How to approach green construction in the tropical zone

How to approach green construction in the tropical zone

While nearly zero energy projects in Europe focus on reducing heat demand, green buildings in tropical Singapore require lower cooling loads. To study and discuss methods to meet cooling needs, construction and energy experts from all around the world met...
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Rod Oram: Going green really cuts your energy bills

Rod Oram: Going green really cuts your energy bills

In his weekly column for Newsroom, Rod Oram looks at moves afoot in commercial property to get serious about energy efficiency – and gives a personal tale of saving money by converting his home and cars. Two recent initiatives suggest...
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5 Ways Architectural Design Is Going Green

5 Ways Architectural Design Is Going Green

Sustainability has been at the forefront of building construction and design for years. As Americans become more conscious of climate change and environmental issues, building owners are pushing for improved green building strategies that will help reduce th...
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Sustainable housing needs to be affordable too

Sustainable housing needs to be affordable too

Challenges to sustainability are aggravated by climate change, population growth, urbanisation, and aspirations to better living standards. Urbanisation offers countless opportunities to develop adaption and mitigation strategies to combat climate change throu...
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Move towards renewables – where does the GCC stand?

Move towards renewables – where does the GCC stand?

The renewable energy sector no longer remains at the periphery as an industry for social good alone; but has emerged as a profitable alternative to conventional sources of power generation. The case is even stronger for the GCC, which is...
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So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

In fighting climate change, much has been said about energy efficiency in buildings. What about the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings in the first place, asks Francesco Pomponi. “Further, faster ambition together” is the mission statemen...
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Biophilic Architecture & Multifamily

Biophilic Architecture & Multifamily

At the the 2017 Greenbuild conference, panelists discussed a design strategy that incorporates natural elements to impact the health and well-being of building occupants. Why is strolling through a garden relaxing? Why do people feel compelled to care for anim...
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Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace?

Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace?

This week, thousands of building industry professionals converged at Greenbuild 2017 to share their excitement and progress toward advancing green buildings. But while the number of green buildings has grown dramatically over the last decade, the pace of const...
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Why sustainable communities must look above the street level

Why sustainable communities must look above the street level

I can’t recall a period in which the sustainability of our communities has captured the public attention quite like the present. Bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly city-planning, electric vehicle charging stations, green belts and, of course, public transportat...
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