• Illinois tops the list of states for LEED certifications

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its annual list of the top 10 states for LEED with Illinois topping the index. Projects that were LEED Gold certified in 2018 include the Merchandise Mart and Willis Tower, which incorporated efficiency to offset the building’s energy and water use. Two state projects that achieved LEED […]

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  • Network-controlled lighting shines a light on green energy

    Advanced lighting control or network-controlled lighting is on the cusp of starting to grow and take hold in the market. Wireless technology has become a game changer in the world of network controls. Advanced lighting control utilizes fixtures that can be either wired or remotely controlled via a switch in the room, a computer interface […]

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  • Fitbit for buildings: using data to improve the health of properties

    Demand Logic, a London-based green startup, has developed a data analytics platform that assesses the performance of a building’s mechanical systems and then prescribes actions that can cut bills, reduce carbon footprints, and create more comfortable working environments. The system can give a virtual model of all of the equipment and every single data point in […]

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  • Johnson Controls Headquarters by Gensler

    First Chinese building to receive 3 global green building certifications

    The JCI Asia Pacific Headquarters outside Shanghai is China’s first building to receive three global certifications: LEED Platinum, China Three Star, and the International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group’s EDGE. JCI is a global leader in intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, and integrated infrastructure. Designed by Gensler, the architects exceeded environmental requirements by utilizing passive design […]

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  • New Hudson Yards arts center in Manhattan goes for LEED

    “The Shed”, Manhattan’s newest arts center opening in the Hudson Yards in April, 2019 features an innovative structure: a movable outer shell which deploys in five minutes and doubles the building’s footprint. The frame, clad in a durable and lightweight teflon-based polymer known as ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), has the thermal properties of insulating glass at […]

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  • Greenhouse emissions caused by growing air conditioning industry

    Greenhouse gas emissions by the construction sector peak

      The latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) shows a leveling off of greenhouse gas emissions from the building and construction sector since 2015. However, according to the findings, the rising demand for cooling systems has the potential to drive emissions upward and reports that there is […]

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  • Green buildings at Optima Camelview Village

    2019 trends in green roof and green wall design

    If you’re into green buildings, you cannot miss this article. The 2018 list of the most influential green roof and green wall design projects spans six continents and includes mixed-use apartment and high rise buildings, boutique hotels and even a city in China.  Links to the best in smart bioclimatic design, green roof plazas, terrace […]

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  • Evolv1 net positive energy building

    Evolv1: Canada’s first net-positive, zero-carbon office building

    At first glance the new Evolv1 building isn’t obviously a green building. While the three-story atrium with a living wall consisting of about 4,500 individual plants and the vast solar array sheltering cars in the parking lot are a bit of a giveaway, many of its most environmentally-friendly attributes — a geothermal well, rainwater cistern, […]

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