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A Darker Shade Of Green

Lance Hosey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Lance Hosey

The clash of personal ego and public interest holds us all back. Advocates for change in the design industry can go only so far without also changing how designers behave.

Building Your Own Home From Open Source Blocks

Joshua Pearce | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Joshua Pearce

What if your next house were to cost 1/10th of the average home while sporting a long list of high-tech hyper-ecological features? With the help of th...

How China Can Peak Emissions Through Low-Carbon Buildings

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.20.2016 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Speakers at Low Carbon Buildings: Innovative Strategies, Policies and Incentives Session On June 7-8, NRDC hosted a session on low-carbon buildings d...

Reinventing Green Building

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.16.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

"The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building, to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'Presumptive' GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump goes nuclear over cli...

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.25.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight.

Even Basketball Teams Can Score Points Against Climate Change

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

Past precedent would say that building basketball's newest technological epicenter would be costly to the environment, because buildings of this size require massive amounts of energy to build and run. But our fans had a different idea.

Great Ideas Are Our Best Currency

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I wrote a note to myself recently to the effect that there are "few things more sustainable than a great idea." Think about it. A great idea can become a life force of its own. It can stimulate. It can inspire and motivate.

The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green

New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.

When Buildings Design Themselves

Lance Hosey | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Automation could revolutionize architecture--by eliminating architects. Source: Seven years ago, in my then-column for Architect magaz...

Sustainable Cities And Buildings At COP21: Delivering Our Future Today

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

How we plan and design our future cities can have major impacts. This is an important reason why the GEF recently launched a $1.5 billion sustainable cities project to support city planning, initially in 23 cities in 11 developing countries.

Toward a Science of Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Lance Hosey

Don't mistake my rejection of art as a rejection of aesthetics. In fact, I wrote my book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (2012), to illustrate how beauty, or sensory pleasure, is essential to the built environment.

A Force of Nature

Lance Hosey | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

In Washington, DC, this week at Greenbuild, the US Green Building Council's annual conference, Gail Vittori will receive the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, the most prestigious annual award for sustainability in the built environment. She is the first woman to win.

A Building Worth Its Salt?

Lance Hosey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

A veritable monument to sodium, the Spring Street Shed--and therefore road salt--could be around for a very long time.

The River Rose All Day... and Yet We Prevailed

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Ten years ago, all we could do was blindly believe in our best selves. Ten years into a recovery that will likely take several generations, it's clear New Orleans didn't wash away after all.

Do Startups and Incumbents Differ on Reasons for Entering Into Green Industries?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Jeffrey York and Michael Lenox Scholars and policy makers have long posited that new industries that produce environmentally beneficial products a...

The Four-word Business Case for Green Building

Roger Platt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Roger Platt

The idea that multiple institutional and other major investors are consciously assembling global portfolios of green, high-performance buildings was a foreign concept. Sophisticated developers have been looking for a "product differentiator" in some markets.

Building the Future With Self-Healing Concrete

XPRIZE | Posted 07.22.2016 | Green

Geology and biology are blending in a fascinating way to create a breakthrough new construction material: concrete that can heal its own cracks. The secret weapon? Bacteria.

Passing the Torch

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.06.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life - whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list - I remained torn right up to the very end.

State, City, and Consumer Actions Drive Dramatic Shift to Renewables and Low Carbon Future

Ron Pernick | Posted 06.04.2016 | Green
Ron Pernick

Regional governments, at the state and metro level, are setting a range of targets as we increasingly transition to a low-carbon economy.

A Big-Hearted Man and His Calling to Build Tiny Houses for Oakland's Homeless

NationSwell | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact

Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and gives lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade.

Energy Efficiency in Bloom

Cliff Majersik | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Building energy use policies begin to address this critical knowledge gap. Atlanta's new ordinance, for example, combines several powerful tools that together can provide unparalleled insight into these valuable assets.

Can Architecture Come Alive?

Lance Hosey | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

The concept of a "living" building is far from new. What's possibly different, however, is that in the past architects used nature as a model for form, whereas now they speak of it as a model for function.

Flushing vs. Composting in Drought Stricken California Valley

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Angie Cordeiro

California has antiquated composting toilet regulations that need to be modified to address the current 20+ year catastrophic drought that we are facing.

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design.