Green

MUST SEE: Dutch company to test using plastic waste for road construction

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the ocean. Renderings courtesy KWS Infra

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles ex...

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ICC, ASHRAE outline roles to consolidate IgCC and 189.1

Photo: Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons

July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

"IgCC Powered by 189.1” will provide the design and construction industry with “the single, most-...

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NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...

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Seven parking garages officially recognized as green

Photo: The Forest Home Garage in Ithaca, N.Y. All images courtesy of Green Parking Council.

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new program rates parking structures based on 48 elements of operation, from water reuse to b...

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Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget...

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White paper explores low-flow toilets’ impact on drain lines

Photo: Sloan Valve

July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

The research found that certain variables: toilet paper—along with the pipe slope and flush volum...

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U.S. Green Building Council aligns programs with CALGreen

California Academy of Sciences. Photo: TheDailyNathan via Wikimedia Commons

July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editor

California has a new LEED certification path as the state struggles with drought.

Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips

July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming. 

Rick Fedrizzi to step down as USGBC’s Chief Executive next year

The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC employs 260 people, and last year reported $74.1 million in revenue.

June 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fedrizzi will be leaving an organization that has grown to 76 chapters. The Washington, D.C.-base...

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Training center for electricians in L.A. focuses on net zero technologies

The transformation of the 142,000-sf Electrical Training Center—which was formally announced 11 months ago—should be completed by Spring 2016. Rendering courtesy NECA

June 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction has begun Los Angeles County on what is being called the nation’s largest Net Zero P...

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6 steps toward better water management [AIA course]

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Integrated MEP engineers at Integral Group and structural engineers at Fast + Epp worked with Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby, FRAIC, LEED Fellow, DSC (Hon.), to design this petal-shaped, LEED-NC Platinum building. Photo: Nic Lehoux, courtesy Perkins+Will

June 24, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

When it comes to water conservation, Building Teams tend to concentrate on water-efficient plumbi...

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LED lighting: Replaceable or disposable?

Photo: SmithGroupJJR

June 17, 2015 | Michael Nowicki

While first generation LED lighting fixtures were basically your standard incandescent or fluores...

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Cornell Tech announces construction of ‘first passive house residential high-rise in the world’

Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

June 15, 2015 | Cornell Tech

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustain...

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‘Solar water’ poised as global solution

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, British West Indies. Photo courtesy Inovateus Solar

June 15, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Strapped with both water and energy crises, several island nations are investing in solar-powered...

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GBCI launches SITES - a rating system for sustainable landscapes

The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. Image: EPA

June 10, 2015 | GBCI

The new SITES rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or witho...

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Fuel cell technology makes its way into energy generation

A 1.4-MW fuel cell power plant, installed on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in 2014, generates clean, round-the-clock baseload power. The fuel cell is part of a configuration, in which high-quality heat produces steam for campus heating and absorption cooling. Photo courtesy FuelCell Energy

June 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for fuel cells, while modest, is growing, and cost savings are getting noticed.

A company is developing spray-on solar panels for windows

Researchers view the Colorado Rocky Mountains through an electricity-generating SolarWindow module. Photo courtesy SolarWindow Technologies

June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Made primarily out of hydrogen and carbon, the coating can turn see-through surfaces into solar p...

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Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm released its ecoMetrics analysis tool at the CAGBC Conference. Image: Diamond Schmitt Architects

June 08, 2015 | Diamond Schmitt Architects

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation...

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Applying modern energy codes to building envelope retrofits [AIA course]

Roofing contractors apply insulation to an existing building. Building Teams should review the potential for increased moisture accumulation, condensation, and freeze-thaw before routinely adding insulation to older buildings. Photos courtesy Hoffmann Architects

May 31, 2015 | Bradley T. Carmichael, PE

When applying current energy codes to existing buildings, a number of issues arise, particularly...

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Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

Photo: Hakilon via Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

MVRDV Selected to Design High-Line Inspired Park ‘Seoul Skygarden’

The planned Seoul Skygarden will be made out of a 40-year-old overpass, which was deemed unsafe for heavier vehicles in 2009. Renderings courtesy MVRDV

May 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The garden will be organized as a library of plants, which will make the park easier to navigate....

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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3 winners take top prizes in 2015 Global Holcim Awards

Three projects from around the world were selected as winners of the 2015 Holcim Awards. All renderings courtesy: Holcim Foundation

April 23, 2015 | Holcim Foundation

Projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. were chosen by the Holcim Foundation for the impa...

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GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services....

AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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USGBC opens public comment period on LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings

Image: Morgue File/midvaleapartments

April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new LEED Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily program will offer solutions for existing mu...

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Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

The new categories are called Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium. Image: Essential Habitat

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new evaluation procedure considers the building in an environment where only renewable energy...

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