Tag: sustainable building

reen building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the using of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.[1] In other words, green building design involves finding the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

What began in 1974 as a Shamrock Shake-driven fundraiser to help families with sick children is today a network of 322 Ronald McDonald Houses in 57 countries. The first Ronald McDonald House (RMH), in Philadelphia, PA, was meant to serve as a “home away from home” for families spending time

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The City of Thousand Oaks, CA, has operated a successful monthly collection event for the past two decades. As the monthly events were reaching maximum capacity, it was time for the City, a family-oriented community with a population of approximately 126,000 residents, to consider a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Trimble acquires VC-backed Sefaira

Trimble acquires VC-backed Sefaira

SUNNYVALE, CA, Feb 8, 2016 – Trimble announced today the acquisition of London/New York based Sefaira Ltd., a leading developer of cloud-based software for the design of sustainable and high-performance buildings. The acquisition of Sefaira expands Trimble’s design-build-operate (DBO) portfolio to include tools for designing high-performing buildings early in the conceptual phase

Illinois Leads LEED Among All US States for the Third Consecutive Year

Illinois Leads LEED Among All US States for the Third Consecutive Year

USGBC announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The per capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save

New CFIRE Report Presents Ways to Finance Energy Projects in Buildings

New CFIRE Report Presents Ways to Finance Energy Projects in Buildings

As renewable-energy sources and sustainable building technologies grow, the functionality, financial performance and resilience of the built environment in the United States is increasingly linked to the energy sector. Today, during Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, held in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

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