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How EU Financial Capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, Is Embracing the LEED Building Efficiency Standard

Aiming high

A tour of some of the more recently completed (or soon-to-be completed) LEED structures in Lombardy in Italy, a thriving area, with industries from agriculture and livestock to heavy and light manufacturing, not to mention fashion mecca Milan. LEED is flourishing there.[read more]

How to Double Building Energy Efficiency in Your Area With the UN's SE4ALL [Video]

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Watch this webinar to discover how to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the building sector in your area by 2030, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform initiative.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

LEGO to Spend $150m to Make All Its Products Sustainable by 2030

June 29, 2015 by Glenn Meyers
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No more plastic waste?

LEGO says it is looking for a way to find sustainable alternatives for making its cute little building blocks and it is putting its money where its mouth is. It will spend $150,000,000 to create a “LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre” that will research new raw materials. The company has pledged to make all of its products from sustainable sources by 2030.[read more]

Designing The Sustainable Supermarket Of The Future

June 29, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Sustainable architecture students

The University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria has a Smart Building program that teaches students how to design and build residential and commercial buildings using sustainable materials that maximize energy efficiency. “The course Smart Building offers a holistic approach. Planning and innovation are essential."[read more]

2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

The plan

If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. For almost a decade, The 2030 Challenge has provided an inspirational, measurable goal for properties to reach for – and measures for figuring out how we’re doing.[read more]

Big Office Buildings In 'First Tier' U.S. Cities Still in the Lead on Being Green

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Minneapolis remains ahead of other cities

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index cover finds that buildings going green is primarily a “first tier city phenomenon” and much more common in large office buildings, than it is in small office buildings. Minneapolis took the top spot once again, with more than 70% of all office space considered ‘green’.[read more]

After 350 Years of Innovation Saint-Gobain Looks to Building a Sustainable Future

The company’s new HQ in Philadelphia

It is extremely rare for an organization of any type or size to mark 350 years in existence, never mind 350 years of continued success and innovation. On June 3, I spent the day with representatives of sustainable building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, a USGBC Platinum-level member, in celebration of their 350th anniversary.[read more]

Transforming Melbourne: Are Tall Buildings the Best Solution for a Growing City?

June 16, 2015 by This Big City

Melbourne’s population growth shows no sign of slowing. Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures estimate the city could become home to almost 8 million people by 2053. The new plan is to build upwards, but is that really the best option?[read more]

The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

On tour of Chinese buildings

In May, I had the privilege to travel to China to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. We were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China.[read more]

All American Federally Assisted Housing Must Now Be Green

June 10, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

This will advance green building across the USA.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined that adoption of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code for single family homes and the 2007 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers 90.1 for multifamily buildings will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of HUD and USDA assisted housing.[read more]

35-Story Carbon Neutral Timber Skyscraper Proposed for Paris

June 9, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

A proposed 35 story carbon neutral wood skyscraper

Vancouver architect Michael Green has proposed a 35 story carbon neutral wood skyscraper for the Reinvent Paris competition, a bold effort by local authorities to inspire innovations in urban design and sustainability that will revitalize Parisian architecture.[read more]