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Passive Building On The Rise

Passive building is a design methodology defined by a set of principles that prioritize energy conservation and best practices. Together, these principles produce a product where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Alys Beach, Florida

Florida residents are well aware of the dangers posed by the coastal environment. Rising sea levels, flooding from rain events or tidal surge, drought-induced wildfires, and high wind events, including hurricanes, must be taken into consideration for community planning and sustainable development designs.

The Evolution of Integrated Design: Looking Back to the Future

If you practiced architecture or engineering in the 1990s, you can probably recall hearing the earliest utterances of the words “integrated design” (ID). This is sometimes referred to as integrative design—implying an ongoing process.

Forecasting Trends for 2020

Industry players are fine-tuning solutions to help the green building community address environmental challenges and customer demands. From human-centric lighting to securing the building internet of things (IoT), industry players discuss what they are expecting from 2020.

LEDs & Networked Lighting Controls: Maximizing Adoption, Savings Potential

Commercial and industrial (C&I) lighting technologies play a prominent role within utility-sponsored energy-efficiency (EE) programs throughout the United States.

Preparing Young Engineers for Industry Challenges

Lakeside Senior Apartments, Oakland, Calif.

The Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland, Calif., provide 91 permanently affordable homes for low-income and formerly homeless seniors, many of whom had been displaced by rising Bay Area housing costs.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, New York

The recent renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City—a prominent 1870s religious landmark designed by James Renwick Jr. and last modernized in 1949—reflects the vision of its trustees to advance not only ecological and economic value, but also social values held closely by “America’s Parish Church,” as it is known.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Headquarters, Johannesburg, South Africa,

A high-rise tower that gently twists with 30 degrees of rotation between the ground and top floors also keeps South Africa’s environmental challenges of water scarcity and limited electricity supply in mind.

Ithaca’s Example

Imagine an energy code that measurably reduces energy use and carbon emissions in new buildings, without increasing construction cost. Imagine an energy code with a simple point system: six points and you pass.
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