The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

Founder and chairman Bob Fincher used part of his summer vacation to tour Midwest companies that are championing the integration of green technologies and tactics into our homes and other buildings. Here's what he found.

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Research expects market value to surpass $36 billion by 2024

Does your building pass the comfort test?

Does your building pass the comfort test?

Occupants forever too hot or too cold? New test can help find the problem and help people chill.

3 things you should know about building-integrated solar power

3 things you should know about building-integrated solar power

BIPV products deliver savings in materials and utility costs, reduce a building's carbon footprint, and may add another layer of architectural appeal.

McDonald's new headquarters gives the environment a break

McDonald's new headquarters gives the environment a break

The ground floor is home to a one-of-a-kind McDonald’s restaurant that features a rotating menu of favorites from around the globe.

Retailers leading DOE energy reduction programs

Retailers leading DOE energy reduction programs

The sector faces a cumulative energy bill of $41 billion a year with diverse building types.

Oregon wine tasting room crushes first Living Building Certification

Oregon wine tasting room crushes first Living Building Certification

Built entirely of materials containing no toxic chemicals, the tasting room at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden has superior indoor air quality and a warm, comfortable feel year-round.

Search for your lost shaker of salt in Margaritaville's green retirement communities

Search for your lost shaker of salt in Margaritaville's green retirement communities

Each home in the Latitude project was designed to provide a low-maintenance, energy-efficient lifestyle.

Historic newspaper building upcycled into urban apartments

Historic newspaper building upcycled into urban apartments

The $23-million renovation was sensitive to the historic nature of the 112-year-old building.

Harvard's student center undergoes LEED renovation

Harvard's student center undergoes LEED renovation

The project was designed to create a campus center that builds community with an emphasis on connectivity, transparency, and engagement with Harvard Square.

12-story office tower leads downtown revitalization

12-story office tower leads downtown revitalization

In 2017, the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District was honored with a Global Award of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute.

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

New 3 IN 1 tile combines protection, insulation, solar into a single product to boost energy efficiency

DOE building initiatives save $3.1 billion in energy costs

DOE building initiatives save $3.1 billion in energy costs

Partners are driving the adoption of new energy efficient equipment through targeted technology campaigns.

Luxury townhomes fuse design and technology

Luxury townhomes fuse design and technology

Builders can step away from complicated technical jargon about smart home automation and introduce it for what it is: a lifestyle.

Standalone ice arena shoots and scores first LEED Platinum rating

Standalone ice arena shoots and scores first LEED Platinum rating

1,400 solar panels will generate 40% of the building’s electrical needs.

Apple converts buildings to 100% renewable energy

Apple converts buildings to 100% renewable energy

To get to 100 percent renewable energy for its own facilities, the company worked to set an example for others to follow.

1920s department store renovation earns LEED certification

1920s department store renovation earns LEED certification

All windows were replaced in keeping with the original profiles and in compliance with National Park Service guidelines to achieve Historic Tax Credits.

Solar panels make Belize resort homes carbon neutral

Solar panels make Belize resort homes carbon neutral

With more than 85 percent of villas sold, this additional development offers more options for eco-friendly waterfront living.

High-rise wins energy contest with HVAC control upgrades

High-rise wins energy contest with HVAC control upgrades

New controls reduced tenant cooling requests from 25 to 30 calls per day to three to five per week.

Bringing new intelligence to water heaters

Bringing new intelligence to water heaters

Rheem's Triton commercial solution uses sensors to prevent catastrophes, improve efficiency

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