New N.Y. college campus to feature green roofs

New N.Y. college campus to feature green roofs

Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus in a former Kodak building in Rochester, N.Y., will feature a number of upgrades and amenities for students and staff. Some of those changes involve the way the building fits into the environment, reports...

India's capital features world's first 'green' local metro network

India's capital features world's first 'green' local metro network

New Delhi's city rail transit system, Delhi Metro Railway Corp. (DMRC) has been named the world's first completely "green" metro system. The Indian Green Building Council awarded the capital's rail system the world-first status for adhering to the green building...

Report: U.S. roofing market on 'environmental fast track'

The U.S. roofing market started to see slow growth in 2016 despite the recent decline in both the U.S.

Edmonton’s first shipping container apartment complex takes shape

Edmonton’s first shipping container apartment complex takes shape

A new development here in Edmonton, Alberta, is ushering in sustainable living. The Canadian multifamily development uses modular construction, but unlike the traditional stick-built structures, the low-rise apartment is made of shipping containers—a first in the city, reports Vue Weekly....

Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

The Houston Skybox One Data Center has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a release. The 96,129-square-foot purpose-built facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in...

6 ways to keep buildings cool in summer with cool roofs

6 ways to keep buildings cool in summer with cool roofs

As we close in on the dog days of summer, building owners and managers are considering ways to keep their cooling costs down. This can be a particularly critical issue for anyone planning to construct a new building or planning...

Smog-eating ‘vertical forest tower’ to feature luxury apartments, 300 species of plants

Smog-eating ‘vertical forest tower’ to feature luxury apartments, 300 species of plants

A smog-eating tower will soon go up in the Netherlands city of Utrecht. On the outside, 10,000 trees and shrubs — nearly half the amount found in New York’s Central Park — will fill the skyscraper’s facade, roof and balconies....

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

What once was a medical building in Independence, Mo., is now a sustainability standout. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the new Independence Utilities Center with a highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, according to a press release.

Bamboo building withstands floods, storms in Vietnam

Bamboo building withstands floods, storms in Vietnam

Architecture firm RÂU ARCH recently created a thatched-roof building burrowed deep into the lush rainforests of Vietnam. The MOOC Spring building is designed to accommodate the many visitors that come to the nearby natural springs, reports Inhabitat. Due to the...

Australia’s largest commercial timber building rises in Sydney

Australia’s largest commercial timber building rises in Sydney

Timber constructions are rapidly carving a place in urban environments all over the world. Now, Sydney is home to the Australia’s largest commercial all-timber building. The International House by Tzannes Architects is a seven-story building constructed entirely with engineered or...

Horizon reaches new peak with solar energy

Horizon reaches new peak with solar energy

Horizon Beverage, one of the largest wholesale spirits, wine and beer distributors in New England, is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. The family-owned company has announced that its new 978kW DC solar PV system is in...

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Planet Fitness’ St. Petersburg, Fla., club has partnered with Solar Energy Management to become the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building, the company announced. The updated, energy efficient Planet Fitness is now 99.5 percent reliant on...

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

With recent innovations like Tesla’s solar shingles, the future of solar-powered living is looking bright. Still, supplying homes and businesses with affordable solar power is a complex undertaking. “There’s a lot of moving parts to community solar,” according to Eric...

A look at how solar panels work

Whether it’s a new panel installation on a building’s roof or one of the growing numbers of solar panel “farms” near many highways, solar technology is showing up more and more in our daily lives. This is an exciting time...

Glass manufacturer launches sustainability calculator

Architects and designers can efficiently evaluate environmental performance attributes of Guardian glass products with the new Guardian Sustainability Calculator. The digital program helps users see how Guardian glazing make-ups can help a project earn certification from green building rating systems...

Engineers find way to evaluate green roofs

Engineers find way to evaluate green roofs

Green infrastructure is an attractive concept, but there is concern surrounding its effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a mathematical technique traditionally used in earthquake engineering to determine how well green infrastructure works and to...

Historic San Antonio apartment building adding solar panels in downtown first

Historic San Antonio apartment building adding solar panels in downtown first

The recently renovated Maverick building, which now offers multi-family residential housing, will be the first apartment complex in downtown San Antonio to use solar power. The city’s Historic and Design Review Commission has approved a proposal to install a solar...

Infographic: Sustainable building from bottom up

Developing a sustainable building demands a holistic approach. While newer buildings tend to perform better from an energy standpoint, due to building code advancements, it’s not always a guarantee. Planning is pivotal and literally must take place from the ground...

Light-filled cancer center harnesses nature's healing power

Light-filled cancer center harnesses nature's healing power

The healing powers of nature have been put to good use in the recently completed Maggie’s Oldham. London-based architecture studio dRMM completed the cross-laminated timber building, one of the United Kingdom’s many Maggie’s Centers that provide free practical, emotional and...

Australia's first six star, green star apartment building taking shape

Australia's first six star, green star apartment building taking shape

On an old industrial site in Adelaide, Australia, an ambitious project is underway to build the nation’s most sustainable apartment block. The Prince's Charities Australia, Renewal SA and Defence Housing Australia (DHA) are working together to construct the country's first...

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