Green Building 2.0

By Chris Pyke | News for the emerging era of data-driven green building practice.

Google’s Project Sunroof Helps Germans Go Solar

Just enter your address to find out more (via Google)<p>Environmentally friendly Germans can now determine the solar potential of their rooftops.<p>Nearly …

Clean Energy

Aerial Photo Reveals the Massive Tesla Solar Panels Powering Hawaii

Tesla has been busy laying the foundations for the future of renewable energy. In March, the company unveiled a project to power the Hawaiian island …

Australian push may open more doors for batteries on power grids

Battery makers worldwide are watching to see whether Australia's most wind power-dependent state can keep the lights on by installing grid-scale …

How Businesses Can Be Net-zero by 2050

Every business wants to cash in on the green trend these days. But those who are serious about the environment often do it through site-specific …

Renewable Energy

Africa has an air pollution problem but lacks the data to tackle it

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched BreatheLife, a campaign to make people more aware about the fact that air pollution – which it …

Whatever the Weather: A Guide to Resilient Design

We’ve been feeling the effects of climate change a lot lately—drought in California, record highs of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Arizona, …

Green Roofs

New Article Shows How Green Buildings Promote Human Rights

USGBC began to explore the connections between green buildings, health, and human rights in 2013, when it offered initial findings and encouraged …

Rights & Freedoms

Green Buildings Critical to 1.5-Degree Future

Optimism for climate action ruled at two recent events – the American Climate Leadership Summit and Climate Week in NYC. These notable gatherings …

Sustainability

Smart Building Tech: Not Just about People

David Karpook, vice chairman of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), recently published an article in Facility Executive, “Smart …

Internet of Things

Climate Change Readiness in Canadian Real Estate: A Snapshot

At the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), the Canadian government worked with international partners to negotiate an effective and ambitious …

Climate

What Obama, the Real Estate Sector, and 130 Investors Have in Common

While a typical summer is characterized by a lack of real news, leading the press to cover anything that’s even remotely newsworthy—or not – (we have …

Real Estate

Property Investors Worry About Carbon Regulation Impact - Bloomberg

Real estate investors might have more reason to care about the air conditioning in your office than you do.<p>As energy-related emissions from buildings …

Green Infrastructure: City Climate Action Planning

We are breaking world records this year. And I’m not just talking about the Olympics. We are on track for the hottest year on record. Already, 15 of …

Cities

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

<i>This post is authored by Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Colby Dailey, MPP, Directors of Build Healthy Places Network.</i>Equity is a hot topic these days as …

Housing

Comfy User Data Trends: Warmer Mondays, Cooler Conference Rooms, and More

As the number of Comfy users has continued to grow, we’ve been amassing what may be the largest dataset of feedback on thermal comfort ever …

MySpace

Wellness Rooms – Here and Now

The influx of women in the workplace starting in the 1960s was partly attributable to the development of infant formula. Formula gives mothers of …

Babies

The Age Old Question: Does Green Power Cost More? Of Course (Not)

Nobody likes paying more than they should. And my dad is a CPA, so this is definitely true for me, too.But this barrier is not unique to renewable …

Renewable Energy

The Importance of Commissioning and How It Helps

In the 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency indicator survey, 72 percent of respondents have plans to increase investment in energy efficiency and …

Construction

'Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay a “green tax” of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient, the Telegraph has learnt.<p>Landlords will have to pay upfront for measures such as insulation, cavity wall filling and new boilers from 2018. Until recently …

Are giant suction cups the key to cheap wind power?

The coolest new innovation in offshore wind energy right now is, essentially, a giant toilet plunger. Put enough of these plungers together and they …

Lake Erie

The global environmental impact of air conditioning is big and will get even bigger

With a heat wave pushing the heat index well above 100° F (38 °C) through much of the US, most of us are happy to stay indoors and crank the air conditioning. And if you think it’s hot here, try 124 °F in India. Globally, 2016 is poised to be another record-breaking year for average temperatures. …

Sustainability

Solar: Efficiency is Irrelevant. Cost is King

You’ve seen many headlines touting “record new solar panel efficiency.”We get excited seeing those, too. But they don’t matter.Alright, that was …

Renewable Energy

Why Did a Public Health Guy Go to a Green Charrette Meeting?

As a public health guy working towards health equity, my career has been a continuous journey of peeling back layers to identify the root causes of …

Housing

Green homes: would you pay more for energy and water efficiency?

A new tool will make it easier for home buyers and renters to understand energy efficiency but will it make a difference to their purchasing decisions?<p>What do you look for when you’re searching for a new home? If you are like most buyers and renters, you’re looking for something in the right …

Real Estate

California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million Homes

California has hit a new solar generation record, thanks to this week's triple-digit heat wave. SF Gate calculated that on Tuesday, the Golden …

Renewable Energy

The ReFresh Project: Revitalizing People and Place with a Healthy Food Hub

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the founders of what became Broad Community Connections (BCC) started attending community meetings, …

Whole Foods

Rooftop Solar Panels Could Save America Millions

Almost everywhere you go now; you will see building sporting rooftop solar panels. Whether they are on a residential home, office block, or hospital, …

Apple Energy: Is This Apple's Next Billion Dollar Business?

Apple is planning to buy enough renewable energy to power all of its operations worldwide, including retail stores, on clean energy. Image source: Apple.<p><b>Apple</b> , the personal computing company, now has a new subsidiary, Apple Energy LLC, the wholesale electricity company. It's an unusual move for an …

Renewable Energy

A startup from Google's secretive moonshot lab is changing the way we build cities

In 2011, a handful of software engineers and architects working inside Google X, the software giant's secretive "moonshot" lab, embarked on an ambitious challenge: figuring out how to help the world's urban areas adjust to the fact that over 6 billion people will live in cities by 2045.<p>Working …

Startups