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How solar power works

By Caitlin Ritchie

Solar energy is quickly becoming a more popular and affordable power source for homeowners and businesses. With residential solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and see substantial cost savings.

02/11/22
                                                               

creating safe, healthy & affordable communities through all-electric, Clean energy ​homes & buildings

The Building Decarbonization Coalition unites building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations and local governments to power our nation's homes and workspaces with clean energy.

02/02/22
                                                               

Infographic: Top 10 States for LEED in 2021

The ranking highlights U.S. leaders in sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings.

Now in its 12th year, the annual Top 10 States for LEED list is based on the gross square footage of LEED-certified space per capita added in each U.S. state over the past year, using 2020 census data.

01/26/22
                                                               

Beware of the Red List – Top Materials to Avoid in Your Home

“The Red List” might sound like something from the Cold War. But the Red List has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with chemistry. The Red List is actually a list of “worst in class” materials, chemicals, and elements the green building industry tries to avoid.

01/07/22
                                                               

Buildings and Climate Change

Buildings Account for 39% of CO2 emissions in the United States The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States per year, more than any other sector. U.S. buildings alone are responsible for more CO2 emissions annually than those of any other country except China. Most of these emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels to provide heating, cooling and lighting, and to power appliances and electrical equipment. By transforming the built environment to be more energy-efficient and climate-friendly, the building sector can play a major role in reducing the threat of climate change.

08/20/21
                                                               

Facts about the Climate Emergency

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide an objective source of scientific information on climate change.

08/20/21
                                                               

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.

08/20/21
                                                               

Visualizing Our City’s Energy Use

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation used the City of Pittsburgh to create a model built upon the design, materials and purpose of commercial buildings to estimate their energy usage and emissions.
07/22/21
                                                               

Achieving zero carbon through design and planning

A carbon neutral built environment begins with design and planning. Architecture 2030 is dedicated to empowering this sector to meet the 2030 Challenge targets and achieve a carbon neutral built environment by 2040. Architecture 2030 has developed education programs, initiatives, and resources that provide the tools needed to meet these goals, from a free online database of  low-cost sustainable design strategies to a 10 course online education series for continuing education credits.

07/09/21
                                                               

The Six Disabled Veteran Housing Los Angeles, CA

The SIX is a 52-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for disabled veterans. It is located in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. McArthur Park has one of the highest densities in the USA with over 38,000 people per square mile and a total population of 120,000 people in 2.72 square miles.

06/15/21