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ConEd Banks On Energy Efficiency Near Term For Clean Energy Transition

In response to New York’s clean energy goals and requirements, Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd), one of the largest utilities in the U.S., is banking on energy efficiency programs in the near term, and renewables and electrification in the longer term. New York’s nation-leading climate targets include the following. Additionally, New ... Read more »

Net Zero Seattle High-Rise Saves on Construction, Builder Says

The companies behind a new high-rise apartment building in Seattle hope to prove that constructing a net-zero energy building can be faster and more affordable than traditional building. The building is going up with new technology that makes construction faster, more affordable, and far more sustainable, building technology company Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI) says.

World’s First Triple Net Zero Building In New York

The Seventy-Six, an Albany, New York housing development, is expected to be the first triple net-zero project – energy, water, waste – of its kind. The $250 million project, being developed by Garrison Architects based in New York City, is part of a revitalization effort for Albany’s historic South End ... Read more »

New York Passes Low-Carbon Concrete Bill

New York has passed Bill S542A establishing guidelines for the procurement of low embodied carbon concrete. As I discussed recently about ECOPact and Skansa tests, trends towards reducing embodied carbon in concrete are continuing to build momentum. Concrete remains a critical barrier to climate-friendly buildings. It is responsible for at ... Read more »

Are Building-Integrated PVs Ready To Take Off?

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are not your typical solar panels. In comparison to traditional solar panels, which are attached to buildings, BIPVs are built into the exterior as key elements. Serving a dual purpose – generating clean energy and defending against the elements – BIPVs offer appealing benefits in addition to ... Read more »

ECOPact: Green Concrete For A Carbon Neutral Building

LafargeHolcim, a global building solutions firm, has recently introduced ECOPact, the industry’s broadest range of green concrete for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction.  As I wrote in May, concrete remains a critical barrier to climate-friendly buildings. It is responsible for at least 7% of carbon emissions worldwide, according to clean ... Read more »

Skanska Tests Reuse Of Precast Concrete

Concrete remains a critical barrier to climate-friendly buildings. It is responsible for at least 7% of carbon emissions worldwide, according to clean energy research group BloombergNEF.  While ‘green concrete’ is being used in some states, the Biden Administration hasn’t prioritized it as much as electric vehicles or renewable energy. Part ... Read more »

The Best Environmental Sustainability Jobs Boards and Sites

With 8.1 million job openings and 9.8 million unemployed Americans looking for work, according to Kenan Institute, a partner of University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, there is a lot of career movement in the workplace. Sustainability is an especially hot hiring space right now, and likely will remain ... Read more »
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Building Safety Month 2021 Highlights Energy and Innovation In Unlocking a Sustainable Future

From fueling our businesses to powering our technologies, energy has always been a vital part of society. Yet, energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can pose significant challenges to communities, homeowners and renters, and business owners. With the increasingly visible impact of a changing climate including the worsening frequency and intensity of disasters, it is abundantly clear that,

Are Regenerative Buildings the Wave of the Future in Sustainable Design?

As is well documented by Architecture 2030 and others, buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global emissions. And, in order to meet the climate targets set by the Paris Agreement, we need to eliminate all GHG emissions from the built environment by 2040. The good news is buildings are among the biggest investment opportunities at $24.7 globally, and represent...

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