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Sustainable Design and Construction

EV charging port at The Kensington, Boston. Photo:

EV charging port at The Kensington, Boston. Photo: Gustav Hoiland

June 23, 2020 | PAUL BERGERON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, MULTIFAMILY DESIGN+CONSTRUCTION

A top sustainability expert gives the whys and wherefores of installing electric vehicle chargi...

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How the new EC3 tool raises the bar on collective action

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator helps building teams evaluate a project’s overall embodied carbon emissions during design and procurement decision making.

   

January 10, 2020 | Donald Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Nearly 50 AEC industry organizations partnered to develop the groundbreaking Embodied Carbon in C...

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Sto StoColor Dryonic, 101 Top Products for 2019
December 12, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier a...

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The Oxford word of the year: climate emergency. Graph sourced from the Oxford Corpus

November 20, 2019 |

The Oxford Word of the Year 2019 is climate emergency.

Laval University’s TELUS Stadium houses

Laval University’s TELUS Stadium houses a 328-foot by 197-foot indoor practice field for soccer, football, and rugby. Thirteen arches span 222 feet and provide a clear height of 59 feet at the center of the stadium, which seats 450 spectators. Photo courtesy Nordic Structures | Photographer: © Stéphane Groleau

  

October 24, 2019 | By Kerry Gold, Contributing Writer

Projects throughout the U.S. and Canada showcase the design and environmental traits of large-sca...

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Turner Construction is using this card to summarize its program. The "Green" graphic represents how the contractor is elevating what green means, and the three pillars of its program. Image: Turner Construction

April 22, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The company targets a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions and water use from construction activit...

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The 159,000-sf Catalyst building will be eastern Washington's first net-zero-energy ready building. Image: McKinstry

April 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Catalyst will be part of an innovation hub, with Eastern Washington University as its main tenant...

Drawing from more than 60 research reports, stok, the global real estate service provider, has calculated how occupancy in high-performance buildings improves the tenant's profitability over a decade. Image: stok

October 02, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A stok-generated report calculates dollar gains from improvements in employee productivity, reten...

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The Morningstar solar house is one of the features at Penn State's Sustainability Experience Center, where the university is contemplating a permanent structure for classrooms, research labs, and offices that would be built to Living Building Challenge standards. Image: Patrick Mansell

September 10, 2018 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The university, encompassing 13 colleges and 24 campuses, adheres to protocols established by the...

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SEG’s 12-person team works out of a historic commercial building that has achieved net zero energy using strategies that include waste heat recovery, natural ventilation, a photovoltaic roof system, and real-time energy-use monitoring. Image: HGA

July 09, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sustainable Engineering Group will bolster its new owner’s design and planning abilities.

Watch all 19 Accelerate Live! talks on demand

In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HMC’s Eric Car... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), architect and... read more
January 16, 2018 | Katie Mesia

Major cities, like Washington, D.C., make up less than 2% of the world’s landmass, but they contr...

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The Living Building at Georgia Tech is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge 3.1-certified facility of its size and function in the Southeast. Image: The Miller Hull Partnership, in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent

December 07, 2017 | Stacy Smedley

Sustainability, it’s a trendy term. The problem, however, is that it’s being used in so many diff...

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Image courtesy of DoepelStrijkers

June 29, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The sustainable structure will be a mixed-use development with a hotel, apartments, and office sp...

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The research involved investigating the feasibility of adapting the design of a sustainable mixed-use high-rise building in the 2016 New York City market to Passivhaus requirements. Rendering: FXFOWLE

April 11, 2017 | BD+C Staff

A new study conducted by FXFOWLE shows that Building Teams can meet stringent Passivhaus performa...

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Clover Payments, a payments software startup, installed a 30x22-ft living wall in its office in Sunnyvale, Calif., a net-zero-energy building. The wall provides air filtration for the company's tenants. Image: Courtesy Habitat Horticulture

April 11, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One installer offers his thoughts on why, and what works.

PlanIt Impact's cloud-based platform is helping CB Properties and Milhaus Development plan a $24.3 million mixed-use building on 27th and Troost Streets in Kansas City, which will include 182 market-rate apartments and 12,000 sf of commercial space. The developers are using this platform to better understand operational costs so tenant occupancy would be more affordable. Image; Planit Impact

April 05, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

PlanIt Impact's sustainability scoring is based on myriad government and research data.

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September 07, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

An expansion of ‘heat networks’ is viewed as a possible means for Britain to accomplish its goal...

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Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Photo: Prakash Patel, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

June 09, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The education building generated 83% more energy than it consumed over the last year en route to...

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University of Florida Health Jacksonville. Images courtesy GS&P.

May 10, 2016 | Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

GS&P's Corie Baker shows how to design and orient a building to efficiently collect or dissip...

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The sustainability culture shift: 8 steps for success

Toronto. Image courtesy Perkins+Will.

April 08, 2016 | Jon Douglas

Perkins+Will's Jon Douglas has eight strategies that will start an organization on the path to em...

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Image/ Visualization by Luxigon

January 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The single-story structure is designed for sustainability as well as function.

The 90-sm prototype ICEHouse demonstrates the benefits of circular economy construction at The World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. Photo @2016William McDonough + Partners

January 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

ICEHouse is a prototype for temporary, easy-to-assemble structures that deploy locally available...

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NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...

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6 steps toward better water management [AIA course]

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Integrated MEP engineers at Integral Group and structural engineers at Fast + Epp worked with Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby, FRAIC, LEED Fellow, DSC (Hon.), to design this petal-shaped, LEED-NC Platinum building. Photo: Nic Lehoux, courtesy Perkins+Will

June 24, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

When it comes to water conservation, Building Teams tend to concentrate on water-efficient plumbi...

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3 steps for sustainable landscape architecture

Image: LPA

June 19, 2015 | Richard Bienvenu

A water-conscious, sustainable landscape is easily achievable, and the options for native and dro...

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Top 3 2030 Challenge trends

Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 05, 2015 | Annalise Dietzen and Emma Conway

The growth of IPD is among the key takeaways from the USGBC Region 7 Conference.

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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