Top news in green building and sustainable architecture. A showcase of work by up-and-coming architects, innovative engineering processes, and recent developments in the green building industry.


Modular bulding is green building
By: Tom Hardiman
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Source: Modular Building Institute
The impact of construction and demolition debris on the environment is staggering. More than 135 million tons of debris from construction sites is brought to U.S. landfills every year, making it the single largest source in the waste stream (Source: USGBC White Paper –Planning for Construction Waste). 
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By: iGreenBuild.com Staff
Friday, October 8, 2010
Source: iGreenBuild.com
Researching his latest book, “The World’s Greenest Buildings,” sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson, author of a dozen green building books, is turning to the design community to research the “best in class” performance of successful green buildings worldwide. Project participants can immediately access an online survey
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progreen
By: Mark McSherry
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Source: ProGreenSports
According to a recent survey, a growing majority of NCAA athletic departments are now making environmentally responsible and sustainable initiatives a priority.
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Natural Balance House With A Curved SIP Roof
Natural Balance House
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
Source: naturalbalancehouse.com
June 30, 2010- San Juan Island, WA: A roof made of structural insulated panels or SIPs isn’t exceptionally unusual in a home shooting for major green certifications. What makes the one on San Juan Island’s Natural Balance House remarkable is that 800 square feet of it is curved. Flat panels, curved roof – how does that work? According to the builder, Ravenhill Construction, it works like a charm. Ravenhill was able to install the full 3,600-square-foot roof area in less than three weeks. The job required no prep work and only one assembly. To form them into a curve, Ravenhill’s crew placed narrow panels side-by-side and filled the gaps between with foam. British Columbia architect Michael McNamara praised SIP roofing, saying, “It seems more natural because elements in nature are curved and not in a straight line.”

U.S. Mayors Endorse ICC's New Green Code
International Gree Construction Code
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
Source: IGCC
June 30, 2010 – At its recent annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) endorsed the new International Green Construction Code (IGCC) from the International Code Council. The IGCC is a comprehensive set of requirements intended to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the natural environment while maintaining safety standards and increasing long-term peak performance. “The IGCC needs the backing of leadership within local jurisdictions if it is to have any impact on the carbon footprint of the nation’s building sector, which accounts for almost 40 percent of America’s energy consumption and 72 percent of its electricity use,” said George H. Miller, FAIA, president of the American Institute of Architects, which applauded the endorsement along with the US Green Building Council and other developers of the IGCC. “This resolution by America’s mayors is a huge step in that direction.”

Largest Ever Grassroots Solar Event
Solar Panels, Solar Tour, Solar Building
Monday, June 21, 2010
By: Emily Friedman
Source: iGreenBuild.com
As oil continues to spill into the Gulf, the country has a reinvigorated zest for alternative energy and the solar industry is meeting that interest with the 15th Annual National Solar Tour. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), which hosts the tour, calls it the world’s largest grassroots solar event, with participation in 2009 topping more than 150,000 people in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Modern, Sustainable Homes In Canada
Canada, Living Homes, Green Home
Monday, June 14, 2010
By: Emily Friedman
Source: iGreenBuild.com
Living Homes, a U.S.-based company recognized for its sustainable home building designs, has made the leap to Canadian soil. These houses represent a series of upscale green homes on the higher end of the market. The majority of Living Homes’ prefabricated houses are manufactured at their Southern California factory, but thanks to a partnership with the Manitoba-based fabricator Conquest Manufacturing Ltd. and Toronto-based Nexterra Green Homes, they will be able to design and construct houses locally in Toronto.

A “Green” Napa Valley Winery
Green Winery, Hall Estate Wine
Friday, June 11, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
Source: iGreenBuild.com
San Mateo. CA- June 1, 2010- Hall Estate Winery in Napa Valley, CA has quickly become a model for green wine production. Owners of the winery and of HALL wines, Craig and Kathryn Hall partnered with world- renowned architect Frank Gehry and Los Angeles-based IBE Consulting Engineers (Ideas for the Built Environment) to construct a $100 million winery that is aesthetically beautiful and environmentally friendly. The concept of green construction is a familiar one to the Halls, who pursue green endeavors in all of their winerys. In July 2009, the Hall St. Helena’s Winery, also owned by Craig and Kathyrn Hall, was the first winery in California to be awarded LEED certification by garnering LEED Gold certification.

"Triple Threat" Solar Window
Solar Window, Energy, Sun, Efficiency
Friday, June 11, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
Source: iGreenBuild.com
As the popularity of solar panels for energy generation, double- paned windows for energy efficiency, and natural lighting for aesthetic purposes increases, one company succeeded in combining all three qualities.

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