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Detroit community center to be model of sustainability

A network of local and global businesses are collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to transform a long-vacant apartment complex in Detroit’s lower North End into a multi-functional community space. Developers expect the area to become one of...

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building

Fair trade fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things coming and going at Nature’s Pride. Buzzing bees and birds are also flocking to the sustainable distribution hub. Paul de Ruiter Architects designed the giant green-roofed facility in Maasdijk, where it...

2 D.C. hotels land gold ratings

Two Washington, D.C., hotels have earned prestigious LEED gold ratings. The dual-brand Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. The achievement was given for...

Abu Dhabi oil company's HQ nets LEED gold

The Abu Dhabi National Oil headquarters on Abu Dhabi's Corniche has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification in the category of building design and construction. The facility uses more than 4,000 liters of recycled grey-water...

Singapore-Denmark partnership to test smart city innovations

What do Singapore and Denmark have in common? Both are prosperous, have small populations, have among the world’s most innovative economies and are coastal, facing rising water levels as a result of climate change. The two countries, which have engaged...

Fannie Mae updates requirements for green building financing

Fannie Mae has made revisions to its popular green financing program to improve the processing of green mortgage loans.   The agency has issued a modified standard Guidance Form 4099 and 4099.H that updates the scope and format of the High Performance Building (HPB) Report, a requirement of Fannie Mae’s Green Rewards Program.

Study: Major job growth from energy-saving tax incentive

As many as 77,000 new design and construction jobs would be created annually over 10 years – along with almost $7.4 billion more in annual GDP – if Congress and the Trump Administration continue an important energy efficiency tax policy,...

LEED in Motion: Europe highlights region's growth

GBCI, the certifying body for all projects participating in the globally recognized LEED green building rating system, opened its newest office in Europe last week. In conjunction with the launch, GBCI released LEED in Motion: Europe, an overview of LEED...

USGBC to honor top LEED homebuilders

Did you work on a truly exemplary green single- or multi-family home in 2016? Are you a developer or homebuilder who has gone above and beyond with LEED? If so, the U.S. Green Building Council wants to turn the spotlight...

Green organizations team to create more efficient, comfortable buildings

A new partnership aims to drive the development of more efficient and comfortable buildings in Australia, reports the Urban Developer. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the Passive House Institute (PHI) and the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) have...

Birmingham airport soars to new sustainability standard

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has been awarded LEED gold for new construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification. LEED is the preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high-performance green...

5 concentrating solar power technologies impacting industry

Twenty years from now, utilities may depend on fields of mirrors in the desert to produce 24-hour solar power. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology collects the sun’s energy as heat, which can then be stored and called upon to produce...

Washington, D.C., heads list of top cities for sustainable workplaces

Facilities managers play a critical role in conserving energy and water, maintaining air quality and using sustainable products in overseeing the daily operations of an office building. In recognition of World FM Day 2017, Sodexo assessed the top metropolitan areas...

Green building helping fuel electrochromic glass market

The global electrochromic glass market is expected to grow at 12 percent annually during the four years, according to new research. The research by Technavio covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global electrochromic glass market for 2017-21....

Global sports organizations talk environmental initiatives

More than 120 representatives from some of the world’s most influential sports federations and businesses will convene in Paris this week to participate in what’s considered a milestone event in the sustainability movement. The inaugural Congress of Sport and Sustainability...

Webinars focus on improving sustainable building design

USGBC offers a resource for LEED project teams on prevention through design via a set of two webinars available on Education @USGBC. The concept of "prevention through design" asks LEED project teams to consider and incorporate measures that prevent occupational...

Nashville apartment complex hits high note with LEED gold

Green building officials are signing the praises of an apartment complex in the home of country music. The Terra House Apartments in Nashville, Tenn., has achieved LEED gold certification under LEED for Homes. The complex is a 194-­unit, mixed-use apartment building on they city’s Rolling Mill Hill, according to a release from the U.S.

Collaboration to accelerate green building growth through LEED in Seoul

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – the creators of the LEED green building program – and the Seoul Metropolitan Government signed an agreement to accelerate LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, in Seoul,...

Residential tower to encourage residents to grow greens

The firm Studio Lokal from Denmark has unveiled plans to build a tower in Copenhagen that will encourage residents to grow their own food. The structure will be on the site of a former produce market, and for that reason...

Queens Co-Op Opts for Solar Power

When completed, the project will be among the largest rooftop installations in the New York City area.

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