This 15-story, 112-unit Net Zero Energy project will be Seattle’s greenest apartment building when it’s completed. (Image: Sustainable Living Innovations)

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The Potential of Prefab: How Modular Construction Can Be Green

Offsite modular construction not only cuts costs and construction times but also benefits people and the planet.

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News Brief

Architects to Join Global Climate Strike September 20

Firms from around the world are mobilizing for the international climate protest inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg.

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CalPlant 1’s MDF is expected to cost the same as wood MDF and to have equal or better performance, with a significantly better environmental profile. (Photo: CalPlant 1)

Product Review

MDF Made from Rice Straw

In California, rice straw is replacing wood as a raw material in medium- and high-density fiberboards while making use of an agricultural waste product.

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Whole-building life-cycle assessment was used to assess the embodied carbon of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. (Image: Lord Aeck Sargent in collaboration with The Miller Hull Partnership)

News Analysis

Embodied Carbon Tools: Assessing the Options

Interest in embodied carbon is growing. Here’s a guide to the tools that can help you measure and reduce these emissions on projects.

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Primer

Carbon Offsets and How to Select Them

With more owners looking to reverse the embodied carbon impact of their buildings, it’s important to know how to buy legitimate offsets.

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News Brief

People Want a Greener Future but Don’t Know How to Get There

Sixty percent of people in a USGBC survey identified recycling as one of the top three ways to help the environment. Only 7% chose “Live in a green building.”

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Letter to the Editor

One of These Passive Houses Is Not Like the Other

A Passive House Institute U.S. supporter argues that PHIUS rules far exceed the requirements of the international Passive House Institute.

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The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do About It

Building materials emit massive amounts of carbon long before the lights go on. In this PDF report, we take an analytical look at the greenhouse gases that are emitted in the process of constructing our buildings in the first place—the embodied carbon. We then offer strategies for reducing embodied carbon, with examples of projects that have succeeded in this regard.

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Lighting Design for Health and Sustainability: A Guide for Architects

What do we mean when we say sustainable lighting? In this PDF report, we take a closer look at lighting as an essential element in quality environments that support health and wellness while reducing energy use.

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Fundamentals of High-Performance Building Assemblies

This four-part course, designed for architects and builders, provides methodologies for how best to design and manage these details and achieve superior performance—while avoiding expensive pitfalls.

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Introduction to Fitwel Certification

Are your clients asking you about wellness? You’re not alone. Employee health and wellbeing has been called the ‘second wave of sustainability.’ In this hour-long webinar, GreenStep Education’s Alex Spilger will walk you through Fitwel certification, including its requirements, lessons learned from Fitwel projects, and how Fitwel compares to other frameworks like WELL and LEED. We’ll also discuss how to earn the Fitwel Ambassador credential.

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