Weekly Poll (10)


Ground walnut shells, corn cob, ice cubes and high-pressure water are a few examples of less toxic abrasive blasting material options. Should standards be adapted on a large scale to implement the use of these alternatives in abrasive blasting?


Pending plan approval, the Central Place Sydney $2.5 billion dual-tower property will be powered by 100% renewable energy. When do you believe we will see a significant increase of these types of buildings being approved internationally?


U.S. Congress is reportedly considering using tax incentives as a way to push building projects toward energy efficiency. Do you believe this provides enough of an incentive toward sustainable construction?


Developers in Massachusetts plan to install solar panels designed to float in human-made bodies of water to address concerns regarding space for clean energy development. Do you believe this space solution could be used elsewhere?


Boston recently approved a new ordinance that will require all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Do you believe the timeframe should be shorter or extended?


Researchers from the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science announced the development of a new coating strategy for semiconductors that provides corrosion protection, improves efficiency and could even lower the cost of solar fuel production by producing solar fuels when semiconductors are illuminated. However, the illumination process is prone to corrosion and could lead to the need for frequent materials replacement. Do you believe a more sustainable form of corrosion protection, such as the one developed by Yale researchers, is adaptable on a larger scale?


The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth is expected to exceed wind growth for the first time in history. However, given the uncertainty related to ongoing economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and the forecasted increase in electricity sales, do you believe sustainable energy will continue to be adapted on a large scale?


The London office of architecture firm Perkins&Will recently announced tis development of a searchable directory of sustainable products to help minimize the carbon footprint of interior projects. Do you think the directory will be beneficial to the industry?


Over the summer, Danish architecture firm COBE was tapped for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund. With plans to be fully carbon-neutral, do you think the potential icon of sustainability and durability will inspire a future generation of architectural projects?


What is your top priority in evaluating a green building product?


 
 
   

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