The net-zero Frick Environmental Center is officially one of the worlds greenest buildings

May 14, 2018 by  
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The Frick Environmental Center (FEC) in Pittsburgh just became the first municipally owned building in the U.S. to achieve Living Building certification — arguably the most rigorous proven performance green building standard in the world. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson , the FEC is among the world’s greenest certified buildings and it earned LEED Platinum certification last year. The 15,600-square-foot building produces as much energy and water as its consumes annually and it incorporates a wide array of other sustainable features including geothermal heating and cooling, locally sourced non-toxic building materials and daylight dimming controls and sensors. Conceived as the gateway to Frick Park, the city’s largest public park, the FEC serves as an experiential environmental education center. Locally and sustainably harvested black locust clads the building and — combined with the native landscaping on its nearly four-acre site — helps blend the project into its surroundings. The FEC comprises a public living room and gallery; K-12 classrooms for environmental education programs; and offices and facilities for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Education staff. Related: Man builds ultra-efficient green home as a love letter to the environment The FEC is one of only 21 buildings in the world to achieve Living Building certification and is the world’s first Living Building in the U.S. that’s municipally owned and open to the public. Designed as a “living laboratory,” the building makes its many sustainable technologies – such as its 650-kilowatt photovoltaic array and reclaimed water system – as visible as possible to the public as part of their commitment to hands-on environmental education. + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Interior images by Alexander Denmarsh, outdoor walkway image by Elliott Cramer for Denmarsh Studios

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

December 17, 2014 by  
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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

July 29, 2013 by  
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If you’re reading Inhabitat , you’re probably interested in green building , and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices ? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials , windows and roofing, to entire buildings . If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green . Read the rest of Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , “leed” , American National Standard , ansi , ASHRAE , ASTM , BIFMA , BREEAM , building green , Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method , c2c , cradle-to-cradle , eco building , eco labels , ecologo , environmental footprint , environmental product and building certifications , epa watersense , first party eco label , Forest Stewardship Council , FSC , fsc certification , green architecture , Green Building , green building labels , Green Building Labels 101 , green building practices , green products , green seal , greenguard label , inhabitat , International Standards Organization (ISO) , iso , Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design , lee logo , leed certification , leed CI , leed for homes , leed for schools , LEED gold , LEED platinum , leed silver , LEED-AP , LEED-NC , living building , living building 2.0 , Living Building Challenge , NAHB , National Green Building Standard , net zero waste , net zero-water , net-zero energy , ngbs , SCS certified calCOMPLIANT , scs scientific certifications system , second party eco label , Sustainable Building , third party eco label , U.S. Green Building Council , UL , ul environment , usgbc , USGBC LEED , usgbc leed logo , voc free , watersense        

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

November 16, 2012 by  
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