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Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

The Push for Energy Efficiency in America’s Historic Buildings

May 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Historical buildings are everywhere. In a country with such a (relatively) short history, we Americans care deeply about protecting our historic and archeological resources. Every week, 20-30 properties are classified as historic buildings worthy of preservation by the National Parks Service, which administers the National Register of...[read more]

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3 Examples of Making Housing Sustainable… and Affordable Too!

April 19, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong
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There is no question that sustainable housing is ideal for the environment. However, the cost to build an environmentally friendly single-family home or multi-unit dwelling historically has made it impossible for most people to own or rent one.However, through a combination of government funding, technological advancements, and human...[read more]

Cutting Edge Green Buildings in London, Stockholm and San Francisco

April 12, 2016 by Laura Tozer

The first residents moved into Hammarby Sjostad in Stockholm in 2002, which was developed as a sustainable neighbourhood with a closed loop urban metabolism approachFor my PhD research project, I'm visiting three cities with some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the world. On my trips to London and...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

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Pros and Cons of Going Green with Thatch Roofs

March 8, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Making the Green Case for Thatched RoofsThatched roofs have been used on homes for centuries for many good reasons. They are very durable, add a unique character to the home, and are lovely to look at. Any home will attain a subtle old home style when thatch is added.The look of a new roof on a home or commercial building is vital to the...[read more]

Socially Inclusive Mixed-Income Housing Is A Long Way Off For New York City

March 7, 2016 by The Global Grid

The main entrance of One Riverside Park. Photo by Quinn Harding.New York City, New York is infamous for being one of the least affordable cities in the country, reflected directly in the city’s state of housing. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), those who spend more than thirty percent of their...[read more]

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Roofless Solar Gives Urban Sustainability a Big Boost

February 17, 2016 by Derek Markham
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When it comes to making changes, people always say there's no better time than the present, right? And yet when it comes to making changes in our energy sources, it seems like many of us are still waiting for some big shift to happen. Part of the reason for this may be because we aren't used to having a choice in our electricity sources, so investing in a home solar array or buying into a community solar program seems odd or like something only “other” people do. Or, perhaps our idea of what solar really costs is a few decades behind, and we haven't noticed that solar is already comparable with traditional energy costs in many U.S. cities already.[read more]

Orange County, North Carolina Tackling Housing Affordability Challenges

February 2, 2016 by The Global Grid

Townhouse development, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States Affordable housing was a hot topic in the November 2015 election cycle, with many elected officials addressing the challenge. As a result, Chapel Hill’s three newly elected town council members will be asked to uphold their promises to focus on providing solutions to the affordability challenge, as many residents are feeling the pinch of housing costs in Chapel Hill and elsewhere in Orange County.[read more]

Most Popular Posts of 2015

January 7, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. Here are the top 5 posts.[read more]

Tactical Pop-Up Urbanism for the Homeless

January 4, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Like many other cities, Baltimore has set a goal to end homelessness within 10 years. Baltimore will be near the end of this time-frame when yet another Mayor will be elected next year and there is no indication that homelessness in the city will end any time soon.[read more]