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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]

Our Middle Eastern City of the Future

June 10, 2015 by Ben Schulman

Middle Eastern cities must get Smarter

As we see and hear of towns in the Middle East getting burned down, it might sound ridiculous talking of adopting the latest fancy technologies. Yet Dubai has a goal to be one of the happiest cities in ten years and has a smart city agenda to help it achieve that. It is always the right time for urban planners, entrepreneurs, techies, venture capitalists and others to work together.[read more]

How Climate Change Affects Building Design

June 8, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Iterative testing is the key

Building Information Modelling (BIM) in architecture and building design allows for data to be captured and displayed through visualization tools that can help to consider factors such as temperature, humidity, wind conditions, and sky conditions in a design. The achievement of a net zero energy build should always be the end goal.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

Malé: Can This City on the Sea Ever Become Sustainable?

June 3, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Beautiful – but sustainable?

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Maldives is on Malé, one of the most densely populated islands in the world. It faces a host of challenges arising from the fact that everything needed in terms of infrastructure has to be located in the city. It can therefore be seen as a paradigm of any city trying to become sustainable.[read more]

The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Save two for the price of one.

There's hidden energy costs in the water used by our buildings and industries, and hidden water costs in the energy generation industry. Understanding the links means you can serve sustainability by reducing both at once – a win-win scenario.[read more]

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park

Lurais has won planning approval.

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. Lurais is now in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood, which will shine in the areas of water treatment, environmental health, communal spaces, energy-saving techniques, and waste management.[read more]


UK Cities Should Generate Their Own Energy Says National Trust Energy Expert

May 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Freiberg, Germany

British cities should generate their own energy instead of relying on rural areas to do so, said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert yesterday. He was speaking on a panel discussion on the opening day of the Hay Festival of Green Ideas.[read more]

Only A Third of Businesses and Politicians Think A Deal at Paris' Climate Talks Will Succeed

May 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The lacking in confidence barometer

A ‘climate barometer’ to measure confidence levels amongst business leaders and politicians in delivering a strong outcome at COP21 and in the low carbon economy shows a rating of just 33% - or ‘changeable’. This is broken down as 33.2% for businesses, 38.7% for governments and 27.2% for international organizations.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

Overall GHG Emissions Are Not Decreasing Due To Californian Climate Change Regulations

May 19, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Net GHG emissions from California

Californian state policies designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, seen as pioneering in the rest of the world, are not actually having a measurable effect because they have resulted in a massive displacement of former state businesses and residents to other locations with higher per-capita CO2e emission levels.[read more]

Are Industrial Facilities Too Large and Complex for LEED?

Industrial-Scale LEED

Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Can LEED evaluate both? Yes.[read more]