Daikin achievement a first for Japanese office buildings

Daikin achievement a first for Japanese office buildings

Daikin’s recently opened Technology and Innovation Centre is the first large-scale office building in Japan to win LEED Platinum certification, according to the website Cooling Post. The six-story, 58,000-square-meter facility opened last November in Settsu City, Osaka. It is the...

Brooks building makes run at sustainability

Brooks building makes run at sustainability

In ultra environmentally-conscious Seattle, most builders put at least a couple sustainable features in their projects, but few have taken on the challenge of the city’s arduous Living Building Pilot Program. Brooks Running’s Seattle headquarters last week became only the...

University of Arizona facility earns highest LEED status

University of Arizona facility earns highest LEED status

The Environment and Natural Resources 2 building at the University of Arizona has achieved LEED platinum certification, the highest possible certification and one of the most distinguished sustainability designations in the country, according to the campus website. In the process,...

Companies painting picture of green efforts in building trade

The smell that lingers in a freshly painted room is unpleasant, and even unbearable, for many adults. But it is worse for infants, which is why designer Kimberly Ang, 24, who is six months pregnant, will ensure she chooses only...

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Taipei’s skyline is best known for Taipei 101 — the world’s tallest green building — but another sculptural building will soon hold its own as the city’s latest icon of sustainability. International architecture firm Aedas is nearing completion on Lè...

Infographic: Geothermal as renewable energy

Geothermal heating and cooling increasingly is becoming the selection of choice for building HVAC systems worldwide – not only because of its ability to effectively heat and cool a building, but because of its ability to do it efficiently. The infographic below from Argonne National Laboratory, operated for the U.S.

Companies balancing focus on employee, building health

Companies balancing focus on employee, building health

The definition of sustainability has shifted over the last few years, to the point where "being sustainable" is as much about the occupant’s ability to survive their own built environment as anything. The workplace has undergone a design awakening over...

Butler University fieldhouse renovation scores big in sustainability

Butler University fieldhouse renovation scores big in sustainability

The old pool section of Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has been converted into a weight room, training center and administration offices, has received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the Indianapolis campus paper The...

Utah law school awarded platinum certification

Utah law school awarded platinum certification

The University of Utah is marking the one-year anniversary of the opening of its state-of-the art law school by announcing the facility has been awarded a prestigious LEED platinum designation by the by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Bridgewater Academy Building directs its energy to environment

The exterior walls of the Bridgewater (Mass.) Academy Building are white, and that’s about the only thing in the recently renovated town hall that isn’t green. Bridgewater was already deemed a “green community” by the state’s Executive Office of Energy...

10 thing you didn't know about geothermal technology

10 thing you didn't know about geothermal technology

The U.S. Department of Energy regularly posts articles as part of a series titled "Top Things You Didn't Know About..."One of its latest installments centers around geothermal technology. Below are 10 things you didn’t know about geothermal energy: 10.

Carrier updates ductless lineup

HVAC manufacturer Carrier has updated its Performance Series ductless multi-zone heat pump lineup, looking to offer increased flexibility, greater energy efficiency and improved operation compared to the company’s previous models, according to a release. The improved Performance Series multi-zone ductless...

Winning infographics depicts future of geothermal energy

Winning infographics depicts future of geothermal energy

Playwright Wilson Mizner once wrote, “Art is science made clear.” That statement is captured in a suite of student-designed infographics as part of this year’s Geothermal Design Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho National Laboratory. This...

Project's LEED certification a first for southwest China

Chengdu International Finance Square, a flagship project by the Wharf (Holdings) Limited, has earned LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) platinum certification. It’s the first such award in southwest China, reports the website Eco Business. With energy efficiency at...

8 tips for reducing energy consumption

8 tips for reducing energy consumption

In addition to using technological advances, there are many low-tech energy management techniques that HVAC contractors have learned that can boost energy savings. To help aggressively reduce your home, industrial, school or corporate energy needs, Star Service offers eight ways...

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...

Silver Oak earns first LEED platinum certification for eco-friendly winery

Silver Oak earns first LEED platinum certification for eco-friendly winery

One of Napa, Calif.’s most recognized wine producers has been honored with top award for green building practices at its Oakville winery, according to industry website Wine Spectator. Taking energy-efficient winemaking to a new level, California Cabernet producer Silver Oak...

Anaheim Convention Center awarded LEED gold certification

Anaheim Convention Center awarded LEED gold certification

The Anaheim Convention Center, the largest convention center on the West Coast, has been awarded LEED gold certification, a designation reserved for the world’s highest performing and most sustainable buildings. The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest U.S. convention center...

British sailing team cruises to BREEAM rating

British sailing team cruises to BREEAM rating

The Land Rover BAR sailing team, aspiring to become the first British team to win the America’s Cup next year, has scored a different first by becoming the first British sports team to have built a base compliant with the...

Sodexo requiring school facility firectors to complete EPA's IAQ training

Sodexo plans to require all of its directors of facility management in K-12 schools it serves across the United States to completed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Master Class Professional Training Series. Sodexo, according to...

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