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November 1, 2019, 8am PDT
The cheap price of solar and wind energy have corporations "falling all over themselves" to embrace renewable, according to this article. Target and Wal-Mart lead the green arms race.
The New York Times
October 29, 2019, 10am PDT
Renovating old buildings instead of demolishing them as the better "green" option is preservation orthodoxy. But what if the decision between renovation and demolition is less than clear-cut?
Treehugger
September 3, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Dallas Morning New details Dallas' cool roof program, one of the ways the city tries to cool down its heat island effect.
The Dallas Morning News
September 1, 2019, 7am PDT
An under-reported loan model called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, financed $660 million of sustainable building improvements from 2016 through 2018.
The New York Times
Blog post
August 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
Green building practices are advancing quickly. Here is a sample of best practices in choosing the most sustainable materials for the job.
Kayla Matthews
June 6, 2019, 6am PDT
In the multi-family residential market of Washington, D.C., LEED-certified buildings ask higher rents of residents.
Urban Turf
May 11, 2019, 9am PDT
City inspectors and federal regulators will not be favorably portrayed in this story.
Phoenix New Times
July 11, 2018, 10am PDT
Plans for a sizable eco-friendly development on the site of St. Paul's Twin Cities Assembly Plant have drawn support from many, including the city's young mayor. But density opponents remain unconvinced.
CityLab
June 8, 2018, 11am PDT
The need to slash emissions from buildings is increasingly urgent, and critics say LEED won't get us there.
CityLab
June 6, 2018, 8am PDT
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) don't just help mitigate housing supply and affordability issues, they also offer significant sustainability benefits.
Sightline Institute
May 6, 2018, 11am PDT
The California Energy Commission will decide on new energy standards for residential construction this week.
The Orange County Register
Blog post
March 26, 2018, 10am PDT
There is plenty of evidence for modular construction as a key component of a green economy.
Kayla Matthews
Blog post
October 13, 2017, 7am PDT
Which is better for the environment: buying an existing home, inefficiencies and all, or paying to build a new home with all the bells and whistles of green building technology?
Kayla Matthews
October 8, 2017, 7am PDT
The Denver Post gives a preview of some of the big questions facing Denver voters in November.
The Denver Post
August 31, 2017, 2pm PDT
In 2011, Washington, D.C. adopted the Sustainable D.C. plan, establishing the capital as a leader in green building and sustainability planning. In 2017, the city is the first in the world to achieve a new mark of distinction for its accomplishments.
WAMU
June 8, 2017, 10am PDT
Two icehouses have arrived in Harrisburg on a mission from the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 16, 2017, 11am PST
So far four cities in California require solar panels on all new residential construction, with San Francisco as the most populous example. A proposed law would expand that requirement to the rest of the state.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2016, 6am PST
Architects at Gresham, Smith & Partners discuss designing for health and wellness, aligning with the US Green Building Council's WELL Building Standard.
Modern Cities
November 5, 2016, 9am PDT
Santa Monica is the first city in California to adopt an ordinance requiring new single-family homes be built to net-zero energy standards.
Construction Dive
October 12, 2016, 10am PDT
The American Institute of Architects gave a reality check regarding its ambitious and aggressive carbon reductions targets.
Architect