• A new twisting, plant-filled tower will absorb carbon dioxide

    A twisted tower is a dramatic addition to any skyline and doesn’t require much else to catch the eye of anyone whose sightline it may come into. But a new twisted tower from Vincent Callebaut Architectures will add a metaphorical twist on top of the literal 90-degree twist its recently topped out Agora Garden skyscraper […]

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  • Amsterdam’s new sustainable mixed-use building: living on the water

    In the Amsterdam neighborhood of IJburg, an emerging urban district built on six artificial islands, a new 46,000-sm mixed-use building named Sluishuis wants to replicate the neighborhood’s fusion of water and city on a smaller scale. The building is being developed by a combination of Vorm and Besix with design duties being handled by BIG and […]

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  • Reusing stormwater saves millions of dollars in Detroit-Hamtramck

    In 2014, the engineering team at GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant realized that stormwater discharge fees were eating up a whopping 14 percent of the plant’s utility bill. Two years and 20,000 dump-truck loads later, the plant is recycling its own stormwater at an annual savings of over $2 million. The plant, which produces the Chevrolet […]

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  • Scientists model impact of green infrastructure on traffic pollution

    Study results show a direct link between air pollution and green infrastructure Scientists from EarthSense Systems and our University have published the results of a study into the effect of urban trees on air pollution. The results show a direct link between air pollution and green infrastructure, with trees and grass cover contributing to a reduction in […]

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  • Report shows potential growth of distributed wind energy for onsite power

    The Energy Department has released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility or rural […]

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  • Austin community becomes largest LEED gold neighborhood

    The 700-acre Mueller redevelopment in Austin, Texas, is the largest neighborhood in the world to become Stage 3 LEED-certified by the USGBC and the first neighborhood in the state to earn LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Stage 3 gold certification under the pilot program, reports Commercial Property Executive. “Mueller’s strength as a green community […]

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  • Why PepsiCo aims to repair watersheds in Latin American cities

    Rain falls steadily for five months a year in Guatemala, filling lakes and greening lush tropical forests. Yet a shortage of water is so severe that Guatemalans frequently take to the streets to protest about it. In Monterrey, Mexico, flooding has become expected in the rainy season and drought in the dry season. But it […]

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  • Building becomes San Francisco’s 30th LEED platinum structure

    A building developed by SKS Partners of San Francisco has become that city’s latest LEED platinum facility. The structure at 270 Brannan St. in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood was recently recognized with the honor by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. SKS Partners of San Francisco developed 270 Brannan in partnership […]

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  • Concrete jungle functions as carbon sink, UCI and other researchers find

    Cement manufacturing is among the most carbon-intensive industrial processes, but an international team of researchers has found that over time, the widely used building material reabsorbs much of the CO2 emitted when it was made. “It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true,” said Steven Davis, associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, […]

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  • South residence halls at Penn State receive LEED certifications

    Five residence hall buildings at Penn State University Park earned LEED certification, signifying their status as green buildings. One of the residence halls, Chace, was newly constructed and opened in fall 2013. The rest were renovated for the first time in 55 years from spring 2012 until winter 2014. The designs by the appointed firm, […]

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