• Washington First State to Require Electric Heat Pumps

    A new ruling in Washington state that will require all new commercial buildings to use electric heat pumps is supported by environmentalists but opposed by several construction industry interests. The opposition fears the rule will have a negative impact on the cost and volume of real estate development. Washington is apparently the first state to […]

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  • Volvo Construction Equipment Offers Customers Electric Machine Models

    Volvo Construction Equipment announced Tuesday that North American customers can now reserve any of the company’s three newest electric machine models: an electric compact wheel loader and electric compact excavators. The electric compact wheel loader , expected to deliver up to six hours of active work per charge, comes with a choice of battery pack (33kWh or 40kWh) and […]

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  • Boeing sees sustainable fuel key to reducing emissions

    As global airlines increase their spending to meet their net-zero carbon targets, Boeing is investing to find new solutions. The American aircraft manufacturer is working hard to find better fuel blends that will not only reduce emissions but also help airlines become more efficient, according to a top company’s executive. International airlines have invested around […]

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  • 3D-printing robot enables sustainable construction

    The Bovay Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex, located in the basement of Thurston Hall, has a new tenant: a roughly 6,000-pound industrial robot capable of 3D printing the kind of large-scale structures that could potentially transform the construction industry, making it more efficient and sustainable by eliminating the waste of traditional material manufacturing. The process of 3D printing […]

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  • United Arab Emirates: this building redefines sustainable architecture

    BEEAH’s new headquarters in Sharjah leverages its commitment to the sustainable future and the smart city. Opened on March 30 in the United Arab Emirates, this architectural achievement has become a benchmark for sustainable workplace design, even in extreme climatic contexts. An energy self-sufficient building The Iraqi-British architect in charge of the project, Zaha Hadid, established a zero-emissions […]

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  • How These Sustainable Theaters and Organizations Are Making the Industry Greener

    If you were one of those kids who put up performances along with your siblings and cousins for the older family members to sit through on holidays, you know that it’s very much possible to mount a successful play with zero resources. And perhaps professional theater groups could take a page from that book, as […]

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  • Bio-manufacturing building materials from mushrooms with Solidworks

    Climate change is, quite literally, a hot topic. Every industry has a part to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, not least of all the construction industry. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, construction accounted for 39% of CO2 emissions in 2018, 11% of which came from manufacturing building materials and products such as […]

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  • Building a sustainable urban park – from the ground up

    A lot goes into building a sustainable city park, as any student in Chris Gough’s and Stephen Fong’s interdisciplinary elective course will tell you. From the plants to the soil itself, helping a Virginia museum prepare to build an urban park from the ground up has been the capstone project of more than 20 Virginia […]

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  • Mine e-waste, not the Earth, say scientists

    One study estimated that the world’s mountain of discarded electronics, in 2021 alone, weighed 57 million tonnes. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) says there now needs to be a global effort to mine that waste, rather than mining the Earth. Global conflicts also pose a threat to supply chains for precious metals. The RSC […]

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  • Grasping the opportunity to rethink the metrics of a sustainable data centre

    A data centre traditionally has two distinct operations teams: the Facility Operations team, and the IT Operations team. Collaboration between them is the key to defining, measuring, and delivering long-term efficiency and sustainability improvements. The folks responsible for facility operations essentially provide, among other things, the IT operations team’s requisite power and cooling requirements. Whereas […]

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