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The many ways “green buildings” save

Rachel Layne of CBS News reviews how 40% of the world’s carbon emissions comes from buildings and discusses how the building industry is promoting new energy-efficiency standards to address this problem. Buildings must meet certain standards for water usage, electricity consumption, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) in order to be considered “green,” or …

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The innovative design of one of the world’s largest net-zero buildings

Marlene Cimens of GreenBiz writes about the Unisphere, which is the largest commercial net-zero building in the world. This major office building, headquarters of healthcare firm United Therapeutics, is located in Silver Springs, Maryland, USA, and uses many advanced technologies to be fully sustainable. One of the Unisphere’s most important net-zero features is the way …

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7 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2020

Energy consultant Christopher McFadden writes that there are seven main building and construction trends that will be important to watch in 2020. One of the largest trends, he finds, is an increased interest in sustainability and green buildings. McFadden predicts that regulations will require more building designers and owners to reduce their environmental impact, either …

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Sustainability investing takes off in Southeast Asia

In a recent article in The Jakarta Post, three senior members of Bain & Company’s Global Private Equity practice discuss how investors across Southeast Asia are showing more interest in sustainability, renewable energy, and environmentally-friendly business practices. This new kind of investing looks for businesses that will make an impact, addressing environmental issues and offering …

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Is industry fragmentation blocking the path to net-zero energy buildings?

Eco-Business recently published an article reporting on how the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) plans for all new buildings to be net-zero on carbon by 2030, and all buildings old or new to be net-zero carbon by 2050. These buildings would be highly efficient in design and powered by renewable sources. Though only begun two …

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This is what cities need to do by 2050 to meet climate goals

Alejandra Borunda, a science and engineering fellow at National Geographic, summarizes a recent report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions that says cities could cut their carbon emissions by 90% using existing technologies. These findings are critical, Borunda says, because about 70% of the global population will live and work in cities by 2050, and …

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