Sustainable Real Estate: UN urges investors to embed PRI in property portfolios
June 17, 2008 10:24 AM - UNEP
Institutional investors world-wide are being urged to engage with property fund managers to embed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment(PRI) in their decision-making. The call is being made today by the UNEP FI Property Working Group, whose members include 18 property fund managers from Japan, India, Austria, Europe and the US, amid concern that the property industry is moving far too slowly to address its environmental footprint including greenhouse gas emissions.
Unusual Green Architecture In Japan: Namba Parks
June 17, 2008 09:42 AM - , MetaEfficient
In a city with few green spaces, Namba Parks is a welcome swath of green for the inhabitants of Osaka.
Chinese Eco-City Planned For One Million Inhabitants
June 13, 2008 08:55 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The Tangshan region near Beijing will soon be home to a new ecological city with one million inhabitants. The new city in China will consist of 150 square kilometers with an initial stage that will have a scope of 30 square kilometers. A deep-water port and industrial area are also being planned in conjunction with the city.
Is LEED green enough? Conversations from Dwell on Design LA 2008
June 10, 2008 09:55 AM - , Triple Pundit
At this past week's Dwell on Design LA conference and expo, one of the most striking conversations centered on whether LEED standards are enough to meet the growing climate challenge. Energy consumption by buildings contribute to almost half of carbon emissions in the U.S. As a result, many city governments, including Los Angeles, have created ordinances for new buildings to comply with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.
Green Building: It's not pretty, but it runs clean
June 10, 2008 09:12 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Anyone who thinks all green buildings are shimmering towers of glass and steel can be forgiven for that mistake. Landmarks for the movement, after all, are soaring temples of natural daylight and engineering wizardry. But experts say most U.S. commercial buildings can be turned green without spending tons of money, bringing in construction cranes or making any change that can be seen from the street.
Solar Incentives Threaten Local Ownership
May 31, 2008 08:10 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
Large, remote concentrating solar power systems are the new darlings of the solar industry. Some observers now see centralized, not decentralized solar as the future. But a new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance reveals that the economic advantage of centralized solar and absentee owned solar arrays rests on federal tax incentives that discriminate against locally owned, decentralized solar arrays.
Lighting an Efficient Future, Minus the Mercury
May 30, 2008 08:19 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
More and more countries are banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. But options to recycle the mercury-laden alternatives are often scarce.
USGBC to Outsource LEED Certification
May 28, 2008 08:33 AM - , BuildingGreen
In a move that will likely have far-reaching ramifications for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its influential LEED rating systems, the organization has announced that as of January 2009 it will no longer certify buildings. That responsibility will pass to independent, accredited certifiers overseen by USGBC’s sister nonprofit corporation, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). GBCI has administered the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) program since January 2008.
Johnson Controls Aims for LEED Platinum
May 26, 2008 09:23 PM - , Triple Pundit
As I've remarked on numerous times in the past (links here), Johnson Controls remains one of the great unsung leaders in efficiency - having been making buildings more efficient since long before it became trendy. Now, they've taken their expertise to their own operations with a complete gutting and renovation of their corporate headquarters with LEED platinum as the goal.
Pioneers show Americans how to live "off-grid"
May 25, 2008 08:22 PM - Reuters
With energy prices going through the roof, an alternative lifestyle powered by solar panels and wind turbines has suddenly become more appealing to some. For architect Todd Bogatay, it has been reality for years. When he bought this breezy patch of scrub-covered mountaintop with views to Mexico more than two decades ago, he was one of only a few Americans with an interest in wind- and solar-powered homes.