From the category archives: Sustainability

Sustainability

The New Advantages of Tin-plated Roofing

In addition to lasting 40 or more years depending on the material, metal roofing is significantly lighter in weight than standard tiles, 100 percent recyclable, and will not spark or flame during fires or if hit by lightning. 

Stop Neglecting Energy-consuming Elevators

A primary consumer of energy is one of the most neglected by building professionals: elevators. They can devour as much as 10 percent of a building’s energy. If ignored, elevators can quickly become an environmental and economic drain. 

Navigating Renewable Energy Project Agreements

Successful negotiation of engineering and construction agreements in the renewable sector depends on the unique characteristics of each proposed project, as well as the thorough assessment and allocation of risks. 

For Sustainable, Renewable Construction Materials: The Future Is CLT

  Cross laminated timber is gaining recognition, and it won’t be long before this product is accepted as a common building material that delivers great results.

Metal Buildings: Green Made Easy

  Metal buildings are an easy, cost-effective choice when going green, thanks to their efficient use of materials and labor and the steel’s high quantity of recycled content. However, documenting their savings and efficiency while keeping up with various sustainability codes and rating systems is an ever-changing and difficult task.

Atlanta and Chicago Make Renewable Energy Pledges

  The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a pledge to commit the city to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Municipal buildings must reach that goal by 2025. Atlanta is now the largest Southeastern city with a 100 percent clean energy goal, followed by St. Petersburg, Fla., according to Sierra Club. 


Open Data Makes Sustainable Structures More Achievable

  The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction and renovation projects is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute an ever-increasing percentage of total building life cycle expenses due to rising utility rates. As a result, sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a prevalent industry objective. However, peak sustainability is rarely accomplished due to the high costs and a lack of resources available in the early stages of design and planning.  

BREEAM Breaks Into the U.S. Market

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) has been an integral part of the worldwide green building industry for many years, yet it only broke into the U.S. marketplace last October. The journey began 97 years ago, when the Building Research Establishment (BRE) was founded as an academic and science-based government organization in the United Kingdom. It has since been privatized and created the first green building standard, BREEAM, in 1990. All green building rating systems have their roots in BREEAM, including LEED. Today, nearly 3 million buildings have been registered and more than 500,000 have been certified under BREEAM.

Global Entertainment Venues Embrace LEED

  The U.S. Green Building Council released its “LEED in Motion: Venues” report, which highlights the green strategies and savings of more than 30 LEED-certified convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers and public assembly spaces.

New CO2-Eating Concrete Takes Less Energy to Produce

  An engineering and materials science professor at Rutgers University has created an eco-friendly, lightweight concrete using reactive hydrothermal liquid-phase densification (rHLPD), a process that models the generative design behavior of shellfish, to create organic ceramics while submerged in water. 
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