AIA 2030 Commitment to measure green progress

Engineers can now join architects in signing up for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment to measure progress towards reducing energy and carbon in the design of buildings. The program provides a framework of energy targets, metrics and...

Copper Development Association names sustainability award winners

“Architects and contractors continue to develop innovative and impressive designs that speak to copper’s formability, durability and unique weathering characteristics,” said Stephen Knapp, director of the Copper Development Association’s Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council to Construction Specifier magazine. “Copper may...

Avitru, UL announce partnership for access to sustainability database

According to a press release, Avitru, the developer of AIA MasterSpec, announced a partnership with UL, the developer of UL SPOT, to collaborate and develop a sustainable product database that will enable MasterSpec users to access product sustainability data from...

World Bank increases support for clean, renewable energy in Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $55 million to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily. The additional financing to the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II)...

New ASHRAE standard defines requirements for integrating energy modeling into design

ASHRAE has published a new standard describing a methodology to apply building energy modeling throughout the design process. ASHRAE Standard 209-2018, Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings except Low Rise Residential Buildings, defines minimum requirements for providing energy design assistance...

Cintas center recognized for waste diversion

Cintas’ Reno, Nev., distribution center has received gold under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification system administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The facility was certified as a result of diverting at least 90 percent...

Green infrastructure options available to state legislators

State legislators have opportunities to advance sustainability through policy that helps transform the way communities are designed, built and operated. The U.S. Green Building Council’s new Green Infrastructure Menu of State Policy Options includes a range of leading legislative options for state lawmakers.

Utilities can help support LEED ambitions

Utilities can help support LEED ambitions

LEED is guiding design teams to work early in the process to set energy targets and to study optimal system configurations for their designs. Beyond the prerequisite standard performance needed to achieve LEED certification, the Optimize Energy Performance credit affords...

Millions in funding available for geothermal drilling research, development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office plans to dole out up to $14.5 million to advance geothermal energy development nationwide. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy funding opportunity announcement will focus on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating...

Colo. building university's third to earn LEED status

The General Classroom Building at Colorado State University-Pueblo has received LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The university says the three-story 40,000-square-foot facility, which opened in fall 2015, was designed and constructed to save 35 percent...

AIA honors top 10 sustainable buildings of 2018

AIA honors top 10 sustainable buildings of 2018

As a lead-up to Earth Day, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced the 2018 recipients of its COTE Top Ten Awards. Honoring projects that have surpassed rigorous thresholds in integration, energy use, water conservation...

Century-old building in sustainability spotlight

Century-old building in sustainability spotlight

On its 100th anniversary, Montreal’s Sun Life Building has earned a top environmental honor. The building received BOMA BEST platinum certification, the highest distinction awarded to buildings for outstanding environmental performance and management. The Sun Life Building, owned by Sun...

New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

A new database provides insight into wind turbines in use across the country. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S.

Stanford center West Coast’s first LEED platinum children’s hospital

Stanford center West Coast’s first LEED platinum children’s hospital

The new main building at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., which opened in December 2017, is one of just five new...

Wells Fargo dedicates $200 billion for sustainable financing

Wells Fargo dedicates $200 billion for sustainable financing

Wells Fargo plans to provide $200 billion in financing to sustainable businesses and projects by 2030, with more than 50 percent focused on clean technology and renewable energy transactions that directly support the transition to a low-carbon economy. The company,...

Multifamily community first in Va. county to receive LEED platinum

Multifamily community first in Va. county to receive LEED platinum

An apartment building in Clarendon, Va., has earned LEED platinum status from the United States Green Building Council, the first multifamily community in Arlington County to do so. Ten at Clarendonis a luxury apartment building with live-work spaces on the...

Sustainable complex earns LEED first for Malta

A recently opened office block on Malta’s Tigné Point has been awarded LEED gold accreditation, the first development on the peninsula of the Mediterranean island nation to earn the recognition. The honor, officials said, confirms The Centre’s commitment to achieving...

3-D models help build energy data

3-D models help build energy data

As climate experts present an action plan to render Helsinki, Finland, carbon neutral by 2035, the city is using 3-D technology to help determine the energy efficiency of its structures. The effort is designed to compile all energy-related data on...

Orioles stadium hits environmental home run

Orioles stadium hits environmental home run

The grass and seats aren’t the only things green about Camden Yards. Oriole Park has become the first existing Major League Baseball stadium to be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, reports The Baltimore Sun....

Bowling Green renovation earns LEED-ing recognition

A renovation at Bowling Green State University has earned a top environmental honor. The revamp of University Hall recently received LEED gold recognition, according to a release from the school. The renovation, designed by BHDP Architecture, welcomed students in fall...

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