• Straw left behind after harvest transformed into compostable, fire resistant building panels

    By Tim Lee You’d never know it from the outside, but some of Australia’s most prominent public buildings are made of straw.  The Melbourne Tennis Centre that hosts the Australian Open is one, the International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, is another. At present, it’s being installed in the multi-million dollar Docklands Studios, Melbourne, and […]

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  • 2,050-Year-Old Roman Tomb Inspires Durable and Sustainable Building Materials for the Future

    By MIT DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING New research on ancient Roman concrete offers insights on ancient concrete resilience, inspires durable and sustainable modern constructions. Concrete often begins to crack and crumble after a few decades of life — but curiously, that hasn’t been the case with many Roman structures. The structures are still standing, […]

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  • Google is updating Maps, Search and other products to help consumers save energy and reduce emissions

    Catherine Clifford On Wednesday, Google launched a suite of changes to many of its core products to help consumers make sustainable choices more easily. “Today, climate change is more than a threat,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a prerecorded video during a virtual press event Tuesday. “It is […]

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  • Study: Make Electric Vehicles Lighter to Get More Benefits

    By Lloyd Alter Blake Shaffer of the University of Calgary writes in Nature: “Electric vehicles are here, and they are essential for decarbonizing transport…. Major investments in electric vehicles are welcome news.” But he and co-authors Maximilian Auffhammer and Constantine Samaras have some caveats: “One issue that has received too little attention, in our view, […]

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  • Global Concrete Industry Releases Road Map to Net-Zero Carbon

    By Lloyd Alter In the age of Google, road maps are pretty much obsolete. So it’s fitting that the concrete industry is so big on road maps. While it is not obsolete, it is facing an existential carbon crisis, with the industry responsible for roughly 8% of worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).1 Treehugger recently […]

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  • University of Idaho Awarded $4M to Develop 3D Printing Building Method Using Wood Waste

    by Madeleine P. An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Idaho (U of I) was given $4M USD to develop technology that will turn Idahoan wood waste into a more sustainable building construction material. Ultimately the goal is to use the material for the 3D printing construction sector. The team will be funded through […]

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  • Pakistan’s Another Step Towards The Decarbonisation Of Its Built Environment And Socio-Economic Impact

    A blog from Pakistan Green Building Council. There are around 18,000-20,000 traditional brick kilns in Pakistan, which use mainly coal and therefore emit lethal black carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Most are located around urban areas and contribute significantly to air pollution. Over one million people are employed (figures from 2018) in the brick kiln […]

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  • Wasted Energy From Data Centers Could Power Nearby Buildings

      BY JOHN CAULFIELD Data centers are being built at a rate that could see the number of facilities double in the next decade. Their huge energy needs, left unaddressed, will pose a threat to the positive steps the built environment takes toward reducing its carbon footprint. Toronto-based WZMH Architects has come up with a […]

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  • New Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech to spearhead building innovation in Southern States

      Last Oct. 24th, the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design was inaugurated on the Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta.  The building meets the standards of the Living Building Challenge which is arguably considered the world’s most rigorous green building standard. According to its supporters the building, which has been funded with a $30M grant from the Kendeda […]

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  • 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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