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Improving Building Performance Through Initiatives, Incentives, and Mandates | Architect Magazine

Several U.S. cities offer design- and code-related programs and services to encourage architects and developers to pursue sustainability more vigorously. By Ian Spula Buildings account for 40 percent of all energy consumption and about one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the...
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How plant-covered buildings improve urban life – Curbed

A new report shows that greenery-lined structures combat both pollution and stress By Barbara Eldredge Living building facades do more than look good, they make the air good and they make urbanites feel good. At least, that’s the finding of a new report from global engineering...
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Green buildings help us think better, finds report – Curbed

A small Harvard study found people performed significantly better on cognitive tests when in green building conditions By Barbara Eldredge Green design gets a lot of attention for its energy- and money-saving aspects, but determining the buildings’ impacts on health isn’t always...
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Global Green Building Continues to Double Every Three Years

Written by Marisa Long New SmartMarket report shows global green building continues to double every three yearsWashington, DC (Feb. 16, 2016) – USGBC has announced the results of the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC is...
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Busta, Hallie A Web-based platform, Google's Project Sunroof is rolling out in three U.S. cities and regions.

Google Knows Your Roof’s Solar Potential: A new tool calculates the energy-cost savings of adding photovoltaics to buildings. | Architect Magazine

A new tool calculates the energy-cost savings of adding photovoltaics to buildings. By Hallie Busta Adding to the growing list of things Google knows about us is whether our homes and businesses could benefit from the addition of solar panels. Announced yesterday, the...
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Designing the Post-Natural Built Environment | Architect Magazine

The architecture discipline must break out of its silo to embrace interdisciplinary collaborations that rethink the way people live, work, and build. By Blaine Brownell Our ecological future is ominous, precarious, and feral—and it’s overflowing with potential for design. This...
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The Performing Arts: Why Occupant Behavior is the New Big Thing in Green Building – Architect Magazine

Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED’s new Dynamic Plaque). Here’s why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines. By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson The first thing that you notice...
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