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Minneapolis City Center NFL Showcase: Finishing Touches Take Place On US Bank Stadium

We have enjoyed following the vision and ensuing work leading to the development of US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, now scheduled to open this August. Here is the most important item to keep in mind about this project: we’re not just looking at a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium replacing the old Hubert Humphrey Metrodome. Here the $1.1 billion investment involves a new kind of product for a sporting franchise and a government. This new-fangled stadium product represents the savvy evolution…

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World’s First 3D-Printed Building Completed In Dubai

3D-printed construction is occurring far more quickly than many first imagined. Take a look at Dubai, which now features the world’s first 3D-printed office building. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has stated the UAE stands as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today. “We announce today the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less…

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Urban Green Space Helps Fight Crime

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a green space! The new way to fight crime in cities may soon look like your neighborhood park. Recent research shows that the more urban green space in an area, the less crime. The city of Youngstown, Ohio did a study looking at three potential treatments for vacant lots: contracted (the city hired a contractor to mow the lots and erect fences), locally-driven (the city gave residents money to develop the lots as…

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Facebook Spends $269 Million On Headquarters

According to Jack Cookson, a research analyst at BuildZoom, his company’s business specialty involves collecting all building permits from around the country, a daunting venture which sometimes reveals interesting results on companies like Facebook. A search recently led company researchers to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, writes Cookson, “…and we couldn’t resist investigating what has been up to.” Here is what BuildZoom discovered: “Facebook is going green. There were a total of 8 permits directly related to solar energy, totaling $8,105,261. The…

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Top 10 Green Projects 2016

AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced its list of the top 10 green projects for 2016. Biosciences Research Building, Galway Ireland The design of the BRB embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project is able to take advantage of natural ventilation as the sole conditioning strategy for the majority of the year and is supplemented less than 10% of the year with radiant heating. Due to this…

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Panama Jungle Features Plastic Bottle Village

Far south, a few degrees north of the Equator, the plastic bottle is being smartly repurposed as a residential building insulation material. We visit Panama, where on an 83-acre jungle locale, 90 to 120 planned homes will be insulated by thousands of plastic bottles which have been recovered from the waste stream. The individual behind the scenes of this eco-village named Plastic Bottle Village is Robert Bezeau, a Canadian with a passion for managing and cleaning the waste left behind from the…

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Car Free Building In Austin Will Have No Parking

Developers in Austin, TX are looking to build a 30-story mixed-use building in the heart of busy downtown without adding any additional parking. The building, called The Avenue, will not contain a parking garage or any other on-site parking, and is being billed as the first “truly car-free luxury development in downtown Austin.” Residents and visitors to the building’s shops and offices will be asked to use alternative transportation, or park somewhere else, when using the building’s facilities. “This is the…

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illuma-Drive Focuses On Smarter Lighting Systems

The future of lighting systems has evolved, thanks to companies like iLLUMA-Drive. As the Ontario, Canada-based iLLUMA-Drive states on its website, the future is the platform on which it is operating. “Not your ordinary lighting system, our forward-thinking [system] focuses on sustainability with smart technology. The iLLUMA-Drive Intelligent Lighting System interfaces with a wide range of control software and hardware. Our enabling technology offers a comprehensive range of control options conducive to today’s busy family, ultimately providing full control.” Take…

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Verengo Solar & Swell Energy Announce Residential Home Energy Storage Partnership

A home energy storage partnership deal has been inked between California-based Verengo Solar and battery provider Swell Energy. The deal is intended to establish a one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo Solar will become a preferred installer of Swell Energy’s home solar battery products. Services offered by the two companies include “an energy storage solution that will allow customers to power their homes cleanly and quietly independent of…

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SolSmart Helps Communities Reduce Solar Energy Costs

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) recently announced the launch of the SolSmart designation program, a program to help communities advertise their solar energy-friendliness. SolSmart will also provide cities and counties with no-cost technical assistance to help them streamline and reduce solar energy costs in their area. SolSmart Advisors, fully-funded temporary staff that will be embedded in up to 40 communities to help them achieve designation, will provide no-cost technical assistance to assist in cutting the red tape…

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Homeselfe Infographic: What Uses The Most Energy In Your Home?

Take a close look at this infographic to see what power-thirsty vampire appliances consume the most energy in your home – and how to stop them We give thanks to Homeselfe co-founder Ameeta Jain, who is sharing this useful infographic on how you can cut your energy bills by up to 30% each month by just making small changes in your home. Look below the see the top 10 leading vampire appliances that excel at sucking excess energy. Then go on an energy efficiency…

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San Francisco Passes Mandatory Solar Ordinance For New Buildings

A new mandatory solar power ordinance in San Francisco makes for some very good renewable energy, and energy efficiency, news. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed the Better Roofs regulation to “fight climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.” As reported by treehugger, the move, which requires new buildings to go from solar-ready rooftops to solar-actual, represents a huge step toward the city’s goal of powering the city with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Specifically, this means San Francisco builders…

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Masdar City Sets The Bar For Sustainable Urban Development

Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi, has set its sights on being the most sustainable city on the planet, and it is well on the way to meeting that goal. Development started in 2008 and is expected to continue for at least the next five years, with 40,000 people expected to live within its boundaries, and another 50,000 commuting to work there. “Masdar City is a template for sustainable urban development, and its evolution is taking place in partnership with a…

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Fair Energy Initiative Tackles High Energy Costs

The Fair Energy Initiative, launched by the US Consumer Coalition (USCC), seeks to become a powerful voice for all Americans faced with a complex and changing energy industry. USCC will be engaging in a dialogue across the country with State and Federal officials, the media, energy experts and consumers to ensure energy industry practices are fair, protect choice and lower costs. “In any family or business budget, the cost of energy is a major expense that continues to rise,” said Brian…

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Net-Zero Home Kits Available From Acre

For those ready to build a net-zero home, Acre, might be a good place to start looking. The Acre website states this company addresses architecture and construction from an entirely new perspective. “We want to replace today’s out-of-date houses with innovative, attainable, high-quality homes that are better for people and the planet. Our goal is to give families back the freedom to prioritize what matters most to them – and a home that reflects these values.” In terms of a net-zero design approach to…

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2016 Green Schools Awards Winners Announced

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), announced the 2016 Best of Green Schools award recipients earlier this year. The awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. “This year’s honorees are making huge strides in their schools and communities,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for…

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