Coast Guard headquarters covered by a sea of green

Coast Guard headquarters covered by a sea of green

Given the unique lay of the land, architectural design and construction team navigated a range of design considerations.

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...

Federal Tax Credits Extended for Cool Metal Roofs in 2017

Federal Tax Credits Extended for Cool Metal Roofs in 2017

The tax credit includes ENERGY STAR qualified metal roofs and other types of certified cool roofs.

Malcolm X College receives LEED gold

Malcolm X College receives LEED gold

Chicago’s Malcolm X College recently received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its successful efforts to make the new building, opened in January 2016, a sustainable addition to the community, reports the Weekly Citizen. Leadership in...

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.

7 Solar Energy Myths and Misconceptions

7 Solar Energy Myths and Misconceptions

In the first half of 2017, wind and solar accounted for 10 percent of monthly electricity generation for the first time.

Policy to mandate solar panels on new Bahrain buildings

All new buildings in Bahrain will have to be designed with solar energy panels in mind as part of a new policy, according to an official. The policy will be in line with the Sustainable Energy Unit’s (SEU) renewable energy...

Calif. school district saves thousands with HVAC upgrades

Calif. school district saves thousands with HVAC upgrades

The Fontana Unified School District has saved – and continues to save –thousands of dollars in energy costs annually while improving the classroom environment. That’s thanks to Carrier's installation of 201 high-efficiency WeatherExpert 48/50LC rooftop units (RTUs) at four different...

Affordable Housing Development Relies on Insulated Roof Panels

Affordable Housing Development Relies on Insulated Roof Panels

Built to the rigorous Passive House design principles, the Weinberg Commons reduces energy consumption by more than 50%.

Microsoft building new sustainable campus in Silicon Valley

Microsoft building new sustainable campus in Silicon Valley

Microsoft has started construction on its new campus in Silicon Valley designed to achieve net-zero, non-potable water certification as a response to California’s water shortage. The new 643,000-square-foot Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View will have an integrated water management...

College home to New York's largest solar array

College home to New York's largest solar array

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is now home to the largest solar photovoltaic facility in all of New York City, reports Energy Manager Today. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) installed 947 solar energy panels on the main roof of BMCC’s four-block-long 199 Chambers St. building.

LEED gold-seeking SXSW headquarters breaks ground

LEED gold-seeking SXSW headquarters breaks ground

The multimedia behemoth South by Southwest (SXSW) has broken ground on its new “green” headquarters in downtown Austin. A block away from the city capitol, the building aims for LEED gold certification and will boast a large green roof, rain...

Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Rooftops in densely populated Hong Kong are fast turning ­greener and more fertile as urban farmers seek to grow crops from their homes and offices and create a more liveable community. Kale, cherry tomatoes, ­radishes and all kinds of herbs...

Boston's planned community to be lab for sustainable cities

Boston's planned community to be lab for sustainable cities

An abandoned naval air station south of Boston is the site of an experiment in how to build the sustainable cities of the future. Known as Union Point, it is a 1,400-acre parcel of land that overlaps three nearby towns....

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...

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...

Shimmering LED-studded tower focuses on sustainability in Seoul

Shimmering LED-studded tower focuses on sustainability in Seoul

American firm The Beck Group recently designed an office tower in Seoul, South Korea, that makes its focus on sustainability an asset. Known as the Harim Group Headquarters, the 86,000-square-foot tower features many energy-saving technologies, including an S-shaped recess in...

Denver to vote on 'green roof' rule for buildings

Denver to vote on 'green roof' rule for buildings

An initiative that would require many buildings in Denver to feature environment-friendly "green roof" amenities will appear on the city's ballot this November. The Denver Elections Division has confirmed that backers of the measure submitted enough petition signatures to place...

Solar-ready roofs designed for new Singapore developments

Solar-ready roofs designed for new Singapore developments

The Housing Board of Singapore has reaffirming its commitment to promote sustainable living by redesigning the roofs of new blocks so solar panels can be more easily installed, officials said. As of now, 18 projects have been earmarked, including ongoing...

200,000 bees on Pasadena office rooftop help species survive

You might say business is really buzzing atop a Pasadena office building. The “business” consists of four active beehives stacked neatly in twos near the east end of the roof at 1055 E. Colorado Blvd.

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