• Living Standard: what people really think of green buildings

      The U.S. Green Building Council has released the first Living Standard research report of an ongoing series where USGBC set out to better understand how the public feels about the issues at the core of the green building community’s mission—sustainability, green buildings, and the environment—. The research is conducting in-depth national qualitative and quantitative research […]

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  • The Tulip Skyscraper in London

    Tallest building in London to be built according to sustainability guidelines

    The City of London has approved plans for the Tulip Tower, which would be the tallest structure in London, and the second tallest building in Western Europe. The 9,305 m (1,002 ft) tall tower, designed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, will contribute to London’s sustainability objectives. The Tulip’s bud-like form and minimal […]

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  • US cities lead for sustainability

      According to JLL Capital Markets, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are leading examples in the efforts to cut greenhouse gases emissions with extensive city-wide plans. A recent article on The Investor also noted that the US have the largest inventory of LEED certified buildings. Tom Roundell Greene, Director, Global Sustainability at JLL observed “We are […]

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  • Green Infrastructure Decision Tool developed in Denver

      The city of Denver has collaborated with the University of Colorado Boulder to develop the Green Infrastructure Decision Tool, a data-rich forecasting tool that assesses the effects of growth and climate change on built and natural urban surfaces. The tool is data-intensive and relies on varied data types including GIS data and remote sensing […]

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  • Greening up the construction industry

    According to data from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the construction industry accounts for 39% of all CO2 emissions in the United States alone — more than any other sector. Rob Fleming, co-creator and director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has recently […]

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  • Oceanix City

    Are floating cities the future of resilient affordable housing?

    We’ve all seen many of these amazing renderings of futuristic floating cities, which unfailingly remain on paper. Apparently not this one. Last Wednesday, at a United Nations roundtable, a group of builders, engineers, and architects introduced Oceanix City, a concept for an affordable resilient floating city. What’s different is that the project received the support of […]

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  • Biophilic design can help companies AND employees

      Biophilic environments, a growing design movement in workplaces, surrounds office workers with nature. An advocate for biophilic design has been teaching architects all over the EU about the business and the ROI (return on investment) of biophilic design. His claims are well-supported. A report titled “The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace” details […]

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  • DSNY is looking for solutions to increase recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

      The NY Department of Sanitation, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, is looking to green up its operations with a call for creative solutions that will: increase waste diversion, including by reduction, reuse, and recycling reduce the volume of consolidated material set out on City sidewalks reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse […]

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  • Global Net Zero Energy trend for commercial buildings achieving critical mass

      In the last six months, significant milestones have either been achieved or announced that indicate ‘Net Zero’ is here to stay and may soon be mainstream across multiple building classifications, with still more to come. The most significant example of this trend is the opening of the largest net zero commercial building in the […]

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  • Turkey’s first vertical forest

      The Greenox Residence in Istanbul definitely stands out amidst the concrete surrounding it. Hundreds of trees cover the staggered balconies of the 16-story high rise. With a name from the words “green” and “oxygen,” the 170-unit residential tower is every bit as green on the inside as it is on the outside. The building […]

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