Alexis Karolides

Authored Works

Texas Grocer Slashes Energy Use

Which commercial building sector uses more energy per square foot than all but one other and is more than twice as energy-intensive as office buildings and schools? Grocery stores, second only to food service.


Why Build Green?

This guide describes the benefits of green building and dismisses the notion that building using green methods is more expensive than traditional methods. The goal of green building is to coordinate such interconnected issues as site and building design, energy and water efficiency, resource-efficient construction, lighting and mechanical design, and…


Introduction to Green Building: Environmental Sensitivity with Building Materials

This article, which is the second part of a two-part series on green building originally published in RMI Solutions, discusses the use of environmentally sensitive building materials. Alexis Karolides details the environmental impact of building materials such as concrete, metals, wood, and carpeting. Environmentally sensitive alternatives are also suggested. Karolides…


Introduction to Green Building: Resource Efficiency

This article, originally published in RMI Solutions, introduces the concept of green building. The author argues that green building enhances the natural environment while benefiting humans. According to Karolides, green building takes a holistic approach to planning, designing, and constructing buildings. Choosing “green” building materials is not a cut-and-dried process.