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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

Mama’s Still in Charge

Posted by Ron Jones

Oct 2, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Every now and then we get a not-so-subtle reminder that in Mother Nature’s world, we are really not much more than minor accessories. After pushing hard for weeks to get a project to where we think it needs to be, after regularly waking up in the middle of the night worried about lead times and deliveries, after orchestrating a nearly impossible set of moving parts and finally starting to think we might have a little bit of control over the situation, a wicked curve ball is slipped by us in the form of an unexpected soaking rain, leaving us humbled and scrambling for a Plan B.

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Water Conservation: Leave It to Beavers?

Posted by Ron Jones

Sep 15, 2014 8:56:00 AM

Water should go—we all know—to those who tend it, who use it, who love it, who dance for it, and it should flow downhill from stream to river, and river to sea. – “Dancing for Water,” Stanley Crawford, 1990

LIKE ALL GUERILLA FIGHTERS, the beaver is most effective at night. The hours between dusk and dawn belong to him; under cover of darkness he is more than capable of overpowering our stubborn but feeble daytime efforts to keep the irrigation gate clear, the water flowing.

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Ground Truthing in Real Time at Mariposa Meadows

Posted by Ron Jones

Aug 13, 2014 11:55:00 AM

No civilian activity that I’m aware of is more an exercise in “hurry up and wait” than building, and trying to build in a remote location just exacerbates the realities of that syndrome even more. A sudden opportunity to meet with someone, a surveyor or a building official or an excavation contractor, whom you may have been trying to connect with for days, weeks, or maybe even longer, will appear without warning—and you realize you have to seize the moment or risk starting the frustrating cycle all over again.

The distance from the nearest town to our job site at Mariposa Meadows is only 13 miles, but because of the terrain and the last three miles of unpredictable unpaved road, round-trip travel time takes a minimum of an hour—and that’s just the time behind the wheel. You have to add whatever time is actually spent on the ground; as a result, a visit to the site rarely takes less than two hours to complete.

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RESNET Commissions Study on 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index Option

Posted by Ron Jones

Aug 5, 2014 10:53:00 AM

In 2013 the International Codes Council (ICC) adopted an Energy Rating Index performance option to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  The 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index scores are very stringent.

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VISION House Mariposa Meadows: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Posted by Ron Jones

Jul 6, 2014 1:43:00 PM

 One of the things I used to enjoy most about meeting a potential client on their chosen piece of ground for the first time was sharing the suggestion that “Nobody does better work than the Big Man,” which was, of course, my way of acknowledging the undeniable beauty of the natural world, and the endless alchemy performed by Mother Nature. It was my way of saying that we needed to show restraint, humility and concern for the particular part of the Earth we were about to alter forever—in essence, to be patient and respectful.  

Now, by my own making, I am on the other side of that exchange. I have to confess that the reality of that concept comes with a great deal of added weight, as we consider all the change we are about to initiate. We only get one chance to do it right; we simply won’t live long enough to see the recovery if we do careless damage to the landform and other natural features of this amazing place.

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