Category Archives: Building

5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

The ECOreport reposts the story of a building in Basalt Colorado hat does not use central heating or cooling systems – 5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Chris McClurg

When the story broke that RMI’s 15,610 square foot innovative new office building and convening center in Basalt, Colorado, has no traditional central heating and cooling system in spite of being located in the coldest climate zone in the continental U.S., we definitely raised some eyebrows. How would occupants stay warm with external temperatures that averaged 38 degrees Fahrenheit with only a small, distributed heating system that is the energy-use equivalent of 1.2 average-sized homes? The answer is passive, integrative design.

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Seattle Adopts Progressive Building Legislation

The ECOreport reposts news that Seattle Adopts Progressive Building Legislation

Originally Published on Seattle.Gov

Earlier this month, City Council passed building energy legislation that propels Seattle into an elite group of cities with progressive policies aimed at driving energy efficiencies and reducing climate impacts. At the direction of Mayor Murray, OSE developed the new policies to keep Seattle on track to meet Seattle’s GHG emissions reduction goal in the building sector, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan . OSE worked closely with stakeholders from the building community and would like to recognize the significant input and expertise they provided which helped OSE to craft the final bills. Seattle’s new energy legislation addresses three distinct areas:

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Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper

The ECOreport looks at Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIf we can believe the developers, Joe Nafis’ stunning documentary the Shanghai Tower is much more than a record of how the plantet’s second-highest skyscraper was built. Nafis spent four years filming the World’s “first” eco-friendly skyscraper.

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Housing As A Federal Election Issue

Associate Professor Thomas Davidoff of UBC’s Sauder School of Business says candidates should be discussing affordable housing as a federal election issue

Originally Published on UBC News

Q/ What should the future prime minister do?

TD: To address high housing prices, which can make it difficult for renters to transition to home ownership, we should shift the tax burden from income taxes towards property taxes and taxing capital gains on housing. As different levels of government control income taxes and property taxes, they will need to work together.

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Living Green Walls May Be A Health Hazard

They are incredibly beautiful but a new study from the University of York found that in in hot, polluted climates, Living Green Walls May Be A Health Hazard

Originally Published on Click Green

Living ‘green’ walls may have adverse health effects on office workers living in hot, polluted climates, new research by University of York academics has found.

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Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

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Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?

BC could have an net-zero building standards. As a member of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, it is committed. Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?

Originally Published by the Pembina Institute

By Karen Tam Wu

The buildings where we live, work and play all have sizeable energy and carbon footprints. For example, your office may be pumping out the same amount of carbon pollution as eight cars and use as much electricity as running your printer all day every day for twenty years!

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Climate Change is Changing Building Design

With reports of record breaking heat waves coming from North America, Asia & Europe, it is no surprise to read Climate Change is Changing Building Design

Originally Published on Resilient Design Institute

By Alex Wilson

In a July that is breaking heat records in many parts of the U.S. and worldwide and a week in which even Vermont is supposed to get into the mid-90s, the implications of a changing climate on building design are brought into focus.
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Greater Vancouver’s Most Regulated Municipalities

The ECOreport reposts the release from a study of Greater Vancouver’s most regulated Municipalities

From The Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—The District of North Vancouver and the City of Vancouver are the most regulated municipalities in the Lower Mainland and consequently the most difficult in which to build new housing, according to a survey of homebuilders released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

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Energy-Efficiency Insights from Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands

The ECOreport reposts a story of Energy-Efficiency Insights from Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands

Originally Published by RMI Outlet

By Matthew Cullinen

The introduction of key-card-based energy management systems that require guests insert their key card to turn on room electricity was a monumental achievement for the hospitality sector. Hotels that have installed these systems report a massive 20- to 30-percent reduction in guest room electricity consumption, according to the research group Hotel Energy Solutions. Then why have we not graduated from the simple key card to even more sophisticated energy-saving techniques in hotels around the world?

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