Infographic: The benefits of sustainable engineering

Climate change, pollution-related illnesses and energy costs have prompted engineers and architects to develop green solutions. New residential and commercial building and renovations are designed to be more environmentally friendly, thereby reducing emissions, illnesses and energy consumption. Using sustainable practices...

N.Y. congregation takes leap of faith, embraces geothermal

  The decision to move from a conventional oil heating system to a less traditional geothermal system was a leap of faith for the congregation of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.

Developer: Annual heating bill for Vancouver’s newest green building occupants to be $60 or less

The builder of an under-construction rental building in Vancouver says it is so efficient, heating bills could be $60 or less – for an entire year. The 77-unit, six-story King Edward Villa, expected to be complete this summer, has been...

Nestlé Purina factories achieve zero waste to landfill status

Five North American Nestlé Purina factories – spanning dog food, cat food and litter – have achieved zero waste to landfill status, according to a press release. The milestone marks Purina's first zero waste facilities in North America and supports...

Montana State facility earns energy efficiency recognition

Jabs Hall at Montana State University has earned high honors for its energy-efficient and sustainable design and construction, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The building, home to the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, earned LEED gold certification...

Food processing facility recognized for expansion

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's Boardman, Ore., processing facility has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The design, construction and operations at the 505,000-square-foot processing facility – known as...

Funeral business builds eco-funeral parlor with green technology

A funeral home in England is looking to help green its industry with solar power and other eco-friendly practices. Death can be an energy-intensive, toxic and wasteful process – the embalming, ornate coffins, elaborate funerals and cremation. But it doesn’t have to be so environmentally destructive.

Report: California leading nation in renewable energy production

While California consumes the second largest amount of energy in the nation, it is also one of the most energy-efficient states, according to a new report. Compared to all other states, California ranks among the lowest in the nation for...

Roxul's new headquarters a 'golden' site

Roxul's new headquarters a 'golden' site

The new North American headquarters for stone wool insulation producer Roxul Inc. ranks among Ontario, Canada’s most energy-efficient buildings. The facility in Milton has earned LEED gold certification in the new construction category, according to a press release. Leadership in...

Japan firm imagines future floating sustainable cities

Shimizu Corp., the Japanese firm working with State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute on Japan’s $25 million demonstration project at SUNY Poly’s new ZEN building in Albany, is imaging a future where there are man made, self-sufficient floating...

Cornell University building world's largest Passive House structure

Cornell University building world's largest Passive House structure

The world’s largest and tallest high-rise building built to Passive House standards is coming to Roosevelt Island in New York, according to website Inhabitat. Commissioned by Cornell University for its new Cornell Tech Campus, the sustainability-focused residential tower designed by...

Cinemas exploring sustainability measures

Cinemas exploring sustainability measures

The world’s leading businesses, from the largest corporations to the corner coffee shop, are moving forward with sustainability programs that improve their business operations and serve their marketplace and surrounding communities in more efficient and less wasteful ways. The exhibition...

San Francisco tower earns top LEED rating

One of Kilroy Realty Corp.’s most recent office projects in San Francisco has achieved LEED Platinum certification under the Core & Shell rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Four factors to consider when designing a green building

When it comes to designing a green building there are a host of factors planners should look at to help make their project as efficient and sustainable as possible. Here are five considerations planners ought to review up front, according to the website Standard Digital: 1.

PATH Act extends deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings

Near the end of last year, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, a broader, bipartisan tax bill that extended (and in certain instances, made permanent) over 50 expiring provisions of...

Hotel LEED-ing the way among Illinois' best buildings

Every year, the U.S. Green Building Council names the top U.S.

Work begins on Kansas City's first multifamily Passive House Institute-certified buildings

A new apartment complex going up in Kansas City’s River Market will use “greener than green” building techniques. The $62 million project is unique in its Passive House Institute-certified construction, a building method that is more energy efficient than the...

Modine geothermal/water-sourced heat pumps achieve AHRI certification

Modine’s geothermal and water-sourced heat pump systems have earned the trusted AHRI (Air conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) Certified mark, an assurance of the product’s performance, according to a company release. AHRI certification of HVACR equipment is a demonstration of...

High-performing building provides hope for homeless

A cornerstone of Portland, Ore.’s strategy to end homelessness in 10 years is Bud Clark Commons. The mixed-use project composed of a day center and housing brings people of need and a range of services designed to treat the causes...

Tool takes PULSE of airtightness

The University of Nottingham in England has developed a test for measuring the airtightness of buildings to help eliminate drafts, improve energy efficiency and reduce heating bills. The PULSE test helps establish and minimize the infiltration rate of cold air...

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