The American Institute of Architecture’s annual list of the most sustainable new structures around the country include a brewery, a school, and all the renewable energy and water recycling your heart desires.
Companies like Google, Square, and Mozilla are investing some of their wads of cash in impressive sustainable architecture, to give them some extra cred when hiring employees who care about the environment.
Standard real estate practices have a hard time modelling for the system-wide and long-term benefits that building more sustainably provides. A new system, called Economics of Change, finds the real cost.
Real-time analytics can result in massive savings: If you know something is wrong with your energy use, you can fix it right then. A new system in Australia lets building managers see everything that’s happening in their buildings as it happens.
International bodies, national governments, and even cities move at too glacial a pace to keep up with the latest innovations. But small groups in neighborhoods can start transforming where they live without outside help. It might be the future of sustainable urban planning.
When we come across a compelling architectural project, we think about how to frame the story. Will it be about sustainability? About overcoming building regulations? Meeting the needs of a specific set of clients? Or just plain beauty? Occasionally, it’s all of the above. As is the case with this truly energy-efficient home inserted into a tight plot in Tübingen, Germany.
Some things are uncertain about our future while others are quite clear, and one thing that's clear is that we're getting older. And it's not just you or me, but the whole country. The U.S. population is aging, with a demographic bulge pushing the number of older citizens steadily higher. As the population ages, the growing number of older people need places to live that accommodate their unique needs and provide a good quality of life. Places like La Posada in Arizona.