• 10 Countries Taking the ‘LEED’ in Green Building

    The Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, or LEED, certification has become the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which sets LEED certification standards, announced last week its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED outside of the U.S. The rankings comes out […]

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  • Build the Healthy Green Home of Your Dreams

    People who have allergies or sensitivities sometimes have trouble finding housing in which they can comfortably live without triggering their health issues. Thus, when they look at house plans, they opt for the simplest plans to minimize construction problems. Click Here To View The Full Article

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  • Chicago is about to get the world’s largest rooftop greenhouse, and it’s the size of an entire city block

    In April, the eco-friendly soap manufacturer Method opened up its newest factory on Chicago’s South Side. This is no ordinary factory — the $30 million space is equipped with three solar “trees” that move with the sun and a 230-foot-tall wind turbine. Combined, the on-site renewable energy sources generate a third of all energy for the building.

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  • Conserving, tracking commercial buildings’ water use

    Water consumption and conservation have become front-page news in recent months, and building owners and plumbing engineers are frequently being tasked with doing everything they can to conserve water in commercial buildings. You may have heard the statement, “water is the next energy crisis.” When considering recent events such as the California droughts, water shortages […]

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  • Greening Codes

    Some of the most innovative sustainability work is happening by cities for cities. New York continues to be a trailblazer in this area, first with the Greener Greater Buildings Plan, part of PlaNYC, and then with the Green Codes Task Force convened and lead by Urban Green at the request of the City of New […]

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  • Are green buildings quake-resistant?

    Two subjects are dominating the construction and property circles nowadays—the rising numbers of sustainable, environment-friendly buildings, and the “Big One” (referring to the perceived “overdue” temblor originating from the Marikina Valley fault that can hit Metro Manila anytime).   Click Here To View The Full Article

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  • Improving Building Envelopes

    Sustainable buildings require good walls, windows, and roofs – their “envelope.” Air sealing and insulation are prerequisites for energy savings and resiliency in both new projects and retrofits. The choice of façade material and window design will drive a building’s sustainability profile for a generation or more. – See more at: http://urbangreencouncil.org/initiatives/improving-building-envelopes#sthash.xol5ZU5A.dpuf   Click Here […]

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  • Cornell Constructs Tallest Passive House Building

    Cornell Tech is building an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It will feature environmentally friendly classrooms and lots of green space, but its most noteworthy feature will be a 250 foot tall residential high rise dormitory building so energy efficient it could change the way buildings are constructed in New York City, if not the rest of the country. Designed to house 520 people when it’s completed in 2017, the dormitory will be the tallest Passive House building in the world.

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  • Passive Solar Design Enhances Natural Ventilation

    What is passive solar design? It goes by many names, though all are similar: passive design, passive solar, passive heating, Passivhaus, and passive house. Buildings using this strategy rely on the heat of the sun to moderate the temperature indoors without the need for artificial heating and cooling. How do they do it?   Click […]

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  • LI architect, Habitat, partner on green home design

    Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County will be building energy-efficient homes on Long Island based on a new design by a Long Island architect.   Click Here To View The Full Article

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