• Can mass timber be green?

      As 21 timber buildings over 50 meters (164 feet) will be completed in Europe by the end of year and a massive 80-story building is planned in Chicago, timber seems poised for a comeback in the construction industry in the form of mass timber. Mass timber is made of large structural panels, posts, and […]

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  • Living Standard: what people really think of green buildings

      The U.S. Green Building Council has released the first Living Standard research report of an ongoing series where USGBC set out to better understand how the public feels about the issues at the core of the green building community’s mission—sustainability, green buildings, and the environment—. The research is conducting in-depth national qualitative and quantitative research […]

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  • The Tulip Skyscraper in London

    Tallest building in London to be built according to sustainability guidelines

    The City of London has approved plans for the Tulip Tower, which would be the tallest structure in London, and the second tallest building in Western Europe. The 9,305 m (1,002 ft) tall tower, designed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, will contribute to London’s sustainability objectives. The Tulip’s bud-like form and minimal […]

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  • Biophilic design can help companies AND employees

      Biophilic environments, a growing design movement in workplaces, surrounds office workers with nature. An advocate for biophilic design has been teaching architects all over the EU about the business and the ROI (return on investment) of biophilic design. His claims are well-supported. A report titled “The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace” details […]

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  • Global Net Zero Energy trend for commercial buildings achieving critical mass

      In the last six months, significant milestones have either been achieved or announced that indicate ‘Net Zero’ is here to stay and may soon be mainstream across multiple building classifications, with still more to come. The most significant example of this trend is the opening of the largest net zero commercial building in the […]

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  • Turkey’s first vertical forest

      The Greenox Residence in Istanbul definitely stands out amidst the concrete surrounding it. Hundreds of trees cover the staggered balconies of the 16-story high rise. With a name from the words “green” and “oxygen,” the 170-unit residential tower is every bit as green on the inside as it is on the outside. The building […]

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  • Looking at a Passive House 25 Years On

    The investigation into how a prototype passive house (Passivhaus) has stood the test of time reveals that, after 25 years, the solutions based on the concept offer sustainable construction with a good life cycle balance. Passive houses incorporate a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. The result is […]

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  • Maryland City Plans Incentives for Green Developers

      Members of a local board of officials in Frederick, Maryland are considering an amendment to a city ordinance that would allow some developers to pay reduced water and sewer allocation impact fees based on projected usage. Currently, developers are charged impact fees based on how much water and sewer capacity their projects are expected […]

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  • First digitally planned and built residence completed in Switzerland

    The project, called the DFAB House, was developed by researchers from ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in collaboration with industrial partners and the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR). According to ETH Zurich, the aim of digital technologies is not only to make planning and construction more efficient, but also more sustainable. […]

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  • Finding ways to make building smarter easier

    In an effort to find innovative ways to implement smart building technology, some companies are looking to partnerships. Edge Technologies entered into an alliance with the International WELL Building Institute and wellness-focused real estate developer Delos in order to help analyze data from its latest smart projects while giving WELL and Delos access to important […]

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