Group proves net-zero buildings don’t have to be more expensive

A common assumption is that sustainable technology is much more costly than standard ways of building, but developers are showing that does not have to be the case. The cost of sustainable technology has actually decreased in recent years, according to a story from Deseret News.

Infographic: Net zero or zero carbon? Green buildings explained

In the world of green homes and buildings, a variety of terms are used and some confusion surrounds their definitions. Net-zero energy ready. Net-zero energy.

Free wall builder tool gives professionals the power to design

Free wall builder tool gives professionals the power to design

The tool was inspired by similar virtual tools, like the car builders seen on many automakers’ websites.

IKEA to harness sun's power with Washington's largest array

IKEA to harness sun's power with Washington's largest array

IKEA, a leading home furnishings retailer, plans to install solar panels atop a relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, Wash. Installation begins this fall and, when completed late this year, the project will be the largest rooftop solar array...

Businesses recognized for commercial building rooftop unit efficiencies

Seven organizations have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign for leadership in installing more energy efficient RTUs in commercial buildings. As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the Advanced RTU Campaign works...

DOE partnership targets manufacturing sustainability

DOE partnership targets manufacturing sustainability

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have formed the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership to advance energy approaches. Through the partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, the organizations will work together to help U.S.

Program helps beauty products packaging company put new face on energy efficiency

Program helps beauty products packaging company put new face on energy efficiency

Schneider Electric has teamed with Albéa to develop an integrated energy and carbon management program that will help bring efficiencies to the beauty and personal care packaging company’s global facilities. The collaboration’s goal is to boost energy savings some 15...

Casino powers data with renewable energy

Casino powers data with renewable energy

Wynn Las Vegas’ IT infrastructure is now being powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The move represents the company’s latest step in the company’s ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint and increase clean energy use across multiple areas of...

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Large commercial and industrial electric customers in Washington State soon will be able to tap into a renewable, cost-effective energy source. Avista Utilities has unveiled the Solar Select program, which will be powered by 28 megawatts of renewable solar energy,...

Bobcat engineering center an environmental LEED-er

Bobcat engineering center an environmental LEED-er

Doosan Bobcat North America's Acceleration Center — a key engineering facility for all Bobcat compact equipment — is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. The Bismarck, N.D., facility is currently one of only a few test lab...

Fact or fiction? Examining 10 IAQ myths

Fact or fiction? Examining 10 IAQ myths

Despite the fact that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect the health of the occupants in any kind of enclosed space, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about it. With individuals spending a significant amount of time...

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Touted as Japan’s largest floating solar plant, a new 13.7 megawatt (MW) site has begun operation. Sitting on the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, the 44-acre plant is managed by the waterworks bureau of Chiba Prefecture for...

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings for the first time. Government officials challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of the new tool to demonstrate their commitment to green growth and to...

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the next step for the LEED rating systems: LEED v4.1. This incremental step in the evolution of the world’s green building rating system is key in achieving the goal of green buildings and...

Schneider Electric launches renewable energy services to help Australian companies

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and sustainability, has launched new services to assist Australian businesses in the adoption of low-cost renewable energy, through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other projects. The rapid closure of...

Report: Air quality monitoring system market to grow

Report: Air quality monitoring system market to grow

The global air quality monitoring system market (AQMS) is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.6 percent, reaching a collective value of $4.9 billion by 2022, new research shows. That’s up from $3.92 billion in 2017, according to...

Infographic: Case for conservation-friendly construction

Construction methods need to be more environmentally friendly. However, this isn't just a case of green energy and sustainable materials, plans must also account for the local ecosystem. The construction of both residential and commercial properties is encroaching further and further into the countryside.

Dubai launches smart concrete calculator

Dubai launches smart concrete calculator

The Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department has developed a new smart calculator to measure the environmental impact of the use of concrete in construction projects and compare it to the baseline that it has developed in advance, reports Tahawul Tech. The...

10 ways 3D printing can impact architecture industry

10 ways 3D printing can impact architecture industry

3D printing is poised to change the world. Many have hailed the technology as the coming of the third industrial revolution.

China offers significant potential for U.S. energy efficiency companies

China offers significant potential for U.S. energy efficiency companies

Being the world's largest building construction market, China can offer many business opportunities for American companies specialized in energy efficiency, a U.S. industry expert said. "There are great opportunities in China to design and construct new buildings that are very...

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