Planning a smart city for the future involves planners, architects, engineers, and designers– rather than bureaucrats, bureaucracies, and politics as usual. According to the Smart Cities Council, a smart city is “one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions.” And per Frost & Sullivan, there are eight elements (each with the word “smart” in […]
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GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting […]
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 […]
In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day. The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy. Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and […]
With the recent validation of its evacuated containment patents in the US, Europe and Asia, NuScale Power, LLC, announced today that its portfolio now contains 108 patents granted or pending in 17 North American, European and Asian countries. NuScale’s robust patent development and protection program actively identifies and protects its designs and innovations in nuclear technology—focusing […]
Can peer pressure among tenants keep energy use to a minimum? One projects looks to find out as they attempt to be the first net zero multi-family residential project in the nation.
A sustainable design team from the U.S. is helping officials in Guadalajara, Mexico build a green museum. They are imparting some of the wisdom gathered from over fifteen years of green building in Portland, Oregon.
The historic Heathman Hotel, in downtown Portland, Oregon, recently gave its bathrooms a new, green look. The project is a continuation of the hotel’s commitment to sustainability and the local economy.
“Workforce housing” is a term being heard more and more, used place of the more familiar “affordable housing”. It differentiates between housing that is intended to accommodate people from the lowest income brackets, and housing for the lower middle class, people who have steady employment but have been priced out of the housing market in many areas. […]
“When will I find a green home in my price range?” It’s a question often heard from sustainability devotees who have been keeping an eye on the growth of the green housing market, yet still find themselves priced out due to the amount of up-front investment that is required when building green. LEED ND Addresses […]
In addition to being the first high-rise condominium in the country to achieve a LEED-Platinum rating, The Casey represents a partnership between the building’s developers, designers, and the local arts community. In 2000, Gerding Edlen Development selected GBD Architects to renovate 5 blocks of historic brewery buildings located in a former industrial area of Portland, […]
Communities full of “McMansions” seem to be everywhere these days, and they have plenty of buyers standing at the ready. Many of these oversized suburban homes are considered starter homes, making it easy to forget that the majority of middle income Americans will never be able to afford such a house in their lifetime. This […]
Portland has been recognized for decades as a leader in urban planning. Today its progressive philosophies are being applied to environmental policy-making. Tackling sustainability on an urban scale, the Portland Development Commission has conceived a model neighborhood known as the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan. A massive undertaking, the Plan sets goals and objectives […]