Green Building

In China, overambition reins in eco-city plans
December 24, 2008 10:37 AM - The Christian Science Monitor

If all had gone to plan, by now the first residents of China’s newest city would be unpacking boxes. An experiment in sustainable living, Dongtan was billed as a urban center where green technologies and smart design could slash the carbon footprint of up to a half-million people.

Habitat goes green in home for refugees
December 4, 2008 08:35 AM - ASH Institute

After 10 years of living in African refugee camps and two years in a one-bedroom apartment, Baja Dalla and his family soon will have a house they can call their own. Next March, Mr. Dalla, his wife, Nyanchi, and three small children will move to one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified Habitat for Humanity homes in the world on East 19th Street in the Jefferson Heights area, Jeff Cannon with GreenSpaces said at a news conference Monday.

Knowledge gaps hinder energy-efficient building transition

Technology to deliver "dramatic" cuts in emissions already exists, but knowledge gaps and old habits mean progress in being made "at a snail's pace," argues the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in a new report. Energy savings in buildings could deliver larger CO2 cuts than the entire emissions of the transport sector based on 2050 projections, says the global business association in the latest progress report for its 'Energy Efficiency in Buildings' project.

Green efforts embrace poor; More areas are updating housing to cut energy use and utility bills
November 25, 2008 09:10 AM - http://www.innovations.harvard.edu

Low-income people who live in old or flimsy housing are becoming prime targets for cities and groups intent on slashing energy use. Recent efforts to cut energy consumption in the home have focused on new construction, often in more affluent areas and public buildings. Now, community organizations and cities that have embraced the green effort are homing in on low-income houses and apartments to reduce emissions and help poor people lower their utility bills.

Revamped LEED ratings emphasize climate, energy conservation

The U.S. Green Building Council is remodeling its LEED rating system for buildings, giving greater weight to design elements that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

LEED 2009 Passes Member Ballot
November 18, 2008 08:40 AM - USGBC

BOSTON (November 18, 2008)– LEED 2009, the long-awaited update to the internationally recognized LEED green building certification program, has passed member ballot, and will be introduced in 2009 as the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings. It includes a series of major technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other environmental and human health outcomes.

Atlantic City center begins installation of largest solar roof system in U.S.
November 18, 2008 07:33 AM - , The Green Meeting

The first section of solar panels has been installed atop the Atlantic City Convention Center. The power system is to be the largest single-roof photovoltaic system in the U.S., with some 13,321 panels capable of generating 2.36 megawatts. The panels will cover 290,000 square feet, or two-thirds of the venue's roof.

Zero Carbon Building is The New Standard In England
October 24, 2008 10:07 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Zero carbon building is going to be the standard in the UK as of 2016. By that time all new buildings will have to be carbon neutral, the government decided awhile back. In the meantime, there’s a lot of activity going on in the housing sector to prepare for this rather close deadline.

Black is the new Green: NY chapter of US Green Building Council Annual Gala promotes green building and gives awards
October 21, 2008 11:50 AM - L. Norton, ENN

Last week, ENN was invited to join roughly 360 members, celebrities, dignitaries and special guests dressed in black tie gathered at the American Museum of Natural History among the dinosaur bones and under the globe of the planetarium, to honor NY Mayor Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the President of Related Companies and the President and CEO of NBC for their efforts to make NYC green.

Eco-show launches four-city expansion
October 17, 2008 07:48 AM - , The Green Meeting

Go Green Expo, a business-to-business and consumer showcase for green living products and services, has announced a four-city tour beginning in January 2009 that includes Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City and Atlanta. The event debuted in New York this year during Earth Week.

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