• New tool makes it easier to share building energy efficiency information

    The Building Button, a new tool launched by the Investor Confidence Project (ICP), standardizes the collection of data from energy efficiency projects, and “makes it easy to share that information with investors, building owners, developers, and utilities,” according to a news release. Based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Data Exchange Specification, the […]

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  • KODA: Tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners

    Movable home options have expanded far beyond RVs and renovated buses. For those with a penchant for modern minimalism and endless travel, Estonian design collective Kodasema created KODA, a tiny prefabricated home that can move with its homeowners. The movable home prototype is designed with off-grid capabilities and can be disassembled and prepped for relocation […]

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  • France officially opens world’s first solar panel road

    France’s Minister of Environment Ségolène Royal has officially opened the world’s first solar road this week with one kilometer and 2,880 solar panels in Tourouvre-au-Perche. Now the country is waiting to see if the road, built with construction company Colas‘ Wattway technology, will live up to the hype surrounding the clean energy experiment. The road […]

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  • World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind

    A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in record-cheap solar costs. But now unsubsidized […]

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  • U.S. apartment market getting greener and more competitive

    The U.S. apartment market is hotter, more competitive and more popular than ever. With increasing interest in sustainable living, the newest and trendiest urban apartment buildings are also green. An analysis by U.S. apartment search website RENTCafé shows that there are now 13 times more LEED-certified apartments being built per year than eight years ago, […]

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  • Chicago Uses Sensors to Judge Green Infrastructure

    Bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavers. There’s a panoply of green stormwater infrastructure solutions — but not a lot of data about which types work best in which situations. A new pilot project by City Digital, a consortium of public, private and higher education entities in Chicago, aims to test the effectiveness of different green stormwater […]

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  • Sustainable Urban Design: Rotterdam’s Floating Dairy Farm

    In every field, sustainability is the main goal. There are several experiments that are conducted worldwide aimed at developing sustainable urban designs. Currently, Netherlands stands as world’s most sustainable nation. This article will focus on how residents in the second capital city of Rotterdam have opened up their home in an experiment towards sustainable urban […]

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  • New MGM National Harbor resort in Washington achieves gold status

    MGM National Harbor has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification to MGM National Harbor, MGM Resorts International’s newest resort. Minutes from Washington, D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the resort is scheduled to open Dec. 8. The LEED green building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, […]

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  • Welcome to the not so concrete jungle: EU envisages a greener future

    Throughout the European Union, local, regional and national authorities are confronted with a myriad of complex challenges in relation to urban, economic and sustainability concerns. Such pressing issues include the need to ensure biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. The concept of ‘green infrastructure’ (GI) has come to the fore within policy circles in recent years […]

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  • FDR Road Recycling: How reclamation makes old roads better than new

    Materials used to build roads are some of the most recycled and reused materials worldwide. So, it’s no surprise that a process that reworks the asphalt and cement from an existing roadway is growing as a quick and low cost solution for improved pavements. This process – full-depth reclamation (FDR) – pulverizes an existing pavement […]

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