The Charleston Retention Basin on Google’s Mountain View campus is a six-acre wetland supporting native plants and inviting humans to enjoy it on a nature trail. (Photo courtesy Google Ecology Program)

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Native Landscaping for Biodiversity

Removal of invasive plants and support of native plantings are critically important for maintaining healthy ecosystems.

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SPEC THIS, NOT THAT

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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“Code Red” IPCC Report: What It Means for the Building Sector

We are just about out of wiggle room, and buildings need to change. Now.

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Rooftop beehives

Honeybee hives can be a good addition to green roof systems. (Photo: The Best Bees Company)

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The Benefits of Urban Honeybees

Our urban buildings can provide habitat for vulnerable honeybee populations, as well as research opportunities that might help the species and our food supply.

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News Brief

Lance Hosey: 1964–2021

A leading champion of sustainable design leaves behind a rich legacy of accomplishment.

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News Analysis

Weakened Infrastructure Bill Still Has Sustainability Spending

It’s easy to focus on what was lost, but the bipartisan infrastructure bill still includes some green building wins.

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News Brief

Arc, Autocase Team Up to Make the Business Case

By tracking existing building performance, Arc users can get financial reports on sustainability measures for free, and projected scenarios can be analyzed for a premium.

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Urban trees often aren’t allowed to grow long enough to deliver maximum ecological benefits, according to researchers. (Photo: Ogutier)

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Experts Say Stop Counting Trunks and Look to the Canopy

Half of urban trees don’t live past 10 years; we need them to reach at least 50.

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News Analysis

Heat Pumps to Jumpstart Electrification in California

California code will virtually require electric heat pumps for most new buildings, deterring new gas line hookups.

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WINTER IS COMING

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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