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Another Affordable Zero Carbon House. When Will Mainstream Builders Get It?

July 20, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Whhy aren't all new homes like this?

A zero carbon house has been completed in Wales that cost $93 per square foot (£1000/m2), which is within government guidelines for the cost of social housing, and took just 16 weeks to construct. It's the second such example in Wales, yet the Government has just scrapped plans for all homes to be zero energy by 2016 on grounds of affordability.[read more]

Three Office Buildings Using Passive Heating and Cooling Design

July 17, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cool it like this

Passive heating and cooling refers to techniques to manage the internal temperature and air quality of a building without using power. Here are three examples of new buildings where such techniques have been employed.[read more]

A Living Church Grows in New Zealand

July 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

It's alive!

Here's a truly green building: a 100-seat chapel at Ohaupo, New Zealand, made almost entirely from mature trees by Barry Cox, who spent four years “growing” the church, but by re-homing semi-mature trees, he accelerated the maturity of the structure, giving it the appearance of a project 20 years in the making.[read more]

How Offices, Schools and Restaurants Benefit from Urban Design Inside Buildings

July 16, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Inside or outside?

What does it tell us about the state of society, technology, planning and design if we use urban design terms to describe interior space arrangements and room names to describe urban design? This article is an attempt to get to some of the bigger developments behind these relationships and the terms we use to describe them.[read more]

We Have An Anti-City Culture: Fragmented, Segregated and Car-Dominated: Interview with Tariq Toffa

July 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Tariq Toffa

Future Johannesburg speaks with Tariq Toffa, South African architect and lecturer in the architecture department at the University of Johannesburg about the main challenges for urban planning in South Africa, the empowerment of communities, and some of his current projects.[read more]

New Exec Course Urges Connection of Green Building with Health Promotion

Building for Health

The built environment has profound effects on human health and the world around us. The new Building for Health executive education program is a highly engaging course that equips executives with the cutting edge research and skills to lead at the in­tersection of human health and the built environment.[read more]

How to Go Beyond Disaster Risk Preparedness and Reap The 'Resilience Dividend” – That Pays Back All The Time

July 14, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Let's avoid this.

All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that their cost will go up. Building owners can benefit by going beyond merely being prepared to building resilience, and thereby reap the “resilience dividend” that pays whether disaster strikes or not.[read more]

Work has Begun on the World's Tallest Passive House Building in New York City

July 13, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Artist's view

Cornell Tech is building an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It will feature environmentally friendly classrooms, lots of green space and a 250 foot tall residential high-rise dormitory building so energy efficient it could change the way buildings are constructed in New York City, if not the rest of the country.[read more]

Leaders Turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

Vanke HQ, Shenzhen

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. The bulk of the meeting was focused on how to define a green building and educate the public.[read more]

India’s Massive Construction Industry to Get the EDGE on Green Building

EDGE certified

The green building certification system, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), is now available for the building industry in India, under the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). By helping to push India’s massive construction market forward, it hopes to mainstream green buildings to help counter climate change.[read more]

The Future of Building Simulation: Smart, Real-Time Microclimate Control

Solar city – performance-based simulation

Building simulation in the next ten years will coexist with smart technology and have a more direct role in building operation. Buildings will have an Operational Model which will be calibrated in real time to play a key role in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. It will include individual occupant preferences i.e. My microclimate.[read more]

Where to Learn Sustainable Construction Techniques Suitable For the Middle East Region

Qatar Green Building Council

Meet USGBC Education Partner the Qatar Green Building Council, whose training courses in this booming economy with its rapidly growing built environment include the major sustainability-related best practices during construction, that are most relevant to the Middle East region.[read more]