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The Drain Gain: Art and An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management

June 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Floodwater management can be beautiful

A well-organized how-to guide for designers, Artful Rainwater Design (ARD), describes rainwater collection systems that are not only functional, but also attractive and engaging. These systems are usually designed to handle small rain events and the initial — and dirtiest — events, rather than major flooding from large storms.[read more]

World Wildlife Fund HQ's Green Roof Is Washington's 3rd Largest

Sedums galore!

WWF's U.S. HQ's green roof was built to conserve resources, limit waste & pollution, and protect the environment. It has 11 types sedum plants, a solar water heating system and is the 3rd largest green roof in Washington DC.[read more]

All American Federally Assisted Housing Must Now Be Green

June 10, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

This will advance green building across the USA.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined that adoption of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code for single family homes and the 2007 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers 90.1 for multifamily buildings will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of HUD and USDA assisted housing.[read more]

Water Operators: Unsung Heroes of the Post-2015 Agenda?

June 8, 2015 by GWOPA Global WOPs Alliance

Let's celebrate the humble manhole cover

Providing water and sanitation to the majority of the world's population, utilities are on the forefront of efforts to ensure access to our most basic services. Although we rely on their essential work every day, the challenges they face are often overlooked in development projects. The #manholecover campaign will raise awareness of these essential actors to ensure our sustainable development.[read more]

How Greening Our Streets Can Also Make Them More Resilient to Extreme Weather

June 8, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Working with nature to make streets better.

Strategically designed landscaping and paving materials can capture and filter stormwater before it becomes polluted runoff. Tree planting, rain gardens, swales, permeable pavement, and more not only control pollution but also help cool urban heat islands mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, beautify neighborhoods and enhance nearby property values.[read more]

How Climate Change Affects Building Design

June 8, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Iterative testing is the key

Building Information Modelling (BIM) in architecture and building design allows for data to be captured and displayed through visualization tools that can help to consider factors such as temperature, humidity, wind conditions, and sky conditions in a design. The achievement of a net zero energy build should always be the end goal.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

Malé: Can This City on the Sea Ever Become Sustainable?

June 3, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Beautiful – but sustainable?

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Maldives is on Malé, one of the most densely populated islands in the world. It faces a host of challenges arising from the fact that everything needed in terms of infrastructure has to be located in the city. It can therefore be seen as a paradigm of any city trying to become sustainable.[read more]

New Home Energy Information Accelerator Will Help Expand Energy Efficiency in the U.S.

Towards better buildings

The Home Energy Information Accelerator brings together leaders in real estate and energy efficiency to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions. The Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Centre is an online tool designed to help organizations explore tested solutions.[read more]

The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Save two for the price of one.

There's hidden energy costs in the water used by our buildings and industries, and hidden water costs in the energy generation industry. Understanding the links means you can serve sustainability by reducing both at once – a win-win scenario.[read more]

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park

Lurais has won planning approval.

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. Lurais is now in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood, which will shine in the areas of water treatment, environmental health, communal spaces, energy-saving techniques, and waste management.[read more]