• Partnership To Reduce Global Emissions

    The Clinton Climate Initiative, New York, and U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., have expanded their part- nership to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions from the built environment on a global scale.

  • Carbon Measurement to have Common Knowledge

    A memorandum of understanding between BRE Global, Watford, U.K.; the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; Green Building Council Australia, Sydney; and the U.K. Green Building Council, London, recently was signed to map and develop common metrics to measure emissions of carbon-dioxide...

  • Communities Chosen For Design Program

    The Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design has chosen 10.....

  • Organizations Promote Buildings' Sustainability

    Through a new memorandum of understanding, the Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. and Portland, Ore.-based Green Building Initiative will work together to accelerate the adoption of sustainability principles in the built environment.

  • The Rest of the Story

    Growing up in Iowa, there were things I could count on each day: reports about hog and soybean futures, farmers discussing the weather and Paul Harvey’s broadcast. Everyone I knew listened to and trusted Harvey. During nearly 60 years as a national radio personality, Harvey’s grandfatherly voice...

  • Becoming America's Most Wanted

    For the past decade, USAA Real Estate Co., San Antonio, has managed its portfolio of more than $4.9 billion in assets with energy efficiency in mind. But the seven-time recipient of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partner of the Year award decided to...

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond-Charlotte Branch / Charlotte, N.C.

    The roof encompasses 83,000 square feet (7711 m2) with 63,000 square feet (5853 m2) of vegetated roof on multiple levels.

  • 909 WALNUT TOWER/ Kansas City, Mo.

    At 34 floors, this is the tallest apartment building in Missouri.

  • 10 G ST. N.E./Washington, D.C.

    Serving as a respite from the city and nearby Capitol Hill, the vegetated roof and labyrinth on the American Psychological Association’s building covers 3,600 square feet (334 m2) and cost $170,000.

  • California Academy of Sciences/ San Francisco

    Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a LEED for New Construction Platinum-rated museum; it was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. The museum includes a 2 1/2-acre (1-hectare) vegetated roof that goes to a depth of 6 to 7 inches (152 to 179...

  • Multnoah County Central Library / Portland, Ore.

    A new vegetated roof atop this library replaced the former leaking roof. The vegetated roof, which cost $180,000 and covers 7,188 square feet (668 m2), contains more than 17,000 sedums and grasses.

  • Christie Place / Scarsdale, N.Y.

    Christie Place is a luxury townhome community located north of New York. Developed by Ginsburg Development Cos., Scarsdale, and built by FM Home Improvement, East Orange, N.J., the buildings match the existing Tudor-style architecture of the Scarsdale village center.

  • The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center / Glenview, Ill.

    Set amidst Air Station Prairie, a 32 1/2-acre (13-hectare) remnant of tall-grass prairie north of Chicago, the 3,000-square-foot (279-m2) center educates visitors about the history and ecology of the Illinois prairie ecosystem while serving as a showcase for cutting-edge technology and techniques...

  • Center for Urban Ecology/ Washington, D.C.

    About 52 percent of Washington is covered with impervious surfaces, such as streets, buildings and parking lots, which helped to inspire the Center for Urban Ecology to install a 7,000-square-foot (650-m2) extensive vegetated roof atop its headquarters.

  • Eco-Resources

    Whirlwind Building Components, Houston, has just released a complete product-line brochure.

  • Outdoor Learning Environments

    Progressive Design Playgrounds' Outdoor Learning Environments extend the classroom into the outdoors, allowing children to explore their surroundings with sight, hearing, touch and smell.

  • Pure Temp

    Pure Temp, developed by Entropy Solutions, is a phase-change technology that is designed to be incorporated into insulation, floors, walls, ceiling tiles and HVAC systems.

  • Parking-Lot Lighting System

    Orion Energy Systems Inc.’s parking-lot lighting system uses fluorescent lamps that reduce energy consumption by 50 percent or more while increasing light levels in comparison to highintensity- discharge lights used in most parking lots.

  • The EnviroReady Roofing System

    The EnviroReady Roofing System from Firestone Building Products Co. LLC can be upgraded with environmental technologies, including photovoltaic and vegetated systems, up to seven years after installation.

  • The Eco-Clear 2003

    The Eco-Clear 2003 by Active Safety Corp. is an edge-lit, photoluminescent, glow-in-the-dark exit sign.

  • Ashland-e Gaia Blends Mosaic Tile From Hakatai

    Ashland-e Gaia Blends mosaic tile from Hakatai comprises 30 to 70 percent glass from bottles and other waste glass.

  • The MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System

    Everpure LLC has developed the MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System for commercial buildings.

  • Veneer Wrap

    Contact Industries’ veneer wrap is available in a variety of options, including cherry, alder, sapele, teak and others.

  • Tierra

    Armstrong Ceilings has introduced Tierra, a rapidly renewable acoustical ceiling tile.

  • IntelliStrong

    IntelliStrong is the newest addition to PV Powered’s line of smart-string combiner boxes.

  • Nativebamboo

    Nativebamboo, a new addition to the Nativemesh family of mesh products from GKD, combines natural bamboo with the elegance of woven stainless steel.

  • The EcoPlus And EcoStep Matting Systems

    The EcoPlus and EcoStep matting systems from Crown Mats and Matting are made from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate plastic.

  • Materials Reuse

    On a pleasant day in one of Chicago’s suburbs, a deconstruction contractor and his crew remove an original, custom-made window for salvage from a 1923 home.

  • The Banyan Resort

    Key West, Fla., attracts thousands of tourists year-round with its pristine weather, golf courses, beaches, water sports and restaurants. Located in a historic area of the city, The Banyan Resort invites visitors to enjoy the island’s tropical delights in an eco-friendly manner.

  • Certifying Small Wind Turbine Performance

    Small wind turbines have great potential to serve increasing demand for energy generation while being a cost-effective solution for commercial and residential end-users. However, several obstacles have hindered greater use of small wind turbines. Performance specifications are not standardized, and...

  • Harnessing the Wind

    An energy-efficient structure, which is defined as using 50 percent less energy than a building built to the International Energy Conservation Code 2008, is the first logical step toward reducing our buildings’ carbon footprints. When applying renewable-energy systems, or RES, to energy-efficient...

  • Capitol Idea

    During the last presidential campaign, lobbyists took a lot of heat from candidates and the media. The word “lobbyist” conjured images of sneaky special interests cozying up to Washington, D.C., fat cats to push their agendas. In fact, one of the first acts of the new Obama administration was aimed...

  • Climate for Change

    During the past decade, climate change steadily has moved up the political agenda. Now, with a new administration in Washington, D.C., that has demonstrated a clear commitment to action, comprehensive climate-change legislation appears ripe for passage within the next couple of years. As a result...

  • Green Jobs, Green Dollars

    On a bright Friday morning in February, Lisa Jackson, the new administrator of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, took the podium at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference in Washington. It was the closing session of the three-day conference, which was organized by the...

  • Growing Up Green

    Vegetated roofing is experiencing a growth spurt across the U.S. Projects have been appearing on federal buildings in the nation’s capitol; on commercial projects as far west as California; and on various buildings in our nation’s heartland, where Chicago boasts the largest area of vegetated...

  • Healthy Home

    Jeff and Salena Gallo not only feel good about their decision to build green, they also feel better physically. Salena has asthma and both had been plagued by allergies for years, yet after moving into their new sustainable home in Minneapolis, they no longer needed to take the medications they...

  • Sustainable Proof

    While the rush to build sustainably may be somewhat tempered by the economic downturn, a 2008 study conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. General Services Administration of 12 federal buildings demonstrates that buildings designed to be sustainable deliver on their promise of resource...

  • Stimulus Act Reinforces Energy Standard

    The Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc.’s 90.1-2007 standard, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” is recognized through special funding measures in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

  • Integrated Design—MITHUN

    This book examines the practice, principles and projects of the architectural firm, Mithun.