• 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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  • AIA announces the top 10 green buildings for 2019

      St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Frick Environmental Center are among projects honored with the 2019 COTE® Top Ten awards recognizing the integration of design excellence with environmental performance. The program highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The COTE® Top Ten Plus designation […]

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  • New high-tech materials could transform construction into a carbon-reducing industry

      Until today, the focus of the building industry as regards sustainability has been on creating green buildings; however, this approach is about to change. According to James Drinkwater, a director at the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the industry currently builds the equivalent of a mega-city each month, and the greenhouse gases emitted during […]

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  • San Francisco to power all large commercial buildings with renewable energy by 2030

      San Francisco marked this year’s Earth Day with a bold announcement: by 2030 all the commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sqf  must switch to renewable energy. The plan calls for the City’s largest commercial buildings to procure 100 percent renewable electricity from any of the City’s electricity providers by 2022. Then, starting in 2024, […]

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  • 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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