Tag Archives: Sustainability

Greener by Design: Exploring options with ecological roofing

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With New York City’s 80×50 initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2050, the stakes are high for the city to adopt progressively more stringent energy codes. Similarly, the Sustainable DC Plan professes the lofty goal of making the nation’s capital “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the nation.”

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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

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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

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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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