Green Building

Could Coal Find a New Life as a Green Building Material?

3p recently spoke with a professor whose research indicates coal could replace wood in plastic composite decking.

United Arab Emirates Pushes Private Sector to Embrace Corporate Responsibility

UAE’s Ministry of Economy recently held an event in Dubai to launch a “Corporate Social Responsibility Index” in order to boost such initiatives…

Diplomatic Backlash Against Qatar Imperils Workers, Sustainable Development

The diplomatic isolation of Qatar has raised all kinds of questions about the World Cup and oil prices. But no one has asked…

Trump’s Paris Agreement Exit Cedes Climate Leadership to Private Sector and Local Gov’t

The Trump administration is reportedly ready to back away from the Paris Agreement. Is this a big step backwards for global climate change…

Apple’s New Lavish HQ Is Missing A Few Things

Apple's new Cupertino headquarters is chock full of bells and whistles. But some critics question why this forward-thinking company left out two things:…

Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles Make Waves for Aesthetics and Affordability

Tesla says its solar roofing tiles are ready for market -- and promises quite a payoff over the life of these next-gen solar…

How Companies Can Support Sustainable Development

How can companies make serious changes to tackle their own environmental footprints? And how can they look beyond their own four walls to…

Portland Metro Targets 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2050

This week Portland, Oregon and surrounding Multnomah County unveiled a joint agenda to meet 100 percent of their energy needs with renewables by…

Creative Ways to Make Solar Pay Back for Commercial Buildings

Local permitting challenges and utility demand rates can lower the rate of return on a commercial solar project. But solutions abound!

Two Keys to Successful Commercial Solar

3p economic correspondent Bill Roth explains how utilities use demand charges to put a cloud over customer-owned solar power.

The Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy for Homeowners

Capacity for home energy-storage technologies continues to rise while costs go down. This will make solar a no-brainer for many families.

Why Homeowners Choose High-Performance Buildings

The team at Futuro Construction wondered why clients were choosing to build high-performance homes. We sat down with Matt Silva, Futuro Construction’s general…

Architects and Industry Collaborate on Health in the Built Environment

Is this product safe? Healthy? Architects and specifiers want detailed information about building materials and product ingredients, while innovation requires using materials in…

Sustainable Building Techs Jump Into Public Policy

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), a leading alliance of the building sector, is focusing on a new goal: proactive engagement with public…

Vancouver Aims for Zero Carbon by 2030

Thanks to the aggressive target, ultra-energy-efficient buildings will soon be common in Vancouver, Canada.