Plan for world's largest greenhouse blossoming

Plan for world's largest greenhouse blossoming

The world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof soon will take shape, featuring waterfalls and an array of plants. The French design firm Coldefy & Associates has unveiled plans to construct the $62 million single-domed structure in the Pas-de-Calais area....

Netherlands to increase wind production

Netherlands to increase wind production

As it looks to increase alternative energy production alternatives, the Dutch government plans to build three more offshore wind farms. That’s in addition to five new wind farms already agreed upon in the nation’s Energy Agreement. The government’s goal is...

Toolkit helping local governments put data to work

An increase in building energy benchmarking policies at the state and local levels has produced an abundance of data with potential for actionable energy-efficient approaches. However, city staff and program administrators often do not have access to proper resources or...

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Touted as Japan’s largest floating solar plant, a new 13.7 megawatt (MW) site has begun operation. Sitting on the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, the 44-acre plant is managed by the waterworks bureau of Chiba Prefecture for...

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings for the first time. Government officials challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of the new tool to demonstrate their commitment to green growth and to...

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the next step for the LEED rating systems: LEED v4.1. This incremental step in the evolution of the world’s green building rating system is key in achieving the goal of green buildings and...

Starbucks brewing up sustainability at Yosemite

Starbucks brewing up sustainability at Yosemite

Coffee giant Starbucks has opened its first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park in the nation’s most popular park. The sign-less shop is inside the recently remodeled Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National...

4 features for healthy, green schools

Since 2014, the World Green Building Council and its Green Building Councils have led the way on communicating the benefits of green buildings to people through the Better Places for People project. Work on offices, retail and residential buildings has...

Report proposes 10 principles for building resilience

Report proposes 10 principles for building resilience

A new report from the Urban Land Institute's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines 10 fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions. That resiliency enables communities to successfully anticipate, respond to and recover from both immediate shocks such...

Detection, auditing help property managers save water

Detection, auditing help property managers save water

All pipes and fixtures deteriorate and decay with time. The older the system, the more vulnerable it is. Corrosion and rust accumulation, differential settlement, the wearing away of seals and fixtures, dislocation of joints, vibratory damage, blockage due to clogging...

Infographic: How LEED rating systems develop

Infographic: How LEED rating systems develop

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that provides independent verification of a building’s green features. The program encourages the design, construction, operation and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.

10 ways to keep tenants happy by ensuring indoor air quality

Since most people spend more than 80 percent of their time indoors, it is important to ensure that high levels of indoor air quality are maintained. It not only affects the health of the occupants, but also severely decreases employee...

Schneider Electric launches renewable energy services to help Australian companies

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and sustainability, has launched new services to assist Australian businesses in the adoption of low-cost renewable energy, through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other projects. The rapid closure of...

Sustainable 'Smart City' grows in Thailand

Sustainable 'Smart City' grows in Thailand

When it launched in July 2015, WHIZDOM 101 in Bangkok, Thailand, was dubbed “The Great Good Place.” The project, officials said, represented a step into the future and was designed to be a one-stop world for a person’s every need,...

Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

The nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, has become the world’s first airport to be awarded precertification under the LEED for Communities program. As part of a larger effort at the airport, the Department of Aviation’s Planning and Development (P&D)...

Electrochromic glass market an emerging green-building initiative

Electrochromic glass market an emerging green-building initiative

The global electrochromic glass market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 16.8 percent over the next several years, according to a new report. The overall market value is projected to jump to $6.22 billion by 2024, up...

Belize eco-resort to offer 100% carbon-neutral villas

Belize eco-resort to offer 100% carbon-neutral villas

A new eco-resort in Belize will feature an inventory of carbon-neutral luxury residences – a first for the Caribbean. The Itz’ana Resort & Residences complex will offer four- and five-bedroom villas that are carbon neutral, built with locally-sourced materials and...

Canadian community earns platinum certification

Canadian community earns platinum certification

A mixed-use residential and commercial real estate development in Victoria, British Columbia, recently earned a major environmental recognition.

Fannie Mae recognized as largest issuer of green bonds

The Climate Bond Initiative, as part of the Third Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards, recognized Fannie Mae as the 2017 Largest Issuer of Green Bonds in the world. The awards are a globally recognized symbol of innovation and achievement in...

Hawaii college aims to be nation's first with battery-powered renewable energy

Hawaii college aims to be nation's first with battery-powered renewable energy

The University of Hawai'i plans for its Maui College campus to soon be among the first in the nation to generate 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems coupled with battery storage. The project is part...

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