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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

International architecture and engineering firm HOK recently unveiled a proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum located in Bronzeville, Chicago. Developed in collaboration with the

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‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

A new environmental film project exploring the power of acting locally and how design can impact the world is now underway. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25 short films

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Method Homes and SEED Collaborative Unveil Completely Self-Sufficient, Portable SEEDClassroom

Method Homes and SEED Collaborative Unveil Completely Self-Sufficient, Portable SEEDClassroom

The portable classroom is designed to meet the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, an international sustainable building certification program known to be more rigorous than LEED and BREEAM,

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Seattle’s Bertschi Elementary School is the World’s Fourth Living Building

Seattle’s Bertschi Elementary School is the World’s Fourth Living Building

Seattle's Bertschi Elementary School was just certified as the world's fourth Living Building. The elementary school, situated in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is a 3,380-square-foot

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Next month Method Homes will launch its brand new Paradigm series with the debut of a 722 square-foot modular home on the floor of the USGBC Greenbuild Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The prefab

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The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Living Building Challenge founder Jason McLennan What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? It seems a far cry from our current situation, right? Lofty thought

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announces Two 2012 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announces Two 2012 Finalists!

Today, the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) announced two finalists in their 2012 competition -Future of Fish by Cheryl Dahle andThe Living Building Challenge led by Jason McLennan. Future of Fish seeks

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Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland, Oregon is often recognized as one of the greenest cities in America. The city has plans for peak oil and climate action and policies to address recycling and sustainable urban development, so

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Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Painters Hall is a 100 percent solar-powered building nestled in the beautiful surroundings of quiet Pringle Creek community, in Salem, Oregon. The 80-year-old Painters Hall recently earned

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Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,

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Semi-Finalists for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced!

Semi-Finalists for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced!

This year's semifinalists range from familiar topics like Earth Hour and the Living Building Challenge, to a project that produces fuel and fertilizer from agricultural waste in Africa. A couple of teams

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Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

The design of Perkins+Will's VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was inspired by the organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid. The 19,000-square-foot building is organized into undulating

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Okanagan College Centre for Excellence is a Solar Powered Living Classroom

Okanagan College Centre for Excellence is a Solar Powered Living Classroom

Planning for the hands-on, living classroom began back in 2009, with a design charrette led by CEI that involved over 40 participants and Okanagan College to develop a working model for the building. The

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Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

The Cascadia Center will be a mixed-use commercial and office building and will eventually serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation. Located at the crossroads between Seattle's Central

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab Now Certified Under Living Building Challenge

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab Now Certified Under Living Building Challenge

Designed by Boston-based Flansburgh Architects, the Energy Lab provides both indoor and outdoor classrooms to educate students on sustainability, renewable energy, the environment and more. It includes

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Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

The Bertschi Science Wing is a 1425 square foot addition to the existing campus and will serve as a learning tool for the students. Collected rainwater will flow through a tunnel in the classroom so the

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World’s First Living Building Certified Projects Unveiled

World’s First Living Building Certified Projects Unveiled

Image ©Ralph Bicknese /Hellmuth + Bicknese Since the start of the Living Building Challenge in 2006, over 70 projects have registered for Living Building Certification. To achieve this rating, a

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Omega Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification!

Omega Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification!

We've been closely following the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in upstate New York, and we're thrilled to announce that this week the state-of-the-art environmental education center and natural

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VanDusen Botanical Center to Be Canada’s First Living Building

VanDusen Botanical Center to Be Canada’s First Living Building

The design for the visitor center was inspired by the leaves of an orchid -- its wings consists of 'petals' that shoot off from the 'stem', which serve as the central atrium and lobby. The stem has been

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Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Photo credit ©Flansburgh Architects The living laboratory is powered by renewable energy, with solar panels on the roof and a couple small-scale wind turbines on the hill behind the school. The Energy

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Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

The Oregon Sustainability Center is getting ready to build the largest Living Building Challenge-certified office tower in the world. The Portland-based skyscraper is being developed using the LBC’s

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Beyond LEED: Living Building Challenge 2.0 Certification Unveiled

Beyond LEED: Living Building Challenge 2.0 Certification Unveiled

This week the International Living Building Institute released its new green building standard to the public at Greenbuild 2009. Version 2.0 expands on its already impressive focus to now cover social

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living Opens in Upstate New York

Omega Center for Sustainable Living Opens in Upstate New York

On track to become the first green building to achieve both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OSCL) embodies the synthesis of wastewater

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