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Builders eye certifications, products for greener homes

March 15, 2017 by Construction Dive

Homebuilders are getting greener, both in the products and practices they use and in the certifications they and their clients seek for their finished projects[read more]

Preserving Trees on a Development Site: Contractor’s Best Practices

March 14, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Good design preserves existing trees during a development project. However, the most tree-sensitive design will not be enough if tree-friendly building practices are not in place. Many times a tree that was damaged during development may not show symptoms of decline for a few years, so the cause and effect is often not obvious unless an...[read more]

Activity-based workplace design boosts employee well-being

March 10, 2017 by Construction Dive

A new white paper from New York–based architecture and planning firm Perkins Eastman and Ontario, Canada–based Three H Furniture Systems outlines the health and worker productivity benefits of activity-based workplace design.[read more]

VA considers energy-efficiency update to residential building code

March 8, 2017 by Construction Dive

Efforts to make energy-efficiency updates to Virginia’s residential new construction code are facing pushback from homebuilders who say the changes will raise the cost to build.[read more]

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Green Building: How Heavy Construction Can Be Eco-Conscious

March 6, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Since recycling can save businesses money, other environmentally friendly construction practices are becoming increasingly popular across the globe.[read more]

MIT startup Sistine Solar debuts camouflaging photovoltaics

March 2, 2017 by Construction Dive

Rooftop photovoltaic systems have long faced the challenge of melding efficacy and aesthetics, with the former usually winning out over the latter. A new startup out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is tackling that disparity with a PV panel system that blends into the roof.[read more]

Top 5 Ways to Insulate Your Green Home

March 2, 2017 by Greenhouse Gnome

Not all insulation is created equal. Some insulation might get an A for fire prevention, but receive Fs in health and safety thanks to its chemical components. Others may be easy on your energy bill but hard on the environment.Over the years, great strides have been made in terms of green insulation. Today, homeowners have several...[read more]

LID Design Considerations for an Uncertain Climate Future

February 28, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Historically, the best way to plan for future storms has been to look at the past. Significant effort has been put into to developing long-term rainfall records, and many of the most complex stormwater models are designed to run simulations that represent decades of rainfall data. But a changing climate means that storm patterns are...[read more]

Iconic U.S. Steel Tower Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

February 14, 2017 by evolve environment::architecture

Pittsburgh's tallest building, the US Steel Tower, has recently achieved ENERGY STAR certification. The accomplishment is the result of a strategic effort to retrofit the building with new controls, lighting and HVAC equipment, and other improvements. The US Steel Tower is one of the largest and oldest office buildings in the world to earn ENERGY STAR certification, the US EPA's designation for commercial buildings ranking high in energy efficiency.[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

The Evolution of Green Urbanism

February 6, 2017 by Dean Saitta

The evolution of urban planning has been the subject of several recent museum exhibitions, blog posts, books, and infographics. These representations of planning history are useful for several reasons. They remind us of where we are and how we got here. They stimulate debate about the people and ideas chosen for inclusion as well as...[read more]

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It’s Never Too Late: 3 Ways to Improve Post-Construction Sustainability

February 1, 2017 by Gary Seider

Sustainability isn’t a new concept, but it is a new priority.In the past, builders rarely thought about a structure’s long-term use during the construction phase. If the end result looked great and functioned efficiently, its sustainability decades down the road wasn’t of any concern.Now, the opposite is true. When materials are sourced...[read more]