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Park Slope condo becomes New York City’s “largest mass-timber building”

By Ben Dreith

Local studio Mesh Architectures has completed Timber House, a condominium in Brooklyn that developer The Brooklyn Home Company claims is “the largest mass timber building in New York City.”


One of the First Industrial Warehouses is Constructed with Sustainable Materials Designed to Reduce Carbon Impact

By Emily Holbrook

USAA Real Estate and its development partner, Seefried Industrial Properties, are near completion of an industrial warehouse development in Dallas Fort Worth that will be among the first ever using sustainable building materials that will reduce the carbon impact of its construction by more than 45%.


Can Vines Speed Urban Cooling?

By Emily C. Dooley Photo: Emily C. Dooley

Perhaps trees aren’t the only green solution when it comes to cooling urban spaces and reducing energy costs. Honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, pink trumpet and other vines could be a fast-growing substitute in climate-smart cities of the future.


Living in energy-efficient homes can improve people’s health

By YCC Team

Home energy efficiency upgrades can cut carbon pollution and help people save money on utility bills
But for Kevin Kennedy, director of the environmental health program at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, there’s an even bigger pay-off.


Meyer Memorial Trust Is Made With Mass Plywood Panels

By Lloyd Alter Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

There are many different ways to make mass timber. Cross-laminated timber (CLT), developed in Austria in the ’90s, is perhaps the most well-known. But there is a new kid on the building block: mass plywood panels (MPP).


Energy Dept. pushes heat pumps to reduce greenhouse emissions

By Brenda Richardson Photo: Onurdongel , Getty Images

Regular heat pumps are a much less dramatic alternative to geothermal heat pumps — you don’t need a huge yard and you don’t have to dig a huge swath in it.
Whether you should get one depends largely on where you live, as they perform better in moderate climates.


Rooftop Gardens Can Help Alleviate Heat in Cities, Study Finds

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

If you’ve even spent a summer in the city and been able to relate to the song of the same name then you know the feeling of wanting to escape the heat by sitting in a patch of cool grass under the shade of a tree.


Volts podcast: Panama Bartholomy on decarbonizing America’s buildings

By David Roberts

Fossil-fuel combustion in buildings — mostly natural gas for space and water heating — is responsible for around 10 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions.[*] Getting to net-zero will require heating, cooling, and powering all those buildings with carbon-free energy.


Gas Stoves in the US Emit Methane Equivalent to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Half a Million Cars

By Phil McKenna Photo: Cezaro De Luca

Natural gas stoves emit far more methane than previously thought, as well as harmful nitrogen oxides in concentrations that can quickly exceed federal safety standards, researchers at Stanford University report.


Gas stoves in kitchens pose a risk to public health and the planet, research finds

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Gas-burning stoves in kitchens across America may pose a greater risk to the planet and public health than previously thought, new research suggests. The appliances release far more of the potent planet-warming gas methane than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates, Stanford University scientists found in a study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.