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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

Sustainability Symposium: Final Day for Early Bird Discount

Posted by Ron Jones

Nov 30, 2016 4:56:30 PM

There is more to Orlando than theme parks and trade shows. Our upcoming Sustainability Symposium on January 9, 2017 provides an opportunity to be a part of the solution.

Hardly a week passes when I don’t receive one or more promotional messages inviting me to sign up for some industry event or another that promises groundbreaking opportunities to join my peers and “learn from the experts”. 

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A Reality Check, Anyone?

Posted by Ron Jones

Sep 15, 2016 1:03:47 PM

The only thing as bewildering as the endless parade of behemoth footprint projects offered under the TNAH program is this stale and disingenuous justification coughed up in each and every cycle to explain them.

One year ago, in the September 2015 edition of Green Builder, I employed this column to draw attention to the issue of house size. In the process, I called out the then newly announced “official” NAHB show home, The New American Home (TNAH), which was set to open during the January 2017 Design & Construction Week trade show in Orlando, Fla.

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A New Front Opens in the Code Battles

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 23, 2016 8:08:25 AM

The confrontation over resilient construction practices is just a continuation of the age-old battle between those who search for ways to maximize short term profits versus those who choose to deliver lasting value.

Another battlefront is taking shape on the already crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry.  This is in no way intended to suggest that the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, storm water management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements, and a host of others have been resolved, or that they have even been quieted significantly.  We simply have another brewing fight to add to the list…the call for more resilient buildings.

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No More Excuses

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 2, 2016 10:21:35 AM

Builders need to take responsibility for their own standards of quality and performance.

These days, the bulk of communication and commentary emanating from the predictable homebuilding industry sources, as well as the trade media that pander to those same organizations, appears reflective of a well-choreographed, strategic campaign to rally anyone who will listen to take up arms against the evils of regulation.

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The Weakest Link

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 25, 2016 12:23:15 PM

Most conversations with manufacturers about how to reach potential customers had little to do with even the most basic understanding of the industry.

BACK IN 2005 when we founded Green Builder Media, I was so naïve to believe that the doors to marketers at building products manufacturers and those who provide services to the residential construction industry would swing wide open when they saw us coming.

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Building Cathedrals

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 22, 2016 10:43:56 AM

OVER THE YEARS, I have always enjoyed learning about the building of the great cathedrals through accounts provided by a variety of sources, from historical novels to television documentaries. The stories of soaring imagination and vision, amazing engineering and unbelievable physical exertion must thrill and inspire anyone who has any kind of role in the art and science of building.

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Sending a Message—The Homebuilding Industry's Keynote Choices

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 14, 2016 10:21:55 AM

Has the building industry simply turned its back on issues like climate change, rapidly evolving technologies, emerging regulations, labor and materials, plus the economic uncertainties of building in the year to come?

Soon the 2016 edition of Design & Construction Week will be underway in Las Vegas just a little more than a week after the conclusion of the 2016 CES, the annual event produced by the Consumer Technologies Association, which was also held in Las Vegas.

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The Preemptive Paranoia Playbook

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 5, 2016 12:53:38 PM

Is anyone besides me already up to here with the constant stream of media coverage given to the 2016 presidential races? Am I the only one who is actually left less interested by all the egos, the posturing, the schoolyard bickering, the lack of substance?

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A Season for Learning

Posted by Ron Jones

Nov 4, 2015 2:27:15 PM

THE DAZZLING COLORS of autumn have already come and gone up in the high country, and although we have been blessed with gorgeous fall weather at Mariposa Meadows thus far, we can see the new snow that is already beginning to stick on the north-facing slopes of the high peaks.

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From the Tailgate: Size Matters

Posted by Ron Jones

Oct 7, 2015 4:27:00 PM

FOR MANY YEARS now, I have been caught in the middle of the “home size” debate. When I served on the LEED for Homes steering committee and the development group for that rating system back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, the majority of the members of those bodies fought hard to include size as an issue in assessing sustainability and “greenness.” I found it hard to demonize a builder and/or their customer for choosing a larger-than-average house size when it comes down to a matter of choice, and I tried to look for middle ground on the subject.

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Building in the High Country

Posted by Ron Jones

Aug 20, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Summer at Mariposa Meadows has been interesting so far, to say the least.

WE FACE SOME unique challenges here, as well as some that are more universal to the building industry. The apparent victory in the beaver battles last fall has proven to be less than conclusive. After several months of ignoring the main irrigation gate, our furry friend recently mounted a new offensive and overwhelmed the previously invincible “beaver deceiver” by plugging the intake with large chunks of willow and aspen, followed by reams of grasses—all topped off by an impressive volume of thick mud.

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The Company DNA

Posted by Ron Jones

Jul 16, 2015 9:50:18 AM

By now, anyone who is a regular reader of Green Builder Magazine has seen the news that our publication has been named “Best Trade Magazine” for the third year running in the NAREE Real Estate Journalism Competition; in addition, we were also awarded gold for Best Website.

THESE ARE GREAT HONORS for any publishing company, but especially for a small, privately held one like ours, which competes with the likes of Inman News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many more. Credit for this prestigious recognition belongs to our entire team, whose names appear on our masthead, and to all the excellent contributing editors, vendors and contractors who make it possible for us to deliver excellence month after month.

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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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