Green Malls Save Shops and Consumers Money

Green malls in Singapore are saving money and creating a safer shopping experience More shopping malls in Singapore are going green in the global push to be more environmentally friendly, saving energy and water usage. Some consultants say they also help to create a safer shopping experience for consumers. There are 32 eco-malls in Singapore according to the Building and Construction Authority, and some of the green features enhance your shopping experience without you even knowing it. Lend Lease, which…

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Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

LEED vs Green Globes Round 2: Certification Costs

A press release from the Green Building Initiative announces the results of an independent study, funded by GBI, comparing the costs for certifying the same building under Green Globes and LEED. Green Globes Certification is Less Expensive to Achieve than LEED, On Same Project, Drexel University Study Reveals Portland, OR – May 13, 2014 – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced that, according to a recent study completed by Drexel University professor Jeffrey Beard, GBI’s Green Globes certification process…

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4 Major Cooling Efficiency Myths

Swapnil Shah pointed out five major cooling efficiency myths related to cooling, but I have my own opinions to add on four of them. I think everyone needs to know these. #1: Air Conditioners Must Run All The Time To Maintain A Cool Temperature This is only true in certain situations. For example: An undersized air conditioner won’t be able to cool a room off, therefore it has to run all the time. An adequately large unit (for example: a 24,000 BTU unit…

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Strength and Design in Concrete Forms

There is something amazingly raw and beautiful in cast concrete forms and buildings. These forms can become any shape imaginable and all that is required is the form to hold the concrete as it dries. Panels of remarkable sizes can be placed on site in construction zones, allowing buildings to rise in record breaking time spans. Concrete’s developments have continued throughout the years with improvements in its strength and constructability techniques. New developments include high-strength concrete that can be reinforced concrete…

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Biotic Tech Skyscraper by GPT Architecture

Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building

Biomimicry is the practice of using nature to inspire design. It has become more popular as the green building movement has grown. The Biotic-Tech Skyscraper City by GPT Architecture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, is inspired by squid, using the qualities of transparency, flexibility, movement and protective pigmentation. The design was the Jury Winner in the Architizer A+ awards for 2014 in the Architecture and Technology category. The facade is covered in “micro-umbrellas” which can open or close to maximize surface coverage to block the…

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Kilowatt Crackdown winners increased energy efficiency

Kilowatt Crackdown Winners Demonstrate Energy Efficiency

64 local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts “As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales The winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown 2013, a contest in Portland, Oregon to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, were announced last week. The competition engaged 15 million square feet, or 20 percent of Oregon’s commercial leased office space in buildings greater than 50,000 square feet, in addition to buildings in Vancouver, Washington.…

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Companies of Interest: Transwall’s Movable Wall Systems

Floor-to-ceiling movable wall systems have been developed to accompany changing design requirements In an era where modular and reconfigurable components drive business design decisions, the development of moveable wall systems seems entirely appropriate and timely. Meet Philadelphia-based Transwall, the developer of beautiful and reconfigurable architectural walls that are moveable. As the company aptly stated on its website, “Change is inevitable.” This is particularly true for companies wanting to keep pace with changing space requirements. Transwall’s floor-to-ceiling Wall System features broad horizontally…

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LEED vs Green Globes

LEED Versus Green Globes

Last week Greenwash Action released its answer to critics of the LEED green building certification program, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED has been under attack by proponents of the Green Globes certification program, which is administered by the Green Building Initiative. “LEED Exposed” claims that LEED certified buildings may not be as “green” as they claim. It states that many certified buildings do not meet their energy and water…

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Excellence in Design Awards

Excellence In Green Design Award Winners

ED + C Magazine announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence in Design Awards. The projects were selected for their green design features from five building sector categories – commercial, residential, educational, government, and institutional. Starting in May, each month ED + C will allow readers to vote on which projects they think deserved the awards. The 18 selected green building projects completed in 2013 demonstrate unique sustainable design and innovative strategies. The winners of each category will be explored in greater…

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AIA’s Top Ten 2014 List

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona State University Student Health Services Building Bud Clark Commons Bushwick Inlet Park Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF John and Frances Angelos Law Center Sustainability Treehouse The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters Warroad U.S. Land Port of Entry Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse The Arizona State University Student Health Services is an…

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Montgomery County: First U.S. County to Pass Energy Benchmarking Law

Action to track energy use in large buildings is spreading, this time to counties. This news comes from the Institute for Market Transformation. New law, similar to those passed in nine cities, requires the tracking of energy use in large public and private buildings Montgomery County, Md., has become the first county in the nation to pass an energy benchmarking law, requiring owners of large nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties’ energy use. The county follows nine major…

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Living as One with the Landscape

Buildings that are beautifully and uniquely designed are only made better when they tie in with their surroundings and bring out their individual landscapes. The following are four examples of buildings that become one with their environment and both bring out the brilliance in the other. Nature, nurture, design and intent all mesh into a space of alluring creativity. The first building is an entryway to an underground mystery space. The building is the Jewel Cave Visitor Center at Yallingup,…

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LEED plaque

USGBC Launches Real-Time LEED Information Site

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state. The dynamic market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to…

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Arizona State University Health Services

AIA Top Ten Green Buildings for 2014

The American Institute of Architects Committee On The Environment has announced its top ten green buildings for 2014. In its 18th year, the award’s winners highlight the unique synergy between the built and the natural environment. Arizona State University Student Health Services, Tempe, Arizona Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow The Arizona State University (ASU) Health Services Building is an adaptive reuse project that transformed the existing sterile and inefficient clinic into a clearly organized, efficient, and welcoming facility. The building’s energy performance is…

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Radio Flyer Headquarters

Radio Flyer HQ Earns LEED Platinum

Radio Flyer Inc’s company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, has earned LEED Platinum certification, the company announced this week. Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, the certification acknowledges the key design decisions made on the project, including the renovation of existing warehouse space, dedicated recycling areas, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems. “Our mission is to create awesome kids products that inspire outdoor active play, so it just makes sense that we work to do our part to improve the environment,” said…

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Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. (Greenland). The two companies jointly announced they will install a green roof on Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the entertainment and sports venue that has quickly become an iconic landmark at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. In December, the companies inked…

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AIA Top 10 Housing Awards – Part II

AIA Top 10 Continues – Multifamily Housing & Specialized Housing The American Institute of Architects has selected 10 top new American homes for the 2014 Housing Awards. Yesterday we focused on single-family homes. Today the awards we feature the multifamily and specialized housing categories. These brief descriptions from AIA provide a view of the projects. Should you wish to learn more about these projects, click on the name of the project/firm name. Multifamily Living “The Multifamily Housing award recognizes outstanding…

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Rising Up; The Tallest Building Award Goes To…

As a lover of all things built, this article could become a story of a million pictures. There are books about it and every few years a new creation tops the list, literally. I’m talking about the contest that is never ending, the drive to make the world’s tallest building. Before the 1800’s this title was given to many different cathedrals, reaching for the heavens. They ranged from London’s Old St. Paul’s Cathedral that climbed 149 meters to Ulm’s Minster…

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