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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Product Review

Water Savings and More Using Vacuum Toilets

Jets vacuum toilet systems use significantly less water than standard systems, reduce wastewater, provide design flexibility, and can be used in combination with graywater and composting systems.

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The Catalyst building under construction (Photo: Katerra)

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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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Vibrant colors and patterns may seem cheerful in this "before" photo, but in fact can exacerbate toxic stress for victims of trauma. (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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PFAS in Building Products Ubiquitous, Says Report

The Green Science Policy Institute details how common PFAS compounds are in our building products.

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The Federal Plan to Decarbonize Buildings and Increase Equity

The U.S. General Services Administration has established two task groups in response to the president’s demands on climate and environmental justice.

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How Schools Can Use Federal Dollars for IAQ, Resilience, and More

HVAC upgrades, climate education, and green cleaning are just a few of the ways schools can spend the billions available from the federal government.

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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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FSC Mass Timber Production Arrives in the Midwest

The east and the west each have their own CLT producers, but now there’s one in between.

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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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