Buildings and Community Design


Design decisions for buildings and communities are critical to efforts to increase local and regional resiliency. Building designers — of residential, institutional, and commercial structures — should strive to incorporate passive and active survivability concepts into new and renovated structures. Community planners and developers need to incorporate concepts that increase the capacity to maintain transportation flow, strategies to handle water management, and infrastructure approaches that will withstand a variety of risks.

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  • VSBN’s 2007 Annual Meeting

    Moving toward Carbon Neutral BuildingsMoving toward Carbon Neutral Buildings was the theme of VSBN’s 12th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, held June 28, 2007, at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This meeting included presentation of 3rd Annual Virginia Green Innovation Awards.

  • Green Building Benefits in the Commercial Marketplace (2007)

    Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN presented Green Building Benefits in the Commercial Marketplace, a half-day workshop for developers, on March 20, 2007, in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia.

  • High Performance Buildings in Virginia (2006)

    High Performance Buildings in Virginia -- 2006 EEBA Conference VSBN organized the October 10 track on High Performance Buildings in Virginia at the 2006 Excellence in Building Conference & EXPO. The 2006 conference was organized by the Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) and held October 10-12, 2006 in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

    Greening Virginia Universities and CollegesGreening Virginia Universities and Colleges was held September 26, 2006, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This one-day conference focused on best practices in green school design, energy management, and renewable technology, as well as green curriculum and sustainable planning. With guest speaker David Orr, Program Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College.

  • VSBN’s 2006 Annual Meeting

    Global Change, Local SolutionsGlobal Change, Local Solutions was the theme of VSBN’s 11th Annual Meeting, held on June 9, 2006 in Charlottesville, Virginia. This event included presentation of the Virginia Green Innovation Awards, local speakers on Sustainable Community and Business Initiatives, a Reception and Artivision Art Show, an evening concert by John McCutcheon, and a Green Building Construction Tour of the LEED®-Registered Charlottesville Transit Center Building.

  • High Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective (2006)

    High Performance Schools SymposiumHigh Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective, was co-sponsored by VSBN and held in Washington, DC on April 24, 2006. Event features included Regional Best Practices, the Winners of the Montgomery County, MD and USGBC-NCR Emerging Green Builders Portable Classroom Design Challenge, and special evening speaker, Stefan Behnisch. Cosponsors included AIA-Northern VA, CEFPI Foundation and Charitable Trust, Metro Washington COG, Montgomery County, MD Public ... Read more...

  • Virginia’s Sustainable Future Summit 3

    Virginia's Sustainable Future Summit 3Virginia’s Sustainable Future Summit 3 was held September 13-14, 2005 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Organized by VSBN, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Manufacturers Association, VA Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, and other public and private partners, this event featured workshops, a high-performance schools session, plenary speakers, and a green building tour.

  • Virginia’s Sustainable Future II Conference

    Virginia's Sustainable Future II ConferenceVirginia’s Sustainable Future II, held June 6-8, 2001 in Richmond, Virginia, was the second statewide sustainability conference held in the Commonwealth. VSF II celebrated successes and charted the future of sustainable development in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Virginia’s Sustainable Future (1999)

    VSF1Virginia’s Sustainable Future: Solutions for the Environment, Businesses, and Communities was held June 16–18, 1999 in Richmond. This first-ever statewide sustainability conference in Virginia attracted community, business and government representatives striving to meet the needs of the present without compromising the sustainability of Virginia’s future.