Fernhill Eco Center

Ferncliff Eco Center Features Unique Sustainable Flooring Options

Something very unique has happened in Arkansas! The Eco Center at Ferncliff in Little Rock is a volunteer-built straw bale mecca for those looking for sustainable building options. The floors alone are worthy of an article to themselves! First, a bit of background. Ferncliff is a summer camp and conference center owned by a nearby Presbyterian church. The center built the eco building to provide a place where children and adults could learn about sustainable building and living. It features…

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Tenant Star Program Recognizes Energy Efficient Office Spaces

The US Congress and President Obama recently approved a bill that would establish the Tenant Star Program to recognize office spaces that implement energy efficiency measures, saving money and the environment. The Tenant Star Program will be a part of the current Energy Star Program for buildings, providing incentives to encourage tenants in office buildings to install energy-reducing fixtures and systems. It will be the first government-endorsed label in the United States to recognize leased spaces within commercial buildings for sustainable…

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Sustainable power systems rating system

Sustainable Power Systems Rating Program Launched

Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) launched the newest green rating system earlier this week – this one is for sustainable power systems. PEER, as it is called, stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, and it evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality, reliability, resiliency and the environment. The PEER rating system is modeled after the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design),…

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Buy Scottish land and become a lord or lady

Become a Scottish Lord or Lady for $50, and Help the Planet Too

Ever dreamed of being a part of the landed gentry? Here’s your chance. For less that $50 you can purchase a small plot of land in Scotland, which entitles you to use the title of Laird (landowner), Lord, or Lady! The good thing is, the land is preserved in its natural state and you can help the planet. Highland Titles, one of the world’s leading innovators in land preservation, is offering the opportunity to purchase souvenir plots of land in…

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Dunbarton High School is the greenest school on the earth

Dunbarton High School Is the Greenest School on Earth

Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, Canada has been selected as the 2015 Greenest School on Earth by the Global Coalition for Green Schools. Dunbarton High School, built in the 1960s, has undergone a significant retrofit over the past five years, installing new energy-efficient windows, insulation and lower wattage lighting. The school offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Environment and engages students through coursework and extracurricular activities related to the school’s natural surroundings. Also a winner of the 2014…

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LEED certified parking structure

LEED Helps Companies Show Corporate Responsibility

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED to help them achieve their goals, according to a survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council. The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC. “We launched LEED 15 years ago so that the world’s leading businesses would have a tool that would deliver the immediate, measureable results they need…

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Bullitt Center Earns Living Building Certification

Bullitt Center Earns Living Building Certification

The Bullitt Center has proven its status as the greenest commercial building in the world by becoming the first office building to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. To earn the certification, the Bullitt Center demonstrated that it produces more electricity from solar panels on its roof than occupants use in a year. In addition, toxic chemicals were screened from all building materials and all wood was Forest Stewardship Council certified. Its…

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Bullitt Center

Net Zero Case Study: Bullitt Center – Changing the Status Quo

The Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington, is one of the most self-sufficient buildings on the planet. It is net zero energy and, after the water reuse system is approved by city authorities, net zero water. Net zero means that the building uses the same amount as it creates or generates – it is self-sufficient. In a series of posts here on GBE, we will look at what makes this building tick. Policy Changes As we’ve seen in this series, the…

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Prefabricated skyscraper Sky City in China

Prefabricated Construction Goes BIG

Up until now, prefabricated buildings and building sections have been used to build homes and other small structures. In China, however, they are taking things BIG – constructing a skyscraper at the rate of three floors per day! What is prefab? Prefabricated construction, or prefab, involves constructing portions of a building (walls, wall sections, roofs, floors) off-site (usually indoors), then transporting those sections to the job site where they are assembled quickly into the finished building. Prefab is green because…

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wood beams

Building Material of the Future – Wood?

No, the headline is not a typo. Wood is going to places it’s never been before – up! The T3 project (which stands for “Timber, Technology, and Transit”) in Minnesota will be the tallest wood-framed building in the United States at seven stories. The 210,000 square foot office building is causing a bit of an uproar around the country. “This building is very unique,” Vancouver architect Michael Green says. “It is the first large-scale office building built of timber in…

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Tiny Houseboat Gets the Tiny House Treatment

The tiny house movement continues to make big strides, but one group of people has already been putting clever thinking to use embiggening tiny spaces for years: houseboaters. Even so, some houseboat designs are clearly better than others, and that’s where this classy Hausbót comes in. Designed by Mjölk architects, this houseboat moored outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic makes use of a clean, modern aesthetic and large windows to create a feeling of openness in the otherwise tiny…

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