Environmental Protection

Green Building


Free GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool Available Now

The Web-based tool should help government and industry personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers.

Gen7 Eco-friendly Classrooms Become Nation's First Modular Classrooms to Be CHPS Verified

The first-ever Gen7 green classrooms, installed at Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, Calif., have become the nation's first modular classrooms to receive Collaborative for High Performance Schools Verified recognition for New School Construction.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has developed a guide to help communities monetize green infrastructure value.

Guide Helps Municipalities Monetize Green Infrastructure's Value

The Center for Neighborhood Technology and American Rivers gathered the latest research and produced a guide to help communities assign economic value to such structures as green roofs, rain gardens, and permeable pavement.

Energy-efficient Intelligent House Monitors Health

An energy-efficient house that can send alerts if its residents are ill has been developed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire.

California Apprenticeship Council to Require Green Technology Training

Some changes to the new training criteria that trades in California have made include plumbers adding geothermal and hydroponic solar water systems to their core training skills and electricians incorporating energy-efficient systems.

USGBC Names 100K House as Project of the Year

The U.S. Green Building Council presented awards for multi- and single-family home projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developments, and an overall commitment to LEED for Homes.

Southwestern Virginia College Gets Grant for Solar-Powered Coffee Shop

The non-profit business will involve 100 percent organically grown and recyclable products, local suppliers, Energy Star appliances, and both solar hot-water heating and solar photovoltaic technologies.

Schneider Electric Forms Green Buildings Segment

Company names Melissa O'Mara vice president of Green Buildings Solutions.



Md. Organization Provides Low-Cost Loans for Home Efficiency Upgrades

The Maryland Clean Energy Center has launched a the new Maryland Home Energy Loan Program, enabling Marylanders to access unsecured, low-cost funds for efficiency upgrades such as better insulation and higher-rated heating and cooling equipment.

Desertscape in New Mexico

Part 4: Prefurbia, Landscaping, and Pad Shaping

This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series on some of today's problems in land development and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help overcome them.

USGBC Builds LEED App to Accelerate Certification Process

The U.S. Green Building Council has introduced a new program designed to streamline and create capacity for the LEED building certification process. LEED Automation enables LEED Online, the online tool projects use to submit documentation and certify LEED projects, to interact with third-party technology platforms.

ASLA winning green roof

ASLA Green Roof Earns Top North American Design Honor

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will present the American Society of Landscape Architects the 2010 Award of Excellence in December.

How to Earn LEED Success

Ron Sivitz' designed beach house recently won Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The builder shares tips on how to make your project LEED-worthy.

ICMA Survey: Local Governments Slow to Walk the Sustainability Walk

The International City/County Management Association found that while local governments recognized the need to create sustainability, they generally have not been able to act on that knowledge.

Gilbert Highliands renovation used stimulus funding to make the property more energy efficient.

Renovation Complete, Stimulus-funded Development Reopens in Maryland

Montgomery Housing Partnership transformed a 57-year-old building into a modern, more efficient and affordable complex.

Feds Leverage Tech Know-how to 'Green' 5 State Capitals

EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide sustainable design assistance to Boston, Jefferson City, Hartford, Charleston and Little Rock.

Neighborhood design

A 'Prefurbia' Development Solution

In a multi-part series of articles, Rick Harrison, president of Rick Harrison Site Design Studio, will explain some of the problems in land development today and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help to overcome them.

King County Housing Authority Starts $1.7M Stimulus Project

Funds will be used to lower energy costs in public housing complex and provide jobs.

Dow to Lead R&D for Home Energy Retrofit Solutions

The Energy Department's retrofit project is part of a broader effort to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and establish national guidelines and standards for retrofit methods, materials and practices.

Watershed Academy Sets Webcast on Houston's LID Experience

On Aug. 11, EPA will explain how a low impact design competition had a ripple effect on Houston's design/build community.

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