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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]

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]

One World Trade Center is the tallest LEED building in the Western Hemisphere

October 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

This post originally appeared on our sister publication, Construction Dive. Our mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird's-eye-view of the construction industry in 60 seconds. To subscribe to our daily newsletter click here.Dive Brief:The 104-story, 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center tower has been awarded LEED...[read more]

Concrete conundrum: Understanding the building material's environmental impact

October 4, 2016 by Construction Dive

Concrete has always been in indicator of "civilization." Since its invention in the 19th century, humans have used concrete not only to tame nature but, in many cases, to pave right over it. As a result, the hard-wearing material can be found nearly everywhere there are people.[read more]

Asbestos: A Timeline of Building Hazards

June 28, 2016 by Matt Rhoney

Have you ever seen a home or building that needed great repair? If you’ve ever watched a house or building be demolished you’ve probably witnessed all of the inner dealings and workings that helped bring it together. From the foundation that was laid down to the cement and paint that was applied after building. Any builder knows that...[read more]

Downtown Los Angeles Experiences a Boom in Shipping Cargo Container Architecture

June 24, 2016 by The Global Grid

Since residents of Los Angeles understand that environmental issues and sustainability are important, there is always a search for building materials that are more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. The latest trend to hit downtown Los Angeles – cargo shipping containers. While the idea of a shipping container replacing an...[read more]


Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

Your School Needs Effective Solid Waste Management

January 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The fact that solid waste in schools is fast increasing cannot be overemphasized. This is attributed to increased population in schools. If you are a school manager or a city-county waste management coordinator, discover simple yet effective procedures of managing solid waste in your school.[read more]

LEED Dynamic Plaque Coming to a Building Near You

January 11, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

With LEED Dynamic Plaques starting to appear in building lobbies it is a good time to understand this new U.S. Green Building Council platform. It is a whole lot more than a 7 lb. display unit.[read more]

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

December 25, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containersfor the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate.[read more]

Students of Nantes, France Utilize A “City Lab” to Test Urban Innovations

December 11, 2015 by The Global Grid

The “city lab” is a space to test all of these factors to scale. For architect and professor Christian Devilliers, “It is not the shape of the city that will change, but rather its uses.” And it is exactly these new uses that one can prototype in the “city labs.”[read more]