A third-party whole-building LCA of the Catalyst building, seen here under construction, projected that the core and shell will nearly offset the project’s entire upfront embodied carbon. (Photo: Katerra)

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Wood: What’s Good?

Mass timber seems alluring because of its low carbon footprint, but not all wood is equally sustainable. We dig deep into the controversy over which types of timber are “climate smart.”

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Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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Aerosols and Micro-droplets: HVAC Approaches During COVID-19

Good indoor air quality will help if SARS-CoV-2 is airborne, and tried-and-true measures can get us there.

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Though paper towels are wasteful from an environmental perspective (and their dispensers don’t always operate as intended), until we know more about how COVID-19 is spread, they may be our safest hand-drying alternative. (Photo: Louis Wing. License: CC BY 3.0.)

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Drying Hands in the Age of COVID-19

Electric hand dryers have a lower carbon footprint and save resources compared to paper towels, but COVID-19 has changed how we view these products.

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Alternatives to the “tough-on-crime” model of prison design are emerging, but in the meantime we need to look at the bigger picture.

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Rethinking the Architecture of a Racist Legal System

With the conversation on race and justice coming to the forefront, it’s worth thinking through how architecture can contribute to change.

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A Review of Healthy Building Rating Systems

In the world of sustainable building design, one of the most common questions that comes up is: what is the best system to use if you want to build a healthy building?

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IMMUNE Building Standard: The Latest COVID Response

Entering a crowded field of building re-entry solutions, IMMUNE is an open-source standard.

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“All for Reuse” Looks to Cut Embodied Carbon

The All for Reuse initiative is currently seeking signatories.

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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

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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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