The battery storage at Lubber Run Community Center (a NZE project) is programmed to dispatch at a time of day when the grid is dirtiest, displacing more carbon emissions than a PV system alone. (Image: Tom Holdsworth)

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Net-Zero Energy Isn’t the Real Goal: 8 Reasons Why

Net-zero-energy buildings don’t always reduce carbon emissions. These are the tweaks we need to ensure they do.

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SPEC THIS, NOT THAT

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

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Why Net-Zero Energy Is a Goal We Can All Get Behind

NZE pioneer Brad Liljequist argues that BuidingGreen’s recent critique of net-zero energy may be fighting the wrong battle.

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The kitchen redesign opened up the space so navigation is straightforward and exits are evident. (Photo: Jonathan Farrell)

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Trauma-Informed Design: A New Social Equity Imperative

By applying the principles of “trauma-informed care,” building professionals can prevent re-traumatization while reducing stress for everyone.

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The new toolkit helps residents map the journey from marginalization all the way to community ownership. (Image: Rosa Gonzalez)

News Brief

NAACP Offers an Equity Toolkit for Building Projects

Extensive guidelines published by NAACP help put community residents in the driver’s seat.

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News Analysis

IAQ Monitoring for COVID: What’s in a Score?

Occupants want access to IAQ data. But it’s a battle between simplicity and accuracy.

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News Analysis

EPA to Attempt PFAS Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced initiatives that will finally regulate the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in consumer and building products.

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New Directions for Mindful Materials

More than a database, mindful Materials is taking on an advocacy and convener role focused on healthy and sustainable materials.

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News Analysis

New DOE Building Programs Push toward a Zero-Carbon Future

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund a long slate of initiatives designed to transform the building industry.

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The Catalyst building under construction (Photo: Katerra)

News Brief

Katerra to Shut Down in U.S., Reducing Certified CLT Options

The “vertically integrated” company Katerra offered everything from FSC-certified mass timber products to prefab design and construction services, but it couldn’t stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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