How does Vienna build such terrific housing?

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Design / Green Architecture August 8, 2017 © Mike Eliason/ that doesn’t look like social housing! Seattle architect Mike Eliason describes what he learned about their housing policies. After a trip to Vienna for a Passivhaus conference I wrote about the remarkable housing there, and how much of it is actually social housing owned by the city.Seattle architect Mike Eliason was at the …

Viewing Victoria’s Passive Houses

August 31st, 2017 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. When I first interviewed Rob Bernhardt in 2014, you could count the number of British Columbia’s passive houses on your fingers. The Bernhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at …

A green roof could save $200,000 over its lifetime, mainly through temperature control of the building on which the roof is located

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, have built a “living laboratory” to study hydrology. The building hosts a rain garden, multiple bioretention planters and multiple green roof setups to test water quality performance in green infrastructure systems. There are 20 green roof setups, duplicated to look at runoff from a rooftop with a different mix of lightweight growing media …

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 …