• If companies want net-zero carbon offices, they need to focus on building materials

    In 2020, the extraction, transport and manufacturing of materials for the building sector accounted for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If buildings are to make meaningful contributions to keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels, limiting emissions from building materials is crucial. To achieve this objective, engineered versions of age-old building technologies, like wood, straw or […]

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  • Green Building Incentives that Work: Follow the Roadmap

    Every American city, town, and county is unique, but across the United States many have used green building incentives to improve building quality, advance equity, and take action on climate change. Why? Because incentives work. Yet making them work is tricky. Many have tried and failed when trying to navigate the extremely complex web of […]

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  • How Occupancy Affects Space Requirements, Amenities

      When it comes to the office design, facility managers need to ask many questions before employees return and office operations begin to ramp up again. Does the company want its employees to be back in the office full time, or are they leaning toward a hybrid model or even having all employees work remotely? […]

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  • Pave the way for a sustainable future with data and smart mobility solutions

    For businesses across the automotive, mobility, and transportation industry, sustainability is no longer a business priority—it is a responsibility. A World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) publication noted that while 75 percent of all global CO2 emissions are generated by cities, up to 40 percent of these emissions come from urban freight—a key target area where electrification, […]

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  • Switzerland grapples with challenge of greening its banks

    The world’s leading wealth management centre has ambitions to replicate this status in green finance – channeling investments into climate-friendly projects via bonds, funds and other financial instruments. A flurry of new initiatives has emerged in the wake of the COP26 climate summit. The organisation Swiss Sustainable Finance, comprising private and public sector actors, as […]

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  • Drone Technology Makes Sustainable Construction Possible

    The construction industry is preparing for a significant increase in investment with the passage of President Biden’s historic infrastructure bill. With $110 billion set aside for roads, bridges, and other major infrastructure projects, contractors and surveyors will no doubt be in high demand to manage a range of civil developments across the country. Even though […]

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  • ‘In the end, all hydrogen needs to be green’

    The CEO of German energy company RWE has called for the use of hydrogen in sectors where electrification is just not an option, telling CNBC that “in the end, all hydrogen needs to be green.” In an interview earlier this week it was put to Markus Krebber that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess had argued hydrogen was not the answer for […]

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  • Europe Plans to Say Nuclear Power and Natural Gas Are Green Investments

    The European Union has drawn up plans to classify some nuclear power and natural gas plants as green investments that can help Europe cut planet-warming emissions, a landmark proposal that, if approved, could set off a resurgence of nuclear energy on the continent in the coming decades. The European Commission said it had begun consultations with European […]

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  • Is Road Salt Bad for the Environment? Here’s What Experts Say

    Road salt: although it closely resembles the minerals we use to flavor our food, it couldn’t be more different. Road salt is used to maintain the roads in the winter, preventing cars from slipping on snow and ice. It’s composed of chloride salts of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. And although it sounds like a […]

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  • The Healthy Materials Lab is Redefining Sustainable Design

    Your living room is full of unwanted visitors. On the couch you might find perfluorinated compounds, often called PFCs, a carcinogenic set of chemicals used to create the stain resistant barrier you thank when you spill your drink. Your coffee table? It’s likely made of compressed wood, bound together with an adhesive that contains the […]

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