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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Renderings courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
December 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Zaha Hadid Architects released designs for the new headquarters of Emirati environmental manageme...

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December 18, 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council

The new collaboration recognizes importance of sustainable parking facility design and management...

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Houston's Monarch School was named the K-12 school of the year. Photo: courtesy
December 17, 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council

Houston's Monarch School was named the K-12 school of the year, and Western Michigan University w...

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Photo courtesy Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons
December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The company aims to build 100 new DD Green-certified restaurants by the end of 2016.

Rendering courtesy Behnisch Architekten
November 25, 2014 | Behnisch Architekten

The multi-use building for Artists For Humanity that is slated to be the largest energy positive...

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Jerry Yudelson, President of the Green Building Initiative, with Grant Seiffert,
November 21, 2014 | GBI

The STEP Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing technology industry benchmar...

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November 12, 2014 | USGBC

The new additions, from India, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Mexico, b...

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