Washington library topped with carbon-negative green roof

Washington library topped with carbon-negative green roof

King County, Wash.’s Tukwila Library, a 10,000-square-foot building inspired by the city’s diverse community where more than 80 different languages are spoken, has been completed. The new library showcases a variety of sustainable design strategies, including a green roof with...

D.C. United announce $25 million record PACE deal

D.C. United announce $25 million record PACE deal

Washington, D.C.’s professional soccer team has closed on the nation’s largest clean-funding deal. D.C. United, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Energy and Environment announced the $25 million private clean energy funding package for installation of state-of-the-art energy and...

Massive green roof sprouts on New York co-op building

One of the largest green roofs in New York City has been unveiled – all 30,000 square feet of it. What now looks like a resort was a concrete roof just a year ago, reports CBS New York. The finishing...

New Belgium Brewing earns three LEED certifications

New Belgium Brewing has earned a trio of LEED certifications on all three of its Asheville, N.C., facilities: Liquid Center tasting room (platinum), Brewery (gold) and Distribution Center (silver). A number of innovative features are incorporated into the design of...

Cornell Tech plans to reach net zero with first academic building

Cornell Tech plans to reach net zero with first academic building

Cornell Tech, under construction on Roosevelt Island in New York City, plans to achieve net zero energy efficiency for The Bloomberg Center. Designed by the architecture firm Morphosis, The Bloomberg Center is the first academic building to be constructed on...

Glass tower rises like Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

Glass tower rises like Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

A giant glittering glass lantern has risen in Beijing. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the Poly International Plaza, a three-tower complex midway between the Forbidden City and the Beijing Capital Airport, reports Inhabitat. The tallest tower draws inspiration from...

Solar-powered Colorado school houses sun-soaked learning environment

Solar-powered Colorado school houses sun-soaked learning environment

It’s hard to compete with the gorgeous views of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, but architecture firm Studio B appears to have succeeded in complementing the landscape with their redesign of the Aspen Community School. Recipient of numerous AIA Colorado awards,...

Overstock.com HQ earns LEED gold certification

Overstock.com HQ earns LEED gold certification

Overstock.com’s corporate headquarters, known as Peace Coliseum, has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, reports Home Furnishings Building. The LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost program for buildings, homes and...

U.S. unlikely to see deadly ‘green’ building fire like London’s

The deadly fire that engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower last week was fueled by commonly used “green energy” upgrades found on tens of thousands of buildings across the world, sparking concerns that a similar event could happen in the United States....

S.C. hotel believed to be state's first built with CLT

A new hotel in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is believed to be the first in the state to use what one Clemson professor sees as a building material of the future. "I see this project as the beginning of a trend,...

Developers incorporate environmental design in warehouse projects

Developers incorporate environmental design in warehouse projects

Step foot in the Randa Logistics building in the Gateway Commerce Center in Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and it appears typical of the giant distribution centers in the area: long aisles of tall shelving with people scurrying about in a...

Twisting wooden skyscraper inspired by shape of Baobab trees

Twisting wooden skyscraper inspired by shape of Baobab trees

Cameroonian architecture firm Hermann Kamte & Associates has announced plans for a wooden skyscraper inspired by Africa’s iconic Baobab trees. The Native Skyscraper is a twisting tower built with natural and locally-sourced materials that shows how biomimicry can make the...

5 global green building trends for 2017

5 global green building trends for 2017

Thanks in part to the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, green building projects are increasing worldwide. From 2015 to 2018, the percentage of global builders with at least 60 percent of their projects certified green will double, according to...

CLT market exhibiting solid growth

CLT market exhibiting solid growth

Report: Industry could top $880 million by 2022

Landmark wooden tower set to rise in Portland

Landmark wooden tower set to rise in Portland

The nation’s tallest wooden high-rise will soon take shape in Portland, Ore. Funded by a $1.5 million-dollar award from the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, the innovative timber building, named Framework, will be built from domestically sourced and engineered...

Green roofs, walls gain momentum in South Carolina

Green roofs, walls gain momentum in South Carolina

When Michael Whitfield started Charleston-based Green Roof Outfitters in 2008, he was sailing in virtually unchartered waters in South Carolina and was among the vanguard in the Southeast. And those seas were fairly rough. “Nobody wanted to be the guinea...

7 reasons for wood's popularity in midrise housing

7 reasons for wood's popularity in midrise housing

Engineered wood is arguably the fastest-growing structural product solution for midrise multifamily buildings. Most U.S.

Tesla looks to shine with solar shingles

Tesla looks to shine with solar shingles

Elon Musk has built a formidable personal brand on futuristic visions of driverless cars and space travel. But the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Tesla CEO could soon make an impact in a much-nearer future by helping the owners of single-...

UK town could be home to world’s most sustainable tower

UK town could be home to world’s most sustainable tower

The town of Hemel Hempstead, which is located about 24 miles from London, might soon be home to the world’s most sustainable residential tower. The proposed building called The Beacon would house luxury sustainable apartments, reports Jetson Green. It will...

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building

Fair trade fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things coming and going at Nature’s Pride. Buzzing bees and birds are also flocking to the sustainable distribution hub. Paul de Ruiter Architects designed the giant green-roofed facility in Maasdijk, where it...

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