The World Green Building Council envisions exponential increase in sustainability, setting the ambitious goal of all buildings ‘net zero’ by 2050. Building and construction industries have an important role in climate change mitigation.
Net-zero energy buildings are today’s ultimate green building statement. From the proposed Bride of the Gulf in Basra, Iraq — which will be the tallest building in the world if completed — to Tesla’s gigafactory in Reno, NV, the biggest players in building design and innovation are choosing the net-zero path. But if you set […]
There is much being written about how buildings can be a big part of the solutions to truly sustainable cities and a big part of this claim hinges on their perceived ability to deliver not only net carbon zero or positive outcomes but other essential ecosystem services as well. But how much is pie-in-the-sky and […]
ZNE, EO, NZEB, GBRI…Don’t we love acronyms? In the building design and construction industry there is an endless supply of them, and eventually they roll off the tongue of architects, engineers, and construction managers like water rushing downstream after a rainfall. Two of the energy acronyms related to sustainability that are heard more frequently today […]
Man has been exploiting Mother Earth for natural resources since forever. Till now, it seemed as if the amount of natural resources on our planet was unlimited. But not anymore! Due to man’s insatiable greed for energy and resources, the time has come that we on the verge of running out of essential resources with […]
The financial benefits of green building have been well established. Studies have repeatedly shown green building certification such as LEED and BREEAM lead to lower operating costs, such as reduced utility bills and lower total lifecycle costs.
Sustainability efforts are increasingly common in the commercial real estate industry, with property owners and managers – along with their tenants – placing increased focus on incorporating design features that are environmentally sound while reducing energy consumption over the lifespan of a building.
As we all strive for a better future for ourselves and our loved ones, we must now focus on maintaining a healthy environment. We could all do a little. Even if it is just making an extra trip to the recycle center or kitting out your home with the latest solar power technology, every little helps. […]
What is a Net-Zero Building? Ultimately the chief goal of sustainable building pivots on an extensive system of localized energy production. Not only does this require the harnessing of energy on site, renewables exhibit the prime method of on-site energy development. Net-Zero buildings chiefly rely on solar energy to produce the majority of their power. […]
In an effort to reduce emissions from the building sector, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is launching net zero building certification and training. Net zero building generate clean energy and produce no net emissions. Constructed objects account for 25 percent to 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. At last December’s COP21 in Paris, […]