Ron Jones

Ron Jones, Co-Founder and President of Green Builder® Media, is recognized as one of the fathers of the green building movement. Instrumental in establishing guidelines and programs through NAHB, USGBC and a variety of regional initiatives, he has more recently worked with the International Code Council in the development of both the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700) and the International Green Construction Code. He is the charter chairman of the Green Builder Coalition, a grassroots non-profit advocacy group whose goal is to promote integrity in the building industry, and beyond, in an effort to return balance and harmony to the relationship between the built environment and the natural one. A recognized author and keynote speaker on four continents, his industry credentials and leadership experience, combined with his inspirational message and “take no prisoners” style, make him a high-demand presenter for conferences and events of all kinds.

Recent Posts

What, How...and Where

Posted by Ron Jones

Apr 10, 2014 1:19:12 PM

Chalk it up to luck, I suppose, but a few weeks back we missed the only real snowstorm to hit our corner of the world this winter because we were traveling elsewhere on business. We received email reports from folks in the neighborhood that our hilly country lane was totally impassible due to ice and wet, deep snow plus plenty of downed trees, and their daily updates indicated that the situation remained unchanged for almost a week.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Disaster Planning

No Apparent Change

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 13, 2014 1:38:16 PM

Nobody loves acronyms more than the military and intelligence agencies, so “NAC”, the popular abbreviation for “No Apparent Change”, is commonly used in updated reports to indicate that whatever is currently being observed or monitored has not changed much from previous versions, a convenient way to save time and space.

In this case, I am reporting that NAC applies to the newly updated official policy of the National Association of Home Builders on green building and sustainability. Allow me to explain…

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Topics: Sustainable Building, Policy, National Association of Home Builders

Trick My Ride

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 11, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Let’s get one thing out there right in the beginning: I’m a truck guy, always have been. It’s not that my head can’t be turned by a great car—I still feel my heart flutter every time they roll out the latest Corvette. But so far, I have not let the mid-life crisis get the best of me, and it doesn’t take too long to refocus on my true ride of choice: a pickup, especially a vintage model.

Having made that clear, I am still reliving recent experiences from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which showcased a dazzling display of new auto technologies. In addition to driverless car demos and a concept crossover that features solar panels built into the roof so it can provide some onboard energy production to assist the hybrid power train, we were invited to take a real-life test drive through the streets of Las Vegas in a snazzy electric vehicle.

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Topics: electric vehicle, Consumer Electronics Show

Always an Open Door

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 30, 2014 12:42:05 PM

When I wrote my first Tailgate column for the inaugural issue of Green Builder back in January of 2006, I invited our readers to join me once a month at the back of the magazine to drop the tool belts, break out the lunch box, and openly discuss whatever we had on our minds. As we enter our ninth year of publishing, I am here to reissue that invitation.

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The Fence Has Run Out of Room

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:56:44 PM

Sorry folks, but there is no neutral ground left where the uncommitted can wait for the rest of the world to determine which direction we are going to steer the future of the built environment. The time has come to take a stand and decide which side of the issue you are going to be on.

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Separate Realities

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:55:33 PM

On a recent afternoon I was working at my desk when, within seconds of each other, email messages appeared in my Inbox that illustrate just how schizophrenic we are when it comes to the topic of responsible housing.

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Starting Over

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:54:03 PM

Just before my October column was due to our editors I was headed to northern Colorado on business and had carved out time to take part in a daylong workshop that would involve “pitching” a yurt, like the ones seen in this issue of Green Builder. It was something that sounded like fun and I looked forward to a day in the sun, the learning experience and the team exercise. However, Mother Nature had ideas of her own and instead the site of the workshop and an area the size of many eastern states was inundated with what the weather experts referred to as “floods of Biblical proportions”.

The importance of the cancelled workshop quickly evaporated as we witnessed the destruction of entire communities through the live reports of multiple television news crews throughout the affected region. Stories of heroic rescues intermingled with real time camera coverage including heartbreaking scenes of swollen rivers bloated with automobiles that looked like discarded toys and chunks of completely deconstructed buildings.

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On a Clear Day

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:52:30 PM

On a clear day, a phenomenon that for many people occurs less and less frequently now, you not only hear the endless warning whistles of the diesel-electric engines but you can actually watch the coal trains that rumble by day and night, twenty-four/seven past towns, cities, farms and fields as they transport countless tons of strip-mined coal from the parched steppes of Wyoming and other distant locations to gigantic holding yards at power plants in places like Texas and Georgia.

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Home: Where the Hope Is

Posted by Ron Jones

Dec 16, 2013 11:16:24 PM

Every time we travel on business, and that is far too often nowadays, I find myself remembering that old adage, “home is where the heart is”. When practically the first thing you do upon returning home is start booking flights and lodging for the next trip, it is impossible to ignore just how great it feels to be “home”, even if you know that the light at the end of the tunnel is your next encounter with the “FASTEN SEAT BELT” sign. But I digress…

Last month we were all witness to the ridiculous debacle inside the beltway as our elected officials disgraced themselves and our system of government while playing “chicken” with our economic future as if it is all a schoolyard game. Both sides of the political spectrum displayed their selfish lack of responsibility while the rest of us mostly watched in dismay and disgust.

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Measuring Up

Posted by Ron Jones

Dec 1, 2013 12:19:00 PM

Gumption: It’s not a word you hear every day. Not in the modern vernacular, for sure. Sounds outdated, almost—I don’t know—hillbilly. But Webster defines it as: “initiative, aggressiveness, resourcefulness,” and then adds, “courage, spunk, guts.”

In my experience, it takes gumption to execute a project that merits national award consideration, let alone make the judges agree. It has a lot to do with presentation. There is no substitute for great images and a clear, thoughtful narrative. After all, it would be impossible for judges to physically visit dozens of entries that come from all around the country, so you have to be part storyteller in order to make yours stand out from the pack.

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Topics: Green Home of the Year Award, Sustainable Building, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards

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