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Hydrogel-Based Coating Prevents Limescale Adhesion

A research team from ETH Zurich and University of California, Berkeley, are currently developing a new coating to repel limescale in places from household water tanks to thermal power statio...


Energy Department Seeks Electric Grid Proposals

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a Request for Proposals for its Transmission Facilitation Program, which aims to expand and modernize the nation’s electric grid.


Group Researches Anti-Reflection Solar Coating

An international team of scientists recently announced that research was being conducted using combinations of silicon dioxide and zirconium dioxide for anti-reflection coatings for solar pa...


Largest US Solar Storage Officially Opens

The largest solar-plus storage project in the U.S., the Edwards and Sanborn Solar + Energy Storage project, is now open and operating, according to renewable energy provider Terra-Gen and co...


Wind Farm Produces First Energy Delivery

Sustainable energy company Group Avangrid, Inc. recently announced that one wind turbine from the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts has delivered power to the New England grid for the f...


Mowilex Receives Fifth Carbon Neutral Certification

Indonesian paint and wood coatings producer PT Mowilex recently obtained its fifth consecutive CarbonNeutral certification from Climate Impact Partners.


Team Given Power Grid Project Funding

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are reportedly receiving $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to build solid-state po...


Team Developing Recycled Turbine Resin

For the past three years, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have reportedly been developing an easily recycled resin for the central glue that holds a wind turbine blad...


Team Produces Nano Heat-Reflective Paint

Scientists from the Institute of Tropical Technology, under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, have successfully developed a nano heat-reflective paint product.


Team Uses AI to Study Perovskite

A team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have reportedly developed a new artificial intelligence system to examine coatings in a solar cell, aiding i...


New Product Announcement: Low-Energy Powder Coating

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently launched what it calls an “industry-first” architectural powder coating that can be cured at temperatures as low as 150 degrees Celsius (302 degree...


Scientists Create ‘Cooling Glass’ Coating Tech

A new “cooling glass” technology from the University of Maryland aims to combat rising global temperatures by turning down indoor heat without electricity.


Team Studies Potential Photovoltaic Blade Coatings

Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China are reportedly researching new options in photovoltaic coating technology to develop a clean and low-cost blade c...


Radiative Paint Engineered to Cool Structures

A new radiative cooling paint has reportedly been developed in India to both reduce electricity consumption and offer relief on hot days in buildings.


Developer Leaves NJ Wind Farm Project

Danish energy developer Ørsted has announced that it is pulling out of its billion-dollar project to build wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey just a few weeks after construction began...


DOE Building Energy Initiative Saves $18.5B

A recent U.S. Department of Energy report found that the Better Buildings Initiative collectively saved $18.5 billion through efficiency improvements and cut carbon dioxide emissions by near...


Scientists Study Solar Cell Thermal Stability

Scientists at the City University of Hong Kong have reportedly begun studying how perovskite solar cells can be adapted for use as an option for renewable energy.


Solar Coatings Company Opens New Headquarters

Solar technology company SunDensity has reportedly opened a new headquarters and research and design facility in Rochester, New York, to produce its specialty coatings for solar panels.


Study Asks UK for Infrastructure Investments

A study from the National Infrastructure Commission in the United Kingdom has reportedly determined that the country is in need of more funding to renew public transport, home heating, water...


GSA Seeking Energy Efficient Building Tech

The U.S. General Services Administration, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, recently announced a request for information about technologies that can enable energy efficien...


Construction Begins for NJ Wind Farm

Danish energy developer Ørsted has announced that onshore construction for New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm has recently begun, as workers install copper and aluminum cables for the far...


Arkema to Implement New Purification Technology

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has announced that it will be implementing a patented purification technology at its coating acrylics production site in Carling, France.


New Strip Coating Could Mitigate Snow Piling

A team of researchers from the University of Toledo has reportedly developed a strip coating that causes accumulated snow to slide off solar panels without interfering with their efficiency.


‘Chameleon’ Coating Adjusts to Outside Temps

A research team has reportedly developed a new energy-efficient coating that mimics the qualities of a desert chameleon to keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


DOE Funds State Grid Resilience Program

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), the U.S. Department of Energy announced that nine states and five tribal nations will receive funding as the seventh cohort of Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula ...


DOE Funds Clean Hydrogen Advancement Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has awarded almost $34 million to 19 industry- and university-led projects on clean hydrogen.


Researchers Develop Element Extracting Coating

Researchers at Penn State University have reportedly developed a new mussel-inspired nanocellulose coating (MINC) that can recover rare earth elements from secondary sources such as industri...


Stanford Scientists Invent New Insulative Paint

A new kind of paint from Stanford University can reportedly keep buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.


Power Line Coatings Receive Funding

Photonic science company AssetCool has reportedly received funding to accelerate the rollout of its new photonic coatings, meant to cool down overhead powerlines.


DOE Funds Energy Efficient Building Projects

At the beginning of the week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $46 million in funding to develop building technologies and retrofit practices to cut energy waste emissions in resident...


First US Net-Zero Timber Civil Building Underway

Work has reportedly begun for what is anticipated to be the nation’s first net-zero energy government office building made from cross-laminated timber in San Mateo County, California.


Report: Some Turbine Coatings Could Pose Harm

A study conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), reports to have found that some coatings for offshore wind turbines can be potentially harmful...


Researchers Develop Turbine Recycling Method

Engineering researchers at the University of Edinburgh have reportedly received a 125,000 euro ($159,123.12) grant for the development of a new wind turbine recycling process that can turn d...


Akzo Launches Powder Coatings Energy Calculator

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced the release of their energy savings calculator.


Collegiate Ice Box Challenge Yields Positive Results

The Pratt Institute and Passive House for Everyone (PHFE) unveiled the results of the first-ever U.S. Collegiate Designed and Built rendition of the International Passive House Ice Box Chall...


London Tunnels Undergo Record Cement-Free Pour

Earlier this week, energy company National Grid announced that it has completed the world’s largest continuous pour of cement-free concrete at the 1 billion pound London Power Tunnel project...


TX University, DOT Examining Sustainable Concrete

A $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was recently awarded to a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineering researcher who is looking to develop a ...


Sto Sponsors Design-Build Ice Box Challenge

At the end of last month, building materials firm Sto Corp. announced it has teamed up with the Pratt Institute and Passive House for Everyone (PHFE) for the first-ever U.S. Collegiate Desig...


EPA Names 2023 Top Energy-Saving Cities

On Wednesday (April 26), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual “Top Cities” list to spotlight cities with the greatest number of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and ...


Orion Installs Cogeneration Tech at LA Plant

Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it has installed renewable energy technology at its Ivanhoe, Louisiana, plant.


UK Infrastructure Projects ‘Moving Too Slowly’

A recent report from the United Kingdom’s National Infrastructure Commission suggests that the government must focus on fewer, bigger targeted initiatives to deliver infrastructure in order ...


Colorful Plant-Based Films Cool Buildings

Scientists from Cambridge University have recently unveiled a new plant-based coating that gets cooler when exposed to sunlight.


Engineers Develop Self-Sensing Concrete Material

Engineers at the University of Pittsburgh have reportedly developed a new metamaterial concrete for smart civil infrastructure systems.


RI Proposes New Construction Solar Mandate

Legislation recently introduced in Rhode Island could create solar panel installation regulations for most new construction projects in the state.


Solar Control Coating Startup Receives Funding

A nano-thin window coating technology developed by a University of Toronto engineering professor recently received $5 million in federal funding, moving it one step closer to commercializati...


Color-Changing Material Adjusts Building Temperature

Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have reportedly designed a building material that changes its infrared color based on the outside temper...


‘Liquid Windows’ Could Save Building Energy

Inspired by the skin of certain species of squid, a new multilayered fluidic system developed by researchers at the University of Toronto reportedly has the potential to reduce energy costs ...


US Proposes Federal Building Standard

Earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the first-ever performance standard for federal buildings to cut energy use and electrify equipment in 30% of building spaces ow...


Chicago Passes Decarbonization Bill

Late last month, Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in I...


Carbon-Positive Hotel Breaks Ground in Denver

Crews recently broke ground on what is being touted as the nation’s first carbon-positive hotel.


Nouryon Achieves Carbon Neutrality at 5 Production Sites

Global specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced that five of its manufacturing sites in Brazil officially achieved carbon neutrality.


MA Passes Bill to Decarbonize Buildings

In an effort to meet a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050, legislators from both the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed a compromise bill mandating several green ince...


DC to Ban Gas in Most New Buildings

The Council of the District of Columbia joined several other major cities in the nation through the unanimous passing of two new pieces of legislation requiring that all new buildings and su...


Biden Issues Domestic Solar Energy Orders

Last week, President Joe Biden issued three executive orders to prioritize domestic clean energy manufacturing to aid in the goal of eliminating carbon from the country’s power supply by 203...


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


PPG Facilities Awarded for Sustainability

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced in a press release last week that five of its facilities had been recognized by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council for programs that are advanci...


DOE Issues RFI for Building Code Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office issued a request for information to gather responses from the public that will inform the program development and exec...


Floating Offshore Wind Project Proposed in WA

Last week, Trident Winds Inc. announced it submitted a request to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to develop and construct the first floating offshore wind farm off the coast ...


DOE Launches $20B Energy Grid Program

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of its “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to modernize the country’s national grid as party of the bipartisan infrastr...


NY Wind Farm Receives Final Approval

Last week, New York’s first offshore wind farm, South Fork Wind, received the final approval needed for the project to move forward with the start of construction.


Study: Nanoscale Window Coating Reduces Energy Costs

According to a team of researchers from the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, coating windows, particularly single-pane windows, with a translucent metallic film capable of...


New Product Announcement: Roofing Underlayment

Building materials company Boral Roofing (Irvine, California) recently announced the launch of a new thermal insulation and reflective roofing underlayment.


Concrete Developed to Generate Electricity

A team of researchers from Incheon National University, Kyung Hee University and Korea University have recently developed a cement-based composite capable of generating and storing electrici...


Groundbreaking Held for US Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, U.S. officials broke ground for the construction of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, in Massachusetts.


Companies to Develop Ecological Turbine Base

Building materials company LafargeHolcim in the U.S. and concrete technology provider ECOncrete Tech (Tel Aviv, Israel) announced joint plans last week to design and produce an ecologically ...


DOE Invests in ‘Connected Communities’

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $61 million project last week to launch new technology for developing “Connected Communities.”


First US Offshore Wind Substation Project Launched

Late last month, offshore wind joint development partners Ørsted and Eversource announced the commencement of the first-ever American-built offshore wind substation.


Researchers Develop New Solar Technique

Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Arizona were reported to have developed an innovative technique to capture the unused solar energy that illuminates a solar panel.


Plans Scrapped for NV Solar Project

Last week, developers for what was slated to be the largest solar photovoltaic project in Nevada, withdrew its plans “in response to recent communication” with the federal Bureau of Land Man...


US Solar Projected to Exceed Wind in 2022

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has recently issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth was expected to exceed win...


US Approves First Major Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, the Biden administration announced the approval for construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm.


Norwegian Offshore Wind Farm Begins Floater Build

A new construction phase was recently launched at the 88MW Hywind Tampen offshore wind project in a deep-water site at Dommersnes in the North Sea.


Singapore Completes Large Floating Solar Farm

Reported to be one of the world’s largest floating solar farms on sea water has recently completed construction in Singapore.


Hempel Provides Coatings to Energy Turbine

Global coating supplier Hempel A/S recently announced that it has provided protective coatings to the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, Orbital O2 tidal energy turbine.


Biden Administration Promotes Offshore Wind

At the end of March, President Joe Biden announced that the White House and leaders of the Administration had developed a set of bold actions aimed at catalyzing offshore wind energy. The re...


Biden Releases $2T 'American Jobs Plan'

Last Wednesday (March 31), President Joe Biden released the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2 trillion spending proposal that aims to invest in the nation by creating millions of good jobs, rebuild...


Pittsburgh Announces Plans for Hydroelectric Facility

At the end of January, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that the city of Pittsburgh was planning a new hydropower plant along the Ohio River.


SKorea Reveals Plans for $43B Wind Farm

At the beginning of the month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in revealed the country’s latest component in its Green New Deal: a 48.5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to construct what is...


GE, Veolia Announce Wind Turbine Recycling Program

According to a press release issued last week by transnational company Veolia, the company has signed an agreement with GE Renewable Energy to recycle its onshore wind turbine blades in the ...


PA Solar Project Breaks Ground

Canadian company Enbridge Energy recently announced that it had broken ground on the 2.5-megawatt Heidlersburg Solar Project in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania.


Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the inc...


$9.2B Fuel Complex Planned for LA

Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced that their portfolio company, Grön Fuels LLC, was launching a ...


Black & Veatch Pledges Renewable Energy Work

In an effort to aid the global power industry’s transition to lower carbon emissions, and in some cases zero-carbon energy goals, engineering and construction company Black & Veatch (Overlan...


DemoSATH Project Selects Spanish Contractor

Sustainable transportation infrastructure company, Ferrovial (Madrid, Spain), was recently selected by Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE Renewables for the manufacture and assembly of a f...


OH Plant Plans Zero-Carbon Transition

Last week, Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Hannibal, Ohio) announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen.


DOE Announces $80M in Energy Funding

Recently, the United States Department of Energy announced an $80 million 2020 funding opportunity for its Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) program.


Canada Pushes $7.5B in Infrastructure Stimulus

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Infrastructure Bank would be launching a C$10 billion ($7.5 billion), three-year infrastructure plan to boost renew...


Puerto Rico Recieves $13B Infrastructure Grant

Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, the Trump administration has announced that it will be awarding two of its largest infrastructure grants to the U.S...


Hempel, Vestas Enter Turbine Protection Partnership

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) recently announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with Vestas (Aarhus N, Denmark), a sustainable energy solutions company.


ORNL Debuts Smart Wall Technology

Earlier this month, researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated what they are calling a “first-of-its-kind smart wall” that they say combined advanced manufacturing and b...


Microgrid Project Underway for Pittsburgh Airport

Construction had begun on what officials are calling a “first-of-its-kind” electrical microgrid for the Pittsburgh International Airport. According to the Allegheny County Airport Authority,...


ACEE Issues Paper on Building Retrofits

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recently released a white paper that calls for cities and states to mandate retrofits of inefficient buildings by requiring them to meeting ...


University Launches Renewable Energy Study

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded $250,000 to researchers at Missouri S&T to study how the use of renewable energy is affected by the energy utility customers use, how utilit...


3D-Printed Concrete Developed for Offshore Use

Engineers from Purdue University are working in collaboration with concrete additive manufacturing startup RCAM Technologies and the Floating Wind Technology Company (FWTA) to develop offsho...


$1B Solar Project Signed Off by Trump Admin

Last Monday (May 11), the Trump administration officially approved the construction of the Gemini Solar Project, a 690-megawatt project slated to be constructed just outside of Las Vegas.


St. Louis to Mandate Building Energy Standards

Last month, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted (via teleconference) to pass the new Building Energy Performance Standards ordinance, which sets new energy standards to eliminate greenhous...


Turbine Construction Begins at OK Wind Project

Recently, development company Mortenson (Minneapolis) began turbine construction at the 248.2-megawatt King Plains Wind Project in Garber, Oklahoma.


Massive Wind Farm Planned in WA

Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy company Scout Clean Energy is gearing up to build as many as 212 turbines for a new wind farm south of the Tri-Cities in Washington.


Self-Cleaning Coating Wins Funding

The United States Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has recently awarded Arizona State University spin-out company, Swift Coat, $1 million to commercialize a dirt-eating ...


Work Kicks Off at Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables (Dublin, Ireland) and Equinor (Stavanger, Norway) announced late last month that construction on what will be the world’s large...


Researchers Test Silicon Anodes, Aluminum Coatings

In revisiting a study in the American Chemical Society's ACS Applied Energy Materials, engineers from Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering have discovered a phenomenon tha...


CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


NM Congress Proposes Transmission Law

Last month, New Mexico congresspeople introduced the Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 3109)—a federal bill geared toward improving the Federal Energy Regulator...


Institute Seeks Net-Zero Entries for Database

The New Buildings Institute recently announced a call for project submissions for its Getting to Zero Buildings Database from designers, builders, developers and owners of zero energy and lo...


FL Utility to Launch $9M Hydrogen System

The Orlando Utility Commission announced early last month that it plans to add 149 megawatts' worth of solar projects, in addition to its development of a new hydrogen storage system as a me...


Amazon HQ2 Will Aim to Reach LEED Platinum

Almost a year to the date when Arlington, Virginia, was selected to be home to a new Amazon Headquarters (HQ2), Arlington officials are now requesting that the facility go beyond its intende...


Goldwind Announces World-First Laser Control System

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind has recently received Component Certification for its Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) Assisted Control technology by global quality assurance a...


Largest Nuclear Power Producer Faces Issues

Engineers have recently been tasked with fixing eight faulty welds at Normandy, France-based Flamanville nuclear power plant, which is intended to showcase the country's aptitude for nuclear...


NREL Selected for Offshore Turbine Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $5.7 million in funding for floating offshore wind turbine research,...


Hempel Joins Zero-Emissions Vessels Coalition

Global coating supplier Hempel recently announced that it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization to reduce greenhouse gas emi...


NYC to Conduct ‘Deep Energy Retrofits’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future re...


Pittsburgh Signs on to UN Buildings Initiative

Last month, the United Nations Economic Council on Europe and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance signed an agreement, marking the official launch of the city’s International Center of Exce...


GE to Supply British Wind Project

Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, acc...


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

In a unanimous vote by San Jose City Council last month, the city has agreed to adopt new building sustainability standards, also known as “reach codes.”


Largest Offshore Wind Farm Nearly Complete

Danish wind energy firm Ørsted, in charge of constructing what will be world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One, recently reported that the project was nearly finished and on ...


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100% renewabl...


Salt-Powered Battery to Energize Wastewater Plants

Private research institution Stanford University recently announced the development of a new technology, intended to make coastal wastewater treatment plants both energy-independent and carb...


Renderings Reveal NBA Clippers’ $1B Arena

The National Basketball Association has recently revealed renderings of the new Los Angeles Clippers’ Inglewood, California-based arena through an official release.


Abu Dhabi Launches Single-Site Solar Project

Abu Dhabi recently announced that it had opened what is reportedly the world’s largest single-site solar project. Previously, a similar claim went to the $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


Dow, USGBC Launch Carbon Challenge

The Dow Chemical Company and the United States Green Building Council recently announced via press release that the companies would be co-initiating an inaugural Carbon Challenge Award.


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


DOE Announces $33.5M in Energy Funding

The United States Department of Energy has recently announced that through an Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies and Practices Funding Opportunity, it will be ...


Electric Road to Charge Vehicles

Near the center of Lund, Sweden, construction is about to begin on the city’s first prototype of an electric road. Elonroad, having no relation to Elon Musk, is the tech company behind the i...


VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thom...


NYC Passes Green Roof Bill

Last week, the New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions intended for radical energy efficient improvements.


Project to Harness Solar Absorbed by Buildings

Launched by a consortium of 13 partners—including AkzoNobel (Amsterdam)—is a new research project aiming to collect wasted solar energy absorbed by buildings.


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has recently approved the installation of a 100-megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir.


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


FL Wastewater Plant Powered by Solar

The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (Key Largo, FL) recently installed 334 solar panels on the rooftop and over the chlorine contact basins at its main plant.


Harvard University Completes HouseZero

Harvard University recently announced the opening of its ambitious HouseZero, a building that it calls “a living laboratory and energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency has opened its ...


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Concrete Blocks Eyed as Power-Storage Solution

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Microsoft, PCL to Team Up for Building Solution

Microsoft and Canada-based PCL Construction recently announced their collaboration to develop a smart building solution that implements Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Internet of Thing...


Arctic Energy Neutral Hotel Set for Construction

Architecture design firm Snohetta recently released plans for an energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle, a ring-shaped structure that consumes 85 percent less energy than other contempor...


NYC Council Bill Talks Rooftop Turbines

The New York City Council passed a bill Monday (April 23) that would standardize the installation of wind turbines on rooftops, which is part of a larger move to reduce the city’s carbon emi...


Report: Smart Surfaces Save Cities Billions

According to a new cost-benefit report, the use of smart surfaces—green roofs, solar panels, etc.—in cities may contribute to an improvement in health and comfort for residents, among other ...


World Bank to Stop Funding Oil, Gas in 2019

The World Bank has announced that it will no longer offer financial support for gas and oil exploration after 2019, citing a need to change with a rapidly changing world.


US Leads World in Oil and Gas Production

The International Energy Agency’s latest energy outlook indicates that the United States is taking the lead as the world’s largest oil and gas producer, with China filling the role of world’...


AkzoNobel Signs Latest Green Agreement

Amsterdam-based coatings giant AkzoNobel announced last week that it has taken another step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.


AkzoNobel Turns Netherlands Sites to Wind

AkzoNobel’s journey to become carbon neutral by 2050 has reached another milestone, according to the company.


Solar Panel Made for Flexible Installation

Solar panels have gone flexible with Sunflare, which uses a light, thin solar cell model that is only a few micrometers thick.


German Firm Unveils New Take on Water Tank

A German architecture firm known for its unorthodox designs is taking on water—in the form of a multipurpose tower in the city of Heidelberg that will both store water for heating and serve ...


Innovative German Tower Design Holds Water

The tallest tower to grace Heidelberg’s skyline has begun to take shape, and when complete, aside from its striking appearance, it will contribute to the region's heating network.


Solar Energy Storage Product Unveiled

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has unveiled a battery-storage solution to accompany its solar panel line, a move that it estimates will save customers 70 percent on their electric bills.


Berkeley Lab Delves into Zero Net Energy

In an effort to help California meet its zero net energy goals, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—with $2 million in funding from the California Energy Commiss...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Ford Field

Durability + Design is continuing to provide a glimpse into the competition of our inaugural Elevation Awards, an event developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractor...


Market Brewing for New Shade of Blue

The first new shade of blue in more than 200 years—discovered via happenstance by a team of college scientists—soon will be introduced to the coatings market.


Oslo Airport Blends Function, Energy Efficiency

When Nordic Architecture began plotting a near-total redesign of Oslo Airport in Norway, it focused on expanding the complex while embracing the tenets of energy efficiency.


Software Tools for Architects Get Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Labs announced they have released updated versions of the EnergyPlus engine and the OpenStudio software development kit and application.


AkzoNobel Reveals Carbon Goals

Amsterdam's global coatings giant says it wants to be carbon-neutral in the next three decades, amid plans to split off a business unit.


Boston to Spend $1B on School Projects

Boston is looking to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to repair and replace its aging schools.


SPF Insulation Uses Hybrid-Cell Approach

Hybrid cell technology allows a new spray polyurethane foam insulation from Rhino Linings (San Diego) to bridge the gap between the company's open- and closed-cell products, according to the...


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Spray Foam Uses Hybrid-Cell Technology

A new spray polyurethane foam insulation product from Rhino Linings uses hybrid-cell technology to create a strong and semi-rigid layer, without some of the problems presented by closed-cell...


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Tesla Unveils Solar Roof Tile Plans

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors is diving into the home solar market with a splash, announcing a new initiative to bring to market solar roof tiles that look like traditional roofing ...


Building Green in a Steel City

Transforming a one-time industrial powerhouse into a city known for its sustainable approach and healthy buildings is no small feat.


$6.5M Available for Building Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $6.5 million is up for grabs through its Building Technologies Office for partners who are working to put building efficiency programs into p...


Door System Built for Efficiency

A new steel door system from Assa Abloy is built to meet strict regulations regarding air leakage in commercial buildings.


Feds Seek New Efficient Technologies

Know exactly how to cut costs by improving building energy efficiency? The U.S. government wants to hear from you.


Nanotint Gets First Federal Specification

Boasting strong infrared and ultraviolet blocking capabilities, a recently launched thermal insulation coating for glass has been selected and installed by contractors performing energy effi...


Sounding the Alarm on Carbon Reduction

American architects are not keeping the pace needed to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets—i.e., carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.


Lab Snags $4M for Efficiency Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be stepping up research on energy efficiency in buildings thanks to grants of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Lab Developing Efficient New Window Coating

Liquid crystals are responsible for many flat-screen TVs and other displays, but researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way for the same technology to make win...


Feds Invest $19M in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $19 million investment in energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings, money that will fund building envelope research and develo...


Global Green Group: Net Zero by 2050

The World Green Building Council has unveiled an ambitious plan to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” in terms of energy consumption in the next 35 years.


Passive House Reaches New Heights

When students move into the apartment housing at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City next year, some will find themselves in a trendsetting structure: The world’s tallest...


National Labs Call for Building Ideas

The Energy Department says it is ramping up its crowdsourcing efforts, seeking innovative ideas for the building envelope, lighting, heating and cooling systems and more.


Solar Cells Powered by Rain?

Researchers in China say they've found a way to make solar cells that derive power from raindrops too.


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


No Grid Needed: Wall that Heats, Cools

A researcher from the Lund University in Sweden says she has adapted a 19th century construction technique that can reportedly heat and cool buildings, while drastically reducing associated ...


In the Lab: Low-Cost Window Coating

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks to “disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity” with a newly developed coat...


Folding Blades to Protect Giant Turbines

As part of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories has developed an innovation in wind turbine blades intended to help protect them in harsh offshore environ...


Up to $8M Available for Energy Ideas

Are you a building science expert interested in efficiency innovation? If so, the Energy Department wants to send you money.


DOE Projects Focus on Building Science

Building envelope and ventilation technologies are at the center of five new U.S. Department of Energy funded projects in development.


‘House of Energy’ Earns Premium Status

A mixed-use building in Kaufbeuren, Germany, uses so little energy that it has been certified as the first Passive House Premium in the world.


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

When it comes to productivity at work, does it matter whether your office is “green” or not?


SURE House Shines in Solar Contest

Students from the Stevens Institute of Technology are basking in the glow of top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 after designing, building and operating “a coast...


GSA, DOE Seek Green Technologies

The federal government has issued a call for “innovative, transformative green building technologies” that could improve the economic and environmental performance in federal and commercial ...


Study: 90% of Homes Under Insulated

Only 10 percent of U.S. homes are thought to be insulated adequately, according to new research.


Energy Dept. Defines ‘Net Zero Building’

In a move aimed at bringing together the building community and promoting clarity, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a common definition for “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” bui...


Input Invited on Infiltration Tech

The federal government is seeking information on building envelope infiltration diagnostic technologies.


Green Group Expands Certifications

An apartment building in Europe has become the first to be certified under a new classification of energy-efficiency that has a rigorous performance-based standard.


Students Push the Solar Envelope

While most of the students who were accepted to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are putting finishing touches on energy-efficient homes, one team is using the c...


Site Showcases Infrastructure Pioneers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the release of its Infrastructure Game Changers report.


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Reflective Roof Coating to Save Energy

GAF has introduced a water-based acrylic roof coating billed as a durable, protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs.


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


'Cool Blue' Tech for Coatings, Roofs

Coatings, plastics and roofing materials may soon feature a brilliant blue pigment.


Tunable Windows Dial in Light, Opacity

CINCINNATI--Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and private industry are reporting a first in the smart-window market.


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


Bugged, NASA Fights Back with Coatings

SHREVEPORT, LA--Not much bugs NASA scientist Mia Siochi as much as clods of insect guts that pile up on wings and cause aircraft to eat more fuel.


Solar Panel Path Gets a Sunny Start

KROMMENIE, THE NETHERLANDS—A pioneering energy-harvesting road is reaping better-than-expected power yields for its Dutch developers, the team says.


Roof Coatings are Looking Up

DALLAS—Jump-started by surging regulations, products, construction and disposable income, the global roof coatings market is primed for growth in the years ahead, a new forecast reports.


EPA’s Biggest (Energy) Loser is AL Town

WASHINGTON, DC—A five-building cluster in a small Alabama town has won the fifth annual Battle of the Buildings, trimming 25 percent from its energy waste line.


Bipartisan Building Energy Law Signed

WASHINGTON, DC—A new U.S. law will hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards and require more energy benchmarking for federally leased buildings.


AIA Honors Top 10 Green Projects

WASHINGTON, DC—Office, health-care, housing and school projects have garnered the year's top honors from architecture’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design.


Floating a Future for Homes in Harmony

LONDON—Here’s a fluid design for those looking for a home by the water…err, we mean, on the water.


Report Raises Roof on Coating Prospects

DALLAS—Rebounding along with the construction industry, the global roof coatings market is looking up in the years ahead.


Wall Foam Made to Lay It on Thick

SEATTLE, WA—Specialty coatings and insulation producer Gaco Western has introduced a closed-cell wall foam insulation designed to lay down four inches in a single pass.


Eggplants, Bugs Send Coatings Sky High

HAMPTON, VA—Souped-up coatings that can make aircraft faster, cleaner, cooler and more colorful are taxiing for takeoff under private and public developers.


French Law Mandates Greener Roofs

The rooftops of new commercial construction from Paris to Provence will be clad in plants or solar panels going forward, under a measure newly approved by the French Parliament.


France Decrees Green Rooftops

The roofs of new commercial buildings in France must henceforth be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law just approved by the French Parliament.


Energy Cuts Try, Try, Try, Try Again

For the fourth time in five years, a bipartisan bill that aims to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings has been proposed in the U.S. Senate.


Energy Retrofit Standard Gets Revamp

Processes and procedures for retrofitting residential and commercial structures to improve energy efficiency is the focus of a newly revised joint standard.


Energy Dept. Seeks Bright Ideas

Building scientists, designers, students and other experts are invited to conjure, discuss and choose the next big energy-efficient technologies for homes and buildings in a new crowdsourcin...


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


First Straw Houses Hit the Market

Despite their bad rap from the Big Bad Wolf, straw houses cannot be huffed and puffed and blown out of existence.


Green Building Market Powers Up

The $307.3 billion global market for commercial energy-efficient buildings will more than double in the next several years, a new report projects.


Green Building Design Standard Unveiled

Building envelope technologies and construction site contaminants are among the topics addressed in a recently updated standard.


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Coating Zaps Building Heat into Space

A high-tech coated mirror that can beam heat away from buildings and into space is in the works at Stanford University.


Coated Drones to Combat Pollution

Researchers in Hong Kong say they have developed drones capable of collecting pollution and turning it into fuel.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


$9M Slated for Commercial Energy Work

Energy-efficiency efforts that can be scaled up for widespread adoption in commercial buildings may now be eligible for millions of dollars in federal backing.


System Rethinks Walls, Water Tanks

An Arizona master auto mechanic says he has developed a concrete wall system that holds water.


New Rule Targets Energy, Water Use

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a new regulation aimed at reducing building energy and water consumption through active management.


Cooling Roofs in the Middle East

Dow Construction Chemicals will turn to the Middle East to manufacture a new cool-roof coating material designed for the environmental rigors of that region.


Schools Worldwide Make it a Green Day

From San Diego to Singapore, they came by the thousands to paint, plant, clean, clear, build, renovate, weed, recycle, learn, design and teach their way to safer, healthier, more efficient s...


LP Spray Foam Touts HP Performance

Dow Building Solutions has unveiled a low-pressure (LP) spray foam system designed to provide the same performance as high-pressure (HP) drum foam insulation, but without the need for large ...


NYC Plans Building Energy Overhaul

Aiming to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, New York City’s mayor has unveiled a sweeping plan to retrofit thousands of public and private buildings.


GSA Chooses Green Tech, Asks for More

The General Services Administration has announced its 2014 list of green building technologies it will evaluate for possible use in federal buildings across the U.S., and is looking for more...


Green v. Green in School Building Plan

When it comes to green building, which is greener? Trees or solar panels?


Zero Energy Poised for Mega Growth

With energy efficiency consuming a larger share of building mandates, global revenues from the Zero Energy Building market are expected to more than double in the next generation.


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


Building Efficiency to Boom in Europe

Energy efficiency will sweep across Europe’s buildings to the tune of nearly $800 billion in the years ahead, a new report forecasts.


Solar Panels Paint a Better Black

Swiss researchers have created a coating for solar thermal panels that is greener than current coatings and may last as long as the panel itself.


Germany Tops in Energy Efficiency

A U.S.-commissioned study of national energy-efficiency trends returned embarrassing news for the U.S.: The country did not even make the Top 10.


Dubai to Retrofit 100k Buildings

One of the most lavish places in the world is getting ready to go green.


LEED Homes Grow Worldwide

The world continues to go green with its living spaces, according to a new report by the U.S. Green Building Council.


New Tech Diagnoses ‘Broken’ Buildings

Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. alums aim to “make buildings better” by arming operators with a performance data system that can pinpoint energy wasters and reduce annual c...


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


China Floats Plan for City on Water

Out to preserve dwindling landmass amid a burgeoning population, designers in China have proposed a new city on the water.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


New Energy Crop: City Fueled by Nuts

It sounds nuts, but officials in Turkey are mulling a plan to build a city that would be fueled with pistachio shells.


Sounding a Smart Note in Cincy

CINCINNATI—Attention, architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors who do stupid things: Stay away from Joe Lstiburek. That goes double for the buildings you design and construct. Espec...


Cities to Compete for $5M Energy Prize

From Providence, RI, to Fairbanks, AK, communities across the U.S. have accepted an energy challenge for a chance to win $5 million.


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


Feds Plan $70M Office Consolidation

The United States’ largest landlord is planning the mother of all downsizings.


LA School Wins EPA Energy ‘Battle’

For the second year in a row, an elementary school has taken first place in a national competition aimed at slashing energy usage in the commercial building sector.


Report: Building Emission Reductions Key

Major reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings and other sources are needed to avoid a “dangerous increase in global temperatures,” government scientists conclude in a new repor...


L.A., D.C. Again Lead Energy Rankings

For the sixth year in a row, Los Angeles has topped the federal list of 25 U.S. metro areas with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.


Indiana to Switch off Energy Program

A new law will pull the plug Dec. 31 on an Indiana program designed to make homes, businesses and schools more energy efficient.


DOE Seeks Green Building Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking market-ready technologies to help stanch the annual hemorrhaging of billions of BTUs by the nation's commercial buildings.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


U.S. House Passes Building Energy Bill

A bipartisan bill that would hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards has sailed through the U.S. House on a 375-36 vote.


Professor to Live ‘Green’ in Dumpster

If you think your house is a dump, try moving into an actual Dumpster.


Coatings to Energize the Future

Talk about a bright future: The global market for smart coatings for solar panels is expected to increase twenty-fold in the next six years.


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Teams Get their Turn in the Sun

Student teams from Italy, Singapore and California will go head-to-head against competitors from colleges and universities worldwide in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015.


‘Energy Bunker’ Rises from Nazi Roots

Combining a dark page from Germany’s past with the energy of the future, a German developer has transformed a World War II air-raid bunker into a cutting-edge energy facility.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


Study: White Roof Beats Green, Black

When it comes to roofing types, white wins. White roofs are more cost-effective over a 50-year period than green (vegetated) or black roofs, according to a new study.


DOE Seeks Building-Envelope Innovations

Uncle Sam is ready to spend up to $14 million to advance innovative, energy-efficient technologies and design tools for commercial and/or residential buildings.


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

Forecasters are expecting a “staggering” and sustained across-the-board growth spurt for the global smart coatings industry.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Congress Gets Priority Punch List

Energy tax incentives, stronger building codes, and debt relief for students lead the architecture industry's legislative To Do list this year.


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


Historic Courthouse Wins Energy Contest

Slashing $40,000 from its utility costs in one year, an 80-year-old U.S. Courthouse and former Post Office in Wichita, KS, has captured the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award.


Schools Make the Green Grade

The first net-zero energy school in Texas and a Georgia college dedicated to restoring the global ecosystem are among this year’s newly anointed best green schools.


NIBS Seeks Input on Building Workforce

Facility managers, building operations workers, and other professionals are needed to participate in a nationwide effort to improve the quality of the commercial building workforce.


Home Wrap Breathes, Provides Barrier

DuPont Building Innovations has introduced a home building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.


Insulating Aerogel Takes Top Honor

A versatile hydrophobic silica aerogel used in a remarkable range of insulating, building and coating products has been named "2013 Best Overall Innovation” by a panel of chemical experts.


Feds Seek Green Building Technologies

The U.S.’s largest landlord is looking for innovative, energy-saving building technologies to test as part of its "Green Proving Ground" Fiscal Year 2014 program.


DOE Honors Housing Leaders

Dozens of contractors, researchers, national laboratories and building science organizations across America have been awarded Housing Innovation Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy for a...


DOE Energy Efficiency Program Revamped

Designers looking to effectively integrate energy-efficient technologies into their projects may benefit from a newly upgraded simulation program from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Free Roof Efficiency Calculator Updated

The National Roofing Contractors Association has revised its online EnergyWise Roof Calculator to incorporate updates of key international construction codes and add selected insulation data...


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


Flex Marks the Spot for City Designs

Pop-up buildings and other temporary architecture, warehouse transformations, and group office space will be among the key design trends appearing in the American cities of tomorrow, the Am...


Skyscraper Awards Toast the Tops

The world’s best new skyscrapers look a lot like the late, great Marilyn Monroe—and not the blonde part.


Boston Tops Energy Report Card

Boston, MA, is America’s most energy-efficient city, in terms of its efforts to slash energy usage and costs, according to a new report ranking 34 of the country’s largest cities.


Chicago Joins Energy Benchmarking Cities

Thousands of large buildings across the Chicago skyline will be required to report their energy use and authorize the city to disclose the numbers to the public under a new mandate.


A Scramble to Meet New Energy Codes

Sweeping federal changes are coming very soon to a commercial building energy code near you, with implications for building systems in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbi...


New U.S. Code to Remake Energy Mandates

From American Samoa to Wyoming, U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia are scrambling to prepare for looming federal changes in commercial building energy codes that will affe...


2 Exterior Insulation Products Debut

Atlas Roofing Corp. has added two polyisocyanurate exterior wall insulation products for residential and commercial projects to its EnergyShield portfolio.


AK Couple Seals Air-Tight Record

This story isn’t just off the wall. It’s off four 28-inch-thick walls.


3,000+ Buildings Compete in EPA Battle

What do the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL; a Catholic cathedral and rectory in Seattle; New York City’s historic 100 Park Avenue building; and Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals,...


AAMA Unveils Cool Coatings Standard

A new standard on solar reflective finishes may prove useful to architects, owners and contractors when it comes to determining the best solar reflective coating for a project, according to ...


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Free eBook Tackles High-Rise Coatings

Collected technical expertise on coatings for high-rise structures is now available as a free new eBook from Durability + Design.


$1.7B Released for Public Housing Work

The United States’ 1.2 million public housing units will be getting some much-needed repairs and renovation with the 2013 release of $1.7 billion in capital improvement funds by the U.S. Dep...


Homeowner Brews a Canny Cladding

Some might not consider a house clad in thousands of beer cans a landmark, but Houston, TX, sure does.


Firms Team Up on New Foam Insulation

A new closed-cell spray foam insulation is designed to seal the building envelope from air filtration, moisture, allergens and pollutants.


Scientists Pursue Colorful Solar Dream

Step into the light, colorful solar panels. Traditional black and blue panels generate electricity but lack the aesthetic flexibility that designers and architects crave, say German research...


Energy Firm Unveils Cool Roof Coating

A Pennsylvania-based consultant on energy efficiency in facilities has entered the roof coatings business.


Designers Propose ‘Strawscraper’

Energy efficiency just got hairy. The Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter has recently proposed a design that could turn one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm into a hairy giant.


Paint to Power Tomorrow’s Homes

Paper-thin layers of graphene, sandwiched with other one-atom slices of materials, could provide the next solar coating for building exteriors, researchers say.


Push to Save Green Building Mandates

The energy efficiency of more than 400,000 U.S. buildings is at stake in a new Senate bill that critics are threatening to derail, hundreds of building industry firms are warning Congress.


NJ School Deemed ‘Biggest Loser’

An 81-year-old elementary school in New Jersey has won a nationwide competition aimed at shrinking the energy footprints of U.S. commercial building stock.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


Study: Scrap Middle-Age Building Stock

Cue the wrecking ball: Mid-century modern buildings can’t be retrofitted to be as energy efficient as we want or need them to be, a new study concludes.


Webinar Takes Measure of Air Barriers

One of the nation’s foremost experts on the energy performance of air barriers will report on the latest research into this technology in a free educational webinar hosted by Durability +...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

Los Angeles has topped a federal ranking of most energy-efficient cities, in terms of Energy Star building certifications, for the fifth consecutive year.


Powering Up Buildings with Paint

UK researchers are developing coatings for steel and glass that can turn new and existing buildings into power stations.


Coating May Power Up Tablet Screens

Electronics users who panic at being stranded without a charger may find reassurance in an energy-harvesting coating being developed by an MIT spinoff company.


Hotel Takes Heat for ‘Death Ray’ Design

Architectural glass facades may reduce cooling costs and enhance aesthetic appeal, but their so-called “death ray” effect is proving less popular.


Products Put to Test in New R&D Center

About 40 advanced building technologies, including high-efficiency building-envelope components, are set to be tested and showcased at a new building technology epicenter in Boston, MA.


ANSI OKs Green Homebuilding Standard

The newly updated ICC 700 National Green Building Standard has gained approval by the American National Standards Institute—the first and only residential green building rating system to do ...


Beyond Green: ‘Living’ Building Blooms

Designed to function as efficiently as a flower, Pittsburgh’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is equipped with a plethora of green technologies, including a robust building envelope an...


 
 
   

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