South Africa aims for ‘zero carbon’ buildings in green push

South Africa aims for ‘zero carbon’ buildings in green push

From LED lights to rooftop solar and better insulation, South Africa’s cities are working to cut emissions—and costs for building owners. Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana knows how much cash going green can save. Four years ago, after signing up for “My Green Home”—an...
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Celebrating Diversity on Africa Day: What Green Building Means for African Communities

Celebrating Diversity on Africa Day: What Green Building Means for African Communities

Today, May 25th, Africans across the world will be celebrating Africa Day – a day that marks the moment when 32 countries formed what is now the African Union with its 55-member states. It is a day when we celebrate...
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Paris is building the eco-community of the future right now. Here’s how.

Paris is building the eco-community of the future right now. Here’s how.

Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives us a glimpse of the low-carbon future so many climate plans envision. With the development of Clichy-Batignolles, the city of Paris has created a groundbreaking eco-village filled with such buildings. B...
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Green and healthy buildings are an integral part of green cities

Green and healthy buildings are an integral part of green cities

Cities are at the heart of modern living. It is estimated that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, suggesting an unprecedented wave of urban growth. Smart and green cities hold the key to...
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Multifamily Developers Embrace Green Building

Multifamily Developers Embrace Green Building

Benefits like increased energy efficiency and cost savings, combined with heightened resident demand for sustainable features, are driving multifamily developers to go green. Alongside the development boom that Marcus & Millichap estimates will add 335,000...
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Green building isn’t enough; we need green zoning.

Green building isn’t enough; we need green zoning.

How can cities that have green building codes have zoning bylaws that protect low-density single family housing? These days it seems that everyone is fighting over zoning. Housing costs in many cities are unaffordable but the great proportion of the...
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Why green offices boost productivity

Why green offices boost productivity

More than a breath of fresh air, green offices can boost workspace productivity and save organisations thousands of dollars by dramatically reducing illness and absenteeism. “Our offices are designed to be the best place for people to work effectively,” sa...
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Green roofs improve our lives. Why don’t we have more of them?

Green roofs improve our lives. Why don’t we have more of them?

Every day, it seems, a new building appears in our skyline, whether in Iowa City’s downtown or Riverfront Crossings districts, Coralville’s Iowa River Landing, or in Tiffin or North Liberty. Sometimes the new building is LEED certified — Leadership in E...
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This is stunning, but should anyone be building homes like this anymore?

This is stunning, but should anyone be building homes like this anymore?

Mies van der Rohe famously said “less is more”; Morris Lapidus said “Too much is never enough.” I don’t know which describes this house. Dezeen shows an absolutely stunning home in Cornwall, Ontario, designed by Alain Carle Archit...
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