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MVRDV describes upcoming LAD HQ as a

"..."Viewed from above, the building is rectangular in plan, yet it is given a striking curved shape by the series of terraces that step down to a courtyard and the main pedestrian entrance on the north side," says MVRDV. "The terraces are clad in wood and covered in greenery, and they include a publicly accessible route to the top of the building that provides spaces for LAD to showcase its work and research. A curving roof structure which follows the shape of the terraces covers the ensemble..."

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Tree-covered high-rise shoots for stringent Passivhaus efficiency

"...Urban Agency has unveiled plans for a residential high-rise in Vancouver, Canada, which boasts ambitious sustainable design elements. Defined by a stepped form that's inspired by the region's topography, the greenery covered building will be primarily constructed from wood and bamboo, and is slated to meet the stringent Passivhaus green building standard. There are no details available yet on how tall Vancouver Forest will be, though the building will consist of 200 apartments, and will also incorporate some community space on its lower floors..."

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Commercial plaza in north end of Ladysmith passes public hearing

"...There is an existing covenant on the property from the 2008 development proposal. Green building and landscaping standards must be used. There are provisions for a transit stop, an outdoor public space and a historical artifact acknowledging the location of the 49th parallel, as well as $1,000 of amenity contributions per residential unit..."

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Energy efficient Ikea store conceived as green lounge for Copenhagen

"...The project is slated to receive the BREEAM Outstanding green building certification. A rooftop solar panel array measuring 1,450 sq m (roughly 15,600 sq ft) will reduce its draw on the grid, while nearby canals will be used as a heatsink coupled to an energy efficient cooling system. Additionally, there will be bicycle parking and cargo bikes available to customers who want to haul their new furniture home..."

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Foster + Partners to plant a lush forest oasis on the edge of Bangkok

"...Most of the built areas will consist of residential spaces, such as high-rise condominium buildings designed for small families and low-rise condos that incorporate greenery. Other residences will be geared to large multi-generational families, still others for older people with care needs, plus some ultra-luxury spacious villas for the well-heeled will be available. The various buildings are slated to receive LEED Silver and LEED Gold green building standards..."

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The case for carbon budgets on the road to net-zero Corporate Knights

"...The IEA report calls for “nothing less than a complete transformation of how we produce, transport and consume energy. ” Cleaving to the IEA’s 30-year-goal means a “massive expansion” in renewables, electric vehicles, battery storage, clean hydrogen, and an end, by as soon as 2021, of the approval and construction of any new oil, gas and coal production – a come-to-Jesus moment for Canada’s oil and gas industry. Aware of the risk of drifting priorities, the IEA also urges national governments to set “near term milestones to get back on track..."

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UNStudio adds drama to conference center with cantilevered auditorium

"...UNStudio has revealed plans for an energy efficient extension to an existing conference center in the Netherlands. Named the Elysion Congress Centre, the ambitious redesign will add solar power, greenery, and additional floorspace, and will be defined by an eye-catching auditorium that cantilevers dramatically over the building. The Elysion Congress Centre is an extension of the existing Van der Valk Congress and Event building in Eindhoven's tech hub BrainPort..."

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Home renovation savings prove elusive as wood prices at record highs

"...The rise in the price of wooden studs has made the price of steel studs, mostly used in commercial buildings, more attractive for homeowners, said Ben Hildebrandt, one of the principal researchers with the Green Building Technologies department at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary..."

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AIA highlights best new sustainable architecture by US-based studios

"...The building's potable water use has been reduced by 57 percent by incorporating rainwater capture and filtration systems, while a 476. 3-kW solar panel canopy is installed to reduce its grid-based electricity usage. Operable glazing maximizes both natural light and passive ventilation, green roofs add insulation and multiple courtyards and terraces encourage outdoor working and relaxation..."

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Inspiring architecture projects built on sustainable design

"...Snøhetta's Powerhouse Brattørkaia office building in northern Trondheim, Norway, is an impressive example of sustainable design. The firm describes it as the world's northernmost energy positive building. Its location and layout were chosen to offer maximum exposure to the Sun and its distinctive pentagonal roof is covered in 3,000 sq m (roughly 32,000 sq ft) of solar panels..."

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Federal government unveils $1.5-billion plan to boost green building

"...OTTAWA -- Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna is announcing a $1. 5-billion program designed to spur green building through retrofits, upgrades and new construction..."

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Ontario NDP launch environmental platform, pledge to bring back cap-and-trade system

"...She says the system would generate $30 billion in revenue, and the NDP would raise another $10 billion through the sale of “green bonds”, over four years. The NDP says that cash would be used to pay for green building retrofits, to ramp up electric vehicle sales, and to plant a billion trees by 2030. Story continues below advertisement..."

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Jobs in green buildings

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Senior Green Building Planner II - Energy Benchmark Reporting - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...They will be involved in all phases of related projects including regulation design, planning, IT systems and data management design, support program design, industry/utility partnerships, and handover/closeout as appropriate..."

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Climate Change and Regional Growth Strategy Analyst - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...In addition, a knowledge of local government practices in: GHG emissions reductions, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development, asset management, and resilience; strong interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, database management, GIS and GHS software; and possession of a valid Class 5 Drivers License is required..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention green buildings.

The 2021 Crystal Ball

Duration: 51:52

"...Sorting through the tea leaves, Climate Biz Hosts Marcene Mitchell and Shari Friedman find out what's in store in 2021 from top IFC experts in wind, solar, green buildings, transportation, hydrogen, sustainable waste and much, much more. ..."

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The Business of Sustainable Building

Duration: 39:49

"...Robert Sroufe, PhD..."

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Sustainable Opportunties

Duration: 33:01

"...VCA Green provides green building consulting and commissioning..."

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Net Zero Buildings

Duration: 36:31

"...You’ve heard about green buildings, but have you heard about net zero buildings? Arthaland, a pioneering developer of green buildings in the Philippines, joins ClimateBiz to discuss how their  Century Pacific Tower became the first EDGE-certified Zero Carbon building and how they used a green bond to finance this construction. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about green buildings.

Sustainably bringing Economy back into the built Environment, with Dr. Christine Lemaitre

"...She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the World Green Building Council between 2016 and 2020 and Chair of the European Regional Network, making her one of the global forerunners for future-proof building on a global level..."

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1. Introduction to the Course

"...Lectures will present histories of nuclear experimentation, industrial and organic agriculture, air quality, plastics, wilderness, green building certification, and land use regulation..."

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2. Principles & Strategies in Environmental Law

"...Environmental law seeks to balance the costs of environmental degradation with the economic benefits that companies reap..."

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MEC Head Office Uses Innovative Mass Timber Products

"...MEC’s commitment to sustainability and the natural environment includes green building and selecting innovative mass timber products as the primary building material for its new head office..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about green buildings relevant to the latest news.

Resource recycling sustainability assessment in ready-mixed concrete manufactured on energy consumption and environmental safet

"...However, some typical issues are associated with industrial solid waste resource recycling in ready-mixed concrete production process such as energy and material consumption, as well as leaching pollutant emissions..."

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Green building in China

"...Green building can provide an important contribution to sustainability, for example, by improving energy efficiency, by improving indoor air quality, and by effective waste treatment..."

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"...This has exposed the community and their economic assets vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, landslides, droughts, coastal erosion and tsunami..."

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Green Design Studio: A modular-based approach for high-performance building design

"...A modular-based Green Design Studio (GDS) platform has been developed in this study for fast and accurate performance analysis for early stage green building design..."

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RTCM?s Role in Green Building and the Green Economy

"...This regulation was launched by the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE) and it showed according to simulation studies by TRNSYS software a great efficiency in the final economy of energy related particularly to air conditioning and heating despite the extra cost that will be added to the final price of the investment..."

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Green Building Retrofitting in the UAE

"...As these buildings reach their retrofitting milestones, it is an opportunity for owners/developers to retrofit the necessary components for improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprints..."

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Examining green affordable housing policy outcomes in Australia: A systems approach

"...The Australian affordable rental housing sector has historically faced barriers to green building (GB) adoption due to issues of split-incentives, despite financial support from the commonwealth..."

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Bio-inspired cooling technologies and the applications in buildings

"...In response to the growing demand for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and energy efficiency, abundant innovative bio-inspired cooling technologies have been proposed and their applications in buildings have been greatly demonstrated in the previous decades to enhance the benefits of building occupants..."

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CO2 emissions from urban buildings at the city scale: System dynamic projections and potential mitigation policies

"...To reduce energy-related CO2 emissions from the urban building sector, multiple diverse energy efficiency policies are often simultaneously implemented by different government entities..."

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Architect?s Knowledge and Perception to Apply Green Building Aspect in Design

"...Buildings contribute to environmental degradation due to large energy usage and carbon emission production..."

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Nature-Based Solutions in Cities?Contribution of the Portuguese National Association of Green Roofs to Urban Circularity

"..., green roofs (GR) and walls (GW)) are classified as nature-based solutions (NBS) in the context of urban green infrastructure (GI), which contribute to add both natural elements and processes, as a result of locally designed, resource-efficient, and systemic interventions in cities..."

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Market Price Premium for Green Buildings: A Review of Empirical Evidence. Case Study

"...In international and metropolitan real estate markets, it has been detected the growing relevance of Green Buildings with respect to non-Green Building..."

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