Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Structures

The Department of Agriculture doesn’t usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. You might remember that President Obama signed a new $956 billion Farm Bill in early …

Focus On Building Core, Common Areas To Sell Owners On LEED-EBOM In Multi-Tenant Facilities

When starting a LEED-EBOM project in a multi-tenant facility, focusing on the core areas of the building offers opportunities to building owners. First is the obvious monetary benefit to the building owner through things like more efficient lighting in common areas, more water-efficient landscaping and starting the building later and shutting it down earlier, if possible. Second, LEED certification is …

The Coppertree Ethos

The Coppertree Ethos For more than 30 years CopperTree’s parent companies Delta Controls, one of the largest independent Building Automation System manufactures and ESC, one of North America’s largest building system integrators, have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. This heritage means we combine an implicit understanding of the technology that controls buildings with practicalities of maintaining them – so you get a …

Bumps In The Road To Sustainability: One Hospital’s Story

The future was supposed to be brighter for the Modesto (Calif.) Medical Center. When the 670,000-square-foot complex opened in 2008, it was intended to be a green laboratory for future green-building projects for Kaiser Permanente, the health care organization with more than 600 medical facilities. So far, the center’s medical facilities and full-service hospital have not quite lived up to …

LEED In Motion Reports Help Support Case For Sustainability

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a series of three LEED in Motion reports aimed at equipping green building professionals and advocates with the insight needed to make a strong case for sustainable building activity. Each of the reports, available exclusively to USGBC members, examines a different facet of LEED’s effects, from its international growth to legislative action …

Building Information Helps Drive High-Performance Operations

When it comes to high-performance operations, one of the first places to start is with building information. This information can help drive better operations and better building performance. As demonstrated in a recent energy management study conducted by the NRDC at three buildings owned and operated by The Tower Companies — a real estate development and management firm in Washington, …

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

  Singapore Takes the LeadIn Green Building in Asia By encouraging the adoption of innovative architectural design and energy-saving technologies, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. by Mike Ives At street level, 313@somerset looks like any other …

5 of the Most Important Changes to the LEED Green Building Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification has come a long way in more than a decade. Once criticized for lacking in mandatory energy efficiency prerequisites, the latest iteration, version 4, takes energy management one step further. Greentech Media spoke to Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED technical development, about five updates in LEED v4 that energy geeks will want to …

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Urbanisation makes cities a main focus for environmental policy. Digital technology and innovation will enable a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world’s population today but are set to …