Green Building Update -- July 18, 2012

Green Building Focus

Cities, not nations, are taking action on climate change

ThinkProgress - Jul 5

While many national governments struggle to take comprehensive action on climate change, major cities around the globe are acting on their own. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) released a report tracking initiatives cities are taking to address greenhouse gas emissions.

The 10 largest green roofs

Engineering News Record - Jul 3

Green roofs are roofs that are partially or completely covered with vegetation, and they are gaining acceptance in dozens of countries, joining other forms of green infrastructure that are being used to mitigate environmental problems of urban centers.

Detroit rising: from garage to net zero biz incubator

EarthTechling - Jul 3

Looking for an example of people power and green building coming together to revitalize Detroit? Look no further than the Green Garage, which was constructed in 1920 and was home to variousauto-related businesses over the years, including an early stint as a Ford Model-T showroom. Now it has undergone a green renovation, powered in part by volunteer labor, and currently functions as a sustainable business center.

eBay to build America's largest fuel cell data center

Green Building Elements - Jul 3

Online giant eBay plans to power its main data centre in Utah primarily with renewable energy, including the installation of 30 large Bloom Energy fuel cells powered by bio-gas.

D.C. makes ambitious sustainability plans a reality

The Dirt - Jul 3

Washington, D.C. ranks eighth among North American cities in the race to be greenest city according to a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report. Mayor Grey has initiated an ambitious new plan called “SustainableDC” with the goal of becoming number one within a generation.

Living Building Challenge to revolutionize green architecture

Clean Techies Blog - Jul 3

The Living Building Challenge is emerging as one of the most stringent green building standards in the world. While other environmental standards pre-certify buildings based on conformance of design specifications with best practices, the Living Building Challenge approves buildings only after a rigorously documented 12-month occupancy phase.

LEED-EBOM surpasses LEED certification for new construction

Environmental Leader - Jul 3

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) projects have skyrocketed in popularity, surpassing the number of certified new construction projects in 2009 and exceeding the square footage of LEED-certified new construction space in December 2011. LEED consultants provide insight into emerging trends in the LEED EBOM review process.

Green roof design may help control urban runoff

PhysOrg News - Jul 3

A research team at Virginia Tech has released early results of an experimental study testing the effects of green roofs on controlling urban runoff.

Green Building Projects

Portsmouth water treatment plant earns LEED Silver

LEED Daily - Jul 9

The Portsmouth Water System’s new Madbury Water Treatment Plant in New Hampshire has received the prestigious LEED silver certification, and is expected to produce energy savings exceeding 24 percent or $35,000 annually.

New York Public Library branch earns LEED Gold

Green Buildings NYC News - Jul 5

The New York Public Library‘s Battery Park City branch has received LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. The $6.7 million library features 23,000 volumes, wood floors built from old window frames, truck tires that serve as carpeting, and a recycled glass terrazzo staircase.

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