• Alphabet moves into infrastructure investing

      Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has teamed up with the Ontario teachers Pension Fund to launch Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), a new tech-based infrastructure investment fund. Possible joint infrastructure projects could include tech-enabled systems for stormwater management, neighborhood heating and cooling, and advanced traffic controls. The New York and San Francisco Bay Area-based firm will […]

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  • Recycling center achieves record triple certification

      The Orange Coast College Recycling Center is the first facility in the world to be honored by the U.S. Green Building Council for its triple certification achievement in sustainability. The triple certification includes LEED certification, the Sustainable SITES Initiative and TRUE Zero Waste certification. The facility was originally designed to achieve Silver LEED and […]

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  • Norwegian energy-positive building could be the future of smart cities

      Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Norway’s largest energy-positive building, could be a first example of how smart cities can slow climate change. During its lifetime, the 18,200 sqm (195,903 sqf ) building will generate more energy in its operational phase than it consumes through the production of building materials, construction, operation and disposal of the building. One of […]

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  • Green Building Education Network launched

      The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is launching the NFRC Leaders Network to give engineers, architects, code officials and others involved in the sustainable and well-building supply chain access to the experts, data and science behind windows, doors and skylights. The NFRC Leaders Network is hosting the first Green Track Event on September 23 […]

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  • From waste to bricks: circular economy in construction

      Blue Planet Solutions, a waste management company headquartered in Singapore, has recently acquired the UK-based Virtus Concrete Solutions Ltd. Virtus Concrete’s key offering are sustainable concrete blocks called Blockwalls, manufactured from 87 per cent recycled materials comprising mainly low-value inert waste materials. With this technology, Blue Planet has strengthened its ability to provide end-to-end waste management […]

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  • Woodside Homes to introduce a new net-zero energy-efficient building model in the US

      After the acquisition of Woodside Homes in 2017, Sekisui House, Japan’s largest homebuilder, best known for building net-zero energy-efficient homes, has been working to bring its know-how to the US market. A new concept house built by Woodside will showcase Sekisui’s innovations to the US market for the first time when it debuts at the […]

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  • New York’s rooftop farms provide fresh local produce – and help stop a sewage problem

      More than 36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown every year on New York City’s rooftops. And the farms that produce them aren’t just feeding residents, they’re helping to stop sewage polluting the city’s rivers and cooling the city. Covering a total of 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres), the farms sit on top of three historic […]

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  • Virginia launches test pilot to recycle unsorted household waste into plastic substitute

      The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) recently announced a partnership with UBQ Materials, to convert unsorted household waste into a plastic substitute. According to Quantis, a provider of environmental impact assessments, every ton of UBQ material produced diverts up to 12 tons of CO2 equivalent, thus making it the most climate-positive thermoplastic material on the planet. As part […]

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  • Green skyscrapers: when tall is sustainable

      When it comes to sustainability, skyscrapers usually have a bad reputation due to the amount of resources they consume to function. However, high-rise buildings can be green too. From iconic buildings like the Empire State Building (LEED Gold Certified) to the newest high tech constructions like Torre Reforma in Mexico City (LEED Platinum Certified), […]

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  • Rethinking green infrastructure

      Forests, wetlands, urban green spaces, and sustainable farms are the source of clean water for most cities; however, the debate on green infrastructure usually focuses on pipes, pumps and treatment plants. In his article, Jan Cassen of the Forest Trends Water Initiative argues that natural resources should be treated and safeguarded as part of […]

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