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How Can Louisiana Build Back Smarter?

August 24, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Louisiana flooding / Los Angeles TimesThe flooding that hit Louisiana last week affected hundreds of thousands of people over 1,000 square miles. The intense storm claimed 13 lives, and some 30,000 needed to be rescued. Over 60,000 homes have been destroyed, and 100,000 have registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...[read more]

Eco-friendly Ways to Make Your Asphalt Repaving Green

August 24, 2016 by Sam Wade

The concept of going green is not limited to a few sectors. According to asphalt paving experts, there are a number of eco-friendly ways with which you can keep your asphalt repaving or repairing ‘green’.Types of Eco-friendly AsphaltLet us look at some of the different types of asphalt that will help you in achieving your goal of going...[read more]

Do Green Streets Actually Work for Stormwater Management?

August 22, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Green Streets have become a more common feature of the urban landscape in cities and towns across the United States and abroad. And for good reason: they provide substantial value in community aesthetics, redevelopment, livability and environmental compliance. You may know from personal experience or previous blog posts that water...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

The Importance of Commissioning and How It Helps

August 2, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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In the 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency indicator survey, 72 percent of respondents have plans to increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. “Going Green” and “Environmentally Friendly” are no longer newsworthy, trending headlines. Now, there is a growing focus on how to achieve energy...[read more]

Parks Can Do Double-Duty as Green Infrastructure

July 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Historic 4th Ward Park / Beltlandia.comCity Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), makes a strong case for leveraging public parks to manage stormwater. The report offers several useful case studies that explain the challenges and opportunities involved in...[read more]

The Value of an Integrated Sustainability Strategy for Real Estate Companies and Funds

July 26, 2016 by GBIG Insight

The 2016 installment of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit was full of friends and leaders from across the real estate industry.I had the opportunity to participate in a session moderated by Dr. Jason Hartke (DOE), David deVos (Prudential Real Estate Investors) and Jennifer McConkey (Principal Real Estate...[read more]

The Changing Design of Urban Housing

July 25, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Last week I reviewed student projects at the local architecture department. One half of the projects dealt with a dis-invested community in Baltimore with most of the design task involving housing. The other half of the projects were part of a design competition in a community in Los Angeles around a museum and a community center. ...[read more]

How to Design a Family-Friendly Urban Home

July 20, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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Single-family homes are now out of reach for 99.9% of the population. We already see families in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong embracing compact housing in order to live in cities. Here is what urban families look for in a compact attached home in the city (i.e. condo, row home, townhouse, duplex, etc.).[read more]

Improving Stormwater Control Measure Performance with Biochar

July 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Because of the tremendous potential for trees and biochar to provide stormwater benefits, we wanted to delve into the state of the science of using biochar to improve stormwater benefits of tree/soil SCMs (Stormwater Control Measures). Stormwater benefits in a nutshellYou may already know that supplemented with compost or...[read more]

Smart Buildings Evolve to Smart Offices and Enhance the Human Experience

July 8, 2016 by GBIG Insight

My longtime business mentor likes to say I’m a plant that requires sunshine for photosynthesis. While this isn’t literally true, of course, I feel best when I’m in view of natural light. I also prefer a quiet environment for work and studying, and still have fond memories of this gorgeous old library at Lehigh University.Clearly I’m not...[read more]

World's tallest Passive House-certified building rising on Cornell Tech campus

July 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The New York City Roosevelt Island campus of Cornell Tech will soon boast the world's tallest Passive House-certified building at 270 feet tall, the Engineering News-Record reported.Hudson Companies and Related Companies, who are developing the $115 million, 26-story, 536-bed dormitory, expect a 70%-90%...[read more]