The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., centered equity in a variety of ways during the architectural process. (Photo: Macfawlty. License: CC BY 4.0.)

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Centering Equity: The Quest for Justice in Green Building

The sustainable building sector has forgotten a vital tenet, says the NAACP, and now is the time to do something about it.

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Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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This waiting room at the center features ample daylight, an important resilient design element. (Photo: Matt Sugerik, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital)

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Social Resilience and Equity in the Heart of Cleveland

At the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children, a community comes together.

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The Woolsey Fire in Mailbu in 2018. (Photo: LA County Sheriff Department)

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Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Designing Homes for Wildfire Resilience

Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen and the Resilient Design Institute, provides guidelines for construction in regions prone to wildfires.

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Product Review

Liquid Linoleum: Seamless Natural Flooring

Linoleum’s natural ingredients often make it the best resilient flooring option. Corques Liquid Linoleum provides a fluid-applied version for seamless applications.

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News Brief

Pathfinder Tool Helps Landscape Designers Sequester More Carbon

Even a garden or park can take decades to become carbon positive. With a little effort, it doesn’t have to be that way.

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News Brief

Gas Is Going Out of Style

More and more cities are encouraging electrification by regulating natural gas hookups, while other areas face supply shortages.

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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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AIA’s “Big Move”: Redefining Design Excellence

The American Institute of Architects has made its boldest move yet toward declaring great design and sustainable design one and the same.

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Ending Human Exploitation in Building Supply Chains

Building professionals push for ways to ensure “slave-free” buildings.

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Decarbonization Can Work in Emerging Economies but Faces Flak

Achieving zero-carbon buildings is possible in the world’s biggest developing markets, but a new report recommends improvements.

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

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Lighting Design for Health and Sustainability: A Guide for Architects

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Fundamentals of High-Performance Building Assemblies

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Introduction to Fitwel Certification

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