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Keep It Clean Keep It Clean

To protect its watershed, Philadelphia rolls out infrastructure on a city-wide scale.

Photo by Darren Braun

Up, Up and Away Up, Up and Away

Designers of recent tall, supertall, or megatall buildings are delivering more than iconic forms. Innovative strategies boost the use of natural forces, reduce total energy use, and conserve water.

Illustration by Holly Lindem

Data Driven Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Nationwide initiatives seek to better integrate public-health priorities with planning, design and development processes.

Illustration by Chris Dent

Data Driven Data Driven

How owners can make more accurate assessments of their high-performance buildings.

Illustration by Chad Hagen

Wood's New Wave Wood's New Wave

Advances in computer software and computer technology make wood more viable as a structural component.

Photo © Nic Lehoux

Bracing for Climate Change Bracing for Climate Change

As the symptoms of a warming planet become more obvious, design professionals look for ways to adapt buildings to a changing environment.

Illustration by Yuko Shimizu

California Greenin' California Greenin'

San Francisco takes the most stringent building code in the country to the next level.

Illustration by Richard Perez

The New Cool Data Centers The New Cool Data Centers

The information technology industry is working on all fronts to better manage its intense consumption of energy.

Photo © Jonnu Singleton Photography

Off the Map Site Specific

A New Sustainable Rating System Aims to Protect and Regenerate the Ecological Capacity of Landscapes.

Photo © SWT Design

Off the Map The Little Engines That Can

The predominant method of generating electricity in the United Statesóby burning fossil fuels at central power plantsóis extraordinarily inefficient.

Illustration by Ryan Boyl

Off the Map Off the Map

Geographic information systems put data in the hands of designers, relief agencies, and policy-makers, helping them plot recovery efforts, anticipate the effects of climate change, and create more livable urban environments.

Illustration by Paul Farrington

Core Values Core Values

Once considered supporting players, structural engineers reinforce their role on the green design team.



Illustration: Thom Sevalrud

Retrofitting Suburbia Retrofitting Suburbia

America takes back the bleak suburbs of yesterday and repurposes them into vibrant, interconnected, mixed-use communities.

Illustration by Paul Wearing

The Living Lab The Living Lab

The new generation of living laboratories fosters research and product development while providing educational tools for green building.

Illustration by Adriean Koleric

The Rise of Retrofit Code Green

Cities, states, and national organizations are working to establish minimum, enforceable sustainable construction requirements to complement-not replace-highly popular above-code incentive programs.


Illustration by Mark Allen Miller

Best Green Projects

Best Green Projects: Case Studies in Sustainable Design Success
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The Rise of Retrofit Spreadsheet Sustainability

We explore the methodology and limitations of multi-platform information modeling software.


Photo courtesy Transbay Joint Powers Authority

The Rise of Retrofit The Comfort Zone

We explore the various factors that play into the “unconventional” theory of adaptive thermal comfort and how to best implement strategies while reducing fossil fuel consumption.


Illustration by Headcase

The Rise of Retrofit Solar Revival
With falling costs, improved efficiency, and fresh designs, the old stalwart photovoltaics are again poised to ascend.


Photo © Rolf Disch Solar Architektur

The Rise of Retrofit The Rise of Retrofit
Chicago shows what's next and what's needed to meet the city's ambitious performance goals.


Illustration by Viktor Koen and Jonathan Michael Johnson

Targeting Net-Zero Targeting Net-Zero
Several projects demonstrate vastly different strategies to achieving net-zero energy.


Illustration by Simon Page

Some Like It Radiant

Some Like It Radiant
Three case studies demonstrate the benefits of radiant heating and cooling, a long-overlooked technology.

Illustration by Peter Grundy

Asphalt Garden

Asphalt Garden
Landscape architects, green designers, and nonprofit organizations are conceiving fresh ideas for growing edibles in the city.

Photograph by Darren Braun

Lumber by the Numbers

Chill Factor
Utilizing ice-based thermal energy storage to cool buildings makes both environmental and economic sense.

Photo © Gunther Intelmann Photography

Lumber by the Numbers

Lumber by the Numbers
By examining historical trends and modern data, we explore the future of the U.S. lumber industry in relation to buildings.

Illustration: Bryan Christie Design

The Takeda Oncology Company, at MIT’s University Park

Is Brown the New Green?
Transforming urban brownfield sites into research facilities with additional mixed-use spaces represents a new trend in sustainable projects.

Photo © Bruce Martin

From the Ground Up
Geothermal heating and cooling has matured into a common, eco-friendly method for cutting energy use, but good design is critical to its overall efficiency. Read on.

Photo © Tudor Van Hampton

Yes, In My Backyard
Renewable district energy offers a homegrown opportunity to avoid inefficient energy grids with local ingenuity. Read on.

Photo courtesy Jason Hawkes

Building Information Modeling
We examine how BIM software is changing the way architects, engineers, and contractors work together, increasing efficiency while opening the door to innovative green design solutions. Read on.

Illustration by Bryan Christie Design

Vegetated roofs on student pavilions at Cornell University

Courting Nature in Design
The love of nature can be nurtured through architecture that Conserves energy and creates healthy interiors Read on.

Photo © Barry Halkin

The single-module PowerPod from Powerhouse Enterprises uses both passive and active solar strategies.

Prefabrication’s Green Promise
Mass production offers unique opportunities for customized green construction. Read on.

Photo courtesy PowerHouse Enterprises

The Clinton Presidential Center

LEED for Existing Buildings
While the U.S. Green Building Council’s other rating systems may be better known, LEED EB is picking up speed as designers take it boldly into the country’s five million pre-existing commercial buildings. Read on.

Photo © Timothy Hursley

Ateliers Jean

Verdant Surfaces
September’s technology section looks at several types of green roofs and walls, examining the challenges and benefits of “greening” dense urban locations. Read on.

Photo © Roland Halbe

293-unit Solaire high-rise apartment building in New York City

Toward Wiser Water Strategies
To lessen the burden on increasingly constrained fresh-water supplies, designers and building owners turn to alternative sources. Read on.

Photo courtesy Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Pelli Clarke Pelli

Energy Modeling For Sustainability

Energy Modeling For Sustainability
Evolving software for modeling energy dynamics makes it easier for architects and engineers to design green buildings. Read on.

Photo © Rumsey Engineers

Building Even Better Concrete

The Case For Commissioning
Long considered a requirement of high-performance building, two recent projects present new angles on commissioning. Read on.

Photo © Roland Halbe

Building Even Better Concrete

Building Even Better Concrete
Manufacturers, scientists, and designers strive to reduce a vital material's environmental footprint while exploiting its many beneficial qualities. Read on.

Photo © Portland Cement Association

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07/2009 Yes, In My Backyard [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
Renewable district energy offers a homegrown opportunity to avoid inefficient energy grids with local ingenuity.
01/2009 Prefabrication's Green Promise [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
Mass Production Offers Unique Opportunities For Customized Green Construction.
11/2008 LEED for Existing Buildings [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
September’s technology section looks at several types of green roofs and walls, examining the challenges and benefits of “greening” dense urban locations.
09/2008 Verdant Surfaces [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
As the benefits of green walls and roofs become common Knowledge, interest grows as rapidly as the vegetation.
07/2008 Toward Wiser Water Strategies [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
To lessen the burden on increasingly constrained fresh-water supplies, designers and building owners turn to alternative sources.
04/2008 Energy Modeling For Sustainability [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
Evolving software for modeling energy dynamics makes it easier for architects and engineers to design green buildings.
01/2008 The Case For Commissioning [links to: continuingeducation.construction.com]
Long considered a requirement of high-performance building, two recent projects present new angles on commissioning.
01/22/2008 Alternative Energy Sources:
EnergyBoost: Renewable Energy Projects Proliferate Across the Northwest [links to: greensmart.construction.com]
01/22/2008 Counting Carbon:
Online Construction Carbon Calculator for Sustainable Development. [links to: greensmart.construction.com]
01/2008 Building Even Better Concrete
Manufacturers, scientists, and designers strive to reduce a vital material's environmental footprint while exploiting its many beneficial qualities.
10/07 Design for a Carbon-Free Life: The Pursuit of “Net” Zero Energy
Growing Number of Projects Focus Attention On An Elusive Goal.
07/07 Go With the Flow
Interest in mixed-mode buildings, which combine passive ventilation and natural cooling strategies with mechanical ones, heats up some U.S. markets.
06/08/07 Getting Aggressive About Passive Design
Architects cannot approach the final frontier in low-energy, zero-carbon design without addressing that old energy hog—and beloved American friend—air-conditioning. [links to: architecturalrecord.com]
06/08/07 Simple and bright, heliostats tap sunlight for lighting outdoor and, increasingly, indoor spaces [links to: architecturalrecord.com]
06/08/07 Concrete goes green
New mix designs make ready-mix good environmental steward [links to: southcentral.construction.com]
06/08/07 Building Green
Environmental Management Systems for Contractors and CM's [links to: southwest.construction.com]
04/04/07 Designing Buildings for Easy Cleaning
While the green building community has begun to take notice of green cleaning products and strategies, fewer people are aware that environmentally responsible maintenance begins well before the building owner selects a line of cleaning products.
04/04/07 Tintable Glazing Saves Energy On Demand
As long as humans have been building windows, we’ve been tinkering with ways to let in daylight and provide views to the outdoors while controlling glare and the movement of heat.
04/07 Solar Memory
As history shows, harvested daylight is a rich resource on even the most constrained sites
04/07 Missouri Cement Plant
16 Days and Whataya Get? First 2 Silos in Green Project [links to: midwest.construction.com]
03/07 Unique fuel source
Alabama brick facility taps into landfill [links to: southcentral.construction.com]
03/07 The Future of Fuels
Change in Energy Policy is Driving Development of New Plants in the Southeast [links to: southeast.construction.com]
03/12/07 The Zero Effect
The future of sustainable design increasingly means eliminating carbon dioxide emissions, the most prevalent greenhouse gas. But what does that do to architecture? [links to: architecturalrecord.com]
02/12/07 Climate Shifts Have Engineers Rethinking the Baseline of Planning [links to: enr.com]
02/07/07 Window Makers Roll Out Cardinal's New LoE3 Glass
02/07 Private Sector Invests in Wind Energy; PUC to Construct Line [links to: texas.construction.com]
01/03/07 Design Choices Protect Birds from Building Collisions
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