• Amsterdam Plans the Netherlands’ First Modern-Day Wooden Neighborhood

    Amsterdam confirmed plans this week to build an entire neighborhood out of wood, a renewable material that the region hopes will be key in reducing building emissions. The new quarter, dubbed the first such neighborhood in a Dutch city in several centuries, reflects a broader commitment by municipalities in Greater Amsterdam in 2020 to ensure that at least 20% of […]

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  • Green Spaces Help Alleviate Loneliness in Urban Areas

    Despite their outward invitations of endless social potential and activities, densely packed urban environments often come with the hidden (and harmful) phenomenon of increased loneliness. According to Dr. Vivek Murthy, former United States Surgeon General under President Obama, the global “loneliness epidemic” is an overlooked consequence of urban living that carries serious lifespan reduction risks. “​​Look […]

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  • WasteFuel Agriculture launches to turn ag waste into green fuel

    WasteFuel has announced WasteFuel Agriculture which will provide sustainable, profitable solutions for producers of agricultural waste. WasteFuel recognizes that managing waste in an easy, safe, and cost-effective way is a persistent concern for farmers. This is also a problem on a global scale. Research has suggested that by 2030, the planet will be generating at […]

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  • In Solving One Climate Crisis, Let’s Not Create Another

    Batteries will power the future in a world without fossil fuels. Yet as we tackle one source of environmental degradation, we could sleepwalk into another. The era of electric vehicles is upon us, and the recyclability of their batteries has already become a battle-cry for Elon-skeptics. A flood of retired EV batteries is heading toward […]

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  • New Negative-Emission Construction Material Could Help Mitigate Climate Change and Improve Infrastructure

    Mitigating climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world’s population. Now, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has developed an entirely new material that’s a low-cost, high-impact sustainable solution to address one of the largest contributors to climate change—concrete. According to Statisa, between 1995 and 2020 worldwide cement production jumped from 1.39 […]

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  • Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs

    Using less material in floors is a viable strategy for improving sustainability in buildings, as it can reduce the structure’s environmental footprint. Prioritizing only this goal, however, can lead to unwanted effects — such as an echo in a room or noise traveling between floors, according to Nathan Brown, assistant professor of architectural engineering. Penn […]

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  • Leko Labs gets $21M to build greener

      Luxembourg-based Leko Labs, a construction startup that’s developing sustainable wood-based building materials as an alternative to steel and concrete and applying automation to construction methods, has closed a $21 million Series A round of funding. The raise is led by urban sustainability-focused fund 2150 with participation from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, Tencent, AMAVI, Rise PropTech Fund, Extantia and […]

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  • Sustainable Buildings – the Way Forward

    We all know why we need to protect our environment, why we should take care of it. Evidence is there that Sustainable Development is not something alien or impossible for us. But, because of human ignorance and the status quo of social, economic and political factors, we do not give sufficient attention and take necessary […]

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  • Smart Parking in the Smart City: How Your Buildings Can Profit

    Smart cities are coming. Weaving together the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), geopositioning, machine learning and more, the cities of the future will be interconnected in ways only science fiction writers have previously imagined. All our appliances will know our habits and tendencies and will automate the […]

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  • How Singapore is Pioneering the Way to Creating a Greener Urban Environment

    Singapore as of late is continually building its reputation as a City in Nature, with Singaporean design long having a strong consciousness to acknowledge that green spaces matter. Urban planners and architects alike have taken a conscientious decision to weave in nature throughout the city as it continues to uproot new buildings and developments, incorporating the […]

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