Green Building

Seattle City Model: prototype for the future of sustainable urban development

Seattle 3D Model: A Prototype for Sustainable Urban Development

No longer is 3D modeling a rare occurrence in the building design process. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a widely accepted practice growing…
Green Real Estate

The Housing Market is on the Rise: Opportunities in Green Building

The economy is recovering, and vacancy rates are declining. That's great news for the green building industry. Here's why.
The U.S. government is reviewing which of the green building certification systems it should use to certify federal buildings.

Government Considers Dropping LEED’s Preferred Certification Status

A review of certification systems has some commentators worried that the federal government is about to weaken its green building requirements for construction…
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Green Building Deception: Home Insulation Marketer Fined $350,000

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission fined a home insulation marketer $350,000 for making unsubstantiated claims about the products' green credentials.
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World’s Greenest Building, Bullitt Center, Opens on Earth Day in Seattle

Nestled between downtown Seattle and the Capitol Hill district, the Bullitt Center will open on Earth Day, April 22. Builders of the six-story,…

Naser Al Marzooqi: How Masdar City is Influencing the Building Supply Chain

In the couple of years during which I've gotten to know Masdar and Masdar City, I've been looking for signs that it has…

BEEMTech Energy: The Smart Building Solution

Commercial buildings around the world are looking to reduce energy costs, but overhauling electricity systems can be expensive. That is why Israeli startup…

5 Ways Building Information Modeling Can Help Plan and Track LEED Credits

Today, an increasing number of construction firms are relying on building information modeling (BIM) to plan their LEED credits before the construction phase.…
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Oscar Niemeyer, 1907-2012

A giant of modernist architecture, Oscar Niemeyer passed away last night in a Rio de Janeiro hospital just 10 days shy of his…
passive solar

Resilient Design: Why Buildings Should Be Designed for Change

The climate is changing. Buildings should be designed to be resilient to stark weather changes.
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A View of the Future of Glass at GreenBuild 2012

View, Inc., a manufacturer of "dynamic glass," is touting its futuristic intelligent windows through today's conclusion at GreenBuild 2012.

Plastic Bottles Turn to Roofing Materials in Disaster Zones

A research team at the New York Institute of Technology has come up with an innovative way to cut recovery costs from natural…
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The Green Bottle Goes Gold: Heineken USA HQ Goes LEED

In its most recent CSR report, Heineken USA announced achievements on community work as well as the environment. The green bottle is going…
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Slashing a Conference’s Footprint: Going Greener at the 2012 Net Impact Conference

Think about the last big event you attended – low impact is probably not the first phrase that pops into your head. Event…
SAP's campus is "80% green" as measured by acreage.  (Not my finest photography)

Photo Essay: SAP Lab’s Sustainable Bangalore Campus

SAP Labs has all of that, but has taken a few extra measures that go well beyond the architectural to make certain environmental…