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See The Homeless Housing You Might Mistake For Luxury Condos

2010 BrookGorlin Architects To stop homelessness, we need to give the homeless places to live. Why not make it nice? Housing for the homeless is not usually a place associated with sleek design. But the photos you see here all indicate otherwise. The buildings are all run by Common Ground, …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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How Climate Change Affects Building Design

by Glenn Meyers The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40% of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are …

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In Just A Week, This Kit Turns Old Houses Into Zero-Energy Homes (For Free)

The dream of net-zero homes isn’t just for the rich anymore. by ADELE PETERS In slightly more than a week, a clever kit of parts can transform an old rental house into a net-zero energy home—one that creates as much renewable energy as it uses in a year—at no extra cost …

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Ecoliv modular homes have a long list of sustainable features that go beyond the factory

© Ecoliv by Lloyd Alter Ask any modular builder in America about sustainability and they will say “we’re green, we build in the factory where there is less waste and higher quality.” Then you find that they are using exactly the same materials as any site builder. The always wonderful Sanctuary …

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How to Accelerate the Spread of Healthy, Green Roofs in Cities

2.2m square feet of green roofs were installed in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area alone in 2013. It leads the USA in green roof installation. But what is slowing the growth of the otherwise promising green roof industry? Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is finding out and challenging the barriers. …

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SunStation: Good looking solar panels, now affordable

© Solarcentury by Sami Grover Aesthetic concerns might seem shallow when compared to the urgent need to fight climate change. Yet I have no doubt the perceived “ugliness” of solar panels has been holding back adoption of renewables in many quarters. Whether it’s neighborhood associations banning panels or competing views about solar …

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Green Living: A look at NYC’s eco-friendly residential buildings (Infographic)

© 6Sqft by Lloyd Alter Diane at 6Sqft sends us this infographic, showing 93 LEED certified residential buildings on Manhattan Island (and one in the middle of the East River on Roosevelt Island. They highlight a few that we have covered on TreeHugger, including the Delos residences, with their Vitamin C …

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Step Inside The 10 Best Green Buildings of 2015

Nic Lehoux A few solar panels don’t impress anyone anymore. by ADELE PETERS When the American Institute of Architects first started handing out annual awards for sustainable architecture 19 years ago, green buildings were still somewhat rare. Now, the opposite is true: Most new architecture contains at least some sustainable design …

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The Wind Eyes: Designing for Natural Ventilation in Multi-Family Buildings

R. Thomas Jones / Design strategies to create natural ventilation of multi-family buildings by LINDA DAY AND R. THOMAS JONES Every year, more than one third of U.S. energy consumptiongoes to light, heat, and cool buildings. Energy costs are a burden to the individual as well as the nation. Mechanical …

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