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What Makes a Product Green Today?

Lots of manufacturers call their products “green,” but are they? Here's our guide to the high-performance attributes that matter.

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Net-Zero Embodied Carbon by 2050?

A group of structural engineers has released a plan to eliminate the embodied carbon of concrete, steel, and wood within 30 years.

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There are several net-zero standards now, and they all look quite different. (Image: Joshua Radoff/WSP)

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A Review of the Current Net-Zero Energy and Net-Zero Carbon Certification Programs

Until recently, there was only one game in town when it came to net-zero energy and carbon. Now there are several certifications.

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Approaches to Building Re-Entry During COVID-19

Private consultants, along with LEED, WELL, and AIA are all offering strategies for re-occupying buildings without unduly compromising occupant health.

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2021 Energy Code Prioritizes Electrification of Residences

Electric outlets must be placed by parking spaces and combustion-based appliances to allow for easy conversions.

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ASHRAE Releases COVID-19 Recommendations

From dilution to humidity control, ASHRAE offers guidance on how to reduce the spread of aerosolized pathogens in buildings.

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Which Multifamily Buildings Should Be Electrified First?

Significant challenges prevent the great majority of existing NYC multifamily buildings from being electrified, but these 480 buildings are prime candidates.

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A new study from architecture and design firm Hawley Peterson Snyder suggests interior products are more important than we realize. (Image: Hawley Peterson Snyder)

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Interior Products Can Have Enormous Carbon Footprint

The structure and envelope have the most up-front embodied carbon, but replacement cycles may make interiors more important than previously thought.

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A New report from the CaGBC outlines how to leverage the recession to jump-start green building. (Image: Canada Green Building Council)

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Strategies for a Low-Carbon Economic Recovery

Stimulating the building industry is crucial to getting out of a recession, but let’s do it right, says the Canada Green Building Council.

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New AIA Contracts Reinforce Sustainability Plans

New to creating a sustainability plan for an AIA agreement? Latest guidance references COTE TOP Ten metrics, ASHRAE 209, among others.

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