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Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

What once was a medical building in Independence, Mo., is now a sustainability standout. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the new Independence Utilities Center with a highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, according to a press release.

Agency investing $6 billion for energy initiatives in India

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, plans to invest up to $6 billion in the next five years on various sustainable and renewable energy programs in India, of which 20 percent will go in building...

Northern Arizona Science and Health building deemed LEED gold

Northern Arizona University’s Science and Health building, one of the newest additions to the Flagstaff campus, has been deemed a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building — bringing the total number of LEED certified buildings on...

LEED helps combat climate change

The Earth's climate is changing, and 97 percent of climate scientists agree that it is likely due to human activities. So where does that leave the building industry? Buildings account for more than one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs),...

Luxury condo wants to be N.Y.'s first to earn zero waste certificate

A luxury condo is hoping to become one of the first zero waste residential buildings in New York City by diverting at least 90 percent of its garbage from landfills. And while the initiative at 565 Broome SoHo in Manhattan...

Seattle citywide recycling rate nearing 60 percent

Seattle is doing its best to remain one of the top recycling cities in the nation. For the 13th consecutive year, the city's recycling rate has improved – now up to 58.8 percent as of 2016, according to Seattle Public...

Edmonton unveils first apartment building made of shipping containers

An Alberta company is betting shipping containers can do more than transport goods. It believes they can be luxurious and affordable living spaces, too. Step Ahead Properties is building what it says is the city’s, and possibly Canada’s, first apartment...

Siemens to open Singapore digitalization hub in IoT push

Global industrial technology supplier Siemens is opening a digitalization hub in Singapore to develop internet of things (IoT) applications that cater to the needs of diverse industries in Southeast Asia. Located in Macpherson in the central region of Singapore, the...

Development offers sustainable housing to Austin’s most vulnerable citizens

The Bluebonnet Studios social housing development in Austin, Texas, supports a healthy lifestyle through the design. The property, designed by Forge Craft Architecture + Design, provides housing for the homeless, low-income veterans and local musicians, reports Inhabitat. It features forward-thinking...

Parking Spot recognized for sustainability

The Parking Spot, the nation's largest owner and operator of near-airport parking properties, has received the Project ICARUS National Gold Medal for its companywide sustainability efforts, the company announced. Awarded by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation's Project ICARUS...

Energy Innovation Center earns top energy-saving award

Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center has been certified LEED platinum. The 200,000-square-foot classical revival building, built in 1930 as the Connelley Trade School, was repurposed and opened in 2015 as the EIC, reports Pittsburgh Business Times. It hosts apprenticeships, co-working space,...

Manitoba marks LEED certification milestone

Manitoba recently marked a LEED milestone. The Canadian province has completed 100 certified projects. Totaling 601,753 square meters of space, the certifications represent Manitoba's greenest and most sustainable buildings, with 72 certifications in Winnipeg, six in Brandon and the remaining...

Hotels worldwide going green with LEED

As environmental awareness continues to increase and environmental responsibility becomes increasingly important for businesses, hotels around the world are getting in on the green trend. More and more hotels are promoting themselves as being certified green by the Leadership in...

Bamboo building withstands floods, storms in Vietnam

Architecture firm RÂU ARCH recently created a thatched-roof building burrowed deep into the lush rainforests of Vietnam. The MOOC Spring building is designed to accommodate the many visitors that come to the nearby natural springs, reports Inhabitat. Due to the...

Technical program set for ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

ASHRAE has announced the technical program for its upcoming Building Performance Analysis Conference, which will take place in Atlanta from Sept. 27-29. “Our goal is to serve practitioners by providing the most up-to-date best practices, work flows and processes required...

ICC Sydney gets gold for sustainability

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney),has been awarded LEED gold, recognizing its all-encompassing approach to sustainability, reports Conference and Meetings World. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings system, developed by the U.S.

Australia’s largest commercial timber building rises in Sydney

Timber constructions are rapidly carving a place in urban environments all over the world. Now, Sydney is home to the Australia’s largest commercial all-timber building. The International House by Tzannes Architects is a seven-story building constructed entirely with engineered or...

Dubai Airports earn LEED gold for tower

Dubai Airports has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the operation and maintenance of existing buildings of its air traffic control facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). The facility, spread across 19,880 square meters...

Study: Managers want to adopt IoT to improve building performance

Facility managers are increasingly looking to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) by implementing new digital technologies like intelligent analytics to improve maintenance decisions and operations, according to a new study. Some 89 percent of respondents indicate that they expect...

Horizon reaches new peak with solar energy

Horizon Beverage, one of the largest wholesale spirits, wine and beer distributors in New England, is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. The family-owned company has announced that its new 978kW DC solar PV system is in...

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