The Big Picture

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It’s easy to get caught up in the details—earning one more LEED point or getting that documentation you need for recycled content.

But it’s a lot easier to achieve all the project goals if the owner and the whole project team are in agreement about why you’re putting in all this work in the first place. Stuff like:

  • slowing down climate change

  • dealing with global water shortages

  • avoiding depletion of nonrenewable resources

  • preventing public health problems associated with manufacturing

  • righting social wrongs

Here we set the scene, providing context that can help get—and keep—everyone on the same page about project goals.

The Big Picture

Deep Dives

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  • Passive Survivability: A New Design Criterion for Buildings

    Feature Article

    Buildings and their occupants are vulnerable to threats ranging from storms and rising sea levels to accidents and terrorism. In this feature article, EBN describes how to design and construct buildings to maintain livable conditions in the event of extended power outages or loss of heating fuel or water.

  • Wal-Mart: Every Day Low... Impact?

    Feature Article

    The world's largest company claims to have embraced environmental responsibility in everything from its supply chains to its waste stream, with goals of creating a prototype store with 30% lower greenhouse gas emissions within four years and doubling trucking efficiency within ten years. But how big a difference can the shift make, and is it enough?

  • How Boston Reduced Its Carbon Footprint

    Feature Short

    Building operations represent 75% of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s what we can learn from the city’s work on ambitious climate goals.

  • 2030 Culture: Six Selfish Reasons to Commit

    Feature Short

    2030 Commitment signatories are making progress on climate goals. Along the way, they’re also finding new ways to save time and money.

Quick Takes

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Product Guidance

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In The News

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Perspective

Thought-provoking opinions from the most trusted minds in sustainability.


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  • Tristan Roberts Joins Editorial Team

    Op-Ed

    BuildingGreen expands the editorial staff at EBN with a new associate editor.

  • BuildingGreen to Assist McGraw-Hill with New Magazine

    Op-Ed

    BuildingGreen is pleased to announce an agreement with McGraw-Hill Construction through which we will provide editorial guidance and articles for an upcoming magazine called GreenSource.

  • From the Editors

    Op-Ed

    BuildingGreen welcomes Drew George to our Advisory Board, takes over hosting of the Big Green e-mail listserv, and announces that EBN is now printed on FSC-certified paper.

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