Case Studies

What It Takes to Go Net-Zero

Architects share their experiences in net-zero building, from persuading uncertain clients to dealing with extreme weather.

At this point, the technology exists for buildings to produce all the energy they need—and that needs to be the norm. Don’t worry: It’s not as hard as it sounds. William Maclay, FAIA, has a mission: to make net-zero-energy buildings the new normal. “We have the technology, tools, and knowledge we need to do this […]

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Innovations

Making Use of Every Molecule

Chemistry and interior design share common goals for high-performing, sustainable products that advance the professions.

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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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Innovations

How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 16 Notable Examples

Recycled materials from mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs and recycled waste can create stunning architecture.

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Energy Efficiency

ENR 2018 Top 100 Green Building Design Firms and Contractors

The market growth for green design and construction can be seen from the results of the ENR Top Green Buildings survey.

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Case Studies

Dreaming Big in South Carolina: A School Model for the 21st Century

The efficiency of this South Carolina building’s envelope is just one element of a wider sustainability program, driven in part by innovations in chemistry.

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Material Science

LEED Pilot Credit for Building Materials Helps Clarify Potential Health, Safety and Environmental Impacts

There’s no single source of basic information about the health, safety, and environmental impacts of building materials. A pilot credit in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 rating system aims to change that.

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Innovations

19 Product Innovations from the AIA 2018 Convention

From insulated structural wall panels that use conventional wood frames and polyurethane-based insulation that are both continuous and between framing to next-generation bonding solutions, find out more about the new product launches at the 2018 AIA National Convention last month in New York.

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Material Science

White Paper: BPA Is Clearly Safe, and Here’s How We Know

Read the latest scientific update on the safety of the key raw material used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

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Material Science

In Times of Changing Forecasts, High Performing Materials Provide Resiliency

Resilient materials are key components of modern high-performing buildings.

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