Green

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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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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