Forest buildings cost 5% more, remove CO2 and provide more livability and green space

These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe.  August 16th, 2017 by The Beam, Jonny Tiernan How do you combat air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in Europe? By building vertical forests of trees and plants attached to apartment tower blocks, of course. Now, while this might not be the first solution that springs to mind, and it does …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

World’s largest vertical garden hosts 115,000 plants to create “living building”

By Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) published on Treehugger, June 8, 2017 Share on Facebook © Paisajismo Urbano Adding living greenery to our urban buildings in the form of vertical gardens not only helps to beautify the city, but also serves the more practical purpose of producing more oxygen and cleaning the air. In Bogotá, Colombia, we have the world’s largest vertical garden on …

11-story wood building in Portland, carbon emissions are 75% less than conventional

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, 12 June 2017 Building officials in Portland, Oregon, have approved the construction of what will be the tallest wooden building in the US. Known as Framework, the building will be 11 stories tall and provide subsidized living spaces on the upper floors while serving as home to Albina Community Bank and Beneficial State Bank on …

Harnessing energy from glass walls: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Science Daily, 29 May 2017  A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as a substitute for glass walls in modern buildings with the aim of harnessing solar energy. But this has …

EPA Finalizes ENERGY STAR Ratings For Smart Thermostats, Nest First To Qualify

By Joshua Hill, originally published on Clean Technica, 9 Mar 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats, a move which resulted in the Nest Learning Thermostat becoming the first smart thermostat to receive an ENERGY STAR rating. The first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats were determined back on December 23, …

The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) is now modeling the future of energy-efficient building design

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport, 9 March 2017   The first zero-net-energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California, this standard has penetrated the residential market, and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. A building in greater Los Angeles goes far beyond that …

California legislation to require solar panels on new buildings

By ECT Jan 9, 2017, East County Today  California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced he will be introducing legislation on Monday that would make California the first state in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings. According to his post on Medium: Previously, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I authored similar solar legislation, …