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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Chicago Residents Utilizing Gentrification Index to Identify At-Risk Neighborhoods

October 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

Transit-Oriented Development being built in the Logan Square neighborhood.Long-time residents of Chicago’s Pilsen, Logan Square, and Bridgeport communities have complained anecdotally that their neighborhoods are gentrifying. John J. Betancur and Youngjun Kim, researchers with the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community...[read more]

USGBC Readies Major Push on SITES

October 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

University of Texas at El Paso by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects / Terry MooreThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been on a rating system shopping spree for the past two years. In addition to purchasing the Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES®)* last year, it has since incorporated ParkSmart, a new rating system for parking...[read more]

Bjarke Ingels Wants Cities to Embrace Resilience

October 13, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

“The Big U is the love child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of the multidisciplinary design firm BIG, to huge laughs at GreenBuild‘s finale in Los Angeles.[read more]

Applying SITES v2 to the Landscape

October 12, 2016 by Leda Marritz

SITES is an ecosystem services framework for built landscapes. A decision-making hierarchy of conservation, restoration and generation underlies much of the SITES credits, emphasizing the need to conserve resources and protect healthy functioning systems, restore what has been degraded, and create a functioning ecosystem in order to generate new ecosystem services where none exist.[read more]

BREEAM USA CEO: New green standard harnesses the power of data for existing buildings

October 12, 2016 by Construction Dive

There's a new green building standard in town, and it has its sights set on more than just certification. BREEAM USA, a joint venture between the global BRE Group and consultant firm BuildingWise, launched this summer with the goal of gathering data on the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. to share knowledge and improve efficiencies.[read more]

Construction Industry not on target to meet 2030 Initiative carbon goals

October 11, 2016 by Construction Dive

The American Institute of Architects announced Wednesday that the building industry has failed to keep pace with the plan's energy-intensity reduction goals.[read more]

One World Trade Center is the tallest LEED building in the Western Hemisphere

October 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

This post originally appeared on our sister publication, Construction Dive. Our mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird's-eye-view of the construction industry in 60 seconds. To subscribe to our daily newsletter click here.Dive Brief:The 104-story, 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center tower has been awarded LEED...[read more]

Concrete conundrum: Understanding the building material's environmental impact

October 4, 2016 by Construction Dive

Concrete has always been in indicator of "civilization." Since its invention in the 19th century, humans have used concrete not only to tame nature but, in many cases, to pave right over it. As a result, the hard-wearing material can be found nearly everywhere there are people.[read more]

Green Buildings Critical to 1.5-Degree Future

September 30, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Optimism for climate action ruled at two recent events – the American Climate Leadership Summit and Climate Week in NYC. These notable gatherings reflect the increased momentum supporting the successful implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. In honor of World Green...[read more]

Orlando, FL, approves $1B mixed-use 'agrihood'

September 27, 2016 by Construction Dive

In a 4-2 vote last week, Orange County, FL, commissioners approved development and rezoning plans for The Grow, a $1-billion, mixed-use "agrihood" in Orlando, FL[read more]

US government-owned buildings outpace private sector in reducing energy consumption

September 22, 2016 by Construction Dive

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, government buildings reduced their energy intensity — or energy consumption per square foot — by 23% between 2003 and 2012, whereas privately owned commercial buildings reduced theirs by only 12% during the same period.[read more]