• Reducing the carbon in concrete

      A Canadian startup is tackling the large amount of carbon emitted during the production of cement. CarbonCure’s technology reduces the embodied carbon of concrete. The company’s strategy is to install its equipment into concrete plants, while at the same time developing its technology to reduce carbon emissions even more aggressively in the future. CarbonCure’s […]

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  • Viking-style seagrass thatch is the latest sustainable building material

      A student of the Material Design Lab at the Copenhagen School of Business and Design (KEA), has secured funding to continue her research into the use of eelgrass to produce prefabricated panels for roofs and facades. Kathryn Larsen got the idea while studying ancient building techniques. She found that “Eelgrass is a fantastic material that is […]

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  • International LEED Zero certification awarded to US company’s headquarters

      Located in Little Rock (AR), the headquarters of Entegrity Energy is the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification and the first in the United States. The original building designed in 1958 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and awarded LEED Platinum certification, the previous top […]

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  • US Green Building Council looks for proposals to update LEED

    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version the USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable. The call for proposals is […]

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  • Utrecht introduces green roofs on bus shelters to promote air quality and biodiversity

      The Dutch city of Utrecht has covered 316 bus shelters with greenery, mainly made up of sedum plants. The shelters foster urban biodiversity by supporting honeybees, bumblebees and other forms of life, and they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater. But the efforts towards sustainability at the bus stop don’t end there: […]

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  • Walkability on the rise in US metro areas

      According to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report, by the George Washington School of Business the trend towards increasing walkable urban spaces is affecting all the major American metro areas, including smaller ones like Phoenix and Tampa. The report examines the walkable urbanism in 30 of the largest metropolitan areas, as well as their projected […]

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  • Solar panels startup teams up with Google to reduce design and installation costs

      Aurora Solar, a solar software company, has recently finalized a partnership with Google. The startup, which markets a software to design and estimate solar panels installations, will be able to include the tech giant’s datasets including Light Detection and HD Imagery, into its modeling.  This new data partnership aims at cutting the costs at the […]

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  • Food forests, a new urban space on the rise

      Atlanta and Philadelphia are two American cities spearheading the introduction of a new urban element: the food forest. An amped up version of community gardens, food forests are large parks planted with hundreds of fruit-bearing trees and edible plants that visitors are allowed to gather for free for their own consumption. Food forests are […]

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  • Wooden “Legos” make passive house building easier

      Brikawood, a French company, has invented a system of interlocking wooden blocks that can be assembled into structures ranging from walls to houses. Fully recyclable, Brikawood is made for low concept construction. Claiming to be an improvement on traditional wood building methods, there are no vertical wooden beams, which prevents water rising through the […]

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  • Lightyear unveils first long-range solar car

      This week Lightyear, a pioneer in clean mobility, introduced the first long-range solar car. The prototype was presented to investors, customers, partners and press at dawn in Katwijk, the Netherlands. Lightyear One has been engineered to optimize efficiency and safety. It has a longer battery range than its competitors and charges whenever it’s in the […]

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