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Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

April 23, 2015 by CC Huang

Green Building Potential in China

China’s low-carbon future may very well depend on green buildings. With nearly two billion square meters of new floor space added in the country each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

April 22, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Green Ideas and Inspiration

I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's new book, 'Designed for the Future,' than the week of Earth Day. This highly accessible volume, subtitled '80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,' contains short essays and beautiful photos solicited and edited by Green and describing wonderful examples.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[read more]

Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

April 19, 2015 by GBIG Insight
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LEED and Building Value

To all those questioning why they should seek certification, the answer is: because the market will pay for it. For those interested in an effective way to invest their funds in a property to support greater return, LEED certification may be the answer.[read more]

How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Riverside Sustainable Food

How to set up local foods and healthy eating projects in low-income neighborhoods, and the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. An interview with Riverside, California City Council Member Andy Melendrez.[read more]

Healthy Riverside Initiative Emphasizes Local Food, Looks to Make County #1 Place to Live in U.S.

Healthy Riverside

Local food and agriculture is a major component of the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, designed to assist residents of Riverside County, California live healthy lives. It began in 2011, when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to encourage all county departments to support healthy lifestyles.[read more]

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]