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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]

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]

Louisville, KY brings the smart city into the smart home

January 27, 2017 by Construction Dive

The city of Louisville, KY, is working with local developer groups to connect web-enabled home devices with city information systems.[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]

Top 4 Ways Businesses and Local Governments Can Coordinate on Green Initiatives

January 23, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Modern businesses and cities are both trying to go green efficiently. Here's a look at how they can accomplish some of their goals together.[read more]

Trump White House hits pause on Obama efficiency standards

January 23, 2017 by Utility Dive

The White House has directed federal agencies to cease finalization of new regulations until President Trump's incoming administration has leadership in place to approve the work being done[read more]

How Businesses Can Be Net-zero by 2050

January 17, 2017 by GBIG Insight

 Every business wants to cash in on the green trend these days. But those who are serious about the environment often do it through site-specific environmental achievements, such as net-zero buildings. However, the evolving role of green technology and ever-shifting classifications for net-zero mean that businesses have to take a...[read more]

Key Concepts for Tree-Friendly Design

January 9, 2017 by Leda Marritz

As a consulting arborist, I am often called upon to diagnose and help “sick” trees in a landscape. The primary cause of health problems for many of the trees I look at are related to impacts from a landscape renovation or home remodel. Despite best intentions, many bad things can happen to trees during development or landscaping.Here are...[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]