General News

American Chemistry Council Joins International WELL Building Institute as Keystone Member

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced its participation in the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) membership program. IWBI, which aims to improve health and wellness through better buildings and stronger organizations, delivers the WELL Building Standard, a certification program that assesses building performance in key concept areas impacting health, such as air and water quality, […]

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Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Sustainability

Greenbuild 2019 is poised to launch an exciting new wave of public and private partnerships In less than a month, approximately 20,000 green building professionals from more than 150 countries – including architects, interior designers, builders, product manufacturers and standard setters – will gather in Atlanta for Greenbuild 2019, hosted by the U.S. Green Building […]

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Investing in Resilience Pays Off More Than Thought, New NIBS Study Finds

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report” calculates benefit–cost ratios of 4:1 up to 11:1 for investing in higher quality buildings that meet contemporary codes and standards.

Investing more upfront in hopes of securing a better return pays off when it comes to resilient design and infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). During NIBS’ seventh annual Building Innovation conference last week, the nonprofit NGO released “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report,” which highlights […]

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Innovations

Embracing Transparency

How Covestro, Legrand, and Thread International Help Architects Advance Sustainability in Innovative Ways

The business of building is booming – the U.S. Census Bureau reports the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of U.S. construction spending now tops $1.3 trillion, a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase (September 2017 to September 2018). This remarkable growth is spurring building materials selection decisions across tens of thousands of residential and commercial construction projects. The process […]

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Energy Efficiency

How to Convince a Client to Go Green

Architects discuss techniques for promoting sustainability and building performance in a project.

Architects shouldn’t get discouraged from pursuing sustainability measures in projects because their clients assume that going green will be too costly or express little interest. Here are some strategies to help make the case for high-performance design.

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US Green Building Council Gives Steps for New LEED Credit

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has released guidance, for achieving a credit under Leed v4 for material ingredient disclosure and selection of safer substances.

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