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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

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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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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