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(Newtown, CT – 9/18/2020) – The Taunton Press announced today that Kiley Jacques will take the reins at Green Building Advisor, a sister website to Fine Homebuilding that is more narrowly focused on sharing complete and accurate information about designing, building, and remodeling high-performance homes.
Jacques joined Fine Homebuilding two years ago as Design Editor, where she drove all the architecture, home design, kitchen, and bath-related content. But her interest in green building and high-performance homes was strong enough that it was not long into her time at Fine Homebuilding that she found a regular spot on Green Building Advisor’s calendar for her popular Green Advocate blog.
Before coming to Fine Homebuilding, Jacques spent 22 years working as a professional gardener in the climate-minded mecca of Seattle. Shortly after changing careers to focus on writing and journalism, Jacques was hired to research and write an article for the very first issue of the United States Green Building Council’s member magazine, USGBC+, to which she continues to contribute today.
“I’ve been preparing for this in one way or another most of my life,” says Jacques. “I’m thrilled to combine my commitment to ecological stewardship with my passion for quality journalism. It is with great satisfaction that I am finally able to call myself an environmental journalist, and I take the responsibility that comes with it seriously.”
Green Building Advisor is a deep well of conceptual and technical information covering all aspects of green building, including environmentally sensitive design, innovative materials, energy-efficient construction techniques, must-know building science, and information on relevant building codes. With a combination of experts contributing regular and guest blogs, Green Building Advisor is the go-to source to for news on environmental issues and policy discussions.
“As a media platform featuring industry innovators, professionals, products, and systems, GBA serves not only its readership but also the greater good,” says Jacques. “The site’s users, contributors, and staff share a common goal to protect the natural world while shaping the built environment. It is a space for exploring global issues such as the climate crisis and resource conservation, while gleaning science-backed, hands-on instruction and data. GBA is both the why and the how of green building science.”
Thanks to the dedication of the editors, the site’s members, and, unfortunately, the climate crisis we are all facing, Green Building Advisor is enjoying a period of substantial growth in audience and memberships. Recognizing the opportunity and potential of Green Building Advisor, The Taunton Press leadership is positioning staff and resources to take the media brand to the next level. Jacques is replacing Brian Pontolilo, who transitioned to the position of Editorial Director overseeing Fine Homebuilding and Green Building Advisor.
“When I decided to take a new role that required me to give up the day-to-day editorial duties at GBA, I knew exactly what to do,” says Pontolilo. “It was clear to me two years ago that Kiley was the right person to lead GBA, the only question was how long would it take us to get her there. Not only is she a top-notch journalist and editor, she’s mission-driven, and climate issues are among the most important to her. She also understands that when it comes to sharing information among home-building professionals, the best approach is an ongoing and evolving conversation. I have no doubt that she will moderate that conversation well as GBA grows and high-performance home building evolves.”
Ecologically minded, high-performance builders have emerged as the leaders in residential construction as building science—and its related best practices—matures. The Taunton Press, Fine Homebuilding, and Green Building Advisor are committed to serving this community with expert-contributed content for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge, developing their skills, and building better homes.
“Kiley’s appointment to lead Green Building Advisor signals our commitment to this community, and to this conversation,” adds The Taunton Press CEO Renee Jordan. “She and Brian both embody the editorial integrity and passion that is so important within this highly regarded community of building science professionals. Now in its second decade, Green Building Advisor has brought together the leading voices around products, practices, and policies. We are fortunate to have Kiley in our ranks to keep the conversation going and surface the next generation of ideas and strategies for high-performance building.”
About Green Building Advisor
Green Building Advisor is a website dedicated to sharing accurate and complete information about designing, building, and remodeling high-performance homes. With clearly presented, professional-level information, our mission is to empower architects and designers, builders and remodelers, engineers, tradespeople, and homeowners to build more durable, energy-efficient, healthy, and climate-friendly homes. With an elite team of advisors and bloggers from all corners of the building industry, Green Building Advisor has earned a reputation as the most reliable place online for accurate building science, proven building assemblies, unbiased product information, and impactful community. Many of Green Building Advisor’s members are experts in their own right, making our Q&A forums one of our most valuable assets. For more, visit greenbuildingadvisor.com.