The tasting room at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden in Oregon has achieved Living Building certification from the International Living Future Institute, becoming the first commercial building in Oregon to achieve the designation.
As part of its commitment to combat climate change and build a healthier environment, multi-national technology company Apple announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy.
Scientific research, best practice guidelines, and certification systems can help design/construction professionals sidestep building failures while delivering high-performance buildings. When inexpensive solar panels are added to the mix, buildings that produce as much energy as they use are actually within reach.
Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction.