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Toyota Surpasses Water Reduction Goal

Toyota saved more than 54 million gallons of water in North America during fiscal year 2015 through reduce, reuse and recycle efforts, according to its latest North American Environmental Report. The automaker had targeted a 6 percent reduction in water withdrawals by fiscal year 2016 from a 2010 baseline. In … Read more »

Minneapolis Leads Green Building Markets

Minneapolis Leads Green Building Markets

Owners of small buildings have an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing green-building practices, due to a significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving sustainability certification, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE … Read more »

Starwood Debuts Eco-Conscious Hotel in China

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has debuted its eco-conscious Element brand of hotels with the opening of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. The hotel, owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development, features 188 guestrooms and suites. Each Element guestroom includes water-efficient faucets, Energy … Read more »

Fuel Prices, Drought Prompting Builders to Seek Green Building Certification

Volatile fuel prices, prolonged droughts and climate change are prompting increasing numbers of home builders to seek green building certifications, reports Builder magazine. The overall number of Builder 100 respondents — the top 100 builders in the US — that report they meet green building standards such as LEED for … Read more »

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Do Green Building Certifications Make Financial Sense?

As Georgia moves closer to enacting a law that would effectively ban state-owned buildings from seeking LEED certification, Valerie Molinski, sustainability director at Vocon, a Cleveland architecture and interior design firm, makes the business case for green building certification in a Crain’s Cleveland Business blog. Basically it boils down to … Read more »

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Lowes to Phase Out Neonic Pesticides

Lowe’s announced in its 2014 Social Responsibility Report that it is phasing out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available. Some studies have indicated that neonics are damaging the health of honeybees and other pollinators.  According to a study … Read more »

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What Building Owners Need to Know about Green Building Rating Systems

When it comes to green building rating systems, facility owners have several choices. Because of this, it’s important for them to have some familiarity with the most widely recognized green building programs in the US — LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star and the Living Building Challenge — says Lawrence Clark, … Read more »

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Indoor Air Quality Standard Modified

ASHRAE has proposed an alternate compliance path for existing buildings in its indoor air quality standard, in a move that recognizes that the ventilation rate procedure may be difficult to apply in these facilities. Proposed addendum b is one of six addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor … Read more »

US Leader In Green Commercial Space Announced

The US city with the highest percentage of green commercial space is Minneapolis, with 77 percent of its commercial real estate space certified as green, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The city with the second-highest percentage of green space was San Francisco, at 67.2 percent, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASHRAE and Green Building, R2, Global Recycled Standard

ASHRAE is for the first time partnering on the development of the National Green Building Standard, ICC/ASHRAE 700. Other organizations developing the standard’s third edition include the National Association of Home Builders and and the International Code Council. The Canadian government has proposed legislative changes to the Hazardous Products Act as a … Read more »

Firms Cut Costs, GHGs with EPA Climate Programs

Firms Cut Costs, GHGs with EPA Climate Programs

US businesses prevented 365 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 by partnering with the EPA on climate protection programs, the agency says. According to the EPA’s annual Climate Protection Partnerships report, some 21,000 organizations across the US have cut their greenhouse gas emissions and saved money by … Read more »