Tag Archives: Sustainability

Architecture firms fight climate change by signing China accord


The China Exploration and Design Association–Architecture Branch (CEDAAB) and Architecture 2030 hosted a meeting for international and Chinese architecture firms to sign the China Accord. By signing the agreement, the firms pledge to design cities, towns, urban developments, new buildings, and major renovations in China to low-carbon or carbon-neutral standards.

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The emergence of disclosure in green design


With the release of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program, the concept of ‘disclosure’ has taken center stage as the next big topic in the ongoing discussion of how sustainable buildings are defined and evaluated. Sharing the stage are new tools that have emerged to help measure the ‘greenness’ of building products.

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How will EPDs be used?

In the November 2015 issue of The Construction Specifier, this author examined the basics surrounding building material disclosure and environmental product declarations (EPDs). In this followup article, he looks at how the information will be used in lifecycle databases, whole-building analyses, product manufacturer improvement, green project rating systems, and building codes.

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