Circadian rhythms, Roman baths transforming Australian cities

Hidden beneath Federation Square, the heart of civic Melbourne, Australia, is a complex labyrinth of concrete cells. This labyrinth – the world’s largest de-coupled airside thermal storage system – acts like a rechargeable battery. On summer evenings it stores cool night air to use during warm days and, in winter, daytime heat to use at night.

Office nets Cayman's first LEED platinum designation

Office nets Cayman's first LEED platinum designation

The newly renovated and expanded Arch & Godfrey office has been awarded the highest level of certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, according to the Cayman Reporter. The designation marks...

Demilec provides sustainable solution for urban restaurant focused on fresh environments

CEA Farms, an urban farm in rural Virginia, has created a farm-to-fork experience with its new restaurant, The CEA Grill. The farm's challenge, however, was to construct the restaurant's building with environmentally responsible materials to preserve its mission of serving...

Infographic: A look at 2016 green building trends

Green building continues to pick up steam, with practices aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability dominating building projects around the world. With Earth Day 2016 on Friday, below is an inforgraphic detailing some of the trends emerging this year and beyond, as supplied by ETO Doors.

Dominion office first W. Va. privately owned facility to earn LEED gold

Dominion Transmission Inc.'s new office building has attained gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the first privately owned building in West Virginia to achieve such status, according to a press release. The LEED program...

University building incorporates wood into unique construction approach

University building incorporates wood into unique construction approach

The Integrated Design Building at the University of Massachusetts is challenging structural norms, being made out of steel and concrete – and wood. The building’s materials are not just unique, but also sustainable, and the building will have the largest...

Roxul's new headquarters a 'golden' site

Roxul's new headquarters a 'golden' site

The new North American headquarters for stone wool insulation producer Roxul Inc. ranks among Ontario, Canada’s most energy-efficient buildings. The facility in Milton has earned LEED gold certification in the new construction category, according to a press release. Leadership in...

CubeSmart introduces Austin's first net zero energy self-storage facility

CubeSmart, a leading national owner and operator of self-storage facilities, has opened Austin, Texas’ first net zero commercial building – meaning it generates more solar energy than it consumes, according to a press release. The self-storage facility opened for business...

Cornell University building world's largest Passive House structure

Cornell University building world's largest Passive House structure

The world’s largest and tallest high-rise building built to Passive House standards is coming to Roosevelt Island in New York, according to website Inhabitat. Commissioned by Cornell University for its new Cornell Tech Campus, the sustainability-focused residential tower designed by...

Historic building sprouts green roof

Historic building sprouts green roof

The Tide Water Power and Light building in Wilmington, N.C., posed a problem for officials in recent years, reports the website Living Architecture Monitor. When it was built in 1951, it was the height of modernity. But over the decades since, its mid-century architectural details were left to languish.

Cinemas exploring sustainability measures

Cinemas exploring sustainability measures

The world’s leading businesses, from the largest corporations to the corner coffee shop, are moving forward with sustainability programs that improve their business operations and serve their marketplace and surrounding communities in more efficient and less wasteful ways. The exhibition...

Consumer awareness, low operation costs expected to fuel green building materials market

Consumer awareness, low operation costs expected to fuel green building materials market

Study finds that regulations and government initiatives also spurring growth.

EPDs released for metal building systems

EPDs released for metal building systems

To meet the increasing demand for unbiased data about the environmental impacts of commercial construction, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released environmental product declarations (EPDs) for three metal building product categories: primary rigid framing, secondary framing and metal...

University high-rise receives Ohio's top design award

University high-rise receives Ohio's top design award

The University of Cincinnati's Morgens Hall, considered the university's grand "glass house," recently earned a American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Ohio Award –– the state’s highest prize for design, according to the university. The Morgens' innovative renovation, completed in...

Four factors to consider when designing a green building

When it comes to designing a green building there are a host of factors planners should look at to help make their project as efficient and sustainable as possible. Here are five considerations planners ought to review up front, according to the website Standard Digital: 1.

Hotel LEED-ing the way among Illinois' best buildings

Every year, the U.S. Green Building Council names the top U.S.

Work begins on Kansas City's first multifamily Passive House Institute-certified buildings

A new apartment complex going up in Kansas City’s River Market will use “greener than green” building techniques. The $62 million project is unique in its Passive House Institute-certified construction, a building method that is more energy efficient than the...

New manual lays out green building standards

A newly published user’s manual clarifies the intent and implementation of the building industry’s foremost green building standard by explaining its requirements and providing example applications. The User’s Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green...

High-performing building provides hope for homeless

A cornerstone of Portland, Ore.’s strategy to end homelessness in 10 years is Bud Clark Commons. The mixed-use project composed of a day center and housing brings people of need and a range of services designed to treat the causes...

Tool takes PULSE of airtightness

The University of Nottingham in England has developed a test for measuring the airtightness of buildings to help eliminate drafts, improve energy efficiency and reduce heating bills. The PULSE test helps establish and minimize the infiltration rate of cold air...

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