American International School Chennai achieves LEED first

The American International School Chennai (AISC) has been certified gold for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first pre-K-12 school in the world to achieve this status using...

Infographic: A window to making homes more energy efficient

Developers of single- and multifamily homes these days strive to make them as high performing as possible. Doing so comes with considerable benefits for both builders and buyers: Lower energy expenses Healthier indoor conditions Less maintenance Higher resale values Windows...

New insulation helps solidify thermal envelope

New insulation helps solidify thermal envelope

A new rigid foam insulation considered a fit for any vertical construction application where a high-performance building envelop is desired has been unveiled. Foam-Control MAX is a premium-grade architectural graphite polystyrene (GPS) insulation developed by ACH Foam Technologies to achieve...

N.H. bank earns LEED gold

N.H. bank earns LEED gold

The Manchester, N.H., headquarters of St. Mary’s Bank has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The rating system, developed by the U.S.

AHR Expo product brochure released

AHR Expo product brochure released

The full slate of efficient products that will be showcased at next year’s AHR Expo now are featured in a downloadable product preview. The 35-page digital brochure spotlights new air condition, heating and ventilation solutions in several categories: Air conditioning...

Denver latest city to require ‘green roofs’ on big new buildings

Denver latest city to require ‘green roofs’ on big new buildings

Denver became the latest city to require rooftop gardens or solar panels on big new buildings, which backers say will keep the outdoor air cooler, make storm water easier to manage and reduce the amount of energy burned by air...

New building guidelines show aluminum's green advantage

The Aluminum Association has released the 2017 version of Aluminum in Green Buildings – A Guide to Environmental Declarations. The updated Guidelines detail how life cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD) are awarded for green building credits in...

Steel industry releases guide to LEED v4 certification

Steel industry releases guide to LEED v4 certification

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) has released a guide to using steel construction products for the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The guide, “LEED v4...

China's sustainable housing options gets boost with energy-efficient bamboo

China's sustainable housing options gets boost with energy-efficient bamboo

China has seen a growth in sustainable housing. To solve a rising crisis of homes being destroyed from natural disasters, rural villages have been quickly building green-roofed homes. They’ve also taken advantage of the large amount of bamboo in the...

Natural light floods Frankfurt solar-powered business school

Natural light floods Frankfurt solar-powered business school

According to the World Green Building Council, students score higher on tests and learn up to 26 percent faster when placed in rooms lit by natural light. Danish practice Henning Larsen Architects took the report to heart when it designed...

Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in fully automated city

Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in fully automated city

Robots may outnumber humans in a new pioneering city billed by Saudi Arabia as "a new blueprint for sustainable life," which would be entirely powered by renewable energy and served by driverless vehicles and vertical farms. The city, called Neom,...

Research center focuses on energy efficiency

Research center focuses on energy efficiency

Rising out of the desert landscape of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, like a giant insect, Zaha Hadid Architects' unusual KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) is a non-profit institution tasked with researching more efficient uses of energy. The building...

Cal Poly Pomona earns California's first green parking certification

Cal Poly Pomona earns California's first green parking certification

Cal Poly Pomona has earned the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification for a parking structure in California. Parking Structure 2 earned a bronze certificate from Parksmart, which is a component of the U.S Green...

Trees grow on every balcony of Hanoi university building

Trees grow on every balcony of Hanoi university building

A university building in Hanoi weaves Vietnam’s tropical landscape into its checkerboard facade, with trees growing on every balcony. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the recently completed FPT University administrative building is the first phase in a greater master...

Solar-powered theater in France considered engineering feat

Solar-powered theater in France considered engineering feat

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban recently completed an innovative theater building in Paris, featuring a wall of solar panels that is movable so that it can follow the sun all day. Ban created the Seine Musicale theater building in collaboration with...

Sustainable landscaping project earns Idaho’s first SITES gold

HP Inc.’s Boise, Idaho, campus has been awarded gold under the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system. The Sustainable Landscaping Project is the first to earn a SITES certification in Idaho and the first corporate campus in the world to be...

DOE announces projects between U.S., China businesses to reduce energy consumption

Several new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models can help industry adapt new approaches and build business opportunities by improving energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities, according to the U.S....

Mass. building to be on forefront of energy efficiency

Wynn Boston Harbor is working closely with well-known international companies to implement battery technology into its building, a new technology that will help it store cheaper power purchased during off-peak hours, and contribute to an overall energy usage that is...

Green roofs represent future of urban green infrastructure

Green roofs represent future of urban green infrastructure

Research by Livingroofs.org has created the first national picture of the market for green roofs in the United Kingdom. Green infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in designing the urban realm for climate resilience, reports Planning & Building Control Today. Green...

Beijing’s Hotel Éclat green, swanky

Beijing’s Hotel Éclat green, swanky

Sustainability and luxury haven’t always gone hand in hand, but Beijing’s new Hotel Éclat is an example of the two worlds colliding in the most wonderful way. As part of the city’s new LEED platinum-certified Parkview Green complex in the...

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