Net-zero-energy projects like NeoCity high school are helping Little Diversified Architectural Consulting progress toward climate goals. (Photo: Mark Herboth Photography)

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How Climate Commitments Are Transforming Design

Many are struggling to hit 2030 Commitment targets and embodied carbon goals. We picked the brains of three architecture firms that are in the thick of it—and progressing.

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Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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The Future of Home Energy Connectivity

Schneider’s Square D Energy Center can connect photovoltaics, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and “smart” meters and appliances.

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As weather becomes more extreme, the damage will be even more devastating—unless we raise the bar through codes and regulations. (Photo: South Carolina Air National Guard)

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An Advocate’s Guide to Resilience Regulations

Resilience is finding its place in city zoning and building codes. Here are some ideas to bring to your local government.

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30 Years of Green Building in the U.S.

As The BuildingGreen Report (formerly Environmental Building News, or “EBN”) celebrates its 30th year of publication, we decided to track the growth—and explosion—of the green building movement.

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24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Is the New Net-Zero

Des Moines, Iowa, joins Google in aiming for 24/7 carbon-free electricity—a target that necessitates managing energy loads in buildings.

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A Building Electrification Roadmap to Promote Decarbonization

Every major end use for fossil fuels in buildings is ready to be electrified, according to a report from the New Buildings Institute.

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Climate Action and Justice in the Built Environment

March 25-26, 2021
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Neutralizing the Downsides of Concrete

Concrete is a durable and necessary building material, but its carbon footprint is huge. Here’s a rundown of concrete’s tradeoffs and some solutions.

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Top 10 product winner RePurpose Energy uses batteries from electric vehicles as energy storage for renewable power. (Photo: RePurpose Energy)

Product Review

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2021

These innovative products reduce carbon emissions and include negative embodied carbon carpet, repurposed EV battery storage, carbon sequestering aggregate, and more.

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DOE to Test Grid-Harmonization Tech in the Real World

Seven new “proving grounds” will test the effectiveness of new energy-efficiency and grid-harmonization strategies.

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A Growing Embodied Carbon Library

The Carbon Leadership Forum has published a whole library on embodied carbon—and it’s crowdsourcing more resources every day.

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HVAC Strategies During COVID-19

Three engineers share what they’ve learned so far and give straight advice.

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WELL AP Exam Study Guide

The best and only WELL AP study guide you’ll ever need. Use our guide and you’ll pass the exam on your first try—we guarantee it.

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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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