It is a myth that green buildings cost more; sustainable is affordable

It is a myth that green buildings cost more; sustainable is affordable

Pollution has become a big issue in India. The issue also led to a major controversy when the international cricket team of Sir Lanka went off the field alleging that conditions were unplayable due to poor air quality of Delhi....
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In Trump era, local governments must lead charge for clean energy

In Trump era, local governments must lead charge for clean energy

President Trump will soon be given another opportunity to advance his pro-fossil fuel agenda. Following a recent ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission, Trump is now positioned to impose heavy tariffs on solar panels coming into the U.S. Should...
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How to save money and energy in buildings? There’s an app for that

How to save money and energy in buildings? There’s an app for that

Incorporating energy efficiency measures in buildings can increase their value by 9-11%. Now, a new tool helps owners understand what steps to take. Imagine you lease over 175 buildings in the Netherlands, including 18th century properties and want to improve....
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10 tips to make a building energy efficient this winter

10 tips to make a building energy efficient this winter

Winter is here. Based on the most recent forecast of heating degree-days from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), temperatures this winter (2017) are expected to be colder than last winter across the country. U.S. Energy Information A...
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Talking Point: An inspiration for a city’s heart

Talking Point: An inspiration for a city’s heart

THERE is continuous noise at the end of my street: the rumble and dump of diggers, the beep-beep-beep of reversing vehicles and the grind of a giant piler. And now cranes have been erected. There is a lot going on...
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LEED, WELL and Fitwel: Navigating rating systems

LEED, WELL and Fitwel: Navigating rating systems

Rating systems are the language – the secret code – of sustainability. The right system can serve as a framework for creating spaces that are mindful of their environmental impact and support the health and well-being of the people they...
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How one building gets pure air right in the middle of Delhi

How one building gets pure air right in the middle of Delhi

Walking along the row of multistory buildings swathed in a haze of pollution at the Nehru Place business hub in South Delhi, when you come across what looks like a forest, you are just outside India’s first office complex which...
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In praise of Invisible Sustainability

In praise of Invisible Sustainability

Architect Carly Coulson coins a new term that describes a philosophy of green building. In 1977, in response to the energy crisis of the time, a team of clever architects and engineers built the Saskatchewan Conservation House, which had a compact...
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Carbon-neutral flats: The way ahead

Carbon-neutral flats: The way ahead

BENGALURU: A year ago, Fancy George began her search for a home. Being an architect who has worked for more than two decades on commercial corporate spaces that have been LEED Platinum-certified, George knows the impact construction leaves on the...
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