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Biden to invoke Defense Production Act for clean energy

By Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman

President Biden will shield solar project developers from the costs of potential trade penalties and offer new federal support for domestic panel manufacturing, the White House said Monday.


After championing greener building codes, local governments lose right to vote

By Alexander C. Kaufman

The nonprofit consortium that oversees much of the nation’s building codes just gave the construction and gas industries more control over the process.


Can the World’s Most Polluting Heavy Industries Decarbonize?

By Fred Pearce

The production of steel, cement, and ammonia together emit about one-fifth of all human-caused CO2. Technologies are emerging that promise to decarbonize these problem industries, but analysts warn that big challenges remain before the processes can be cleaned up.


Decarbonizing cities – how to harmonize buildings, mobility and infrastructure

By Francesco Starace and Jean-Pascal Tricoire
An integrated approach is needed to fully decarbonize cities. Digitalization across buildings, mobility and energy infrastructure is key to achieving net zero carbon. Decarbonizing cities will not just benefit the environment, but also the jobs market, public health and well-being of communities.

Unique Passive House project in Newburgh nears finish line

By Lana Bellamy

“I just sequestered myself in here. I was totally out of danger because I told all my subcontractors, ‘Don’t come in,'” Robinson said, referring to when the COVID-19 outbreak began. “I would just sit here and listen to podcasts all day long and music and I would just have these great meditative, very long days.”


Grants Issued for Affordable Housing, Transformative Climate Communities, Climate Change Research

By Melanie Curry

Strategic Growth Council awards a pile of implementation and planning grants for sustainable, healthy communities


Kansas City poised to adopt the most efficient building code in the country

By Karen Uhlenhuth

Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.


TAT designs Boston affordable housing to Passive House standards

The new, 55-unit expansion of Old Colony in South Boston is part of a decade-long redevelopment of the Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony, as the affordable housing complex is known. According to the architects, the work also reflects an emerging national wave of affordable multi-family housing built to the stringent, energy-saving Passive House standard, which is better known for its use in high-end, single-family homes.


‘Building’ Sustainability for Buildings

By Minji Ko

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development was pleased to host John Mandyck, the CEO of Urban Green Council as part of the Spring 2020 Speaker Series. With a mission to transform buildings for a more sustainable future in New York City and around the world, the Urban Green Council researches and educates on policy solutions to enhance the sustainability of buildings.


The passive house that’s aggressively green

By Alice Dragoon

This May, residents chosen from a lottery  of 2,600 applicants are scheduled to begin moving into 98 affordable housing units in the new Finch Cambridge building on Concord Avenue near Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Designed by Boston’s Icon Architecture, the building features playful bay and corner windows to let in sunlight and allow cross-­ventilation, a lobby with a vaulted ceiling and an open staircase meant to entice people to forgo the elevators, and other thoughtful touches like sage-green accent walls and large floor tiles in the bathrooms to minimize the use of dirt-attracting grout. Its family-friendly laundry room is next to a large community space with a lounge, a kitchen area, and homework nooks—and both are sited on the top floor, with windows offering stunning views of Fresh Pond and access to a rooftop terrace that will have raised beds for gardening.