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Zero Energy Ready Homes and The 45L Tax Credit

In today's sustainability-conscious marketplace, green building certifications are one of the best publicly visible ways for developers to demonstrate their sustainability consciousness. Certifications provide a framework for developers to follow...

Building Resilience: Challenges of Extreme Weather

Architects, engineers, and contractors contend with site conditions when designing and building buildings. For example, structural engineers must evaluate the efficacy of soil conditions to support the structure. Civil engineers understand potential...

Building Green: The Latest Sustainable Materials

In the ever-evolving construction industry landscape, sustainability has moved from a niche interest to a central focus for developers, architects, and builders in the United States. With the U.S. setting ambitious climate goals, including a more...

Making Your Leased Space Sustainable

As the world strives for a sustainable future, the significance of sustainable buildings cannot be underestimated. Buildings play a pivotal role in shaping our environment, society, and personal well-being. They are the core building block of our...

U.S. Military Marching Towards Net Zero

Environmental sustainability is a growing theme in boardrooms across the U.S. while consumers and investors demand that businesses do more to assess and improve their impact on the environment. This growth in environmentally conscious business is...

Fact Check: Does LEED Really Cost More?

Let us first state the obvious: Yes, it costs money to achieve LEED certification for a building - just like it costs money to achieve any other sustainable building certification. We often hear blanket statements such as it will cost just 10% more...

Sustainable Residential Buildings Attract Financial Incentives

Across the United States, government bodies have legislation that dictates requirements to achieve financial incentives such as tax abatement, loans and grants, and permit expedition. Sometimes the incentives are for residential or commercial...

Electrification 101

According to the Department of Energy, 39% of U.S. fossil-fuel emissions come from residential and commercial buildings. Most of this energy is used for space heating and cooling, heating water, and cooking. Emissions can be avoided through...

It's Not Sustainable If It's Not For All

The availability of housing, and more specifically affordable housing, represents one of the most fundamental and significant challenges currently facing elected officials, community development organizations, and developers across the country. In...