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University Awarded Over $3M for Hempcrete Research

The Texas A&M University College of Engineering recently reported that it had received a $3.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA...


World's Largest Mixed-Use Living Building Opens

Engineering firm PAE, alongside ZGF Architects and other members of a partnership collective, recently announced the opening of the PAE Living Building in Portland, Oregon.


BCF Launches Trace VOC Globe Scheme

Starting this month, the British Coatings Federation’s new “Trace” Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Globe scheme will allow decorative paint manufacturers to adopt the use of the statement t...


USGBC Taps Cities for 2022 LEED Leadership Program

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced 15 cities and counties to participate in the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.


BCF Acts on Greenwash Claims in Decorative Paints

To tackle the rising number of green claims emerging in the decorative coatings industry, the British Coatings Federation has recently launched a new online guide.


US to Strengthen Building Performance Standards

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting last week, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration would be launching a Building Performance Standards Coalition dedi...


Building Museum Launches Climate Program

Late last year, The National Building Museum announced the launch of a new program series focused on three essential aspects of addressing climate change in the industry.


Research: Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Materials

Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Technology and the Heilongjiang Institute of Construction Technology in China recently published a review on the electromagnetic absorption function...


How Technology is Creating Sustainable Construction

Whether it's efforts made globally, by nation, association, company or even individual engineers and designers, there’s no doubt that the rise of eco-consumerism is increasing demands for su...


ISO Standards Published for Green Finance

Last week, the International Organization for Standardization announced the publication of a new series of ISO standards for green finance, including green bonds and loans.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


Permeable Concrete Shows Environmental Benefits

In a recent study at Rutgers University, a team of engineers have found that special permeable concrete pavement can help to reduce the “urban heat island effect.”


Carbon-Neutral Museum Slated for Sweden

As a part of an international competition, Danish architecture firm COBE has been awarded for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund.


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...


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.


Studio Develops ‘The Coolest White’ Paint

UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) recently developed an extremely reflective white paint that reduces the amount of absorbable heat on buildings,...


Hornsea One to Start Generating Power

Hornsea Project One, slated to be one of the largest wind farms in the world upon completion,began supplying energy to the U.K. electricity grid this week, according to reports. The project,...


Smart Surfaces Coalition Launches

Late last week, more than 20 organizations announced the formation of the Smart Surfaces Coalition, a group dedicated to helping cities adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat days...


Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed Off UK Coast

The world’s most powerful wind turbine—the first of two—was successfully installed last Monday at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, located off the coast of northeast Sc...


Floating Wind Farm Could Be Coming to CA

EDP Renewables, working in conjunction with four other companies and a Northern California power provider, is moving to develop the first United States offshore wind farm to feature floating...


Turbine Supplier Chosen for Hornsea Two

Wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced the selection of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for Hornsea Project Two, a successor to Hornsea Project One...


Work Begins on Australia's Biggest Wind Farm

Construction on Australia’s largest wind farm began last week, ushering in part of the Queensland Labor government’s commitment to creating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.


Massive UK Wind Farm Build Begins

The first monopiles for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been installed 74 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England, marking the beginning of construction.


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.


Firm Bids to Build MA's First Offshore Wind Farm

In response to Massachusetts’ recent request for proposals, Bay State Wind has put in a bid to build the state’s first offshore wind farm.


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.


London's New US Embassy Nears Opening Date

The new United States embassy in London, designed with governmental principles and sustainability in mind, is set to open to the public mid-January, and officials are getting ready for the o...


DE, NY Consider Offshore Wind Plans

Officials in both New York and Delaware are looking at opportunities to expand renewable energy options through offshore windfarms, just as a bill was put forth in the Senate that would give...


Southern Hemisphere's Largest Wind Farm Proposed

Plans for the southern hemisphere’s largest wind farm were submitted late last month, amounting to a $1.7 billion proposal that will include the construction of over 200 wind turbines.


IKEA Lab Creates Algae-Producing Pavilion

In a move to promote sustainable living through algae, an IKEA innovation lab erected a temporary bioreactor dome, which was designed to produce a nutrient-rich food option and foster conver...


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.


Earthworm-Inspired Pavilion Created for Festival

The earthworm isn't often associated with a concert venue, but an architecture firm was challenged to bring that connection to life for a festival in Latvia.


Thailand Sports Hall Made Entirely of Bamboo

The new sports arena for Thailand's Panyaden International school needed to combine architecture with the school's core principles and appreciation of nature.


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.


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.


French Architects Create White Mesh Tower

A white wire mesh tower graced the skies of Lyons’ inaugural festival of architecture.


Spanish Winery Goes Off the Grid

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


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


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.


Green School Razed Due to Leaks

A U.K. school lauded as a “sustainable” specimen at the time of its completion in 2010 has been demolished just six years later due to pervasive roof leak issues.


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.


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...


New Green Standard Tackles Insulation

Environmental certification group Green Seal has announced a new standard to help consumers determine what architectural insulation products are best for the environment.


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.


Study Links Beautiful Architecture to Health

Attention architects and urban planners: A team of researchers in the UK has investigated the relationship between our health and the beauty of the environment we live in.


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.


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.


Greenbuild Opens with Call to Action

“There is work to be done, so we do it.” That’s the key message Rick Fedrizzi, the U.S. Green Building Council co-founder and CEO, delivered to a crowd of 10,000 during the opening address W...


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.


‘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: Buyers Pay More for Green Homes

A new study suggests that homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home if that home includes green design features.


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.


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...


USGBC Taps Fedrizzi’s Successor as CEO

The United States Green Building Council has tapped one of its own to take the lead when current CEO and co-founder Rick Fedrizzi leaves the organization at year’s end in 2016.


Shore Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


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.


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.


Artist Sees Recycled Beauty in Trash

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--Sometimes one man’s pile of scrap wood is another man’s “Happy Mountain.”


Could Plastic Roads Replace Asphalt?

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--A city known for its openness to innovation could become the trial center for a plastic road that someday may replace asphalt.


ACA Offers Green Guide

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


Landscape Rating System Blooms

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


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.


Traditions Set in Paint & Mischief

For individuals and cities alike, "going green" on St. Patrick's Day is less of an environmental initiative and more of a literal challenge.


Building Groups Plan Single Green Code

Leading building associations have joined forces to develop a model set of green building guidelines to simplify design and code options nationally and internationally.


Worker Killed on Arena Roof Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a New York construction worker who was crushed by steel beams Tuesday (Feb. 24) while installing a green roof at the Barclays Center Arena in Brook...


Copper to Clad London's New Garden

A massive public garden that will span the River Thames will sport a specially developed finish designed to keep the structure maintenance free for more than a century.


'Super-Strength' Skin Planned for Bridge

London's upcoming garden-turned-bridge will sport a specially developed copper-nickel alloy coating that will reportedly keep the structure maintenance-free for 120 years.


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.


'Garden Bridge' Draws Cheers, Jeers

London plans to bridge the River Thames with a public garden—an "incredibly daring" green idea that has many locals seeing red.


London Steps into £175M Footbridge

It will be very green, very expensive and even somewhat obstructive, but a new bridge planned over the River Thames in London will be "absolutely iconic" and "recognized right across the wor...


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.


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


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...


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.


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.


Schools Go to the Head of the Class

Old factories reborn as 21st-century learning hubs, holistic schools designed for healthier children, and day care befitting the children of "future Nobel Laureates" are among the newly crow...


Paint Packaging Made to Cut Waste

Taking a tip from toothpaste, an award-winning new spin on the 150-year-old paint can could slash both product and packaging waste, its designer says.


Paint-Saving Package Bags Award

A new paint container design that reduces both paint and packaging could help stanch the waste of millions of liters of unused paint each year in the UK, its designer says.


DIY Goes GIY with Mushrooms

Architects, designers and other innovators will be able to grow their own bio-based products and building materials under a new offering by Ecovative.


Man Turns Trash into Treehouse

A dumpster diving dad in Brooklyn, NY, is taking his backyard treehouse to the next level by using only repurposed materials to build the two-story structure.


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.


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.


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.


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.


10 States LEEDing the Way

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


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.


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...


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.


New MSA Hard Hat Made From Sugar

A new “green” protective hard hat forgoes the use of petrochemicals, instead using materials sourced from sugarcane, according to manufacturer MSA.


MSA Launches Sweet New Hard Hat

MSA has introduced a “green” protective hard hat made of materials sourced from sugarcane, instead of petrochemicals.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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...


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.


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


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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