Green Building

Regulations Demanding Actual Data Are Leapfrogging LEED
October 1, 2008 08:52 AM - , BuildingGreen

“It’s not how efficient the building is but how much energy it really uses that matters.” That’s the gist of many comments in a thread on BuildingGreen’s blog (and, simultaneously, on several email discussion groups) about how to measure the actual energy performance of LEED buildings.

How Green Is Your College?
September 30, 2008 09:01 AM - , Triple Pundit

Last week, the Sustainable Endowments Institute released its 2009 Green Report Card. As GreenBiz reports, it compiles the green and not-so-green aspects of 300 colleges and universities through the United States and Canada. The Report Card was designed to identify those schools that are leading by example through their commitment to sustainability initiatives on campus.

5 ways to ride wave power
September 17, 2008 09:05 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

To slow global warming, install white roofs
September 10, 2008 09:05 AM - LA Times

Builders have known for decades that white roofs reflect the sun's rays and lower the cost of air conditioning. But now scientists say they have quantified a new benefit: slowing global warming.

Home buyers look to cut climate control costs
September 10, 2008 08:47 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home buyers increasingly want architects to give them green features like extra insulation instead of extra room to host in-laws, an architects' trade group said.

Office Building Is 100% Sewer-Free
September 9, 2008 10:19 AM - , MetaEfficient

The sewer systems we use today are entirely ineffectual and unnecessary. The primary flaw in our design is that we use freshwater to dispose of feces. This is perhaps the most ineffectual thing to do with human manure — it pollutes fresh water, and it requires municipalities to maintain extremely costly sewage treatment infrastructures. Even after treatment, sewage can still wreck havoc on rivers and groundwater.

Taking a Bite out of Cement’s Global Warming Potential
September 9, 2008 09:19 AM - , Triple Pundit

Hardcore greenhouse gas (GHG) geeks will recall that cement is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions, with approximately 1 ton of CO2 equivalent emitted into the atmosphere for every 1 ton of cement produced. Damn. Forget your carbon guilt from flying, people! Cement is responsible for 5% of the Earth’s CO2 emissions, and it’s the third largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US according to the EPA.

Group to promote state legislative efforts to build green schools
September 8, 2008 09:13 AM - Greenwire

A trade group that promotes green building design is urging state legislatures to form caucuses to support environmentally sustainable schools. The U.S. Green Building Council, the Washington, D.C.-based group that promulgates the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating tool, is spearheading the "50 for 50" effort to lower school energy and maintenance costs and bolster student learning and health.

Green Building Standards Under Construction
August 27, 2008 10:40 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The world's leading certification system for sustainable architecture is set to undergo its most sweeping changes in 2009. The proposed revisions encourage designs that would reduce a building's impact on global climate change.

UN climate talks advance on forests, industry
August 27, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

U.N. climate talks in Ghana are making progress on ways to help developing nations slow deforestation and have eased disputes over use of greenhouse gas targets for industrial sectors, delegates said on Monday.

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