• Green Building Education Network launched

      The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is launching the NFRC Leaders Network to give engineers, architects, code officials and others involved in the sustainable and well-building supply chain access to the experts, data and science behind windows, doors and skylights. The NFRC Leaders Network is hosting the first Green Track Event on September 23 […]

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  • From waste to bricks: circular economy in construction

      Blue Planet Solutions, a waste management company headquartered in Singapore, has recently acquired the UK-based Virtus Concrete Solutions Ltd. Virtus Concrete’s key offering are sustainable concrete blocks called Blockwalls, manufactured from 87 per cent recycled materials comprising mainly low-value inert waste materials. With this technology, Blue Planet has strengthened its ability to provide end-to-end waste management […]

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  • Woodside Homes to introduce a new net-zero energy-efficient building model in the US

      After the acquisition of Woodside Homes in 2017, Sekisui House, Japan’s largest homebuilder, best known for building net-zero energy-efficient homes, has been working to bring its know-how to the US market. A new concept house built by Woodside will showcase Sekisui’s innovations to the US market for the first time when it debuts at the […]

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  • New York’s rooftop farms provide fresh local produce – and help stop a sewage problem

      More than 36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown every year on New York City’s rooftops. And the farms that produce them aren’t just feeding residents, they’re helping to stop sewage polluting the city’s rivers and cooling the city. Covering a total of 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres), the farms sit on top of three historic […]

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  • Virginia launches test pilot to recycle unsorted household waste into plastic substitute

      The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) recently announced a partnership with UBQ Materials, to convert unsorted household waste into a plastic substitute. According to Quantis, a provider of environmental impact assessments, every ton of UBQ material produced diverts up to 12 tons of CO2 equivalent, thus making it the most climate-positive thermoplastic material on the planet. As part […]

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  • Green skyscrapers: when tall is sustainable

      When it comes to sustainability, skyscrapers usually have a bad reputation due to the amount of resources they consume to function. However, high-rise buildings can be green too. From iconic buildings like the Empire State Building (LEED Gold Certified) to the newest high tech constructions like Torre Reforma in Mexico City (LEED Platinum Certified), […]

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  • Rethinking green infrastructure

      Forests, wetlands, urban green spaces, and sustainable farms are the source of clean water for most cities; however, the debate on green infrastructure usually focuses on pipes, pumps and treatment plants. In his article, Jan Cassen of the Forest Trends Water Initiative argues that natural resources should be treated and safeguarded as part of […]

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  • Active House Symposium coming to North America

      The first Active House Symposium will make its North American debut next month in Toronto. On September 16th to 17th, architects, engineers, sustainability professionals and academics from all over the world will meet to discuss best practices and innovation towards more environmentally friendly and healthier buildings. Active House is an international building practice based on a […]

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  • EPA’s first status report on advancing US recycling infrastructure

      The Environmental Protection Agency has  recently released “Status Report: Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System“. The document outlines the efforts done by the agency to improve the recycling system nationwide. Since the beginning of this year, the EPA has been coordinating 4 main areas of action designating corresponding workgroups: Promote Education and Outreach […]

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  • What can be learned from the world most sustainable industrial building

      This logistics warehouse in the Dutch city of Tilburg received the highest-ever rating for an industrial building from British sustainability assessors BREEAM, which has assessed more than 500,000 buildings in over 70 countries to look at green credentials. Over 13,000 solar panels cover the roof producing enough power  not only for the building but […]

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