Case Studies

From groundbreaking homes to high-performance schools, these case studies from the SBRD/VSBN archives focus on green building projects in our region.

Case studies are available in Adobe® PDF format, and are provided courtesy of the former Sustainable Building Resource Directory (SBRD) and Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN).

  • Climate Change in the American Mind

    The latest survey from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Communication reveals that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high since first measured in 2008.

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  • United Nations COP23 Meeting

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 23rd annual “Conference of Parties” (or COP23) took place in Bonn, Germany, November 6–17, 2017.

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  • Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

    VCU Energy & Sustainability ConferenceVirginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

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  • VSBN’s 2012 Annual Meeting

    VSBN's 17th Annual MeetingVSBN’s 17th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Highlighting Sustainable Community Initiatives,” was held June 28, 2012 at Ducard Vineyard in Madison County, Virginia. Mary Paul Smith Jespersen, Senior Commercial Advisor of the Royal Danish Embassy, spoke about their energy self-sufficient island.

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  • Canterbury Woods Neighborhood Pilot Energy Audit Project

    Common Air LeaksIn 2010 VSBN worked with the Canterbury Woods Civic Association of Fairfax County in a pilot project to evaluate and perform energy audits on some of the most common home models in the neighborhood.

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  • Green Building Outlook: 2010 and Beyond

    Green Building Outlook: 2010 and BeyondGreen Building Outlook: 2010 and Beyond was held April 15, 2010 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Presentations from this event are available here.

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  • 4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

    4th Annual Greening Universities ConferenceThe 4th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held October 22, 2009, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Highlights included updates of Climate Action Plans at Virginia universities and colleges; best practices in Green design and campus operations; how universities and community colleges are tackling Green curricula that lead to Green jobs; a tour of the LEED Platinum Rice Center, and ... Read more...

  • Greening Virginia’s K-12 Schools: A Case Study of Current Initiatives (2008)

    Greening Virginia's K-12 SchoolsIn an effort to disseminate information about sustainability programs in Virginia’s K-12 schools, VSBN gathered information from a sampling of school districts and created a report that is available as a resource on this website.

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  • Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia

    Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia VSBN’s Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia was held May 8, 2008, in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia Alumni Association. Presentations from this full-day workshop on carbon trading and green building are available on this website.

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  • Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

    Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN organized the Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges on October 26, 2007, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hosted by the University of Virginia, this event featured best practices in campus design, Green buildings, facility operations, and campus sustainability initiatives. Documents and PowerPoint presentations from this event are available on this website.

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