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Is Cheap Roof-Mounted PV Redefining the Design Rules for Net-Zero Buildings?

Net Zero Court zero emissions office building

Designing buildings for low energy and indoor environmental quality are not necessarily compatible goals. In a recent professional development workshop survey on net-zero buildings, the most popular design solution was a short, deep plan building with the majority of the budget invested in roof-mounted PV.[read more]

100% Renewable Energy For Cities – Is It Possible? Our Webinar Report

July 1, 2015 by David Thorpe

PV wall in Barcelona

On 24 June SCC hosted a webinar on Can cities go 100% renewable energy?The answer is not only 'yes' but 'many already are'. Here is a report of the webinar.ContextArthouros Zervos, chair of REN21 launching the new Renewables 2015 Global Status...[read more][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]

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Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

June 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

The launch at Formula E

Following the webinar last week on Sustainable Cities Collective about the many cities committed to aimng for 100% Renewable Energy, leading businesses are publicizing their own commitment to the same target and chalenging others to follow their example, citing the many benefits of doing so.[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]

Does This Change Everything? What the Pope Says About Climate Change

June 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

The cover of Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

An encyclical signifying the support of the Catholic Church for action against climate change has been leaked, in advance of the speech Pope Francis was due to make this week. In it he calls for a change in lifestyles and energy consumption in order to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem". But he says much more...[read more]

World Wildlife Fund HQ's Green Roof Is Washington's 3rd Largest

Sedums galore!

WWF's U.S. HQ's green roof was built to conserve resources, limit waste & pollution, and protect the environment. It has 11 types sedum plants, a solar water heating system and is the 3rd largest green roof in Washington DC.[read more]

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How Cities and Regions May Save One Fifth of Nations' Carbon Emissions

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities and regions are acting on climate change

Actions by cities and regions could save the lion's share of global greenhouse gas emissions not accounted for at the national level by 2020, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They could save 60% or 1.08 GtCO2e.[read more]

How To Use Geothermal Heat Pumps To Save Running Costs in LEED v.4

June 10, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Coils for a ground source heat pump

Understanding how LEED credits apply to the geothermal industry, how to pursue points using geothermal technologies, and how the changes in v.4 fit into the geothermal heat pump energy sector value chain can unlock business value for manufacturers, design firms and service providers.[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]

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]