Canadian community center uses technology to reduce energy consumption

The city of New Westminster has received LEED gold certification for the Queensborough Community Centre expansion, three years after the project was complete. Jim Lowrie, the Canadian city’s director of engineering, said the project started in 2010, was completed in...

U.S. building owners support healthier buildings to improve employee wellness

U.S. building owners support healthier buildings to improve employee wellness

Report: Design, construction industries poised for wider adoption of building practices that prioritize the physical, mental, social well-being of tenants

Spray foam receives prestigious certification

Spray foam receives prestigious certification

Icynene, an open-cell spray foam insulation solutions company, has been awarded GREENGUARD gold certification by UL Environment for its high-performance, ultra-low-VOC, open-cell spray foam insulation Icynene Classic Max, according to industry website Sprayfoam.com. The product is believed to be the...

Insulation reinforces energy-efficient green building

Insulation reinforces energy-efficient green building

Energy lost through a building's walls, roofs and windows is the largest single waste of energy in most buildings—especially in hot summer months. As a result, the energy efficiency of a building often depends on the materials that help create...

First net zero townhome development going up in Tempe

Wealth development firm Caliber has broken ground on a 32-unit net zero energy townhome community in Tempe, Ariz., according to a release. The new community, called The Roosevelt, is considered the city’s first green solar townhome development designed to achieve...

World’s tallest timber building topped off ahead of schedule

World’s tallest timber building topped off ahead of schedule

In Vancouver, Canada, the towering timber Brock Commons just had its final panel installed, making the dream of the world’s tallest timber building a reality, reports the website Inhabitat. In just 66 days – ahead of the original scheduled timeframe...

Green curtains an energy-saving initiative for Kyocera

Green curtains an energy-saving initiative for Kyocera

Kyocera Corp. is planting green curtains at its factories and offices in Japan for the 10thth consecutive year as part of its ongoing environmental protection and sustainability activities, according to a press release. The natural foliage of climbing plants creates...

Austrian timber office sequesters carbon

Austrian timber office sequesters carbon

Architecture firms JOSEP and Atelier Gerhard Haumer recently teamed to design a timber office in Austria with a small carbon footprint. Dubbed 52 Cubic Wood, the two-story office features a Y-shaped layout to overlook views in three directions. Timber was...

Technology key as cement, concrete industries address water scarcity

Technology key as cement, concrete industries address water scarcity

Technology will play an increasingly vital role in reducing the consumption of and dependence on water in cement and concrete production, according to a new report. The white paper from Solidia Technologies, a cement and concrete technology startup, comes as...

With change bubbling, insulation market continues to grow, evolve

With change bubbling, insulation market continues to grow, evolve

Insulation is important – and evolving. Within the last couple of months, there have been changes to requirements in California and New York City and a green insulation standard has been introduced. Since insulation goes into just about every structure,...

Mall of America shoots for LEED hat trick

Mall of America shoots for LEED hat trick

When architects and planners began designing the Mall of America’s new retail, office and hotel complex, they found clients who wanted to make the three joined buildings energy-efficient enough to achieve certification from the United States Green Building Council. Part...

New video makes case for building with wood

New video makes case for building with wood

A new video produced by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute highlights the environmental benefits of wood construction and using wood products sourced from sustainably managed forests. The five-minute "Forest to Frame" video seeks to enhance public understanding of how building...

DOE invests $19 million to improve efficiency of nation's buildings

The Energy Department plans to invest $19 million to improve the efficiency of the nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores, according to a press release. The projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and...

Aluminum building, construction sector growing 6% annually to 2020

Aluminum building, construction sector growing 6% annually to 2020

Increased use of aluminum in building envelopes significantly boosting growth, according to a new report.

New Dow plant to focus on STYROFOAM production

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Burley, Idaho, and will produce STYROFOAM brand extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation – a leading thermal insulation solution facilitating sustainability, innovation and community success in the building and construction...

Infographic: Inside some of America's greenest buildings

The green building movement continues to blossom, becoming more and more a vital component in commercial building strategies. Many once considered the goal of building more energy-efficient buildings as too lofty. But as the clamor for a concerted change continues...

New school construction focused on building envelope performance

New school construction focused on building envelope performance

When the Columbia Public School District in Columbia, Mo., needed a fourth public high school to handle the growing student population, campus planners decided to build a state-of-the-art educational facility with a high performance exterior façade. The new school, named...

Energy lab collaborates with industry on award-winning building envelope technology

Energy lab collaborates with industry on award-winning building envelope technology

LIQUIDARMOR, a sprayable liquid sealant developed by Dow Chemical Co. and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently won the 2016 Gold Edison Award for Building Construction & Lighting Innovations, according to the U.S.

Wood making significant environmental impact on buildings

Wood making significant environmental impact on buildings

Trees do plenty to sequester carbon on their own, but many forests are not as healthy as they should be due to fire suppression and climate change, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New LEED pilot spotlights impact of building materials

New LEED pilot spotlights impact of building materials

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new LEED pilot credit—building material human hazard and exposure assessment – which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use...

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