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USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2020

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED green building. Last year, Massachusetts lead the country with the most certified square feet ...


TX Tax Incentive Promotes Green Infrastructure

Last month, Houston City Council announced the approval of a new green stormwater infrastructure tax abatement program to encourage the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in p...


AIA Applauds US Climate Recommitment

Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement announcing the United States recommitment to the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015.


NY Announces Plans for Green Energy Program

Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2021 State of the State address, outlining several proposals focused on creating the largest offshore wind program in the nation an...


$930M WA Arena Files for Carbon Certification

While work is continuing at Seattle’s $930 million Climate Pledge Arena, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke recently confirmed that in addition to being outfitted for hockey and other live event...


MS Plans Smart Neighborhood with Tesla

Mississippi Power and Southern Power announced a partnership last month to build a “smart neighborhood.” Dubbed “Enzor Place,” the homes in the plan will exclusively feature the Tesla Solar ...


USGBC Wraps Up Greenbuild with Initiatives

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council wrapped up its annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. At the virtual event, the organization outlined several key updates that it says inten...


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...


USGBC Unveils Initiative, Requests Feedback

Last week, during the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that it is providing funding for 500 people in underserved communities to earn their LEED...


Arkema Touts Green Bond, Facility Commitment

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has recently placed an inaugural Green Bond fully dedicated to the financing of a new plant in Singapore that’s slated to manufacture 100% bio-based Rilsan...


Universities to Offer Green, LEED Courses

Recently, two universities highlighted new course offerings designed to promote sustainability and a variety of green building practices.


Smart Building Ratings Program Launches

Billed as the world’s first comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings, the SPIRE Smart Buildings Program has recently made its debut.


USGBC Expands Resources for Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., has outlined an expanded suite of resources that aim to help building and community leaders face climate risks.


USGBC Announces Latin America Leadership Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled its 2020 Latin America Leadership Awards, honoring eight recipients “whose work across Latin America puts them at the forefront of green building...


Dow, USGBC Announce Carbon Challenge Results

Dow, along with the United States Green Building Council, have shared the results of their inaugural Carbon Challenge, just a little over one year since the project’s inception.


TX to Host Continent's Largest Living Wall

A 26-story high-rise is planned for Dallas and, according to reports, North America’s tallest “living wall” is slated to come with it.


USGBC Announces LEED Homes Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this week the winners of its LEED Homes Awards and Residential Project of the Year. The awards aim to recognize projects, builders and devel...


NC Approves Green Tariff Solar Deal

Following a city council vote late last month, Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the solar business through a green tariff deal which involves the construction of a 35-megawatt solar farm, s...


AkzoNobel Announces New Sustainability Targets

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released earlier this week what it’s calling “the first in a series of ambitions” that are looking at the company’s fresh focus on achieving zero waste and ...


USGBC Awards Green Schools Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with its Center for Green Schools, announced earlier this week the recipients of its Green Apple Day of Service Awards.


NYC Passes New Building Energy Codes

Keeping pace with its Green New Deal mission, New York City will now require all new and existing buildings to meet stricter energy efficiency requirements under a new energy code that was j...


USGBC Announces $500K More in Grants

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local government...


Los Angeles Mayor Signs Green Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off on “L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example” earlier this month, kicking off the city’s “Decade of Action.”


UCLA Working Toward Carbon Solution Win

A research team from University of California, Los Angeles, is reportedly still working on a concrete solution as part of a Carbon XPRIZE competition.


PA Landscape Center Gets BREEAM Certification

Last week, Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, announced that its Center for Sustainable Landscapes has been certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing building...


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council released its annual Top 10 States for LEED last week, recognizing the nation’s leaders committed to more sustainable and resilient buildings, cities and commu...


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...


Engineering Firm Releases Carbon Data, Tool

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti recently released results for a multi-year carbon measurement study that identified the type of structure and components in construction wit...


Hadid-Designed Wooden Stadium Approved

In a six-to-four vote, the Stroud District Council, of England, approved the world’s first wooden football stadium, which is slated to be built for the Forest Green Rovers Football Club.


Green Building Council Announces LEED Positive

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it is taking its LEED development program one step further: to focus on LEED positive.


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...


Canada GBC Celebrates Zero-Carbon Certificates

The Canada Green Building Council is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month.


Greenbuild 2019 Closes, Announces Updates

Thousands of global green building and sustainability leaders recently gathered in Atlanta for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, where various educational sessions and keynot...


London Development Features 'Living Wall'

Architecture and interior design firm Sheppard Robson (London) released renderings last month of what will become the mixed-use Citicape House.


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...


USGBC Announces New Milestone for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new LEED milestone last week: more than 100,000 LEED-certified commercial projects have now been registered.


Bio-Based Coatings Used on Mycelium Pavilion

This year’s Dutch Design Week—which was held Oct. 19-27—featured a new pop-up performance pavilion that was constructed entirely of bio-based materials.


USGBC Announces Leadership Award Recipients

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its 2019 Leadership Awards, a recognition of individuals and organizations “at the forefront of the green building comm...


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...


AIA Testifies at Energy Committee Hearing

Late last month, the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, testified before the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, ou...


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.”


AIA Launches Initiative to Take Climate Action

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects’ Board of Directors approved what it calls a “landmark resolution” that “defines immediate and long-term efforts to engage the architectu...


USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”


UCLA Team Competes with Concrete Research

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, is in the finals for a multi-million dollar prize for turning carbon emissions from a coal-burning power plant into concrete-based buil...


BREEAM Standards Updated for US Projects

United Kingdom-based Building Research Establishment recently announced that it has updated its Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology International New Constru...


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.


Canada Plans World's Tallest Hybrid Tower

Initial plans have been released for what is being dubbed the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Vancouver, Canada.


Office Building to Get Hedge-Covered Facade

Work recently topped out at Düsseldorf, Germany’s Kö-Bogen II office block, a structure that’s slated to be covered with five miles’ worth of hedges.


'Mechanical Trees' to Clean Air of CO2

Dublin-based Silicon Kingdom Holdings and Arizona State University recently announced an agreement for the deployment of what have been dubbed “mechanical trees,” a technology that will suck...


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.


US Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1

The newest version of the LEED building program is now up and running for cities, communities and homes, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


Norway Unveils World's Tallest Timber Tower

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has confirmed that Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal, Norway is the world’s tallest timber building upon its completion this month.


China Leads LEED Projects Outside US

The U.S. Green Building Council announced last week the top 10 countries and regions for green building outside of the United States, with mainland China taking the top spot with more than 6...


USGBC Announced Top 10 LEED States for 2018

The U.S. Green Building Council has released its annual Top 10 States for LEED, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person.


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


USGBC Announces LEED Home Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council recently celebrated the winners of the 2017 LEED Homes Awards, an honor given to projects, architects, developers and homebuilders innovating in the residenti...


USGBC Announces First European LEED City

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., have announced that Savona, Italy, is the first LEED-certified city in Europe.


USGBC Announces LEED Grant Program

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the creators of LEED and support for Bank of America Charitable Foundation, recently announced the launch of a new grant program, designed to reco...


Greenbuild Achieves Record-Breaking Diversion Rate

Greenbuild, known as the largest expo dedicated to green building, recently released its 2017 sustainability report, with over 90 percent waste diversion and 25,000 pounds of show donations ...


CitiesAlive Conference Calling for Papers

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive: 16th Annual Green Infrastructure Conference has issued a call for papers.


Air-Purifying Tower Removes Pollutants

What has been dubbed the “world’s biggest air purifier” is making a positive impact on air quality and pollution, according to preliminary studies.


Dow Announces Collaboration with USGBC

Dow Building Solutions—business unit of Michigan-based DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division—has announced that is entering a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.


Shipping Container Stadium Slated for 2022

The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, will be the world’s first modular stadium. The design calls for a capacity of 40,000 seats in a struc...


Mercedes-Benz Stadium Officially Achieves LEED Platinum

On Sunday, the project team for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium was presented with its LEED Platinum plaque, officially cementing the structure’s status as the first LEED Platinum sports sta...


Denver Passes Strict Green Roof Mandate

Voters in Denver passed a measure last week that will give the city the strictest green roof mandate in the country and some officials are saying legal action to combat the vote is still on ...


Call for Papers: Green Infrastructure Conference

For its 2018 iteration, the Grey to Green Conference has issued a call for proposals, which should cover topics such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as urban agriculture...


DC First LEED Platinum City in the World

Washington, D.C., has been named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world, which signifies a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as citywide support in developing clea...


Mushroom Roots Used In Spatial Structure

You might say it's a new idea that's set to mushroom in popularity: As part of a newly opened exhibit in Seoul, an international group of architects has presented its experimentation with li...


Chicago Takes the Lead in LEED Certifications

Chicago has officially surpassed San Francisco as the greenest major real estate market in the United States.


Garden Houses Four Seasons Simultaneously

Soon, experiencing all four seasons in one place will be as easy as a walk in the park—or garden.


Unwanted Cladding Could Build Migrant Housing

A London-based architecture firm could help solve the housing issue for incoming migrants.


Spanish Winery Goes Off the Grid

Built in just 15 days, a new winery in Majorca, Spain, is completely self-sustaining.


Study Indicates Concrete Removes Air Pollutants

Researchers out of Stony Brook University have confirmed that concrete can help deal with rising pollution levels.


Mushrooms Pop Back Up As Sustainable Building Material

A student at Brunel University London has brought using mushrooms in construction materials back to the surface for the university’s Made in Brunel exhibition.


Cornell Tech Unveils Plans to Reach Net Zero

Cornell University recently unveiled its three-phase plan for a net-zero, sustainable campus.


The House That Hemp Built: Alt-Concrete Studied

Tel Aviv-based architecture firm Tav Group has given new meaning to the term “green building" with a private residence it designed in the northern Israeli city of Ein Hod.


Harvard to Embark on HouseZero Project

A pre-1940s timber-framed house is getting the ultimate upgrade.


Apple's Glass Spaceship Has Landed

Apple’s new headquarters—Apple Park—started filling up with the first of its 12,000 employees last month, and the Cupertino, California, “spaceship” is officially open.


Museum Made of 1.5M Plastic Bottles Still Going Strong

A three-story exhibition hall that’s made of 1.5 million plastic bottles is holding strong in Taipei, Taiwan.


Study: Bigger is Better in Green Building

Green building certification programs are having a significant impact on large-scale Class A buildings, however effectiveness of these programs flounders as buildings decrease in size.


Greenbuild 2016 Diverted 90% of Waste

Greenbuild, the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, has released its 2016 Sustainability Report with the event’s 90 percent diversion rate topping the list of successes.


Scientists Alter Concrete Method

A Rutgers University spinoff has developed a new technology aimed at revamping the 200-year-old concrete and cement production process.


Eco-Friendly Concrete Comes to Light

A production process that has gone largely unchanged over the last 200 years might now be getting a green facelift courtesy of a spinoff from Rutgers University.


Building Enclosure System Earns Innovation Award

An innovative system made to protect the building envelope was recently recognized by the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.


Massachusetts Tops New LEED List

Massachusetts has reached the pinnacle of the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states with the most LEED-certified projects.


RCMA Announces Roof Coatings Category Rule

Roof coating manufacturers and other experts have developed a resource aimed at calculating and reporting the environmental attributes of roof coating materials.


USGBC Names New President, CEO

The U.S. Green Building Council has revealed that its former COO Mahesh Ramanujam is president and CEO of the green-building organization, effective Nov. 4.


GSA Leasing Program Adopts Green Globes

The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification system will be an accepted standard for new construction and interior upgrades to federal leased building spaces, according to the ...


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.


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


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.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


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.


Algae in the Walls Down Under

There are green buildings, and then there are slimy, green buildings: A team of researchers and architects in Australia are hoping that soon, buildings constructed with algae will be a reali...


Today’s Espresso, Tomorrow’s Expressway

Coffee may already power a lot of engineers and construction crews, but some Australian researchers are looking at the brown stuff as a potential building material for roads, too.


Fungus Could Keep Out the Cold

An Alaska researcher may have developed a sustainable way to insulate buildings and infrastructure from the state’s icy permafrost—using a mushroom.


LEED Floats Credit Aimed at Illegal Wood

Cutting out the use of illegally harvested timber is at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


11 Schools on a Green Mission

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., 11 schools across the country are leaders in school sustainability and environmental engagement, according to green-building authorities.


Adhesive Made to Bind Most Materials

PPG’s Liquid Nails brand has launched a new all-surface construction adhesive, Fuze*It, billed to ease challenges associated with using different adhesives to bind different materials.


EPA Funds Student, Small Biz Innovation

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with students and small businesses around the country to support green building technologies, innovative technologies that protect the environm...


CHPS Launches PreFab Program for Schools

A new rating system designed for prefabricated modular classrooms for schools has been rolled out.


EPA Awards Focus on Sustainable Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing in green building technologies and other innovative ideas developed by 38 student teams from around the country.


USGBC Names Top 10 Green Building States

Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts ranked 1-2-3 in the U.S. Green Building Council’s latest list of top states for commercial and institutional green buildings per capita.


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Berkeley Lab to Build Tropical Test Bed

A Singapore rooftop is being transformed into a lab for building materials so that researchers can learn more about how to design greener buildings in the tropics.


U.S. Green Materials Market to Soar

The U.S. green building materials market is set to reach $69 billion by 2019, a new report projects.


Group Approves New LEED v4 Guidance

Ahead of its annual international conference and exposition, the U.S. Green Building Council has announced new guidance related to material ingredient disclosure requirements in the organiza...


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

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


New Bank Skyscraper: World’s Greenest?

The owners of a new Pittsburgh skyscraper are billing the building as the greenest of its kind in the world.


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 ...


Professor Patents Bio-Panel System

Paper, weeds, industrial hemp and discarded forest products are among the waste materials a University of Colorado architecture professor and former graduate student are using to produce bui...


Study: What’s 'Green' to Home Buyers

What is it about a “green home” that makes a potential home buyer want to spend green?


GBI Seeks Input on Green Standard

The non-profit developer of the Green Globes rating system is inviting the public to comment on its latest draft green building standard.


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...


Are ‘Green’ Buzzwords a Buzzkill?

With the construction industry abuzz with jargon that makes consumers think “green,” just how much do Americans really like or understand the words that have become the norm in the building ...


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.


Top 10 Green Building Nations Named

For the second consecutive year, Canada, China and India lead the world in embracing the LEED green-building rating system outside of the U.S.


Designer Turns Smog into Jewelry

Instead of breathing smog-filled air, a Dutch artist is suggesting people slip smog particles on their fingers or pin them to their shirts.


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.


ACA Offers Green Guide

WASHINGTON--U.S. paint manufacturers have developed a resource aimed at helping architects and contractors achieve “greener” environmental goals.


Fedrizzi to Leave USGBC

WASHINGTON--Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the world's best-known green-building rating system, has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of 2016.


Landscape Rating System Blooms

WASHINGTON--Like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, sustainable landscapes now have a rating system of their own.


57-Story Skyscraper Up in 19 Days

CHANGSHA, CHINA—Blitzing through three stories per day, a Chinese construction firm has topped out a new 57-tower in just 19 days.


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.


ON High School Named Earth’s ‘Greenest’

WASHINGTON, DC—A high school in Ontario has been deemed the “Greenest School on Earth,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


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.


Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation's leadi...


From Montana, Home Sweet Container

Montana-based builder Montainer has put out the welcome mat on a 192-square-foot prefab home made from a shipping container that can be delivered to your door.


LEED Floats Credit for Worker Safety

The health and safety of a building's construction, operation and maintenance crews are at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


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.


Landscape Center Achieves Green First

The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh, PA, has declared itself the first project in the world to achieve four of the world’s highest standards for green building.


Fruity Fiber Muffles Gypsum Alternative

The task of pruning orange trees won't end out in the field if Dr. Jésus Alba has his way.


Building Brain Trust on Deck for Show

Building scientists, coatings experts and other leaders in building technology will headline the array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual ...


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.


3D Printing Pops Out Apartment, Villa

A Chinese engineering firm is claiming two firsts in the global race to master 3D-printed construction: the first mansion and the tallest building.


Experts to Headline Coatings Conference

One of the U.S.'s foremost building scientists will kick off an array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual Durability + Design Conference and E...


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Coatings that self-heal, self-clean, beat back moisture, purify the air and otherwise tune into their environment are set for red-hot growth in the years ahead, a new market forecast predict...


USGBC Names Top 10 Green States

For the second year in a row, Illinois leads the list of U.S. states with the highest concentration of LEED-certified commercial and institutional buildings.


Smart Coatings Eye Brilliant Growth

Despite plunging oil prices that have temporarily back-burnered energy concerns, new technologies for smart coatings will drive this year's $610 million market to $5.8 billion in 2020, accor...


Green Schools Earn a Gold Star

An environmental program for special-needs students and an oyster gardening group are among 10 national recipients honored for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments.


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.


USGBC Extends Phase-in for LEED v4

Conceding that the transition to LEED v4 will not be easy, the U.S. Green Building Council has extended the deadline for registering projects under the current LEED 2009 rating system.


Durability: A Top Priority for Designers

U.S. architects consider durability the most important attribute for any building product, including green products, according to a new industry survey.


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


Brewing Bleach from Plant Pollutants

A Texas cement plant is now sporting a first-of-its-kind retrofit that can capture carbon dioxide and profitably convert it into other products.


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


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.


Award Winners Tackle Resource Issues

A concept addressing water scarcity in Las Vegas and a compostable structure set for New York City were among the top winners of a design competition showcasing the latest in resource effici...


Overpass Walls Get Garden Makeover

A Vancouver-based design firm has blended nature with transportation in a green project high above a busy roadway in Surrey, British Columbia.


Feds: Room for Improvement on LEED v4

LEED v4 has some work to do in order to align with federal sustainability and green-building requirements, according to a new evaluation from the U.S.’s biggest landlord.


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...


‘Cloud Citizen’ Reaches for Record

A cloud-shaped multi-use mega-structure that would become the world's second-tallest building has won the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition, paving the way for a new financial d...


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...


Project Aims to Contain Homelessness

Surplus shipping containers, which have been finding a home in a variety of architectural applications, are now providing homes themselves.


Green v. Green in School Building Plan

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


Hemp Humps in the Building Arena

The sturdy fiber long confused with its Cannabis cousin has cast off its stoner reputation and is finding a new home in the building industry.


Young Architects Deliver Class Project

Architecture students at the University of Kansas are building some major real-world experience while improving their school’s look and space.


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.


New Blocks Halve Cement Content

Watershed Materials has introduced a sustainable masonry building block with half the cement of traditional concrete blocks.


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.


Chemical Makers Ally with LEED Group

The U.S. chemical industry has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, to bring "technical and science-based approaches" to the LEED program.


Building Health Gets a Makeover

A new, first-of-its-kind building standard tackles the built environment inside and out to ensure the holistic health of both the structure and the people who spend their time in it.


Unsung, Rebels Architect Solutions

The words rebel and architect aren’t often paired, but a new documentary series showcases seven such individuals—including Pakistan’s first female architect—who are rethinking ...


Buildings Meet Healthy Skepticism

Green building is a fixture of our times, but the correlation between buildings and occupant health has proved a tougher sell—especially among the influential medical community, according to...


Wall Board Made to Fight Fire

JetProducts has introduced a building product that purports to deliver eight times the fire-suppressing power of drywall, garnering the nickname "fireman in a wall.”


Report: Home, Sweet Green Home

Green building of single- and multi-family residential construction has been booming and shows no sign of slowing, a new report says.


On a Journey to Build and Serve

A California construction expert with a global humanitarian mission is giving new meaning to the name “journeyman.”


Designing an End to ‘Global Boredom’

Architecture may mean more work than play, but a global competition has found a way to combine the two while transforming neglected public spaces.


Dubai to Retrofit 100k Buildings

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


Honoring a Fungus Towering Among Us

An organic building "that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth" has positioned its young architect on the doorstep of tomorrow's architecture.


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...


Green Challenge: Making People Care

New ideas to generate public interest in green building could be worth $10,000 and hold the seeds of a new global strategy.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.


Parking Garages Get Their Green On

The concrete colossus known as the parking garage may now join its green-building brethren in a new rating system that focuses on the structure's design, technology and operation.


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...


Study Compares Costs of Building Green

A new case-study examination of the top two green building rating systems has found the costs of LEED certification significantly higher than those of Green Globes.


Report Ranks Green Building Nations

Canada, China and India have nailed the top three spots in a new ranking of the top 10 countries outside the U.S. that are embracing the LEED movement.


AIA Unveils Top 10 Green Designs

A West Virginia treehouse, a Colorado landmark renovation, and a community for the homeless in Oregon top 10 award-winning examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions.


SC Targets LEED in New Law

It’s not an outright ban, but a new South Carolina law may limit the use of LEED on state projects by imposing restrictions on certain credits.


Ohio Advances Ban on LEED

Four months after its rollout, LEED v4 has made enemies in Ohio, where the state Senate has approved legislation that would ban the use of the green building rating system.


Professor to Live ‘Green’ in Dumpster

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


10 States LEEDing the Way

Illinois, Maryland and Virginia lead the U.S. in embracing the LEED green-building rating system.


All LEED Doors Open for DOD

The U.S. Green Building Council has won a major victory with the signing of a new bill that lifts two-year-old restrictions on the LEED rating system for Department of Defense projects.


Green Building Group Names President

After receiving federal favor for its green-building rating system, the Green Building Initiative has named a veteran sustainability advocate to serve as its next president.


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.


Report Ties Building Products to Asthma

Paints, flooring, carpets, insulation and other building products formulated with asthma-causing chemicals should be avoided to slow the growing “epidemic” of the chronic inflammatory lung c...


Growing Greener Affordable Housing

Bricks that are grown instead of fired, fire-resistant insulation from fungal waste, and other novel bio-inspired products for the affordable-housing market shared the winners' circle this w...


USGBC Launches LEED v4 System

Officials formally rolled out LEED v4, the newest update to the voluntary green-building rating system, Wednesday (Nov. 20) during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philade...


Insulated Panels Now HFR-Free

Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America has introduced a high-endurance, high-thermal-efficiency foam insulation material for the building envelope without halogenated flame retardants (HF...


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.


GSA Selects 2 Green Building Systems

Move over, LEED. An additional green-building certification system, Green Globes, has gained favor for federal projects.


2 Schools Earn a Global Green ‘A+’

The “Greenest Schools on Earth” can now be found in China and Kenya, according to new honors conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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.


Paints, Transparency Awarded in LEED v4

Project teams that specify paints and coatings by manufacturers committed to material transparency may qualify for a revamped building product credit under LEED v4, rating system officials s...


Nature’s Novelties: Top 10 Building Materials

Insulation made from fungus and sheep’s wool, toxin-trapping drywall, bacteria-boosted bricks and other novel building materials are the new Top 10 finalists of the first-ever Cradle to Crad...


LEED v4 Paints New Challenges

Love it or hate it, LEED v4 is set to make its formal debut in November in project plans around the world—and that includes paint and coatings work.


RPM Coatings Buys Flooring Maker

The parent company of Zinsser, Rust-Oleum and other popular consumer brands is expanding its commercial flooring portfolio with the purchase of Expanko Inc.


Safety, Permit Issues Shadow ‘Sky City’

Just days after ground was broken for the world’s tallest skyscraper in China, the project has reportedly stumbled over permit and safety concerns.


Skanska Quits Chamber over LEED

Striking a blow for LEED, global construction and development giant Skanska USA has cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its failure to support the green building rating system.


Architecture Served from the Sea

Seaweed is not just for salad, soup and sushi, folks. It’s also a building material that’s been hard at work on the Danish island of Læsø since the 1200s.


Bringing Flower Power to Concrete

The sunflower fields that blanket much of Turkey may literally hold the seeds to a stronger, lighter-weight concrete, materials researchers say.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


After Long LEED Time, ‘v4’ Approved

The U.S. Green Building Council’s controversial update to its green-building certification system has gained strong member approval, paving the way for an official launch this fall.


Design Contest Focuses on Warsaw Icon

A newly launched design contest seeks to revitalize the landmark rotunda building in Warsaw, Poland.


LEED Makes Free Offer to New Markets

Seeking a foothold in the scores of small and developing nations still outside the green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering free LEED certification to projects in...


Top 10 Green Projects Take AIA Honors

Cool roof technologies, zero-VOC paints and tight building envelopes are just a few of the “green” features showcased in 10 projects that were recently recognized by the AIA and its Committe...


LEED Gains GSA Panel’s Favor

While the General Services Administration has yet to officially recommend a green building standard for use in all federal buildings, the LEED system appears to be the front runner.


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.


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


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...


New Concrete Fillers Go with the Grain

Engineers in America’s heartland are cooking up a new recipe for the world's most common building material, using post-harvest leftovers from rice, corn and wheat.


Study: Build Green to Behave Green

Most people instinctively yell in a stadium and whisper in a library or church. So why wouldn’t they act more environmentally responsible in an eco-friendly building? It turns out that they ...


New Concrete Pavers Light the Way

For pool decks and pavement that catch attention and provide more safety, a German company has introduced a new technology: concrete that glows in the dark.


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


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.


Where Wild Travelers Can Play it Safe

Today’s highway planners may not care why the chicken crossed the road, but they can tell you how he reached the other side in one piece.


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


Study: Making a Case for Building Green

Building green makes “clear business sense”—it’s not just about saving the planet, according to a recent report.


Surge Seen for Green Building Materials

Demand for recycled concrete, permeable pavement and other green building materials is expected to jump by 11 percent annually through 2017, hitting a record $86.6 billion, a new study proje...


New ACA Panel to Focus Green Efforts

U.S. coating makers will coordinate their wide-ranging sustainability initiatives under one green umbrella with the formation of a new Sustainability Workgroup.


Printing a Building: Out of this World

How do you construct a building on the moon? With the push of a remarkable button, if a new European research consortium is correct.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Green-Building Guides Vie for GSA Nod

LEED’s seven-year reign may soon be over as the federal government's go-to green building rating system.


Recycled Concrete: Rocky Road to Growth

LAS VEGAS—Recycling the world's most common building material is certainly "green," but using recycled concrete in buildings still faces obstacles, both real and perceived.


Wall Panels Tout Impact Strength

Sustainable building materials supplier 3form has added four new collections to its Varia Ecoresin line of translucent wall panels.


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.


USGBC Names Top 10 Green States

Washington, D.C., has once again been crowned the LEED capital of the United States. With 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012


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 ...


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


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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