Biobased Materials: Not Always Greener
We tend to think of biobased materials as inherently greener—but even “natural” and “rapidly renewable” materials can carry big environmental impacts.
Equity, Community Featured in AIA–COTE Top Ten for 2012
This year’s AIA–COTE Top Ten winners include an unusual number of adaptive reuse projects and highlight community ties, social equity, and attentiveness to water issues on par with what we’ve customarily seen for energy performance.
Healing Gardens Make Hospital Stays a Walk in the Park
Healing gardens make hospitals more humane and contribute to healing and sustainable design—as well as the facility’s bottom line.
Mixed News for Birds, Wind Farms, and Buildings
Some conservation groups snipe about whether wind power is acceptable, while others take their complaints about glass buildings to court.
Building Owners Embrace Sharing Economy with 2030 Districts
By sharing resources, building owners in 2030 districts amplify the impact of efficiency upgrades while shrinking their collective environmental footprint.
European Windows for Passive House Buildings
High-performance European windows are better than American windows in part because of differences in how windows are tested.
Certification Gets Small Wind Turbine Market Turning
Exaggerated claims from some turbine manufacturers undermine confidence in the wind energy industry, but certification levels the playing field, and government rebates encourage market growth.
Why’s That on the Red List?
Ever wonder why copper and Neoprene are flagged in some green building red lists and rating systems? Although they aren’t the worst offenders, they’re flagged for a good reason.