The LEED Gold-certified Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough is among 44 sustainable projects included in Diamond Schmitt Architects’ ecoMetrics visual database of energy models. Among its sustainable design features are earth tubes that draw fresh air through cylindrical intake shafts to be warmed or cooled (depending on the season) below ground before entering the HVAC system. Photo: Michael Muraz.
Diamond Schmitt Architects’ ecoMetrics tool allows its designers to quickly analyze solutions bas...read more
The University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building was the first university building in Texas to Receive LEED Platinum ststus. Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain.
The new initiative screens projects to see if they are investor-ready.
The Chespapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, Virginia Beach, Va., is only the eleventh building to earn Living Building Challenge status. It generated 83% more energy than it used over the past year and treats rainwater so that it is drinkable. SmithGroupJJR led the Building Team: Skanska (owner’s rep), A+F Engineering (SE), WPL (CE), Biohabitats (water treatment), The Façade Group (BECx), and Hourigan Construction (GC). Photo: Prakash Patel / courtesty SmithGroupJJR
AEC leaders in green building are stepping up to a higher level of innovation and to be a green l...read more
Exterior light shelves on an office building in Denver, Colo. Photo: USEPA, U.S. government work
Jacobs, AECOM, and Arup top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest...read more
AES Corporation Headquarters, Arlington, Va.Building Team: OPX, PLLC (architect), AES Corporation (owner), Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc. (GC), Blue Moon Engineering (MEP), SK&A (SE). Photo: Judy Davis / HD Photo
Turner Construction Co., Clark Group, and Hensel Phelps top Building Design+Construction’s annual...read more
Georgia BioScience Training Center, Social Circle, Ga.Building Team: Cooper Carry (architect), Technical College System of Georgia (owner), Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (GC). Photo: Carol Meyhoefer, courtesy Cooper Carry
Gensler, Stantec, and HOK top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s large...read more
Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons.
LEED Silver the prescribed standard on buildings larger than 50,000 sf.
Newark, N.J. Photo: A. Duarte/Creative Commons.
Requires city planning officials to get more information from developers to ensure healthy, susta...read more
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's new green facility. Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Creative Commons.
All new buildings and major renovations to be net-zero by 2030.
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If U.S. healthcare were a country, it would rank 13th in GHG emissions.
Kirksey is the first Houston-based firm with designation and role as high-quality LEED administra...read more
Perkins Eastman was the architect for the Huishan North Bund mixed-use development in Shanghai. The buildings received LEED Gold, China 3-Star Rating, and BREEAM Excellent Certifications. Rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman.
The firm will partner with the International Finance Corporation to promote sustainable building...read more
On one 3½-acre lot, 330 tires and 150 cubic yards of trash had to be removed. Hantz Farms started planting trees there last November. Photo: Atlas Industries.
One of the city's richest residents, John Hantz, is buying hundreds of acres of vacant property,...read more
Jerry Yudelson, author of "Reinventing Green Building."
The author and former president of the Green Building Initiative is critical of current green bui...read more
Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Photo: Prakash Patel, courtesy SmithGroupJJR
The education building generated 83% more energy than it consumed over the last year en route to...read more
Certification programs have only scratched the surface of assessing the performance of existing buildings. A new certification program, BREEAM USA, hopes to change that by making it easier for owners and managers to find out where their buildings stand and how they can make improvements. Image: Pixabay
BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry....read more
TD Bank Tower and TD North Tower. Photo: John Vetterli/Wikimedia Commons
The newly renovated 25,000-sf space achieved gold-level status.
Robinson Starmills mall in San Fernando, Philippines. Photo: Robinsons Land, via Inhabitat
The Robinsons Starmills mall in San Fernando recently turned on a 2.9 megawatt rooftop PV plant....
Construction in Asbury Park, N.J. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.
For assessing human health-related exposure scenarios for construction products.
Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Alan PARKER/Creative Commons.
Applies to structures larger than 7,000 sf.
Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.
San Diego office tower is California’s first office building to receive LEED Dynamic plaque in re...read more
Inspired by an orchid, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver has curved walls and a floating roof. Image courtesy Perkins+Will. Click here to enlarge.
The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was recognized for its use of healthy building mater...read more
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The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report thei...read more
A 24-story building with 241 affordable housing units will include a charter school, medical center, cultural spaces, and a supermarket. Image: Dattner Architects
The 24-story curved building would be 70% more efficient than comparable housing in New York City...
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The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco and the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library...read more
Built on a industrial brownfield, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a SITES project. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.
Federal agency will use for properties with and without buildings.
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New requirements went into effect April 8.
Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle. The building, designed by ZGF Architects LLP, was a COTE Top Ten Green Project in 2013. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
"Lessons from the Leading Edge" is a study of the 200 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten...read more
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Goal is to transfer biophilic design theory to real-world applications.