Image by Perkins+Will
Martin Selig Real Estateís 400 Westlake tower in South Lake Union will produce more energy than it needs to operate. Perkins+Will is the architect.
Letís make buildings people can still use after a disaster
More designers are taking recovery time into account as the climate changes and major disruptions become more frequent.
By STEVE MODDEMEYER
New green rating systems go way beyond LEED
Owners who want to stand out from the crowd can choose among rating systems that focus on health, wellness, resilience, energy-efficiency and more.
By CHRIS FORNEY
How cleaner indoor air makes
for healthy workers and a healthier bottom line
Studies show we perform better in ďenhancedĒ green buildings where the airflow resembles an outdoor breeze.
By ELENA VELKOV
Cheap solar energy won't end
the need for deep-green buildings
California energy markets show how surging demand after dark can force carbon-emitting power plants to step in to meet household needs.
By ZACK SEMKE
To meet green goals, cities
must grow more strategically
Planning should focus on peopleís needs, and de-emphasize prescriptive zoning and car-dependent uses.
By DOUG DEMERS and JILL JAGO
Asphalt: the go-to material for green paving projects
The asphalt industry reuses and recycles nearly 75 million tons of its own product annually, lowering carbon emissions and taking a burden off landfills.
By KAREN DEAL and TAMARA HUDDLESTON
Climate change is making resilience
a more urgent design priority
A new rating system called RELi will offer credits for projects that adapt to natural threats such as extreme rain, sea level rise and storm surges.
By CHRIS TYNER
We designed our own net-zero office
ó and you can, too
The building is only the second commercial structure in Seattle to achieve that distinction, but our goal turned out to be surprisingly within reach.
By JULIAN WEBER and EMILY WALKER
SPU remodel shows even industrial buildings
can be green
The South Operations Center will consolidate space, reduce drive time for field crews, and collect rainwater for washing fleet vehicles.
By PIA WESTEN
Why we canít reach our emissions goals without tracking embodied carbon
Net-zero buildings are great, but donít forget all the carbon thatís emitted to build them in the first place.
By STACY SMEDLEY
2018 Building Green team
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