• Contractors need to embrace green practices to stay competitive 

    Green construction methods and materials are becoming a priority in field of real estate. More and more, public and private owners are demanding designers shoot for ambitious green building targets, such as LEED designations with both new builds and renovations. To continue winning work, contractors need to embrace the trend and ensure that they have […]

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  • New partnership promotes scalable zero-carbon retrofits for multifamily buildings

    America’s 125 million residential units account for approximately 20 percent of the country’s total carbon emissions, but only roughly 12,500 of these units (0.01 percent) are operating at net zero energy, according to the Net Zero Energy Coalition. A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the California […]

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  • The new Statue of Liberty Museum is sustainable and resilient

    After five years in the making, last month New York City saw the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum, and by all definitions, it is well worth the wait. The LEED-Gold building has a rooftop garden with flowers and grasses, while the windows are etched with textured circles designed to prevent birds from flying […]

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  • Top green building materials in 2019

      Green Builder Media published its annual selection of the most innovative and sustainable products available for the construction market. Products highlighted range from the Brooklyn Solar Canopy   and the Kohler WasteLAB’s Crackle Collection, a line of repurposed tile made almost entirely of recycled pottery cull, and factory sand and dust,  to Uponor’s Phyn Plus Smart […]

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  • Photovoltaic modules as a new and versatile building material

      With new technologies for integrating photovoltaic systems into buildings, developers and architects now have a broad range of options for combining architectonic quality with the necessity to generate energy in a sustainable manner. PV modules integrated into roofs and façades are now more widely accepted than conventional roof-mounted systems, which is a significant factor in […]

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  • New sustainable community development utilizes hemp and solar glass windows

      A new sustainable village development by LandCorp in Knudsforth, near Perth (Australia), demonstrates the feasibility of hemp-based building panels that can be used in floors, walls, partitioning and roofing. Mirreco has developed a specialized machine for processing the hemp, which cuts down the manufacturing time for the building panels to under an hour. Another […]

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  • Global green cement market to double by 2023

      Global green cement market was valued at $14,947 million in 2016, and it is estimated to reach at $36,481 million by 2023. In 2016, Europe accounted for the highest share in the global market. However, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to surpass the European share of the market. The residential segment has accounted for […]

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  • Turner Construction Company sets ambitious sustainability targets

    On Earth Day, Turner Construction one of the largest American construction companies, announced its new sustainability goals. The company presented a three-pronged program which covers: Environmental Efficiency, Resiliency, and Green Building. Turner Construction has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption of on-site construction operations by 50 percent by 2030 and will increase […]

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  • A NY startup competes in green building certification arena

      Well is the certification offered by Delos, a New York company that it’s challenging more established green building certifications with its holistic approach. Well keeps into consideration not only structural and technical solutions, but also psychological and biological factors. Delos charges about $20,000 to evaluate 100,000 square feet of building space for compliance with […]

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  • High-tech decorative shutters to regulate temperature of buildings

      It looks like a modern decorative shutter, but it’s much more than that. Invented by architect Doris Sung, the Invert shutter is made of metal pieces that curl and flip over in the sun, thus regulating how much light and heat can enter a space. Combining thermobimetal hi-tech and esthetics, these shutters are designed […]

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