New Santa Monica City Services Building will produce more energy than it uses

March 23, 2020 by  
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The City of Santa Monica will soon welcome a new civic building that will not only bring the various municipal departments scattered throughout the city under one roof but will also fulfill the Living Building Challenge — making it the largest civic building of its kind to meet the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive green building standards. Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners , the building will be a model for self-sufficiency and ecological resilience by producing more energy than it uses. Scheduled to open to the public in April 2020, the 50,200-square-foot Santa Monica Services Building was designed to surpass “even the highest LEED certification requirements,” according to its press release. To meet those ambitious standards, the civic building follows passive solar principles and is equipped with numerous energy-saving and -producing systems, such as a series of photovoltaic arrays throughout the structure that total nearly 15,000 square feet, composting facilities and a rainwater recycling system. The building is the first structure in California to be granted the rights to convert rain to potable water onsite. Related: The net-zero Frick Environmental Center is officially one of the world’s greenest buildings The glass that surrounds the building aids in natural daylighting while also symbolizing its civic commitment toward government transparency. Its simple, rectilinear form also complements the original Art Deco design of the historic Santa Monica City Hall, which is connected to the new building via a courtyard. In addition to serving as a landmark structure for environmental sustainability, the Santa Monica City Services Building also champions financial sustainability. The building, which is planned to have a 100-year lifespan, is expected to cost less than the projected cost of the private commercial lease agreements that had previously housed the disjointed city agencies around Santa Monica within 30 years. The building was created in collaboration with BuroHappold Engineering and general contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company. + Frederick Fisher and Partners Photography by Takashige Ikawa, renderings by Frederick Fisher and Partners

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Will Mexico City’s massive new park be a climate adaptation paragon for other cities?

March 2, 2020 by  
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An architect and officials are hoping that a huge park in Mexico City can restore the water systems of the region and serve as a model for others around the world.

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Trend: Commercial buildings go all-electric

March 2, 2020 by  
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All signs point to the next generation of commercial buildings becoming all-electric.

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Corporate neighbors in Pennsylvania share solar power, courtesy of blockchain

February 19, 2019 by  
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The installation could be a model for other deregulated markets.

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The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean?

February 19, 2019 by  
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Few are paying attention to a thriving $25 billion economy that’s already supporting more than 200,000 jobs outside of renewable energy. These 11 points clear up misconceptions and myths.

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Building inspiration through an iconic retrofit

September 13, 2012 by  
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The Empire State Building's recent energy-efficient updates serve as a model for U.S. building stock.

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Can Mozambique be a model for sustainable food, fuel production?

May 29, 2012 by  
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Biotech company Novozymes has launched an energy-and-fuel company in Mozambique that makes ethanol from cassava for use as a cooking oil.

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects design green neighborhood for Wuxi, China

October 12, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable mixed-use development featuring planted rooftops and green spaces. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects have received final city approval for their proposed Jingui Li , a mixed-use neighborhood to be developed by SPG Land in Wuxi, China

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Why Solar is a Life Saver in Developing Countries (Video)

April 19, 2010 by  
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Image credit: SolarAid From the launch of SolarAid through to massive expansion of its promotion of solar in developing countries , there’s no doubt that this UK-based charity is changing countless lives. But they are doing more than that—they are providing a model for how development aid should work, and how that aid should be communicated too

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Senate Climate Bill Will Price Carbon But No Cap-and-Trade, Has ‘Huge Assistance’ for Coal Industry: John Kerry (Video)

April 19, 2010 by  
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By this point you’ve probably heard that a new Senate climate bill will be revealed at the start of ne…

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