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.
Carbon dioxide has been captured and stored by scientists for years, but now GE has a novel idea...read more
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The 640-sf living wall biofilter provides cleansed air for the office building and provides a stu...read more
A rendering of what Masdar City was expected to look like upon its completion as a net-zero city. Credit: Forgemind ArchiMedia, Flickr Creative Commons
The $22 billion experiment, to this point, has produced less than stellar results.
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Ruling allows PV owners and other small energy generators to continue to be paid wholesale rates...read more
American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons
Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.
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Florida lagging on development of green roofs.
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Projects larger than 5,000 sf must recycle or salvage at least half of their trash.
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Plan revealed at UN climate conference.
Vacant lot in Detroit. Photo: Stephen Harlan/Creative Commons.
Effort aims to improve property values, city life.
Colorado State University students gather outside of the school’s LEED Platinum Pavilion at Laurel Village in Fort Collins. The 11,500-sf, $5.5 million facility was designed by 4240 Architecture to function as a village square, with a sloped green lawn for outdoor performances and outdoor seating areas. Photo: Raul Garcia, courtesy 4240 Architecture
Buzzwords like “living lab” and “experiential learning” are indicative of the trend toward more h...read more
Ambler Boiler House, on a brownfield site in Pennsylvania, was reinvented as a Class A office with geothermal heat pumps and a graywater reuse system. The Building Team: Heckendorn & Shiles (architect), Elton & Thompson (SE), Bala Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP, Cx), Alderson Engineering (geothermal), Domus (CM). Courtesy Bala Consulting Engineers
Some developers are missing an opportunity by downplaying sustainability at a time when demand fo...read more
Modules for a data center for one of Skanska’s telecommunications clients were built in an offsite factory. Callison was the architect. Cosentini Associates provided engineering. Photo: Adam Friedberg
Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power us...read more
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy
Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a...read more
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A 42% cut to come from buildings, vehicles, supply chain.
Duo-Gard bike storage. Photo: Ferut Architects (via BuildingGreen)
A hybrid urinal, ventless dryer, and a chair made of mushroom roots are among the new green produ...read more
Construction in Raleigh, N.C. Photo: James Willamor/Creative Commons.
Clients and tenants increasingly value sustainability.