The Monarch Sanctuary or Lepidoptera terrarium will be eight stories of new commercial space in New York City. The building will mostly contain retail and office areas, but central to its purpose is a semi-porous breeding ground, waystation, and sanctuary for the at-risk species of the North American monarch butterfly.
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.