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Honda: Designing More Than Just Sustainable Cars

March 23, 2017 by Greenhouse Gnome

On the University of California’s Davis campus sits a live-in model of the future of home design. Known as the Honda Smart Home, the building boasts more than just curbside appeal. Using passive house design, rooftop solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and greywater capture, the Honda Smart Home was awarded the Best Demonstration Home of 2014 by Green Builder Media.[read more]

Urban Soundscapes: Creating Quiet Spaces in a Roaring City

March 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

"Soundscape" re­fers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans (human activities, sounds of mechanical origin, etc.). How can designers ensure that quiet spaces exist in the middle of a roaring city?[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

A Guide to Solar Roof Tiles: The Next Big Thing

January 31, 2017 by Brooke Nally

It's likely you've already seen the news on Elon Musk's new, and attractive, solar roof tiles. If you're considering installing some on your home, there are a few things you should know. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at some of the features of solar roof tiles — including their biggest benefits and drawbacks — and the top...[read more]

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Expansion of Green Buildings in Small Business Sector

January 24, 2017 by Philip Piletic

Green construction is one of the best ways to invest in the future of both your small business and your local community, which also benefits the global community. Environmentally conscious building offers benefits for every important aspect of life. There is nothing more important than the physical health of yourself and your employees....[read more]

Report: Green building advocates worried about movement's future under Trump administration

January 3, 2017 by Construction Dive

Some architects have expressed concern about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect the future of the green building movement.[read more]

Study: People in green buildings think better, sleep better

December 22, 2016 by Construction Dive

Ongoing research on indoor environmental quality by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has established a link between improved cognition and sleep patterns for occupants of green buildings. The researchers link the gains to better lighting, thermal control, and ventilation.[read more]

First multifamily project opens under MA's Workforce Housing Initiative

December 16, 2016 by Construction Dive

Work has started on the 71-unit Gateway North project in Lynn, MA, north of Boston, which is the first development to be funded under MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative[read more]

NYC officials OK 4 new affordable housing projects

December 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

The New York City Council has given the green light to four new low- and middle-income housing developments in East Harlem and the Bronx[read more]

Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

The Unsustainable Truth about Land Reclamation: The Worsening Impacts of Manila Bay Reclamation

December 2, 2016 by Don Johnson Lontoc

What happens when an urban project fuels alarming socio-environmental consequences? Disaster. This is what Metro Manila, a coastal megacity, and its Bay Reclamation Plan are going through.[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]