Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

A new U.S. Department of Energy report highlights the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies: wind turbines, solar technologies for both utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles (EVs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Revolution…Now is annually updated and describes...

UL puts 'SPOT'-light on product sustainability information

UL puts 'SPOT'-light on product sustainability information

UL has introduced SPOT, a web-based product sustainability information tool designed to facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. Currently featuring more than 40,000...

MassMutual earns environmental stewardship gold

The headquarters for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual) has been awarded LEED gold using the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, the company announced. The building previously achieved LEED silver in recognition of the company's ongoing progress with its...

ASHRAE, IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

ASHRAE, IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013...

Commercial real estate industry continues to make progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, water use

Commercial real estate industry continues to make progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, water use

Many of the world's leading commercial real estate owners and managers are making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and water usage in their buildings, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center...

White paper details employment economics of sustainability

ConstructConnect, a leading North American provider of construction information and technology solutions, has released a new white paper that provides a comprehensive review on the employment economics of sustainability. Green Jobs Growth: Employment Projections For A Sustainable Future by Chief...

Green buildings improve occupant’s cognitive function, health

Green buildings improve occupant’s cognitive function, health

New research shows that occupants of high-performing, certified green buildings have higher cognitive functionality and experience fewer sick days. The new study from Harvard University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, supported by United Technologies, suggests that there may be an...

New white paper explores true costs of sustainable design

New white paper explores true costs of sustainable design

To say the architectural, engineering and construction industries in Australia knows the importance of leaving the smallest carbon footprint behind would be an understatement. Not only do industry benchmarks like the Green Star Rating system drive almost every practice’s design...

Google launches app for environmentally-friendly building

Google launches app for environmentally-friendly building

Tech giant Google plans to collect and analyze data to help companies to reduce their environmental footprints and make it all available through a new app. Google’s sustainability officer Kate Brandt recently highlighted the company’s sustainable projects, including the plan...

New tool shows value of LEED points

New tool shows value of LEED points

A new software program more than five years in the making addresses one of the missing pieces in LEED certification — quantifying the value of going through the process. At the annual Greenbuild Expo last week in Los Angeles, Impact...

Toyota looks to unveil first LEED platinum dealership

Toyota looks to unveil first LEED platinum dealership

Toyota soon plans to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses. Toyota of...

LEED-certified buildings surging in India

LEED-certified buildings surging in India

With more than 40 percent of India's population projected to be in urban areas by 2030, the volume of green buildings will increase dramatically, reaching 20 percent of all building stock by 2018, according to a new report. Strong financial...

New technology platform to drive building performance within green industry

A new technology organization launching later this year will be designed to further the performance of the green building industry and the built environment as a whole, officials announced this week. The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) unveiled arc, during...

Survey: When it comes to sustainable building, cost still major barrier

Survey: When it comes to sustainable building, cost still major barrier

Sustainable building practices are becoming more common, but are still seen as cost-prohibitive by many building and real estate leaders, according to a recent study by construction management firm Structure Tone. The anonymous survey, which was sent to a select...

UAE hotels have significant potential for energy, water use savings

UAE hotels have significant potential for energy, water use savings

UAE hotels can experience significant energy and water savings through existing technologies, a new report says. The “Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels” report by Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by...

Air pollution making office workers less productive

Air pollution making office workers less productive

First-of-its-kind Harvard study shows robust relationship between daily poor air quality levels and worker output

Better Buildings initiative expanding to increase efficiency of U.S. labs

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated...

Intel building 'smart' Israel development center

Intel building 'smart' Israel development center

Israel's largest high-tech company, Intel Israel, is moving its 2,500 development personnel into a new building in Petah Tikva, reports Israeli business website Globes. The 34,000-square-meter building will learn the habits of every employee who chooses to disclose personal information,...

Sustainability center to provide exciting work environment for staff, students

Community representatives, students, faculty, staff and university officials were on hand recently for the official ground-breaking of the California State University-Northridge Associated Students Sustainability Center. The new facility will consist of a one-story 3,000-square-foot administrative building and a 5,000-square-foot covered...

U.S. building owners support healthier buildings to improve employee wellness

U.S. building owners support healthier buildings to improve employee wellness

Report: Design, construction industries poised for wider adoption of building practices that prioritize the physical, mental, social well-being of tenants

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