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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

Acting With Purpose

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 10, 2015 8:20:00 AM

Building may be the ultimate expression of purpose. Without intent, there is no reason to build.

PERHAPS IT HAS JUST been on my mind, rattling around in the subconscious and peeking out of the corners as if to tease me, or maybe I’m just imagining it, but it seems that the term (and the meaning of) purpose keeps popping up lately. It could be the result of the change of the seasons, apparent in the lengthening of the days and the almost imperceptible transition from the colors and tones of winter—white, brown and gray—to the pale greens and brightening blues as spring careens toward summer.

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That’s our story and we’re stickin’ to it…for now.

Posted by Ron Jones

Apr 8, 2015 5:13:00 PM

The National Association of Homebuilders talks the talk of caring about home energy efficiency, then fights bitterly to prevent any helpful green legislation. Will the real NAHB please stand up?

Back on March 30, a fluff piece from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) appeared in my inbox under the heading “New Homes Increasingly Offer Efficiency, Sustainable Features.” It was a retread message generated by the public affairs department, giving lip service to the Association’s claim of support for sustainable building practices and energy efficiency.

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The Real Target Market: Trades

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 11, 2015 10:45:00 AM

WHILE ATTENDING AN INDUSTRY conference last month, I found time to engage in some interesting conversations with a few of the folks who were exhibiting products and services in the small but tightly focused trade show that was a part of the larger event. The majority of the exhibits featured offerings that are designed to help the builders of new homes meet energy requirements, ventilation standards and the ever-tightening goals found in water conservation programs and mandates.

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Diogenes’ Dilemma

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 5, 2015 6:59:00 AM

Known as one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy, the ancient Greek, Diogenes, is best remembered for carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be searching for “an honest man”. What kind of luck would he have in today’s world?

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Let's Not Be Fools with New Tools

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 29, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Recently I read a startling statement which pointed to the fact that apparently more people in the world today have cell phones than toilets. It seems that once again I am in the minority, since I do choose to have modern plumbing but not a personal communication device. Anyone who knows me at all is probably aware that I gave up the cell phone in 2005 and haven’t looked back.

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