Biophilic design on display at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco

EarthTalk: Biophilic Design – Connecting the Built Environment to Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, NJ Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia is that we cannot flourish as…

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Building design with LEED

Infographic: LEED is Changing How Building Are Built in the U.S.

A thriving, sustainable future depends in large measure on our built environment. According to the World Health Organization, in 1960 only 34 percent of the global human population lived in cities. In 2014 the urban population had swelled to 54 percent, while the total population grew from a little more than 3 billion people to more than 7 billion today. The…

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building green

Infographic: Why Build Green?

The advantages of building green – Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. Between 35 and 40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings. While there are obvious environmental benefits to…

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Infographic: Why Build Green?

This infographic from Green Building Canada displays the many advantages of adopting green building practices for new buildings and retrofitting old ones. At first we may only think of “green building” in terms of environmental benefits, but it goes far beyond that. From lowered energy bills and increased resale value to a healthier environment, both indoors and outdoors, green building is…

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Credit: Mosaic, US DOD

Army, Navy & Air Force Tap Mosaic’s Solar Crowdfunding Platform for Joint Base Residential Rooftops

Breaking new ground in solar project finance, the US Armed Forces are looking to individual investors to raise enough capital to install solar PV panels across 547 residences at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

All zeros: Net zero building requires occupant engagement

Achieving Net Zero Building Status Requires Occupant Engagement

On February 26th, about 100 people gathered in San Francisco to discuss the world’s greenest buildings and the future of green building.  They discussed strategies that spawned a revolution in net-zero building as well as the frontier of new techniques and innovations. Net-Zero, for those not familiar, is a term used to describe the net energy consumption and energy footprint…

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Building efficiency is a growing trend serving both economic and environmental concerns

The Growth of Efficient Buildings

The area of building efficiency affords tremendous opportunities for both economic growth and reduced environmental impacts. Buildings are the single largest emitters of greenhouse gases. According to a UNEP study titled “Towards a Green Economy,” homes and businesses are responsible for 40 percent of the climate change causing carbon pollution. There is significant room for improvement in new construction and…

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