Let’s all become activists

October 7, 2019 by  
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Making the Global Goals a reality by 2030 is no longer just a topic for high-level people in conference halls — it’s a global movement.

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Interface CEO Jay Gould on optimism, talking to boards and truly carbon-negative products

October 7, 2019 by  
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Plus, why he thinks carbon offsets are ‘cheating.’

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How are banks doing on sustainable finance commitments? Not good enough

October 7, 2019 by  
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Financial institutions are making more green commitments than ever — here’s how they stack up.

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System Change Investing: The business case

October 7, 2019 by  
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The new paradigm approach shifts the focus of investing from company change and symptoms to system change and root causes.

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The climate risk you may not be thinking about

October 7, 2019 by  
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Is your business prepared to adapt to an increasingly volatile present?

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Why building owners should take charge of EV adoption

September 10, 2019 by  
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Plus, three strategies for buildings to manage the increased electrical load.

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The Building Decarbonization Coalition’s quest to build an all-electric future

August 29, 2019 by  
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The organization’s founder and director, Panama Bartholomy, chats about the magnitude of the challenge and what it means for companies.

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Mixed-use complex aims to minimize heat gain with greenery in Saudi Arabia

August 26, 2019 by  
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In a bid to keep the notorious heat of Saudi Arabia at bay, Istanbul- and London-based architectural firm Avci Architects has created an upscale, mixed-use complex in the coastal city of Al Khobar that is carefully oriented to maximize natural cooling. In addition to careful site placement and building massing, the architects will add shading elements and an abundance of greenery to create a cool microclimate to encourage use of outdoor space and community building. The project, which has yet to be built, was recently selected as the 2019 Architizer A+ Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Residential Multi-Unit Housing category. Covering an area of approximately 60,000 square meters, the Al Khobar mixed-use development will offer a mix of housing, office space, a hotel, retail space and restaurants as well as a mosque. To protect the privacy of the residential areas, the architects have oriented the openings of the offices to face away from the residences and added pergolas or mashrabiya — decorative enclosed balconies common in Islamic architecture — to shield views with the added benefit of mitigating unwanted solar heat gain . Related: A Mumbai industrial complex becomes a modern, mixed-use campus “The facades are layered in shading elements that are designed appropriately to the orientation of the buildings in relation to the sun,” the architects explained. “Our approach would be to create a massing and facade articulation that becomes reminiscent of old Islamic cities, where a sense of community is created between neighbors by allowing them the opportunity to interact through some of the adjacencies of such articulated spaces at higher levels in the buildings.” The outdoor spaces have also been sheltered from the heat with shade elements, landscaping and evaporative pools so that residents and the public can comfortably enjoy the outdoors for most of the year, barring the most intense summer months. + Avci Architects Images via Avci Architects

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Living homes for all

August 16, 2019 by  
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Can we transform the durability, healthy and sustainability afforable housing?

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How many hours-of-safety do our homes have in extreme weather?

August 15, 2019 by  
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How long homes can maintain the last comfortable temperature during extreme weather can make the difference between life and death.

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