• Sustainable hauling on the electric highway

    Many countries around the world continue to invest in technology and infrastructure for future transport solutions. While Germany might be the centre of the emissions cheating scandal involving the Volkswagen Group and others, the German government is also exploring a number of transportation opportunities. Recently it decided to co-finance a research project to test and […]

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  • These Futuristic Street Lights Require No Energy And Create No Light Pollution

    Sixty historic floodgates in the Netherlands have gotten a futuristic and eco-friendly facelift. They now light up when cars pass by with their headlights turned on, illuminating the street with no energy and creating no light pollution. Gates of Light was designed by Studio Roosegaarde as a way to use nature as a source of inspiration […]

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  • This concrete can trap CO2 emissions forever

    Concrete is the most abundant man-made material on earth. There’s a good chance you’re standing on it right now, and it’s holding up the buildings around you. But concrete has an emissions problem. Its essential ingredient, cement, has a huge carbon footprint. Cement is the glue that makes concrete strong, but the process of making […]

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  • The smart buildings dilemma: Redevelop or start fresh?

    As cities and private property owners look to make more of their buildings smarter, they are often faced with a choice — modernize existing properties or start fresh. Smart building technology can save companies up to 18% on utility bills according to a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, but experts said […]

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  • The problem with reinforced concrete

    By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in excellent condition after nearly 1,900 years. And yet many concrete structures from last century – bridges, highways and buildings – are crumbling. Many concrete structures built this century will be obsolete before its end. Given […]

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  • Can Buildings Teach Sustainable Behavior?

    Previous research has shown that schools designed with sustainability features provide an environment conducive to learning, and support student health and performance. And many such schools include programs to teach students about nature and ecology. But can students learn from these buildings, instead of just in them? Can school buildings designed for high performance also facilitate teaching for sustainability—an educational method […]

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  • Coast Guard headquarters covered by a sea of green

    Visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters won’t see the ocean blue but can enjoy a sea of green across the rooftops. One of the Federally mandated sustainability requirements for the 11-level, 1.2 million square foot headquarters located in Washington D.C. was a 300,000-plus square-foot Vegetative Roof Assembly (VRA). The project is the second largest […]

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  • From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings

    The world’s iconic buildings achieve celebrated status because their architecture stands the test of time. But what lies beneath those enduring facades? Design and engineering evolve quickly, and many urban buildings—nearly half the office space in New York City was built before 1945—predate concepts like sustainability, climate change, and even recycling, resulting in waste and […]

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  • Concrete industry tackling greenhouse gas issues

    One of the knocks against concrete as a building material is the high environmental impact from its production. The nearly $400 billion market is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, contributing up to 6 percent of global carbon emissions due to the use of cement, the fundamental part of a concrete mix. But soon […]

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  • The road to greener and smarter cities is paved with copper

      The EU Green Week—the biggest European conference on environment policy taking place this week under the theme ‘Greener Cities for a Greener Europe’—offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on how cities can become more sustainable, smart and resilient. And on the role copper plays in all this. Why do cities matter? Cities are expanding […]

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