleen Harder cited in HealthLeaders Media article

Kathleen Harder (Center for Design in Health) was cited in the HealthLeaders Media article “Sponge Solution Remains Elusive” on June 13, 2011. Harder was interviewed for her strategies on OR team procedural standardization to prevent retained surgical items – surgical items unintentionally left inside a patient.

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Fisher cited in New Urban News article about Target Field

Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) is cited in an article about Target Field by Philip Langdon in New Urban News. Fisher provides a critique of the ball park:

“We can walk to the bus stop two blocks from my house [in neighboring St. Paul], and it takes us right to the bus depot next to the stadium, where we can take an escalator up to the plaza and come out to one of the great open spaces in the city, with ‘baseball bat’ light sculptures leading to the gates of the stadium….

“When we enter the stadium, the wide galleries offer views of the field from almost every angle. … When we finally arrive at our seats many stories in the air, the city skyline and the arc of the stadium open in front of us…. [S]pending hours with so many people in the midst of that urban spectacle reminds us of why we live in cities: to remember that we are all a part of something much larger than ourselves.”

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Haglund cited in LEED lawsuit article

In a class-action lawsuit (.pdf; 311KB) filed against the US Green Building Council (USGBC), claimants charge that the USGBC has engaged in deceptive trade practices, false advertising, and anti-trust in promoting the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. The lawsuit alleges that the LEED rating system, developed by USGBC, “is supplanting building codes in many jurisdictions, undermining marketplace competition and obscuring other building standards that are proven — unlike LEED — to reduce energy use and carbon emissions….”

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Henry Gifford, a well-known and outspoken critic of the LEED certification system.

Kerry Haglund (Center for Sustainable Building Research) was cited in a USGlass News Network article about the lawsuit:

“What is needed is for any rating or certification program to focus on the integrated design, construction, and occupancy phases more holistically, taking into account post-occupancy performance and verification that the energy-efficient and sustainable design and construction strategies are successful. The Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines is such a program that leads to a full accounting of the actual costs and benefits of sustainable building design and energy efficient strategies. The quick development of the LEED programs has resulted in a lot of good design and construction practices, and more importantly, awareness in the area of sustainability and at some point USGBC will probably integrate required post-occupancy performance metrics into its rating systems, which will be a natural progression of its ever-developing guidelines.”

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Carmody cited on life-cycle costing

John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research) is cited on life-cycle costing (LCC)– the examination of the cumulative costs of a product, material, or technology over its useful life — in “Evaluate this” by Jeff Gunderson for Builder News. Life-cycle costing is closely related to life-cycle assessment (LCA) which attempts to measure the environmental impact of materials and products from extraction to disposal. “An LCA is a useful approach for environmentally minded builders who are interested in specifying products and materials with relatively low carbon footprints,” Carmody is quoted as saying. “LCC takes into account the total financial obligation of using a product or material over the life of a building. By applying LCC, it is possible to show the financial advantage of one product over another, given a certain time period. Looking at the performance of products and materials in a specific environment from an all-inclusive cost perspective, it can help builders and homeowners make better decisions.”

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