• Emphasis on efficiency to boost smart building construction

    Growing emphasis on the need to reduce carbon dioxide emission will impel the construction of smart buildings, according to a new report. Emphasis on the construction of energy efficient buildings is one of the primary factors driving the adoption of smart buildings across the globe, found the report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), titled “Smart […]

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  • BIG’s battleship-inspired LEED Gold office opens in Philadelphia

    Bjarke Ingel Group’s first Philadelphia building just opened its doors at 1200 Intrepid Avenue in the city’s Navy Yard. The dramatic building features a double-curved facade that mimics the shape of the area’s historic battleships. The striking design earned LEED Gold certification thanks to the façade’s precast concrete panels that improve energy efficiency through their […]

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  • U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Farm Scheduled to Open This Month

    The first offshore wind farm in the U.S. is scheduled to begin operations this month off the coast of Rhode Island—a small but notable step forward, given that other offshore projects have run into stiff headwinds this side of the Atlantic. The five turbines that make up the Block Island Wind Farm will generate 30 […]

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  • de Blasio Signs Green Buildings Legislation for More Energy Efficient Buildings

    Green buildings legislation helps reach City’s OneNYC goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050; also signs legislation creating a stand-alone form with an increased number of demographic related questions for those seeking social services, and two bills increasing Police Department transparency and reporting on hate crimes NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today held […]

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  • Going Vertical with Green Walls

    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon may never have existed, but the idea of a building draped in lush green foliage and bright flowers has fascinated landscape architects for centuries. Modern technology has made towering vertical gardens a reality, thanks to hydroponic timed watering and modern steel structures. Proponents claim that green walls not only add […]

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  • The state of sustainable steel

    Steel serves as the backbone for much of today’s built environment, even as competitive materials win increased interest as products of choice when it comes to green building projects. But for as much as materials such as wood and insulated concrete forms are positively impacting sustainable construction, steel remains a key component to providing strength […]

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  • These 6 New Buildings Are the Future of Sustainable Architecture

    As green building technologies advance at monumental pace, architects around the world are following suit, offering progressively innovative interpretations of sustainable trends. Practices like AD100 firm Lake|Flato are leading the charge with comprehensive design philosophies that go beyond LEED certification to answer fundamental questions about how and why we build responsibly. The Texas-based firm perhaps best exemplifies […]

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    Toyota Constructs Zero Emissions Building

    Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations. The pure hydrogen fuel cells, with rated power output of 3.5 kW, are new […]

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    Which Cities Have the Most Green Office Buildings?

    San Francisco has the most green office buildings in the US, with 73.7 percent of its office space holding either an EPA Energy Star label, US Green Building Council LEED certification, or both. After placing second on the Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University for the past two years, the San Francisco […]

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  • The Next Phase in Green Building Is Healthier Buildings

    The financial benefits of green building have been well established. Studies have repeatedly shown green building certification such as LEED and BREEAM lead to lower operating costs, such as reduced utility bills and lower total lifecycle costs. Another business benefit: building owners report seeing a median increase of 7 percent in the value of their green buildings compared to […]

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