In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States. Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, inflicting nearly US$11 billion in damage to buildings. In 2014, a storm dubbed “Snowvember” dropped more than seven feet of snow in western New York. Three years […]
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It is hard to build a net-zero building — one that produces more energy than it consumes — in the middle of a city. For one thing, nearby skyscrapers might block sunlight from reaching rooftop solar panels. For another, urban office buildings are cramped for space, and it generally isn’t possible to set up wind […]
The stunning piece of green building architecture you’re looking at here is called the Rainbow Tree Residential Tower, and its architect claims that, once (if?) built, the 377-foot timber tower would bring more than 30,000 new plants, shrubs, and trees to the skyline of Cebu, Philippines. By Jo Borrás Cleantechnica The building was designed by […]
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a government that cared about solving real problems of real people? Actually, we have lots of governments like that — in cities and states across the nation. Local governments are a big part of the reason why good things are still happening in this country. Certainly, that’s where […]
In what is being described as an “unprecedented” level of coordination between corporation and government, a group of 38 businesses, cities, states, and regions have partnered with the World Green Building Council to launch the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment that is intended to signal the start of a leadership movement towards decarbonizing the built […]
With Congress blocking just about anything he wants to do, President Obama has said he will be announcing a series of programs he can put in place without Congress. Today’s offering: A $4 billion package to promote green building. He was joined at the White House by former President Bill Clinton to announce the program, […]
North of the border a controversy is starting to gain steam in the nation’s largest city, Toronto. The city has proposed a by-law that would make ‘green roofs’ mandatory in most new condos and office or retail complexes.
The proposed 500,000 square feet of green roofs are part of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s $5.5 billion Green Plan, which also plans to reduce traffic in the crowded city.
Ever the dabbler in architectural criticism, The Prince of Wales has criticized the green building industry for relying on eco-gadgets like wind turbines and solar panels while ignoring inefficient buildings.
Among the “sweeteners” added to last week’s $700 billion financial bailout was the extension of the Energy Efficient Green Building Tax Deduction.