Our buildings are crap because the building code is

Our buildings are crap because the building code is

KiwiBuild is the perfect opportunity to drag up our pathetic building standards, argues the head of the NZ Green Building Council. We all have a home. It might not be the place that you hunker down each night, but we...
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Australian cities are lagging behind in greening up their buildings

Australian cities are lagging behind in greening up their buildings

Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around hal...
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When “Green” Turns to Gold

When “Green” Turns to Gold

Incentives can help companies improve the ROI of environmental sustainability initiatives. Companies are setting increasingly ambitious goals in their environmental efforts. It is a shift driven by investor and stakeholder demands for environmental sustainabil...
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Is LEED Tough Enough for the Climate-Change Era?

Is LEED Tough Enough for the Climate-Change Era?

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council piloted its LEED certification, which has reshaped architecture and real estate. But how much does it dent buildings’ energy use? In the late 1980s, revolution was afoot in the world of architecture....
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Building a Better Tomorrow: Q&A with WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer

Building a Better Tomorrow: Q&A with WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer

As the Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Building Lasting Change 2018 with WorldGBC Congress Canada in June, Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Insitute (WRI) will offer insights into how the incremental change we are a...
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4 ways to help older homes meet new energy goals

4 ways to help older homes meet new energy goals

New energy standards adopted in early May requiring all new California homes have solar power by 2020 will cut fossil-fuel pollution substantially, state energy officials say. State officials say it would be the equivalent of removing 115,000 gas-powered cars...
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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 H...
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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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