Green

Hantz Woodlands brings thousands of trees to hard-pressed Detroit neighborhoods

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.

June 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of the city's richest residents, John Hantz, is buying hundreds of acres of vacant property,...

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Jerry Yudelson, author of "Reinventing Green Building."

June 15, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The author and former president of the Green Building Initiative is critical of current green bui...

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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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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

June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry....

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TD Bank Group's renovated Toronto office is first WELL-Certified project under WELL v1

TD Bank Tower and TD North Tower. Photo: John Vetterli/Wikimedia Commons

June 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The newly renovated 25,000-sf space achieved gold-level status.

Robinson Starmills mall in San Fernando, Philippines. Photo: Robinsons Land, via Inhabitat

June 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Robinsons Starmills mall in San Fernando recently turned on a 2.9 megawatt rooftop PV plant....

USGBC offers new LEED pilot credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

Construction in Asbury Park, N.J. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.

June 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For assessing human health-related exposure scenarios for construction products.

Miami Beach requires developers to meet green standards or pay a fee

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Alan PARKER/Creative Commons.

May 31, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to structures larger than 7,000 sf.

 

LEED Dynamic is worth the effort, says commercial real estate executive

Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

May 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

San Diego office tower is California’s first office building to receive LEED Dynamic plaque in re...

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Perkins+Will achieves first Living Building Challenge Certification with Vancouver visitors center

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.

May 23, 2016 | Perkins+Will

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was recognized for its use of healthy building mater...

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Photo: Tobias Horvath/Creative Commons

May 20, 2016 | AIA

The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report thei...

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A 24-story building with 241 affordable housing units will include a charter school, medical center, cultural spaces, and a supermarket. Image: Dattner Architects

May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 24-story curved building would be 70% more efficient than comparable housing in New York City...

Photo Credit: Nick Merrick

April 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors and AIA

The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco and the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library...

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GSA adopts SITES land development and management rating system

Built on a industrial brownfield, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a SITES project. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

April 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal agency will use for properties with and without buildings.

 

New LEED 2009 projects will have to meet increased minimum energy performance

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons.

April 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New requirements went into effect April 8.

AIA report analyzes 20 years of the best green projects

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

April 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

"Lessons from the Leading Edge" is a study of the 200 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten...

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ILFI launches Biophilic Design Initiative

Photo: Lex McKee/Creative Commons

March 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to transfer biophilic design theory to real-world applications.

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March 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Carbon dioxide has been captured and stored by scientists for years, but now GE has a novel idea...

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Photo courtesy Nedlaw Living Walls

February 29, 2016 | Nedlaw Living Walls

The 640-sf living wall biofilter provides cleansed air for the office building and provides a stu...

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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

February 18, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The $22 billion experiment, to this point, has produced less than stellar results.

Supreme Court ruling on demand response expected to benefit smart grid

Photo: Dave Dugdale/Creative Commons

February 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ruling allows PV owners and other small energy generators to continue to be paid wholesale rates...

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USGBC names top 10 states for LEED green building

American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons

 

January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.

Florida lagging on development of green roofs

Photo: pnwra/Creative Commons.

January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Florida lagging on development of green roofs.

Austin, Texas mandates construction recycling

Photo: C Foulger/Creative Commons.

December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Projects larger than 5,000 sf must recycle or salvage at least half of their trash.

 

USGBC aims to scaling LEED buildings to 5 billion sf in five years

Photo: David Winship/Creative Commons.

December 15, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Plan revealed at UN climate conference.

Detroit plans massive effort to convert vacant properties to green spaces

Vacant lot in Detroit. Photo: Stephen Harlan/Creative Commons.

December 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Effort aims to improve property values, city life.

 

AASHE’s STARS tool highlights the university sector’s holistic approach to sustainability

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

December 10, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Buzzwords like “living lab” and “experiential learning” are indicative of the trend toward more h...

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Is ‘green’ still a selling point in the office sector?

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

December 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are missing an opportunity by downplaying sustainability at a time when demand fo...

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Data centers turn to alternative power sources, new heat controls and UPS systems

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

December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power us...

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10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a...

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