This new construction project, located directly across from an office-to-residential conversion, has been designed to stimulate development of a high-density, transit-oriented district in a former fringe area that used to host a lot of parking. (Image: Cooper Carry)

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Saying Goodbye to the Office—and Hello to Housing

The way we use (and don’t use) our offices is irrevocably changing. But what are we going to do with all these vacant buildings?

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SPEC THIS, NOT THAT

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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Three Green Actions to Take While Occupants Work from Home

Now is a perfect time for property owners and managers to pursue these major sustainability initiatives.

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WinSert high-performance window inserts can be used in high rises where replacement with thicker glass options is not possible. (Photo: Alpen High Performance Products)

Product Review

High-Efficiency Commercial Window Inserts

Alpen’s WinSert commercial window inserts significantly improve the thermal performance of aging window systems, without the cost or aesthetic concerns of full replacements.

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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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New Analysis

Justice, Circularity Overhauled in Cradle to Cradle v4

The latest version of the Cradle to Cradle product standard also expands embodied carbon requirements and replaces the controversial “banned list” with a new approach.

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Washington D.C. Releases Resilient Design Guidelines

Designers in the District are being encouraged to design for extreme heat, flooding, and power outages.

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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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Local Governments To Be Disenfranchised After Voting for Green Codes

Although government officials ultimately implement the energy code, the ICC is blocking them from voting on it.

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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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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

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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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