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  • TVOC measurement for LEED/green building evaluation

    Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2. The latest LEED-NC guidance document specifies that the maximum allowed concentration of TVOC measured in a building (post construction, pre-occupancy) is 500 µg/m3; the ...


  • Sustainability due diligence: LEED® as the evolving national standard

    This article examines current trends in the finance and real estate industries related to due diligence and sustainability. According to the authors of the article, the emergence of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, together with the establishment and backing of the Carbon Principles by some of the world's leading financial ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Abengoa’s headquarters, Campus Palmas Altas, becomes a global benchmark after obtaining LEED Platinum certification

    This is the highest of the four categories established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first building in Europe to obtain this certification. Campus Palmas Altas has attained the highest score in its category worldwide Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the ...


    By Abengoa

  • Dockside Green Community Illuminated with Solar Area Lighting

    Client: Dockside Green Location: Victoria, British Columbia Canada Equipment: EverGEN Solar Area Lighting with BetaLED THE EDGE fixture Building a “Green” Community Carmanah solar area lighting is helping Dockside Green move forward in the development of an eco-friendly community that offers ...

  • Environmental product declaration - Case study

    Industry-wide EPDs boost brand value while driving innovation. This case study looks at three trade associations that have worked with thinkstep to chart the path for industry-wide EPDs. Life cycle-based EPDs have been adopted as a recognized tool for disclosing the environmental impact of products in all major green building schemes around the world. Just as nutrition labels are required on ...


    By thinkstep

  • EPD 2.0 – Pathway to product innovation

    Building products manufacturers increasingly use LCA based information for their environmental communication. This is because ISO 14025 based Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) provide an ideal format and verification structure to deliver objective, transparent information. The EPDs themselves are used both in marketing and communication and in building assessment schemes (e.g. DGBN, LEED, ...


    By thinkstep

  • Green Building Boom – What are the 4 new risks for Green Building Industry?

    New government mandates, long-term cost savings, and an enhanced sensitivity to partnering an environmental outline are the prime reasons for this exponential growth. In the year 2005, green building market was a meagre 2 percent of all non-residential construction initiations. However; this number grew by 28 - 35 percent by 2010 and approximately 40 to 48 percent by the year 2014, - comprising ...


  • New research in the US on the financial benefits of energy efficient `green` buildings

    Buildings in the US with 'green' ratings, such as Energy Star and LEED, can significantly impact market rents and value of commercial space, according to new research commissioned by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). The report 'Doing Well by Doing Good?' provides the first credible evidence in the US supporting the economic value of the certification of 'green' buildings in the ...

  • Transfer stations case study: waste transfer stations go green

    As old landfills reach their limits and new ones open in remote areas, waste management firms are building more transfer stations as a necessary step in the waste hauling and disposal process. These facilities provide a cost-efficient way to transfer waste from collection vehicles into semi-trailers for transport to remote landfills or other end points of disposal. This practical solution also ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

  • Popularity of reclaimed materials rises in Reno-Tahoe

    It aint exactly hugging a tree. But it's pretty darn close. While solar, wind and hybrid technology typically get most of the attention for going green, using reclaimed lumber and construction materials is one green trend that tree huggers still will appreciate. And apparently, it's a trend that's growing. Scott Gillespie, principal designer for Tahoe City-based design firm Sandbox ...

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Environmental management strategy drives growth and profits

    This competitive environmental intelligence overviews the environmental Strategist™ step by step process “how” to develop and execute your environmental Management Strategy (eMS) to drive growth and profits. What Is Your Environmental Footprint? Businesses are being told they need to be green, sustainable, transparent, carbon neutral/friendly…. How can a business meet the environmental ...

  • Case study - Client: Mercy Housing, Chicago, IL

    Project: Rainwater for irrigation, greywater for toilet flushing. The Margot and Harold Schiff Residences, 1244 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL. 2007. This project for Mercy Housing Lakefront, combines a cost-effective and nationally recognized approach to ending and preventing homelessness with major design innovations in an important community setting. Each unit has a private bath, kitchen, central ...

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Risk, fiduciary responsibility and `regulatory insulation

    With 'regulatory insulation' taking hold worldwide as a powerful business strategy, the author advises forward-thinking company leaders to look at the world through an ecological lens, allowing them to identify key future issues, position their products ahead of the trend, and outflank their competitors. INTRODUCTION We've seen our share of scandals in recent years — Enron, WorldCom, and so many ...


    By AHC Group

  • Stormwater Management for Urban Environments

    IntroductionElmhurst College, a hundred-thirty-five year old private learning institution, is proceeding with a campus redevelopment project that will include a one hundred seventy bed residence hall. In addition, the college continues to be a role model for sustainable site design and an educational resource for both students and the community.The need for additional housing, due to ...


    By Advanced Pavement Technology

  • Prospering with the New ISO Energy Standards

    According to the USEPA, energy use in commercial and industrial buildings costs U.S. companies about $200 billion per year. And for many businesses, energy costs (with unit prices rising every year) are among their largest expenses. Therefore, the direct financial benefits of reducing energy use should drive all companies – even non-“smoke stack” facilities – to establish ...


  • Getting Over The Sustainability Innovation Hump

    I just read an interesting Deloitte study linking ...


  • Getting over the sustainability innovation hump

    I just read an interesting Deloitte study linking ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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