Tag Archives: Sustainability

Library takes a page from LEED’s book

Natural light permeates the interiors of the Dallas Public Library’s Highland Hills branch and is supplemented by energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on cloudy days and evenings. Photos courtesy KAI Texas

Design features incorporated in the Highland Hills library in Dallas, Texas, are allowing it to enjoy lower energy and water costs. The 1812-m2 (19,500-sf) building is one of seven Dallas libraries certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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CTBUH announces 2016 tall building award-winners


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winners and finalists of its 2016 Tall Building Awards. A panel of industry experts sorted through 132 submissions to select those who have set a new bar by employing inventive solutions that respond to site constraints related to sustainability, seismicity, wind forces, mixed functionality, and urban habitat.

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Acoustic ceilings in sustainable buildings


When some people consider sustainable buildings, they think of wood from a certified forest, whether carpeting was used, or if harvested rainwater was employed for landscaping. Others may think of energy efficiency, solar panels, and daylighting to reduce electric light usage.

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AIA announces top 10 green projects of 2016

Projects exemplifying sustainable architecture were selected by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) for its Top Ten Green Projects of 2016 award, including the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego. 
Photo © Nick Merrick of Hedrich Blessing Photographers

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected 10 projects exemplifying sustainable architecture and ecological design. The ‘Top 10 Green Projects’ program celebrates buildings with an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

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