Infographic: Advancing net zero

Infographic: Advancing net zero

The World Green Building Council has released an infographic highlighting key information relating to its global project, Advancing Net Zero. The project, which calls for 100 percent net zero carbon buildings by 2050, was launched in 2016 and has already...

Horizontal skyscraper rising in China

Horizontal skyscraper rising in China

China soon will add the world’s highest skybridge to its skyline. The Raffles City Chongqing project under construction in southwest China, reports New Atlas. Developer CapitaLand's reference to the skybridge as a horizontal skyscraper is an exaggeration, but a forgivable one. Named the Conservatory, the structure measures 984 feet in length.

Wind to power Kohler facilities in U.S., Canada

Wind to power Kohler facilities in U.S., Canada

Kohler Co. plans to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year over the next 15 years to power all of its facilities in the United States and Canada. The power will come from the Diamond Vista wind farm located near Salina, Kan.

UV lamp meter ends replacement uncertainty for building engineers

A new ultraviolet-C germicidal (UV-C) Lamp Hour Meter from UV Resources alerts building engineers to potential disruptions to the efficiency-boosting technology’s benefits, including decreasing HVAC energy costs by an average of 10-25 percent. UV-C lamps installed in HVAC/R systems have...

Bloomberg N.Y. headquarters earns highest 3-star Fitwel certification

Bloomberg N.Y. headquarters earns highest 3-star Fitwel certification

Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters in New York City has been certified by the Center for Active Design (CfAD) with a Fitwel 3-Star Rating, the system’s highest achievement level, according to a release. Fitwel is the leading global health certification, evaluating evidence-based...

Japan's first solar-powered office opens

Japan's first solar-powered office opens

Japan’s first office building fully powered by off-the-grid solar energy has opened in the city of Saga, according to Japan Times. Daiwa House Industry Co.

Solar power windows can boost efficiency of tall buildings

Solar power windows can boost efficiency of tall buildings

The presence of a large number of skyscrapers makes rooftop solar power systems unviable, according to a new report. However, the windows of such tall buildings have the potential to be converted into solar power panels, which can produce at...

Canada Green Building Council sets 2030 Roadmap for $32B retrofit economy

A new report by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has set out a series of comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations and governments to build a world-leading retrofit economy by 2030 that improves the performance of existing buildings and...

2018 Olympics leaves sustainable legacy

2018 Olympics leaves sustainable legacy

Host city carving out enduring future

5 ways to leverage IoT for reliable building performance data

5 ways to leverage IoT for reliable building performance data

With the world moving toward a global village, the Internet of Things (IoT) is breaking technological barriers to ensure a truly global world. For the IoT to work efficiently and in real time, the following are prerequisites: Use of technological...

Nutritional products maker's new HQ earns LEED gold

Nutritional products maker's new HQ earns LEED gold

Prolacta Bioscience, a leading provider of human milk-based neonatal nutritional products to hospitals, has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for its new headquarters. The 40,338-square-foot facility in Duarte, Calif., was recognized for its highly...

New Orleans issues energy challenge

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge, a competition between business owners across downtown New Orleans to reduce their energy usage. “I am proud to engage our downtown business owners to reduce their energy footprint,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu...

Ga. community's building owners join solar, energy-saving efforts

Livable Buckhead has recruited 10 of the Georgia city’s hotels to the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a citywide effort to reduce water and energy use by 20 percent by 2020. On top of that, major building owners in the area...

Green tower sprouting in Singapore features vegetation inside, out

Green tower sprouting in Singapore features vegetation inside, out

Being in nature, or even having a view of it, can help soothe the soul and make us feel calmer.

Report: U.S. companies implement sustainability strategies to drive revenues

Report: U.S. companies implement sustainability strategies to drive revenues

A new report finds that revenue growth is the most important factor when deciding to implement sustainability strategies, as 39 percent of respondents ranked this first. Cutting costs (35 percent) and brand reputation (30 percent), followed, according to ING’s sustainability...

Nearly 50 percent more zero energy buildings underway in 2017

Nearly 50 percent more zero energy buildings underway in 2017

Zero energy commercial buildings appear to be accelerating their steep ascent. Sixty-seven of them have been “verified” in the U.S. and Canada, according to a recent report from the New Buildings Institute.

$100 million development one of Australia's ‘greenest’

$100 million development one of Australia's ‘greenest’

Adelaide, Australia’s $100 million U City development has been given the title of the state’s “greenest” building, reports The Advertiser.  The 20-story building under construction is predicted to use 45 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than a comparable new building.

Willis Tower largest office building to earn Energy Star certification

Willis Tower largest office building to earn Energy Star certification

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower has earned Energy Star certification, becoming the largest office building and the third largest building overall to have the designation, according to property manager Equity Office. Willis Tower, previously known as the Sears Tower, was originally...

Research center earns platinum status

Research center earns platinum status

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) has been awarded LEED platinum certification. The recognition is the highest environmental building achievement attainable by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), pushing the center a step closer to becoming a Net Zero Energy...

Architects turn to wood for greener, healthier work spaces

Architects turn to wood for greener, healthier work spaces

While adaptive reuse of existing spaces is fulfilling some of the demand for healthier, creative office spaces, new construction presents even greater opportunity. In a recent survey of architects, developers and other real estate professionals, 41 percent of respondents based...

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