USGBC: Report Says Cities Can Save Billions With Sustainable Surfaces

Smart surface technologies would also cut greenhouse gasses while achieving transformative benefits like making cities cooler, more resilient, healthier and more equitable. A new report released Tuesday, Delivering Urban Resilience, authored by Capital-E, quantifies the range of...
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Is mass timber really sustainable?. A pastoral forest (Flickr/Pfly)

Is mass timber really sustainable?

By Olivia Martin This is an article from our special November timber issue. We like to blame a lot of things for climate change—namely coal and cow farts—but if we were to search for a worthy scapegoat, architects might end up looking in the mirror. The building sector is...
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Jeff Elkins Bamboo’s high tensile strength makes the material a viable option for construction.

Material Strategies for Sustainable Construction | Architect Magazine

By Blaine Brownell Waste is a crime. Embrace your inner pragmatist and celebrate materials, methods, and technologies that do more with less. Though sustainability rating programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED have contributed fundamental knowledge...
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Blaine Brownell: Former concrete abattoir in Shanghai, China was turned into a popular mixed-use space.

Concrete as a Carbon Sink? | Architect Magazine

The popular building material might not be as detrimental to the environment as once believed. By BLAINE BROWNELL As the world’s most popular building material, concrete comprises a significant portion of our built environment, with some 10 cubic kilometers (about 13 trillion...
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Finding Hope After the Death of Sustainability

While architects debate on a more meaningful way to carry out net-zero design, the U.S. election suggests that half of the general populace is indifferent. By Blaine Brownell What many architects have come to take for granted as a fundamental design aspiration is under fire. In...
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Guess “the Miracle Building Material” that Helps Power Sustainability

There’s one building product that often gets overlooked in the sustainability roll call. Brought to you by Certainteed Walk the aisles of IBS, Greenbuild, and other national or regional building trade shows and you can’t help but be wowed by the industry’s sustainability...
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Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Launches at the UN Climate Change Conference | Architect Magazine

More than 60 organizations and 18 countries pledge to limit carbon emissions from the built environment. By Caroline Massie Thursday at the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change Conference’s first ever “Buildings Day,” more than 60 international organizations and 18 countries and...
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Roosegaarde This air-filtering stack was designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, who is among a growing number of designers turning to online crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter, to generate the funds needed to undertake sustainable-design projects, particularly those with an experimental bent.

Crowdfunding is Bringing Environmental Design to Life | Architect Magazine

Designers are taking a digital, grassroots approach to finance their sustainable-minded projects. By Blaine Brownell The design community has paid particular attention to the environment over the course of the last decade. This, as accelerating rates of consumption, development,...
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Image courtesy Flickr user Phil Roeder via a Creative Commons license. Architects should consider the kind and quantity of materials used in their projects as natural resources become increasingly scarce.

The Architect’s Role in Material Conservation | Architect Magazine

A growing scarcity of key physical resources will require AEC professionals to think more critically about the use of building materials. By Blaine Brownell Conversations about sustainability typically prioritize issues of energy consumption and global warming. But at a...
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Applying Pressure: The cost of neglecting research just went up.

The cost of neglecting research just went up. By Dominic Mercier for AIArchitect There’s no “setting and forgetting” when it comes to research in practice for Z Smith, AIA, a researcher with a physics background and a doctorate in engineering who is a principal and director of...
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