Green

New version of Building Energy Data Exchange Specification launched

The U.S. Energy Department launched the new version of Building Energy Data Exchange Speficiation. Image: Morgue File/DuBoix

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy...

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USGBC will recognize energy and water standards for the Living Building Challenge
April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Chal...

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New survey shows top companies prioritize global green building rating system LEED

The new Apple headquarters designed by Norman Foster. Image: Apple, Inc.

April 07, 2015 | USGBC

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate s...

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DOE releases Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training...

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Georgia may ban use of LEED on state buildings

Photo: OTRS via Wikimedia Commons

April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use g...

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Energy benchmarking law helps make D.C. top ranked Energy Star city

With 480 Energy Star-certified buildings, the EPA estimates D.C.'s Energy Star buildings have saved $127.1 million. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First-in-the-nation law requires public reporting of annual energy performance

Global wind power installations expected to slow through 2019

Navigant projects a curtailment in the growth of annual new installations through 2019. Image: Morgue File/AcrylicArtist

April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After a 20% falloff in 2013, the global wind power industry made a strong comeback in 2014, with...

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Elevator shafts a major source of heat loss in New York City

The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council 

March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from...

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Passive House Institute launches ‘cost-effective’ passive building standard

The Orchards at Orenco is currently under construction in Hillsboro, Ore., includes 57 units, making it the largest precertified Passive House building to date. Rendering: REACH Community Development

March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The group says the building energy performance target is in the “sweet spot” where cost effective...

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Metl-Span systems meet design needs in cost effective manner

One challenge required onsite bending of CFA panels for the curved portion of the facility. Photo courtesy of Metl-Span.

March 25, 2015 | Metl-Span

The goal from the beginning was to construct an energy efficient building with insulated metal pa...

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WELL building standard introduced in China

WELL complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star, and BREEAM. Image courtesy Morgue File/kconnors

March 25, 2015 | Marisa Long, USGBC

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring...

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School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while...

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6 myths holding back green building

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW is an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1968, with a $32 million renovation in 2009 by Brookfield Properties and RTKL Associates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?

Vertical urban greenhouses will feed import-reliant Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The garden will occupy a vacant lot next to a parking lot that is only one-tenth of an acre. Renderings courtesy Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A Jackson Hole, Wyo., start up aims to reduce the city’s susceptibility to food deficits by build...

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California Cuts its Carbon Footprint with Solar

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

March 16, 2015 | Panasonic

Spanning four locations in Central Valley, the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff projects...

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Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...

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Starchitecture meets agriculture: OMA unveils design for Kentucky community farming facility

Food Port will feature expanses of agricultural space to support local farmers and the agricultural industry. Renderings courtesy of OMA

February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The $460 million Food Port project will define a new model for the relationship between consumer...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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Make It Right Releases New Designs for Affordable Housing Complex

Renderings courtesy of Make It Right

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BNIM is among the six firms involved in the project.

ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...

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Shopping centers set their sight on solar
February 09, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

As part of its pledge to environmentally sound practices, real estate investment trust Macerich i...

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Fannie Mae to offer lower interest rates to LEED-certified multifamily properties

Colorado Court Affordable Housing — Santa Monica, Calif. Photo: Calder Oliver via Wikimedia Commons

February 06, 2015 | USGBC

For certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest r...

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Illinois leads top 10 U.S. states for LEED green building

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, designed by The Freelon Group and HOK. Photo: @Albert Vecerka/Esto

February 04, 2015 | USGBC

Collectively, 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10...

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An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work
January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if it...

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Rendering courtesy Tesla
January 21, 2015 | John Caulfield

Tesla Motors’ “gigafactory,” a $5 billion project on 980 acres in Sparks, Nev., could annually pr...

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Photo courtesy Leo A Daly, NEON
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the past six years, Leo A Daly has been designing sites for remote field stations with near-z...

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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
December 23, 2014 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are pot...

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