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Leasing begins for Perch Harlem apartment building — built to Passive House standards

October 24, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Perch Harlem, a seven-story, 34-unit multifamily building built to Passive House standards, is now leasing, according to Builder magazineLocated in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Harlem, NY, the project includes units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with rents priced from the $2,600s. This is the...[read more]

Designing a Greener City: Green Driveway Ideas

October 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith

The following are a few green driveway options that you can prevent these issues and create a greener driveway.[read more]

For a green warehouse, start small

October 21, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:Executives looking to green their warehouses but discouraged by the high costs of the most proven tactics can make five cost-efficient changes to achieve a more green distribution center, Industrial Distribution reports.Rethinking the usage paths of every day machines, providing a driver comfort station to reduce...[read more]


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]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Minnesota real estate developer tackles 'beyond ambitious' energy retrofit

October 14, 2016 by Utility Dive

Madison Equities' comprehensive energy retrofit of three buildings in downtown St. Paul, Minn., will save enough energy to power a small town, according to Minnesota Public Radio.[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]