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2020 Sustainability Awards: Sustainable Cities of the Year

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Jan 27, 2020 12:57:06 PM

Although much of the world is actually losing ground in terms of CO2 pollution and resource waste, some American cities are showing that a carbon neutral future can be achieved NOW.

From simple steps such as EV charging stations and bike-friendly roads, to more-dramatic action such as changing building codes to phase out fossil fuels, this year’s three award-winning cities shine like beacons of hope. We give you three model cities, each achieving major strides toward addressing Climate Change, each on a different scale. Congratulations, Austin, Santa Fe, and San Luis Obispo!

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2020 Sustainability Awards: Sustainability Superhero

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Jan 24, 2020 12:05:58 PM

Industry stalwart Peter Pfeiffer’s four decades of building efficient, beautiful structures that are appropriate for their climates and locales has made an indelible mark on the industry.

When it comes to architecture, Peter Pfeiffer, Green Builder Media’s 2020 Sustainability Superhero, is a purist. Serious about the fundamentals of sustainable design, his mantra is quite simple: “Design the built environment to be appropriate for its climate and location.”

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Green Builder Media CEO Sara Gutterman on Channel 8 News

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Jan 14, 2020 1:37:00 PM

Las Vegas warmly welcomes Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium 2020 in a news segment that ties the environmental efforts of Las Vegas with those of America’s leading media company for sustainability. 

Las Vegas is the setting for the gathering of eco-experts and professionals at the fourth annual Sustainability Symposium on January 20. In recent years, the city has made great strides in renewables, energy efficiency, and water conservation. 

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Green Home of the Year and Sustainability Awards Announced

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Jan 10, 2020 1:53:15 PM

Green Builder magazine’s annual showcase of the best of the best includes SIP homes, stunning expanses of high-performance glass, and more.

Green Builder’s Home of the Year and Sustainability Awards program, now in its 12th year, shines the spotlight on cutting-edge green products, projects, and people. 

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Building Industry Alert: THE Conference You Need to Attend To Succeed In the New Decade

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 9, 2020 3:16:09 PM

Serious about catapulting your business forward? Understanding the role sustainability plays in the growth and success of the building industry should be your first order of business.

Spending a day hearing from esteemed sustainability experts and networking with building industry leaders at the Sustainability Symposium 2020 is an enjoyable way to start off Design & Construction Week. But, more than that, it is a crucial education opportunity for professionals who want to compete and prosper in the rapidly evolving construction industry.

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Free Webinar: VISION House Seattle Cascades - A Template for Sustainable Design and Construction

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 4, 2019 2:36:36 PM

Green Builder Media has joined forces with CR Herro, VP Innovation at Meritage Homes, and internationally renowned architect Stace McGee to design and build the VISION House Seattle Cascades.  The goal of the project is lofty: to redefine sustainability and set a new standard for building green in the current marketplace by blending sustainability, quality, durability, intelligence, and wellness—all at a reasonable price point.

In this webinar, Herro and McGee will discuss the building science, sustainable design, and green building features of the VISION House Seattle Cascades.  The off-grid, net-positive, healthy home optimizes demand-side energy management and incorporates of the most advanced green building products, systems, and technologies available on the market today.

The webinar will also address the outdated price per square foot valuation metric and how we plan to more appropriately measure full cost through quality, performance, resilience, and environmental impact. 


This webinar took place on December 17, 2019 and was recorded. Click here to view the recording.



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The Big Picture: Accessory Dwelling Unit Case Study

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 25, 2019 5:11:46 PM

An ADU may be smaller, but it’s just as challenging to build as a full-sized dwelling.

Steve Snyder and his wife Jackie Ellenz first learned about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) through their designer, Libby Holah. She and her husband Greg had previously designed a bathroom for Snyder and Ellenz, and they were a natural first choice when it came to remodeling part of their home in Portland, Ore.

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Masonry Fireplace: Its Role In a High-Performance House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 13, 2019 4:50:35 PM

One design element in this home is an amazing 13-foot-wide-by-26-foot-tall freestanding masonry fireplace.

The fireplace provides passive thermal mass and is also tied into the ventilation system of house. Here's how it works. 

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Providing HVAC--And Ventilation of HVAC

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 8, 2019 1:32:04 PM

An important thing in building any home is to not just consider heating or cooling but also the ventilation of HVAC.

Here's how you ensure homogeneous temperature, comfort, and get fresh clean air in so that whole home enhances the life of the people who live in it.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Urban Sustainability Programs

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 25, 2019 1:47:07 PM

Builders aren’t the only ones working sustainable policies into their everyday activities. Cities are also taking part, with creative approaches to eco-challenges ranging from greenhouse gas reduction to building code enforcement. Here are three cities—one small, one mid-sized, one large—that have taken steps to promote sustainability with exceptional organization and passion.

Small Municipality Winner: Wellington, Fla., Wellington Environmental Preserve

The Village of Wellington is deeply committed to improving sustainability and quality of life for its residents. In 2012 and 2017, Wellington obtained a Gold Standard certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition for its sustainability practices. Since then, sustainability efforts have only increased.

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The Align Project Finishes Run at IBS/KBIS

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 21, 2019 4:11:14 PM

The Align Project was open for tours at Design and Construction Week and received hundreds of visitors and local news coverage.

Despite the unfavorable weather conditions in Las Vegas for Design and Construction Week, The Align Project received a steady stream of visitors eager to see what it has to offer.  The video below is from an intereview Las Vegas Now conducted with Sara Gutterman.

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Design for Alpine Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 21, 2019 1:06:37 PM

Siting is key to resiliency and water management.

Beautiful views come a cost! The VISION House Seattle Cascades team has to address the topographic and geographic realities of a site to preserve the blowaway views while designing a sewer and water system in the most efficient way.

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Global Warming May Turn Insurance Into High Stakes Roulette

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 7, 2019 1:25:31 PM

A growing string of natural disasters may lead to huge insurance increases for businesses and homeowners.

Climate change may turn into a gold mine for insurance companies, who may begin raising rates once they finish recalculating their catastrophe models. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a growing number of global warming-induced natural disasters have insurers looking for ways to recover their costs, as well as predict how they will change in the future.

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