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Honda: Designing More Than Just Sustainable Cars

March 23, 2017 by Greenhouse Gnome

On the University of California’s Davis campus sits a live-in model of the future of home design. Known as the Honda Smart Home, the building boasts more than just curbside appeal. Using passive house design, rooftop solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and greywater capture, the Honda Smart Home was awarded the Best Demonstration Home of 2014 by Green Builder Media.[read more]

Urban Soundscapes: Creating Quiet Spaces in a Roaring City

March 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

"Soundscape" re­fers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans (human activities, sounds of mechanical origin, etc.). How can designers ensure that quiet spaces exist in the middle of a roaring city?[read more]

Our Interaction with Nature Doesn’t End When We Age

March 16, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Senior care facility, Phoenix, AZ / Dr. Lori ReynoldsWhen an older person loses their cognitive and motor functions, how do they maintain a connection to nature? This is the central question for Dr. Lori Reynolds, a clinical professor of occupational therapy, and landscape architect Brad Smith, ASLA. For a senior care facility in Phoenix...[read more]

Builders eye certifications, products for greener homes

March 15, 2017 by Construction Dive

Homebuilders are getting greener, both in the products and practices they use and in the certifications they and their clients seek for their finished projects[read more]

Preserving Trees on a Development Site: Contractor’s Best Practices

March 14, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Good design preserves existing trees during a development project. However, the most tree-sensitive design will not be enough if tree-friendly building practices are not in place. Many times a tree that was damaged during development may not show symptoms of decline for a few years, so the cause and effect is often not obvious unless an...[read more]

US scores D+ in infrastructure report card

March 13, 2017 by Construction Dive

The mark from the American Society of Civil Engineers remains unchanged from 2013, but the amount needed to repair infrastructure has risen by $1 trillion.[read more]

Activity-based workplace design boosts employee well-being

March 10, 2017 by Construction Dive

A new white paper from New York–based architecture and planning firm Perkins Eastman and Ontario, Canada–based Three H Furniture Systems outlines the health and worker productivity benefits of activity-based workplace design.[read more]

VA considers energy-efficiency update to residential building code

March 8, 2017 by Construction Dive

Efforts to make energy-efficiency updates to Virginia’s residential new construction code are facing pushback from homebuilders who say the changes will raise the cost to build.[read more]

10 Common Ground Principles for Affordable Housing

March 7, 2017 by Jillian Glover

Paul Kershaw, co-founder of Generation Squeeze, speaking at an affordability rally on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery on May 24, 2015 When it comes to affordable housing, what can we all agree needs to be done?Last year, Generation Squeeze brought together a group of housing sector leaders in Vancouver to take a big picture approach...[read more]

Leeds’ Urban Renewal Brings Trees to the City CentreSilva Cell Case Study

March 7, 2017 by Leda Marritz

The City of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is the second largest legal and financial center in the UK, as well as one of its most rapidly growing cities. In recent years, Leeds’ City Council has undertaken major urban renewal and redevelopment initiatives to help strengthen the local economy and to continue to develop the city as a...[read more]

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Green Building: How Heavy Construction Can Be Eco-Conscious

March 6, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Since recycling can save businesses money, other environmentally friendly construction practices are becoming increasingly popular across the globe.[read more]

MIT startup Sistine Solar debuts camouflaging photovoltaics

March 2, 2017 by Construction Dive

Rooftop photovoltaic systems have long faced the challenge of melding efficacy and aesthetics, with the former usually winning out over the latter. A new startup out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is tackling that disparity with a PV panel system that blends into the roof.[read more]