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    Kirei Pacific Coastal Collection

    Sourced from the Northwest and made in SoCal, a new collection of architectural wood finishes is a West Coast product, through and through.

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    Cooper Lighting Metalux ArcLine LED Series

    These low-profile ceiling troffers use 40 less energy than a conventional three-lamp fluorescent troffer.

  • Fireclay Tile Runway Collection

    A fashion designer turns to tile, and the results include houndstooth- and corset-inspired patterns.

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    Bradley Corp. Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System

    Soap. water, blown air now come in one unit for hand-washing.

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    Gerflor Creation Collection

    Luxury vinyl tile gets the recycled-content, formaldehyde-free treatment.

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    Relationship Building

    LMN Architects knits old and new together at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business.

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    Warm All Over

    Radiant floor heating can provide cost savings and comfort in those hard-to-condition commercial places.

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    Viridian Reclaimed Wood

    Old shipping crates and pallets and gym bleachers get a new life as hardwood flooring.

  • What Now?

    Climate change and green building finally took the spotlight at the end of 2012, but how do we keep it in mainstream sights?

  • Guardian Industries SunGuard EC

    Control heat and glare using electrochromic technology.

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    Real-Time Design

    David Benjamin of The Living and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation talks about the intersection of biology, technology, and architecture.

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    The Envelope, Please

    Macalester College's Institute for Global Citizenship gets its Ph.D. in energy savings.

  • Do Housing Starts Reveal a Jobless Recovery?

    Do housing starts reveal a jobless recovery? A look at recent economic numbers reveals data that affects all construction, including green projects.

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    Harvesting Daylight

    How to increase natural light to reduce energy use, as well as minimize glare and heat gain.

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    Below the Law

    A subtle addition to UC Berkeley's School of Law digs into an existing courtyard to make room for a mix of communal spaces.

  • Energy Modeling, COTE Top Ten, and Biophilia: ECO-STRUCTURE's Most-Read Stories of 2012

    We compile ECO-STRUCTURE's most-read online stories of 2012. Did these headlines make your list?

  • USA Today Claims Little Link Between Green School and Learning or Energy Use

    USA Today renews its examination of green building with a focus on schools and claims that there is little link between environmentally friendly buildings and learning or energy use. USGBC fires back.

  • Low Energy, High Potential

    A net-zero-energy prototype for Los Angeles Unified School District aims for top results across the board.

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    Materials, Resources, and Contention

    Industry groups foresee problems with the proposed changes to LEED. We look at some of the concerns with LEED v4.

  • Two New, Free LEED-ND Tools Available

    The USGBC and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School introduce two resources to help local governments leverage LEED for Neighborhood Development as a tool for sustainable development.

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  • EPA Awards Almost $700,000 to Students

    Forty-five college teams receive grants as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet student design competition.

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    The 18-Year Itch

    How close is architecture to carbon neutrality?

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    The ABCs of Energy Modeling

    What we design uses 40 percent of the nation's energy.

  • Product: Accoya Alder

    The recent addition to the company’s Accsys product range is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.

  • Product: Jaga Climate Systems Vertiga

    The new convector is made of entirely renewable components.

  • How Germany is Financing Climate Initiatives

    German businesses and households accounted for 95 percent of German climate finance in 2010, according to a new report from the Climate Policy Initiative.

  • U.S. Students Win International Sustainable Design Competition

    Teams from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture and Clemson University win the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition.

  • ICC Seeking Members to Develop Rainwater Standard

    The organization is seeking standards development committee members.

  • I-Codes Design Guide Released

    A new guide aims to unify roof and wall insulation values among the International Energy Conservation Code, the International Green Construction Code, ASHRAE 90.1, and common forms of construction.

  • Green Building Information Gateway Launched

    The USGBC’s web-based tool aims for greater transparency and understanding of green-building practices.

  • Latest Version of the C2C Certified Product Standard Debuts

    The non-profit organization takes responsibility for certifying the products, and also announces a $250,000 Product Innovation Challenge in partnership with Make It Right.

  • AIA COTE Top Ten Expands, Now Accepting Submissions

    AIA COTE announces a new Top Ten Plus award to recognize post-occupancy performance of past Top Ten Green Projects, and is now accepting submissions for the 2013 program.

  • Google's Green Grant

    During the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a $3 million grant from Google meant to make indoor environments healthier.

  • Going Green Around the Globe

    A new study by McGraw-Hill Construction and United Technologies shows that the popularity of green building is rapidly increasing both in the U.S. and abroad, largely thanks to a shift in consumer and market demand.

  • 2012 Greenbuild Product Preview

    Energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living showcased at San Francisco event.

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    Móz Designs Basket Weave

    This multidimensional installation piece for interior walls is made of 85% pre-consumer recycled aluminum.

  • EPA’s Newest Report Guides Businesses on Cutting Water Use

    The new WaterSense program guide highlights products, best practices, and case studies.

  • Health Product Declaration Open Standard Launched

    The free, public format aims to standardize the disclosure of building product contents, emissions, chemical hazards, and health information.

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    ReWall Co. NakedBoard

    Made entirely from recycled paper, NakedBoard can be used as decorative wall board, wall-tile backer, ceiling panel, a curved wall, or accent material.

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    KnollTextiles Marquee

    Inspired by the work of late American artist and designer Vera Neumann, Marquee has 20% post-consumer recycled polyester.

  • Time to Shift from Sustainability to Resilience?

    An opinion piece in The New York Times questions whether buildings should be designed to respond to the impacts of the environment, such as flooding, pandemics, and energy shortages, and not just to generate lower environmental impacts.

  • GE Lighting and USG Corp. Integrated Ceiling and Lighting System

    Two building technologies come together to form a monolithic ceiling and lighting system.

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    Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. SafePaint

    This self-priming, no-VOC, flat-finish paint is suitable for walls in environmentally sensitive spaces such as bedrooms and hospitals.

  • Teragren Portfolio Naturals

    Shredded bamboo fibers are intertwined with a pressure-treated base to form a high-density product 154 percent harder than red oak and 125 percent harder than North American maple.

  • GSA Calls For Green Technologies to Test

    The U.S. General Services Administration is gathering info for its Green Proving Ground program that examines sustainable building technologies and practices for federal buildings.

  • USGBC Fact Checks USA Today

    In round four of the back and forth between USA Today and the USGBC over the on-going series on the green-building organization and LEED, USGBC vice president of LEED technical development Brendan Owens weighs in.

  • Small Buildings, Same Standards?

    Buildings less than 5,000 square feet soon may no longer be exempt from a greater level of commissioning. An addendum to Standard 189.1 pushing this measure is up for public review through Nov. 18.

  • Investment Properties Reduced Carbon Emissions and Improved Energy Efficiency in 2011

    Carbon emissions dropped 8.2 percent and energy use is down 4.4 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to an Urban Land Institute study.

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    Feeling the Heat

    Thermal imaging can shave significant time off of building investigations, but only if the results are interpreted correctly.

  • Questioning the Business of LEED Implementation and Development

    USA Today's series examining the USGBC and LEED continues with a focus on the relationship between the organzation, LEED development, and the building industry.

  • USGBC: LEED Isn't Perfect, But Is Improving

    The USGBC repsponds to USA Today's article critiquing LEED, asserting that "LEED isn't perfect, but it is always improving" and "the costs of individual LEED credits are irrelevant because the market learns to deliver green buildings at little to no added cost."

  • Does LEED Reward Minor Steps With Little Environmental Benefit?

    USA Today asserts that the green-building rating system wins tax breaks and grants, higher rents, and expedited permitting for low-cost, minor steps that have little or no proven environmental benefit.

  • Profile: Paladino & Co.

    Along with Gensler, this firm is the other half of the design team behind the new Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pa., scheduled to be completed in 2015. In this Q&A, they discuss the project and their philosophy.

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    The Tower at PNC Plaza

    PNC's ambitious new headquarters under construction in Pittsburgh wins the 2012 Evergreen Awards On the Boards category.

  • Profile: G•O Logic

    The a Q&A with the firm behind the dormitory at Unity College in Unity, Maine, winner of the 2012 Evergreen Award in the Residential category.

  • TerraHaus is the first student residence hall in the U.S. to achieve the European Passive House standard.

    TerraHaus at Unity College

    A student residence designed to European Passive House standards wins the Evergreen Awards residential category for 2012.

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    Mary Ann Lazarus

    We chat with Lazarus, the winner of our 2012 Evergreen Awards Perspective category and HOK's director of sustainable design, about performance-based design, biomimicry, health, and more.

  • Time to Speak Up

    We have many ways to make our voices heard, and now is the time to find your platform.

  • Profile: Rice Fergus Miller

    This Bremerton, Wash., firm won the Evergreen Award in the Commercial Interiors category for the old Sears Automotive Center that they transformed into their new offices.

  • After a two-year renovation with a focus on passive energy use, water conservation, and indoor air quality, it is now the LEED Platinum-certified home for hte architecture firm.

    Rice Fergus Miller Office and Studio

    An architecture and planning firm breathes new life into an abandoned automotive center and wins the Commercial Interiors category of the 2012 Evergreen Awards.

  • 2012 Class of LEED Fellows Named

    Now in its second year, the LEED Fellows Program announced this year’s winners.

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    Profile: Lake|Flato Architects

    Lake|Flato revitalized downtown San Antonio, Texas, with the Full Good Warehouse to win the Existing Buildings category in this year's Evergreen Awards.

  • Full Goods Warehouse turns a 1974 brewery storehouse into a modern, mixed-use development.

    Full Goods Warehouse

    A 1974 storehouse is revitalized as a mixed-use development and wins the Evergreen Awards Existing Buildings category.

  • Profile: Ross Barney Architects

    A Q&A with the firm behind the James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, the Evergreen Award winner in the New Construction category.

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    James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

    The engineering building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, won over the 2012 Evergreen Awards judges in the New Construction category with its water-management strategies.

  • Massachusetts Named Most Energy-Efficient State

    The Northeast state tops the list of most energy-efficient states, and Mississippi needs the most improvement, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

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    Cultural Sensitivity

    An emphasis on natural materials highlights this Canadian child-care facility and community center.

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    Taktl Vectr

    These façade and wall panels made of ultrahigh-performance concrete can be installed outdoors, indoors, and as a rainscreen.

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    Teaching Tools

    A look at how schools are being designed and constructed to better serve communities and the environment.

  • Op-Ed: Architects and the 179D Energy Efficient Tax Deduction

    The AIA’s managing director of government relations and outreach argues for an extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction.

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    High Expectations

    LEED certification was just one requirement for the green-building giant's own space in Washington, D.C.

  • Product Report: Cersaie 2012

    Highlights with a focus on sustainability from Cersaie 2012, Italy's international exhibiton of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings.

  • Trend Group Metropolis

    Building on Trend Group’s Liberty mosaic line, Metropolis plays with light on glass tile and contains up to 75% post-consumer recycled glass.

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    The Fire This Time

    Facts are stubborn things.

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    Postal facilities may offer the greatest opportunities for adaptive use.

  • Jury

    For the fifth year, ECO-STRUCTURE recognizes excellence in environmental performance and design in the Evergreen Awards competition, and we thank this year's jury.

  • Retrofitting Windows As Beneficial As High-Performance Replacements?

    A new study reports that retrofitting existing windows comes close to delivering the same energy benefits of new, high-performance replacement windows—at less cost.

  • ASTM International Takes on Environmental Declarations

    The standards development organization announces it will help develop product category reviews (PCRs) and verify environmental product declarations (EPDs).

  • The EPA to Provide $1.2 Million for Indoor Air Quality Projects

    Thirty-two state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations will receive funds for their efforts to improve indoor air quality.

  • Lea Ceramiche Studies in Gouache

    Lea has added a patterning element to its Slimtech line of porcelain laminate slabs, as seen in the Studies in Gouache collection

  • Refin Cromie

    Cromie is the first collection from Refin to use the company’s Ecosan24 treatment, which uses titanium dioxide and metallic elements to treat pollution, self-clean, and sanitize the tiles.

  • Marazzi Group Concept

    Breaking from the abundance of wood patterns and undetailed stone visuals of Cersaie 2012, Marazzi Group’s Ragno subsidiary taps into another trend at the show with decorative detailing.

  • Ceramiche Mutina, Azulej

    For her fourth design for Mutina, Italian designer Patricia Urquiola strikes with a collection of tiles made from glazed porcelain.

  • Casalgrande Padana, Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics

    In a partnership with Japanese manufacturer Toto, Casalgrande Padana is producing Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics, a line of self-cleaning porcelain tiles for use in exterior and interior applications.

  • Florim Ceramiche Selection Oak and Taiga

    Under its Rex subsidiary, Florim Ceramiche is offering Selection Oak and Taiga, two new collections that include recycled content.

  • Ceramica Panaria Aisthesis

    Aisthesis is the first collection of Cermica Panaria’s ZERO.3 laminated porcelain stoneware, and is an Ecolabel—certified collection that features eight neutral colors in 3mm-thick slabs of seven shapes.

  • Coem Pietra Jura

    Featuring seven tile sizes, Pietra Jura is the first eco++ line from Coem.

  • Fap Ceramiche Supernatural Epoque

    Suitable for use in walls and floors in residential bathrooms and kitchens, and as wall tiling in commercial bathrooms, kitchens, and public lounge areas, Supernatural is Ecolabel certified and features seven patterns in two sizes.

  • Think Globally, Govern Locally

    Three mayors representing the southwest, midwest, and coastal southeast talk about how local government is placed best to create sustainable policy.

  • Programming a Nonexistent Existing Building

    An architect at Tom Eliot Fisch, the interior design consultant for the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, talks about design challenges behind the recently opened structure.

  • Fifth LEED v4 Public Comment Period Now Open

    The fifth public comment period is now open, and the USGBC is accepting responses until Dec. 10.

  • Extension of Tax Deduction for Retrofitting Commercial Buildings Introduced in Senate

    The Commercial Building Modernization Act reforms and extends the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial and multifamily buildings.

  • More Companies Commit to 20 Percent Reductions in Two Years

    Thirteen companies have now joined the California Best Buildings Challenge, which has aggressive two-year goals for energy, water, and waste reductions.

  • Barnes Foundation Gets LEED Platinum

    The team of Olin landscape architects, Fisher Marantz Stone, Ballinger, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects delivered a LEED Platinum–certified building for the Barnes Foundation.

  • EPA Awards Help to Five Cities

    Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Montana’s capital cities will receive help from the EPA to create healthy communities through green development.

  • New York City Posts Energy and Water Benchmarking Results

    The first city in the country publicly posts commercial building energy data for 2,065 buildings gathered by a mandatory benchmarking law.

  • Next LEED v4 Public Comment Period Opens Oct. 2

    The fifth public comment period will be open until Dec. 2.

  • Cusano Environmental Education Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Profile: Opsis Architecture

    Opsis Architecture finds creative ways to integrate sustainable solutions without additional costs.

  • Music and Science Building

    The latest addition to Hood River Middle School in Hood River, Ore., designed by Opsis Architecture integrates permaculture education into a National Historic Landmark site.