Boston Scientific Plant Becomes Costa Rica’s First Sustainable Building

Costa Rica is known for the lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and amazing surf. Now they will also be known for their great sustainable buildings as well. The Boston Scientific medical device plant in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has just been recognized as the country’s first sustainable building. More are certain to follow!

GE Will Use Advanced Telemetry’s ‘EcoView™ Energy Management System

n an era when the adaption smart technologies for tracking energy usage and performance is becoming more commonplace, electricity pioneer, General Electric has selected San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, developer of EcoView Residential – as a wireless energy monitoring dashboard product that can help lower homeowner energy usage, utility bills and carbon emissions.

Mr. Electricity Ranks Refrigerators & Electrical Wasters

For those wondering if they or their friends have attained the 21st century status of being electricity hogs, they might wish to get familiar with Michael Bluejay, known to many as Mr. Electricity on his website.

New Cement Absorbs Carbon Dioxide

cement flower

Cement is a strong and reliable building material, and the demand for it continues to go up. Unfortunately, the process used to manufacture most of the world’s cement creates 5 percent of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions. A new cement company, however, promises a new technique that will transform cement into a greener building material.

“Make It Right Foundation” Builds Sustainable Houses in New Orlean’s 9th Ward

It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, and many parts of the city are still waiting to be rebuilt. Thanks to the Make It Right Foundation, much of the rebuilding will focus on green and sustainable technologies. Home owners still coming back to the infamous 9th Ward will get to…

Here’s Looking at Composting Waterless Toilets

For those considering building without a septic tank or access to a sewer line, it might be time to look at composting alternatives, especially if putrid smells can be avoided. Swedish-based BioLet has manufactured waterless toilets for 35 years.

Hurricane Katrina Ravaged Site Goes LEED Gold

Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center

The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center is the first state government-owned LEED certified building in Mississippi. The Center is built on land that was underwater during Katrina, and has special landscaping to protect it from forst fires.

Bamboo in America

Until now, almost all of the bamboo in products sold here has come from overseas. That could change soon, as new planting techniques may lead to millions of new acres of bamboo shoots in the American South.

Creative Reuse of a Garage Door

When you buy a new garage door, hopefully one that is green, the old one is typically taken away and disposed of in a land fill. While some companies will take the old door and try to refurbish and sell it or will recycle the material, others simply toss it. But there are many creative…

TSC Global Showcases ‘Roofs for the World’ Demo

Evidence of new buildings featuring an innovative and cost-effective roof can now be seen in a growing number of African nations, including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan, as part of a Roofs for the World initiative.

Solar Panel Garage Door

Hybrid cars are gaining in popularity thanks to sporty models like the Toyota Prius. These vehicles prove to the average consumer that you can drive a more fuel efficient vehicle without making a big trade off in style or power from a traditional gas only vehicle. These types of hybrids, known as parallel hybrids, still…

Julee Herdt’s BioSIPS: Houses of Fiber, Not Wood

“By scientifically determining the arrangements of fibers of different lengths and types of underutilized wood and agricultural waste, we are now turning fiber residues into useful products.”

Straw Bale Workshop at SD Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation

Students are encouraged to stay after the class to continue to work on the building. “This workshop looks like a good opportunity to learn straw bale building in an indigenous cultural setting,” says Culver.

Sustainable and FSC Certified Wood Floors from Mafi

Wonderfully natural in every sense and one hundred percent Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood floors are here with Mafi, a company that specializes in sustainable, engineered wide plank flooring. FSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that supports environmentally-oriented, socially acceptable and economically sustainable use of our earth’s forests.

An Urban Masterplan Community that Consumes More Carbon than It Emits

A master designed urban community in South Africa was chosen as one of the sixteen real estate project by the Clinton Climate Initiative Development (CCI) . The Zonk’izizwe Town Center, a development of planned urban community in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa is participating in this CCI program which will strive to reduce the amount of…