Materials and Resources

New York City: The Greenest City in America?

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In 2015, New York City was ranked the number one greenest city in the United States. In the span of one year, it dropped to number fourteen. What could account for this dramatic fall from grace?

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Stormwater: What it is and why you should care.

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Stormwater is a major source of pollution for all types of water bodies. Solid compaction caused by development and the growth of impervious surfaces like roads and parking lots, produce stormwater ru

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The World's Greenest Office Building

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According to BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Deloitte's new corporate headquarters located in Amsterdam is the most sustainable office building in the wor

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Net Zero Buildings: The U.S. Department of Energy's Official Definition

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Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Energy announced a common definition for Zero Energy Buildings or what are also sometimes called ZEBs or Net Zero Buildings. Why is this important?

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5 Green Building Products with Less Impact

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What is a whole but the sum of its parts? For a green building to truly be sustainable, it is important to consider the individual components.

USGBC Release the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are the people responsible for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. Through this program of standards

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Concrete Countertops: A Greener Alternative to Granite Countertops?

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Although beautiful and almost indestructible granite needs to be quarried which requires a lot of resources and energy. In addition to the expense of taking it out of the ground granite can only be fo

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Tubular Skylight

What Are Tubular Skylights and How Do They Work?

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Daylighting is an effective strategy to reduce electricity consumption of a building. Tubular skylights are an efficient product to provide natural light to both commercial and residential indoor spac

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Walmart: The Most Sustainable Company on the Planet?

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Believe it or not, in 2015 Walmart is actually positioning itself to be the most sustainable company on the planet. I personally doubt Walmart is doing this because of a firm belief in global warming

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DIY Green Roof: Can You Create a Green Roof for Your Home?

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Recently we received an email asking “What is a green roof made of and can I do it myself? Or is it necessary to hire a company to do it for you? What is possible?”

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Green Roof on Chicago's City Hall

The Two Types of Green Roofs

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You are seeing green roofs in the news more and more these days. Most recently France passed a law that all new commercial buildings across the country need to be at least partially covered in plants

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LEGO Spends $150 Million to Find a Bio-based Plastic Replacement

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Since the 1950's LEGOs has been one of the world's most popular toys. LEGO is also considered to be a "green" company that invests heavily in wind power, reduction of packaging, and ends partnerships