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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong contingency

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Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

The Parkview Green itself is already a marvel of sustainable architecture: The 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development features a glass and ETFE envelope that minimizes heating and cooling demands all year

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‘LEED in Motion’ Infographic Shows How LEED Certification Has Driven the Green Building Industry

‘LEED in Motion’ Infographic Shows How LEED Certification Has Driven the Green Building Industry

The US Green Building Council recently released a new infographic that shows how the LEED rating system has been a key driver of momentum across many facets of the building industry. The infographic

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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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New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

It looks like all that glitters is not LEED Gold (or LEED Platinum in the case of 1 Bryant Park). The NYC skyscraper has been called the greenest in the city but according to a report by The New Republic,

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400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

A large array of solar panels will generate 36kWh for the entire complex on site, thereby reducing dependance on the national grid and cutting overall carbon emissions. Further carbon cutting will be

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Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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Miller Hull’s Green-Roofed Global Learning and the Arts Building at Cascadia Community College Receives LEED Platinum

Miller Hull’s Green-Roofed Global Learning and the Arts Building at Cascadia Community College Receives LEED Platinum

The design of the building includes the programmatic separation of private and public spaces, which have different forms of interaction with nature. The more private and contemplative spaces face the

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Castle Square’s LEED Platinum Renovation Is the US’ Largest Deep Energy Retrofit

Castle Square’s LEED Platinum Renovation Is the US’ Largest Deep Energy Retrofit

Originally built in the 1960s, Castle Square was recently retrofitted into an 192-unit affordable apartment building, making it the US' largest LEED Platinum building to receive a Deep Energy Retrofit.

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Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then did he

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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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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Hysan Place: Hong Kong’s First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Building Opens in Causeway Bay

Hysan Place: Hong Kong’s First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Building Opens in Causeway Bay

Images by Tim Griffith Causeway Bay is Hong Kong Island’s premiere retail district and is also known to be one of the most polluted areas of Hong Kong. Kohn Pederson Fox and Dennis Lau & Ng Chun

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LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock It looks to have been a good year for green buildings in the federal sector; according to a new report, the number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed by 51% this

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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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LEED Silver Emigration Canyon Residence is Clad in Recycled Steel in Utah

LEED Silver Emigration Canyon Residence is Clad in Recycled Steel in Utah

The board-framed and concrete home is clad in textured steel shingles that will weather well in this rather inhospitable environment. A 30 foot operable wall opens out into an outdoor room overlooking the

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LEED-Certified Buildings Now Cover Two Billion Square Feet Worldwide

LEED-Certified Buildings Now Cover Two Billion Square Feet Worldwide

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the total global footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED Green Building program has now surpassed a staggering two billion square

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James Ewing Photographs Make it Right’s Green Homes in New Orleans

James Ewing Photographs Make it Right’s Green Homes in New Orleans

Shigeru Ban, BiLD, Hitoshi Abe, and Adjaye Associates are among the designers who have volunteered their time and services to bring the Lower 9th Ward back to life, as well as Ewing's favorites. Albeit

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ICC Unveils 2012 International Green Construction Code

ICC Unveils 2012 International Green Construction Code

The 2012 International Green Construction Code was just announced this week by the International Code Council - and it intends to be the first holistic code based on environmentally positive design.

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Home Depot Teams Up With USGBC to Bring Customers Green Building Products

Home Depot Teams Up With USGBC to Bring Customers Green Building Products

Greening your home will now be easier than ever, thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and Home Depot that will launch a line of USBGC-approved green building products on Home

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

We would need about 5 pages to list all of this project's awesome eco-credentials, so we'll stick with a few of the major highlights. Not only does the Newcomer house use the same amount of energy as a

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti - a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a

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Cook + Fox’s Flexible Live Work Home Achieves LEED Platinum

Cook + Fox’s Flexible Live Work Home Achieves LEED Platinum

The modern loft-style structure is very flexible thanks to its sliding doors and mobile partitions, which can divide the 1,400 square foot space in a multitude of ways. Located in the Near West Side of

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Habitat for Humanity’s Kent County Chapter Incorporates LEED Gold Standards into All of Their Homes

Habitat for Humanity’s Kent County Chapter Incorporates LEED Gold Standards into All of Their Homes

Habitat for Humanity's Kent County Chapter has always been a leader in the field of affordable and sustainable housing and even built the nation’s first affordable LEED certified home under the LEED for

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Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Modlet plugs into any 120 outlet to monitor and transmit energy usage data to your home computer. Its an easy, inexpensive ways to track your efficiency habit using software supplied by Modlet's

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Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

After a $100 million green renovation that took more than two years, the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification, making it the tallest building in the United States to be LEED

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Harvard University Tops the Collegiate Pack With 50 LEED Certified Buildings

Harvard University Tops the Collegiate Pack With 50 LEED Certified Buildings

Although Harvard's school color is officially crimson, it seems as though it really should be green. The USGBC announced this month that Harvard University has completed a major milestone, having achieved

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How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Green

How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Green

Measure twice, cut once. This old adage is one that craftsmen understand well and never question. Careful measurement and planning is essential in producing any quality product, and when it comes to

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