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New tool maps buildings' energy efficiency
Voice of America
Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3-D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency.
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Organizations collaborate to improve green codes and standards
BUILDINGS
In a move applauded by building professionals, the organizations that develop codes and standards for the building and operation of green facilities, are now working together to streamline the International Green Construction Code, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and LEED. The agreement aims to create one regulatory tool from the IgCC and Standard 189.1 while ensuring that LEED's program requirements are in line with those set forth in the new package.
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Google unveils greenhouse utopia for new California headquarters
Inhabitat
Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google's new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant.
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'Rocking' building design to improve earthquake resiliency
BUILDINGS
Building designs that rock during an earthquake and return to a plumb, upright position could withstand earthquake conditions better than other structural designs currently used in earthquake-friendly areas such as California, according to a researcher from Case Western Reserve University. By using a computer model that compares the rocking steel-braced frame design with conventional buildings, project head Michael Pollinowas able to determine that the new technology would outperform current standards in low- to midrise buildings.
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How the Internet of Things illuminates new ways to pay for energy
GreenBiz
With the Internet of Things projected to become a $19 trillion industry by 2020, the tech trend with big implications for sustainability fields from building efficiency to mobility has quickly become a familiar concept. Iconic companies such as Cisco, GE, IBM and HP have all made the Internet of Things an integral part of their new business offerings.
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New study shows solar energy soon to be cheapest option
Clean Technica
Solar power is set to become the cheapest power source in many parts of the world by 2025, according to a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems commissioned by Agora Energiewende. The independent think-tank of 18 experts conclude that by 2025 the cost of producing power in central and southern Europe will have declined to between 4 and 6 cents per kilowatt hour, and by 2050 to as low as 2 to 4 cents.
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What Snowmageddon 2015 is showing Boston about building efficiency
The Energy Collective
The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record. Although 6 feet of accumulated snow is affecting nearly every facet of life, one result of all that white stuff to be remembered is what it says about building efficiency. Nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with a mesmerizing assembly of icicles. Despite their somewhat festive appearance, icicles are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective.
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Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?
Building Design
Can tall buildings ever be sustainable? It's a simple question that poses a very complicated set of opposing answers. Perhaps the traditional view of tall buildings is that they are a largely unsustainable form of development. This is a viewpoint easily served by the scarring experience of many of the failed tower blocks of the 50s and 60s and the corrosive urban and environmental conditions that came with them.
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