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Sustainability

What are Carbon Sink Building Materials?

June 13, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

A life cycle assessment of buildings conducted by RMI showed that 65 to 85% of embodied carbon in buildings—representing up to 9% of total global carbon emissions—comes from raw material extraction, transport, and manufacture. In a similar assessment, WSP Engineering […]


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Invisible threat: Combatting indoor air pollution in buildings

June 11, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

In the ever-evolving landscape of building construction, there’s a growing awareness over indoor air quality. And for good reason. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has discovered that air inside buildings can be two to five times more contaminated than the […]


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How to Reduce Light Pollution With Street Light Design?

June 6, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

A recent study suggests that our home galaxy, the Milky Way, cannot be seen by one-third of humanity. Why? Millions of city lamps brighten our cities every night, but only part of their light is used to actually illuminate streets […]


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Innovative material for sustainable building

May 24, 2024

Via: ScienceDaily

Maximizing natural light in buildings is popular and can save on energy costs. However, traditional glass roofs and walls also present problems such as glare, lack of privacy, and overheating. Alternative solutions, such as coatings and light-diffusing materials, have not […]


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What is the Green Building Initiative?

May 13, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Reducing the environmental impact of our built environment is imperative to ensuring a livable, healthy, and fulfilling future. Over the last several decades many organizations have committed themselves to this goal, with the Green Building Initiative being one of the […]


Sustainability

REGUPOL Turns Waste into Sustainable Rubber Flooring

April 26, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Roughly 280 million tires are discarded annually by American motorists, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. REGUPOL is taking that tire waste and turning it into something good for the built environment—sustainable rubber flooring. Here’s how […]


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A Complete Guide to Understanding Green Building Rating Systems

April 24, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Studies have shown that the built environment is responsible for 40% of the world’s total carbon emissions, while the construction and demolition industry as a whole generates approximately 30% of the globe’s waste and accounts for over one-third of global […]


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How Engineered Wood Can Decarbonize the Construction Industry

April 23, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

At a time when sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) concerns are prevalent, there is a crucial need to focus on a sector that accounts for 38% of all global CO₂ emissions and consumes 30% of global resources: the […]


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A New Generation of Living Buildings Using Hygromorphic Materials

April 2, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

When discussing sustainability in construction, we are used to an approach based on complex technological solutions, expensive sensors, costly materials and, most recently, artificial intelligence. But what if everything we are looking for (in terms of sustainability) could come from […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Seattle Storm Facility Design with Embodied Low Carbon Concrete

March 29, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

The new Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance will serve as the dedicated practice facility for the four‐time WNBA championship team the Seattle Storm. The building’s design includes two side‐by‐side basketball courts, the “Storm Team Center” with locker rooms, a […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Innovative Low-Carbon Cement From Sublime Systems Used in First Project

March 27, 2024

Via: ENR

Turner Construction Co. and local ready-mix producer Boston Sand & Gravel report they are the first to place concrete with Sublime Systems’ zero-carbon cement in a mud mat for a building. Turner would not disclose the specific site but said […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Solar Control and Sustainability in Hot Climates with Ceramic Textiles

March 26, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

When considering traditional brick facades, we usually conjure up images of solidity and robustness. Solid ceramic blocks, recognized for their ability to withstand compression and offer strength and durability to structures, are materials frequently used in architecture. However, innovation in […]


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Sustainable Policy: How Deconstruction Policies Are Revolutionizing Construction Waste Management in the United States

March 18, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

For a long time, the construction industry has followed a linear process – extract raw materials, build structures, demolish them, and then dispose of the garbage in landfills. This approach has serious negative effects on the environment and society and […]


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What Makes an ADU Sustainable?

March 15, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

An estimated 1.4 million legal accessory dwelling units—or ADUs—exist in the United States, with that number growing steadily larger each year. Housing experts, real estate agents, and urban planners alike have posited that this rise in ADU popularity could be […]


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The Future Beneath Our Feet: Soil-Cement Bricks and the Path to Sustainable Construction

February 13, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

Bricks are part of the collective imagination when thinking about construction. These are elementary, ubiquitous, modular, light, and reliable materials for erecting buildings. However, traditional ceramic block manufacturing relies on burning clay in kilns at high temperatures, often powered by […]


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US DOT Approves $2.5B in Bonds for Vegas-to-California High-Speed Rail

January 23, 2024

Via: ENR

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has provided a further infusion of financial help for a long-delayed $12-billion high-speed passenger rail line from Las Vegas to southern California. DOT on Jan. 23 announced it is allocating $2.5 billion in private-activity bonds […]


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Adaptive Urban Regulations: Navigating Change in Affordable Housing, Infrastructure, and Sustainability in the U.S.

December 28, 2023

Via: ArchDaily

In the ever-evolving landscape of urban development, cities are faced with an array of challenges that demand quick and innovative solutions, ranging from the critical issue of affordable housing to the pressing need for efficient and decongested infrastructure and sustainable […]


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Supply Chain Modernization is Facing a Global Shortage of Skilled Workers

December 14, 2023

Via: ENR

The supply chain and overall construction industry is truly made up of its people. It is common for crews to work together for years, spanning the globe together and learning to rely on one another and the skills they have […]


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Streamlining the inspection of construction sites with a stormwater activity management solution

December 11, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Large construction projects have numerous stakeholders who are responsible for different aspects throughout the construction lifecycle, managing stormwater runoff is critical since active construction sites can be a large contributor to pollutants entering a community’s waterways if not managed properly. […]


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Office construction may never return to pre-pandemic levels

November 28, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

In February, JE Dunn, a Kansas City, Missouri-based construction firm, broke ground on a 677-foot-tall office tower in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The $600 million project, which will be the new corporate headquarters for insurance company Mutual of Omaha, includes 800,000 […]