building life cycle News

  • Green Through the Life Cycle

    Choosing the right set of ingredients with which to make nearly any consumer product is critical to determining the overall social, economic and ecological impact of the product over the course of its existence. A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK40619, Guide for Making Chemical Selection Decisions in the Life Cycle of Products, will function ...


    By ASTM International

  • Life-cycle studies: concrete

    For the past five years, Worldwatch has explored the history, production method, and environmental and social impacts of everyday products - from chopsticks to pencils - in the Life-Cycle Studies section of its bi-monthly magazine, World Watch. This print-exclusive content is now available for free to Eye ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Frost & Sullivan: Life cycle costing is critical in the intelligent buildings industry

    As the building technologies market strides toward optimizing intelligent building investments by managing end-user experiences, energy efficiencies, and monitoring and maintenance of assets, life cycle costing (LCC) proves of paramount importance. Through collaborative research between the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and Frost & Sullivan, findings show that cost ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • “Green Path” Initiative: Reduce Total Life-Cycle Environmental Impact

    In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with reduced CO2 emissions at sustainable, energy-efficient plants, Honda has announced several initiatives under new “Green Path” approach to reducing the total life-cycle environmental impact of its products and operations in North America. As a hallmark of this new initiative, Honda also announced a $210 ...


    By Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

  • EREF’s Life-Cycle Analysis Workshop Examines Methods of Measuring Recycling and Diversion

    Recently, policy makers, facility owners and other solid waste entities have engaged in discussion regarding whether mass is the best means to evaluate recycling and diversion practices versus a focus on measuring environmental burden through life-cycle analysis. To establish dialogue and provide more information on this question, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is ...

  • FEMP Offers New eTraining Core Course on Fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing for Energy Conservation

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents Fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing for Energy Conservation, a new e-Training Core Course that provides knowledge and skills to improve Federal economic-based decision making, determine the total ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

  • Carbon and Life-Cycle Assessment Specialist Ron Feingold Joins Antea Group Global Corporate Consultancy

    The Global Corporate Consultancy (GCC) of Antea™Group announced that Ron Feingold has joined its group as a Consultant. Mr. Feingold is a carbon accounting specialist, and has specific expertise in developing greenhouse gas inventories for a wide variety of sectors, including utilities, governments and corporate clients. “Ron will make an immediate impact in the GCC, providing support ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Water is life – and climate change is robbing us of it

    A powerful statement was today sent to the UN, that climate change negotiations must recognize the importance of protecting freshwater ecosystems, for the benefit of millions of people – a position that Conservation International strongly supports. The Stockholm Statement was agreed unanimously by the participants at the World Water Week conference. It outlined the need for international climate ...


    By Conservation International

  • Pesticides may affect all stages of aquatic life

    Ecotoxicity tests that are used to understand the impacts of chemical pollutants on aquatic organisms and ecosystems could be improved by including all life stages of the test animals. These are the conclusions of a study by Belgian researchers, who found that the apparent absorption of some pesticides by the dormant eggs of water fleas may have negative effects on the invertebrates’ later ...

  • Tearing down the walls to green building

    Green buildings represent the best opportunity in North America to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a panel of experts who spoke at GLOBE 2008. In order to take full advantage of this opportunity several barriers across the building sector must be removed. In North America buildings are responsible for 35% of all GHG emissions and with respect to achieving climate ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Green building standards under construction

    The world's leading certification system for sustainable architecture is set to undergo its most sweeping changes in 2009. The proposed revisions encourage designs that would reduce a building's impact on global climate change. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly known as LEED, has become the standard for green building design since the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a ...

  • A Future-Proof Approach to Intelligent Buildings

    Intelligent building industry participants indicate the use and adoption of life cycle costing (LCC) as a valid prerequisite in the process of adopting intelligent building design, technology and processes. However, presently, use of LCC to determine long-term return on investment is infrequent at best. As intelligent building technologies are a long-term commitment in most cases, making ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Hidden Building Pollution exposed: New Report

    The new report by thinkstep shows that New Zealand’s built environment is culpable for belching out approximately 20 per cent of the climate change pollution emitted by New Zealand citizens. Much more must be done to tackle the amount of climate change pollution produced by New Zealand’s buildings, suggests a new report released today by a team of ...


    By thinkstep

  • Korea: Urban design and green building market

    The population of South Korea has grown rapidly since the republic’s establishment in 1948 and now stands at over 48 million. This growth has placed enormous burdens on Korea’s major cities. Seoul, the capital of the Republic has a population of 10.3 million (2006). The Seoul National Capital Area, which includes the major port city of Incheon and many satellite towns in Gyeonggi-do - ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Eco-Efficiency in commercial buildings - the business case

    This Sustainable Development Business Case produced by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an assessment of the market potential of eco-efficiency technologies related to the design, construction and operation of commercial buildings. It sets out a picture of how the commercial building sector will evolve over the next two decades with particular reference to technologies that ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Give your opinion on reducing the environmental impact of buildings

    The European Commission is gathering views on how to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. Buildings use a large amount of resources when they are designed, built, used and demolished, and their impact on the environment, energy consumption and climate change is significant. Improving construction techniques is therefore important to help Europe become a more sustainable economy. The ...

  • Maps reveal secret life of marine turtles in urgent need of protection

    A series of conservation maps produced by WWF reveal for the first time the secret life of endangered turtles in the world’s most diverse marine region – the Coral Triangle. The maps are the first to bring together the different life cycle movements, migration routes, foraging grounds, and nesting sites of green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. The maps were produced with the help of satellite ...


    By WWF International

  • The Allstate Foundation helps build safer, stronger families

    The Allstate Foundation's philanthropic approach to inform, engage and empower Americans is catalyzing social change across the country. Whether it's breaking the cycle of domestic violence, making roads safer for teens, providing economic education or rebuilding communities, funding from The ...

  • Building a Sustainable Future - speech by UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw at the LPAA Thematic Event on Buildings

    "Today is about coming together to agree a better future for the building sector and credible action for climate change. But tomorrow and the years ahead must be about coming together to deliver them in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Minister has well established the building sector's importance in bending the climate ...

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