Property owners find increased value when buildings go green

Property owners find increased value when buildings go green

Eco-friendly features are cropping up on buildings around the country. In addition to green roofs and solar panels, private-public partnerships are increasingly building more efficient and cost-effective stormwater systems. And owners are reaping major monetary rewards for their efforts, reports...

Washington library topped with carbon-negative green roof

Washington library topped with carbon-negative green roof

King County, Wash.’s Tukwila Library, a 10,000-square-foot building inspired by the city’s diverse community where more than 80 different languages are spoken, has been completed. The new library showcases a variety of sustainable design strategies, including a green roof with...

D.C. United announce $25 million record PACE deal

D.C. United announce $25 million record PACE deal

Washington, D.C.’s professional soccer team has closed on the nation’s largest clean-funding deal. D.C. United, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Energy and Environment announced the $25 million private clean energy funding package for installation of state-of-the-art energy and...

South Africa’s first Green Star museum eco-friendly literary treasure

South Africa’s first Green Star museum eco-friendly literary treasure

One of South Africa’s literary treasures has transformed into an eco-friendly gem. Designed by Intsika Architects, the National English Literary Museum is the first five-star Green Star-certified Public & Education building in the country, reports Inhabitat. Located in the university...

Cincinnati Zoo paves way in green, sustainable efforts

Cincinnati Zoo paves way in green, sustainable efforts

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was named the greenest zoo in America in 2010. Since then, the zoo has pioneered several green initiatives, projects and programs that continue to make it a leader in animal conservation and sustainability, reports...

San Francisco Public Utilities shows off Living Machine

San Francisco Public Utilities shows off Living Machine

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) headquarters is taking water conservation to a new level. Although various decentralized wastewater treatment technologies exist throughout the world, the SFPUC’s Living Machine is the first treatment system to combine these technologies and...

Hawaii Community College earns LEED platinum

Hawaii Community College’s Pālamanui campus has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible in the sustainable building program, according to the school. The school “is committed...

Overstock.com HQ earns LEED gold certification

Overstock.com HQ earns LEED gold certification

Overstock.com’s corporate headquarters, known as Peace Coliseum, has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, reports Home Furnishings Building. The LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost program for buildings, homes and...

Denver apartments earn LEED gold

Denver apartments earn LEED gold

A Denver apartment building has earned LEED gold certification, according to a release. Coda Apartments was developed by Zocalo Community Development and Principal Real Estate Investors. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the United...

University of Kentucky means business; earns LEED gold

University of Kentucky means business; earns LEED gold

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Building has been certified LEED gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

San Francisco aims for 'triple zero' airport

San Francisco aims for 'triple zero' airport

San Francisco Airport (SFO) has embarked on a journey to become the first “triple zero” airport campus in the world. The charge in the facility’s five-year strategic plan to achieve zero net energy, carbon neutrality and zero waste-to-landfill requires new...

UK town could be home to world’s most sustainable tower

UK town could be home to world’s most sustainable tower

The town of Hemel Hempstead, which is located about 24 miles from London, might soon be home to the world’s most sustainable residential tower. The proposed building called The Beacon would house luxury sustainable apartments, reports Jetson Green. It will...

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building

Fair trade fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things coming and going at Nature’s Pride. Buzzing bees and birds are also flocking to the sustainable distribution hub. Paul de Ruiter Architects designed the giant green-roofed facility in Maasdijk, where it...

2 D.C. hotels land gold ratings

2 D.C. hotels land gold ratings

Two Washington, D.C., hotels have earned prestigious LEED gold ratings. The dual-brand Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. The achievement was given for...

Abu Dhabi oil company's HQ nets LEED gold

The Abu Dhabi National Oil headquarters on Abu Dhabi's Corniche has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification in the category of building design and construction. The facility uses more than 4,000 liters of recycled grey-water...

Birmingham airport soars to new sustainability standard

Birmingham airport soars to new sustainability standard

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has been awarded LEED gold for new construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification. LEED is the preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high-performance green...

Texas building's platinum status celebrated

The Houston Advanced Research Center has celebrated the opening of its new green headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. HARC President Lisa Gonzalez said the new 18,000-square-foot building has been a long time coming for the organization, reports Community Impact. It...

Infographic: Green-building trends for the years to come

As consumers place more importance on evolving their communities to create more responsible, sustainable places to live, the construction industry has evolved as well to meet the needs of their customers. As the standards for building methods shift, green construction...

Pharmaceutical company's headquarters earns LEED platinum certification

Pharmaceutical company's headquarters earns LEED platinum certification

Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ headquarters in New Haven, Conn., has earned the LEED platinum certification, one of less than 15 structures in the state to receive the highest level of green building certification. The building achieved certification for commercial interiors, according to...

Sustainability meets arts at Las Vegas school

Sustainability meets arts at Las Vegas school

Just north of the famous Strip, downtown Las Vegas is home to a school where the arts and sustainability are putting on a show of their own. Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) is a recent winner of the...

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