Sustainability

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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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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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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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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Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics su...

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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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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.

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.

Ground Breaks on Innovative Museum Design by Foster + Partners

The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views. 

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.

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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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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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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Every aspect of the Centerlocation, materials, utilities, operation and usemee
November 12, 2014 | SmithGroupJJR

More than a decade after opening its groundbreaking Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the grou...

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Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons
November 02, 2014 | David Gibney, LEED AP, M+W Group

M+W Group's David Gibney offers his top lessons learned from coordinating dozens of large LEED pr...

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One Bryant Park, New York. Photo: Ryan Browne, Cook+Fox Architects via Wikipedia
October 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Appraisal Foundation is striving to improve appraisers’ understanding of green valuation.

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Starbucks stores are profiled in the report, as the company has opened 500-LEED
October 27, 2014 | USGBC

The "LEED In Motion: Retail" report includes USGBC’s conceptualization of the future of retail, e...

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October 27, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Among the breakthrough products to make BuildingGreen's annual Top-10 Green Building Products lis...

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The 44,640-sf Iowa Utilities Board/Office of the Consumer Advocate Building in D
October 21, 2014 | Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director
Much of the spirited discussion around LEED v4 has been centered on the Materials & Resourc...
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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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Photo: www.saltdistrict.com
October 14, 2014 | USGBC
This year’s Leadership Award recipients include Christine Ervin, David Orr, Jim DeCesare, Lloyd...
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September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A new report from the World Green Building Council finds “overwhelming evidence” to support offic...

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Rendering of Hy-Fi, winner of the Bronze Award. Image courtesy Holcim Foundation
September 29, 2014 | Holcim Foundation

The 13 Holcim Award winners for North America illustrate how sustainable construction continues t...

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