Sign up | Login with →

Green Building

The Invisible Design Features of Cities

September 22, 2015 by CC Huang

To the untrained eye, beautiful skylines, impressive subway systems, and lively public parks characterize great cities. However, there are also a number of invisible design features that characterize the best cities – urban growth boundaries, transit-oriented development, walking and biking pathway density, and small blocks are among the most important of these design features.[read more]

How Cities Can Beat the Heat

September 11, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Green roofs have long been lauded as a solution for mitigating the urban heat island effect, the phenomenon where the density of buildings, pavement, and other non-natural cover in urban centers lead to significantly hotter temperatures than surrounding rural areas[read more]

The Single Best Thing You Can Do To Grow Your Green Building Business

September 8, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

I was speaking at a breakfast of real estate professionals some days ago and the question I received most frequently from those in attendance was “how can I expand my green building business?” I retell that because it is a variation of the question I get most often these days about green building.[read more]

Heading to the Field: the Urban Decarbonization Research Project

August 27, 2015 by Laura Tozer

Cities are increasingly adopting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, such as 80% reductions by 2050. To make that ambition a reality, people in cities are trying out new initiatives ranging from local government’s financial incentives for solar energy to community group’s efforts to develop alternative, low-carbon economies using sharing. However, research has shown that these attempts are experimental and uncertain in their long-term impact.[read more]

New Partnership Helps California Businesses Get Solar Power for Less

August 10, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Renew Financial, a leading clean energy finance company, and SolarCity recently announced a partnership that creates a unique financing option for small and medium-sized businesses that combines low-cost SolarCity-structured financing with Renew’s PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[read more]

Google’s Headquarters Falls Short on Sustainability Details

August 10, 2015 by Tyler Caine

The design of Google’s new corporate campus has radiated across the media recently complete with shiny renderings and a snappy video. Pulling no punches, Google went straight for design professionals known for making a big splash: Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingles. This dynamic duo hopes to help Google craft a physical image of a company that has helped define the digital universe. As can be expected, the company that sharpens the bleeding edge of virtual space did not want to stand beholden to an existing image of glass, corporate towers.[read more]

Advancing Green Building Technologies, One Condo Suite At a Time

August 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

At night when the sun isn’t out and the panels on the roof aren’t able to produce energy, the suite “borrows” electricity from the building. But during the day when the sun is out, the suite powers itself and then returns any borrowed electricity to the building.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]


Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]

The Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

July 28, 2015 by Kay hebbourn

It's free! Use it!

As well as helping to keep our gardens green, the water that falls from the skies can help us to run our homes. A rising number of people across the UK are installing rainwater harvesting systems in their properties to harness the potential of this natural resource.[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]


Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

July 24, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Young winners, designers of a walking app

More than ever, we need young people involved in creating sustainable cities. This can be achieved by establishing and strengthening networks that provide opportunities for young aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved and learn from like-minded groups of individuals on a global scale.[read more]