Acute care hospital a gold facility

Acute care hospital a gold facility

Humber River Hospital, one of Canada's largest acute care hospitals, has earned LEED gold certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Considered one of the most energy efficient acute care hospitals in North America, officials said Humber River Hospital...

Conn. hospital aims to go green with new building

Conn. hospital aims to go green with new building

Stamford Hospital’s new building is designed to take only as many breaths as it needs. As they prepared to observe Earth Day this past week, officials with the Connecticut hospital said their institution’s flagship 650,000-square-foot structure that opened last September...

Southeast sees surge in net-zero schools

Relatively constant energy demand, large roofs for solar panels, and long-term interest driving trend.

Conference explores why Asia slow to catch on to green buildings

Conference explores why Asia slow to catch on to green buildings

Green buildings are good for the environment and ultimately can save lots of money. So why are so few buildings piercing Asian skylines with sustainability in mind? According to a report by Research and Markets, the number of green buildings...

New asphalt roofing EPDs to aid green building projects

New asphalt roofing EPDs to aid green building projects

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has completed a multi-year effort to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs) for asphalt roofing systems. These five new documents provide information that building and construction professionals can use to support environmental aspects of roof...

Green-roofed wooden tower in Lagos maximizes daylight, natural ventilation

Green-roofed wooden tower in Lagos maximizes daylight, natural ventilation

A new green-roofed wooden tower planned for Lagos features a perforated envelope inspired by indigenous cultures of the area. Hermann Kamte & Associates designed the experimental structure as an alternative to the massive concrete buildings that dominate the city, reports...

Geothermal advances provide peek underground

Geothermal advances provide peek underground

Energy sources originating from beneath the Earth’s surface satisfy more than 80 percent of total U.S. energy needs, and a key energy challenge today is to ensure safe, sustainable and affordable availability of these natural resources in the subsurface. A key issue, however, is being able to “see” what is in the subsurface.

Green roofs help building owners save green

Green roofs help building owners save green

The demand for green design is challenging architectural product suppliers to come up with high-quality, cost-effective and sustainable alternatives. Among those are green roof systems, also known as living roofs. Green roofs solve a couple of problems, according to GB&D Magazine. Many urban areas struggle to drain excess rainwater.

Montreal library racks up green building awards

Montreal library racks up green building awards

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric...

Wood research library demonstrates opportunities to build sustainable structures

Wood research library demonstrates opportunities to build sustainable structures

Over the past several years, there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies. To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties,...

Green urban rooftops blossoming

Green urban rooftops blossoming

Vegetative roofs have become more common in Minnesota and across the country as developers and building owners go green on their crowns to save money and reduce their environmental footprints. Downtown Minneapolis boasts one of the largest green roofs in...

Ill. private school receives LEED platinum for new wing

Ill. private school receives LEED platinum for new wing

Evanston private school Chiaravalle Montessori received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED platinum certification — the organization’s highest level of environmental building — for its North Wing addition, according to a news release. The wing, which cost $7 million and...

Oman unveils first 'green' smart building

Oman unveils first 'green' smart building

Oman-based Teejan Group of Companies has launched its first solar-powered building project for smart offices. The Taj will take shape on a 3,942-square-meter area in the Ghala region of the sultanate, according to Trade Arabia. The Taj will boast a...

Farming skyscraper could fight poverty, feed world

Farming skyscraper could fight poverty, feed world

A proposed African skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design is created to fight world hunger and poverty. Designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski pitched the Mashambas Skyscraper for rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa as a...

Think green: 5 sustainable office building design ideas

Think green: 5 sustainable office building design ideas

Making green improvements to an office design has a beneficial impact not only on energy costs, but also on employee wellness and productivity. Energy efficient commercial buildings are more comfortable to work in, have better air quality and use less...

Tyvek marks 50 years in use

Tyvek marks 50 years in use

One of the most common materials used to create the thermal envelopes of commercial buildings and homes is marking its golden anniversary. DuPont Protection Solutions announced the 50th anniversary of DuPont Tyvek, a nonwoven material that has enabled protection, security...

Porous Pave creates sustainable grounds for Mass. association

Porous Pave creates sustainable grounds for Mass. association

When the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) began creating its Living Landscape Laboratory to showcase green building practices, it also chose to use Porous Pave XL as its permeable paving material. APCC is a nonprofit environmental organization working to...

New technologies aim to make buildings more efficient

New technologies aim to make buildings more efficient

What do LEDs, high-efficiency washers and dryers, and smart thermostats have in common? All were developed with help from researchers at U.S. national laboratories. But these energy efficiency innovations didn’t reach homeowners and building developers overnight.

London office first non-U.S. Fitwel facility

London office first non-U.S. Fitwel facility

Integral Group has certified its London office under Fitwel, becoming the first Fitwel certified workplace outside of North America, according to a press release. Fitwel is a third-party certification system designed to help organizations enhance health, well-being and productivity in...

Drainage approach helps Milwaukee schools protect building roofs

Focusing on protecting the roofs of its buildings has saved Milwaukee Public Schools considerable time and money over the last two decades. The district partnered with Atlas Roofing Corp., with the organizations repairing, replacing and maintaining more than 200 roofs...

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