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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

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Need to Change

Posted by Ron Jones

May 8, 2018 8:25:09 PM

When I turned the pages of my calendar to 2018 a while back, I realized that this marks my 35th continuous year as a licensed general contractor. And although I don’t build for clients anymore, preferring to work exclusively on our own demonstration projects instead, I still renew the license each time it comes due.

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Thinking 'About' the Box, Not Outside It

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 23, 2018 10:51:24 AM

Big Ideas? Apparently, everybody has them.

Apparently, everybody has them. All you have to do is listen to their messaging. It seems the killer business strategy nowadays is to latch onto the latest buzzword and ride that baby until the wheels fall off, or at least until it is replaced by whatever comes next.

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Time to Warm Up to the Big Picture and Just Be Resilient

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 12, 2018 8:04:23 AM

The Building Industry is eager to rebuild in the wake of destruction, but seems opposed to adopting measures that will help prevent destruction.

Back in November, I closely followed the weather reports in a month that proved to be one of the warmest on record for our part of the world. The television weather reporters and news anchors gleefully cheered the unseasonable temperatures, often in sportswear and sleeveless tops to illustrate the point.

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Get It in Writing

Posted by Ron Jones

Nov 29, 2017 4:25:00 PM

THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE of cowboy wisdom that says, “trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.” It’s another way of saying that while trust and communication are essential to a fair game and a successful outcome, in the final analysis, you have to watch out for your own interests, rather than leaving them in the hands of others.

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Time for All Builders­—and Insurers—to Embrace a Higher Standard

Posted by Ron Jones

Oct 19, 2017 3:04:18 PM

We find ourselves in a most interesting time for homebuilders.

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Want to be a true leader? Look ahead, not back.

Posted by Ron Jones

Sep 14, 2017 12:36:58 PM

Our annual Eco-Leaders edition provides a lot of interesting information on what’s new and advanced in our industry. But I hope it also serves to stimulate one’s thinking about what leadership is and what it represents.

It isn’t easy to come up with an original statement describing leadership, at least one that is meaningful. Most attempts to distill the essence of leadership into a sentence, a slogan or a marketing campaign end up sounding cliché and contrived.

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New Codes, Old Problems

Posted by Ron Jones

Aug 16, 2017 12:50:47 PM

Creating codes for resilient buildings proves complicated, as usual.

ANOTHER BATTLEFRONT is taking shape on the already-crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry. However, I don’t intend to suggest the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, stormwater management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements and a host of others conflicts have been resolved—or even quieted significantly. The call for more resilient buildings is simply another brewing fight to add to the list.

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Codes in the Headlines

Posted by Ron Jones

Jul 13, 2017 1:01:08 PM

Serious code issues never make the news … unless it’s about a disaster or sensational failure.

Sadly, we usually only hear or read about codes in the wake of disasters involving buildings and other manmade structures. A good case in point is the recent catastrophic fire in a London high-rise apartment building where it is alleged that unapproved, possibly illegal, materials were used in a renovation that resulted in extensive destruction and tragic loss of life.

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The Beauty of Choice

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 8, 2017 9:47:27 AM

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”

When he wrote those words in the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau was possibly suggesting that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. But perhaps he also meant that each of us is seeking what satisfies us the most, not necessarily what appeals to the greatest number of our neighbors.

It may be fair to say that for the most part humans are social creatures. Additionally, probably few other species are so specialized and as interdependent as people, which has a good deal to do with how we are able to avail ourselves of a seemingly endless set of options to choose from in our daily lives.

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Mandates and ‘Moving the Needle’

Posted by Ron Jones

May 11, 2017 10:27:40 AM

The current special products edition of Green Builder magazine has me thinking about the topic of building products in general, and an incident that took place at a meeting of the Executive Committee (now called the Executive Board) of the National Association of Home Builders a few years back in Milwaukee.

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A Deeper Shade of Green

Posted by Ron Jones

May 1, 2017 10:39:11 AM

We are quite proud of the fact that green implies a sincere commitment to the natural environment, as well as an awareness and concern for social issues that are directly affected by the shelter industry. But there is so much more to the whole concept of green.

I enjoyed reading and learning about the amazing projects featured in the March/April 2017 issue of Green Builder, highlighting our annual green home award winners, and perusing the lists of outstanding building materials, products and systems that these extraordinary builders and designers have employed in their entries. But I can’t help but shake my head and privately chuckle in amusement, as well.

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The Revenge of the Dinosaurs

Posted by Ron Jones

Apr 13, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Make no mistake, the all-out assault on virtually every form of regulation and government oversight by the current Administration and its lackeys in recent weeks is part of a larger ideological war that is being waged—a war on being forced to take responsibility and be subjected to accountability.

Being held responsible and accountable for waste, pollution, environmental degradation, social exploitation, and unethical business practices gets in the way of generating maximum profits, but there is even more to it. For those whose mantra has become the endless condemnation of “onerous” regulations and the call for the demise of “government overreach,” the fundamental, gut-level resentment of “being told what to do” has been festering for a long, long time, just itching for a chance to boil to the surface and erupt.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 12, 2017 10:03:54 AM

Some years ago, a good friend of mine went to the trouble and expense of finding an out-of-print copy of collected works by the great American poet Wendell Berry. He then made it into a gift to me.

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