Illustration by Ben Wiseman
Illustration by Silja Gotz
Federal agencies helped develop the concept of holistic green building, but can its champions fend off the political backlash?
Cardboard is the perfect utilitarian material—cheap, predictable, sturdy, dependable. More important, it's one of the few manufactured products that are inherently sustainable.
Made of the Right Stuff?
New, voluntary disclosure programs highlight the chemical makeup of building products, opening up a whole new world of transparency.
High Tech, Low Tech
San Francisco companies go green the old-fashioned way by creating contemporary office spaces in historic buildings.
New technology and software combined with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) can help make orders more precise, cut waste significantly, and improve a project's bottom line.
Silicon Valley’s tech giants are embracing sustainable design in a big way—with a technology battle they can all win.
Unleashing Corporate Green
The United States Green Building Council's recently introduced LEED Volume Program throws open the green gates to retail chain, hotel, and other multi-project developers, enabling...
Witnessing the young people coming of age during the Great Depression, Maxine Davis claimed that these Americans belonged to a lost generation, in her 1936 book of the same name. ...
The Nutritional Life of Buildings
When you buy a box of Cheerios at the supermarket, you know exactly what's in it: each ingredient; the number of calories in a serving; grams of sugar, fat, and protein; milligram...
month for electricity in California. On September 8, a failed high-voltage transmission line from Arizona left nearly 1.4 million without electricity in San Diego County and surro...
Going Beyond Expectations
The Canada Green Building Council expands its focus beyond LEED to broader program and service agendas.
A Green Light to Green Design
For the second year in a row, design firms find opportunity in green projects.
|02/2011||Let There Be Data: Cities and states across the United States are banking on the power of mandatory data reporting to spur energy efficiency in buildings.|
|05/2011||Zero Margin for Error: Even with the plentiful backup systems in place at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, disaster prevailed.|
|04/2011||Is It Time for a New “Ism”?: Two Dutch-born authors claim that “sustainism” will dominate the culture of this century, shaping everything from design to politics to grocery shopping.|
|04/2011||Playing Nicely With Others: Portland EcoDistricts promote the communal sharing of energy, water, and even cultural resources.|
Creative financing options for renewable installations inspire action and several whiffs of controversy.
and Plastic Alleys
Despite a major sustainability push, the city of Chicago still has a long way to go in transforming its image from a Rust Belt city to the greenest in the country.
We use climate data to inform design every day, but what if that data doesn’t tell the whole story?
Whether tar sands or gushing wells, the chaos of oil extraction is wreaking havoc on the environment with no sign of relief.
There Done That
Wales teaches us that for a successful shift away from fossil fuels, we must create jobs, build businesses, and find replacement revenue.
Close collaboration between designers and contractors can help solve green product conflicts from the get-go.
Converting the nation to a smart grid will make sense in the long run, but it’s the short run that’s the challenge.
to Climate Change
While the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is greater than ever, we now also ought to focus attention on adapting our buildings to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
Taking the Pulse
Interest in building-performance metrics is reaching fever pitch as operational-data reporting is incorporated into requirements.
from Consumer Behavior
The same guy who’ll buy a new iPod without a second thought will walk away from a $20 six-pack of compact fluorescent lamps. Making him change his mind is not as easy as it seems.
A Council Of Councils
Green building pursues a voice on the world stage
for the Stars
A manifesto in the guise of a standard raises the bar.
Riding The Balance Wheel
Here is the president’s most pressing challenge: Can he and his cabinet restore our foundering economy but still reduce the damage we do to the environment?
Building a New LEED
LEED 2009 contains more science and increased standardization.
A Parallel Universe
Australia’s grass may not be greener, but its government would like to be.
Global Warming?s Magic Bullet?
Almost three decades after three mile island, nuclear power is gaining support as a clean source of electricity and as a means to halt climate change.
Grab the Low-Hanging Fruit
Designers, contractors, and facility managers seek opportunities in existing and new buildings to mitigate climate change.
You Can?t Fight Mother Nature
The laws we make cannot change the way nature governs itself. Failing to account for this in the past has led to unanticipated, sometimes disastrous consequences.
Sustaining the Past
Guidelines For Historic Preservation Shouldn?t Have To Clash With Leed Requirements, Since Preservation And Sustainability Share Many Similar Goals.
The power and limitations of science in the selection of building materials
Of Courtrooms and Boardrooms
As environmentalists await a decision in the u.s. supreme court's first lawsuit over global warming, the free market may be starting to regulate carbon on its own.
Closing the Feedback Loop
Demand for proof-of-performance claims plus increasing designer confidence lead to a resurgence in evidence-based design
Energy Security Code
Before we can solve the world's energy crisis, the industry must address the disorganized state of worldwide standards.
Our Moral Imperative
We must do whatever we can to reduce the carbon footprints of buildings
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