FEATURE ARTICLE

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Raze or Retrofit? Six Extraordinary Answers to an Everyday Question

Saving a building is usually an environmental win, but thoughtful renovation isn’t easy. And there comes a time to tear things down.

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Latest Stories

EPA Ignoring Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals in Wastewater

First Existing Multifamily Buildings Earn Energy Star Certification

Air in Fitness Centers Laden with Pollutants, Study Finds

Standard 189.1 Inches Toward LEED in New Revision

How Environmental Site Assessments Work

In Milestone, Top Chemistry Award Goes to Green Pioneer

Attention, Employers: Green Design Tied to Fewer Sick Days

Phthalates in the Womb Linked to Asthma-Prone Kids

First Few EBDs Take Impact Declarations to the Building Scale

Cross-Laminated Timber Could Save 4% on Building Costs

Raze or Retrofit? Six Extraordinary Answers to an Everyday Question

LEDs Finally Hitting Stride in Supporting Health, Productivity

Green Building News

GBCI Acquires Sustainable Real Estate Benchmark GRESB

The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark goes after investment-grade data with the USGBC-affiliated Green Building Certification Institute.

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Health and Wellness Guidelines Coming from ASID

With demand for healthy buildings on the rise, interior designers are developing protocols to put principles into practice.

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WELL Building Standard Officially Launches

Enhancing people’s health and wellness in the built environment is the focus of the WELL standard from the International Well Building Institute.

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LEED Ahead of Green Globes on Meeting New DOE Standards

The feds have marked performance verification as a requirement for green rating systems used by the federal government.

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In Milestone, Top Chemistry Award Goes to Green Pioneer

The Perkin Medal recognizes John Warner for developing more sustainable processes and educating the next generation of chemists.

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Attention, Employers: Green Design Tied to Fewer Sick Days

Increased worker health and productivity offers a strong financial incentive for employers to adopt green design features, according to a recent report.

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Phthalates in the Womb Linked to Asthma-Prone Kids

A longitudinal study suggests childhood asthma can be traced to the mother’s exposure to plasticizers during pregnancy.

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First Few EBDs Take Impact Declarations to the Building Scale

Following the trend of product declarations, Lafarge Canada has published one of the first environmental building declarations for its new research facility.

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Cross-Laminated Timber Could Save 4% on Building Costs

Though cross-laminated timbers are still relatively rare, they are already cost-competitive and likely to get cheaper, an analysis suggests.

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Six Gulf Coast Homes Achieve Resilience Star Certification

Projects in Mississippi and Alabama are certifiably hurricane-resilient under a Department of Homeland Security program.

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Product News & Reviews

Move Over, Foam: Sub-Slab Mineral Wool Is Here

Roxul is now promoting its rigid mineral wool for sub-slab applications, offering an alternative to extruded polystyrene (XPS).

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BuildingGreen Announces Top-10 Products for 2015

Transformative products eliminate toxic chemicals and fossil fuels, and improve building and site performance.

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LEDs Finally Hitting Stride in Supporting Health, Productivity

By allowing tunability of color and intensity, USAI’s Color Select LED technology can match the natural daylight cycle and needs of end users.

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BackPage Primer

How Environmental Site Assessments Work

Existing buildings and previously developed sites are great, but they often need environmental cleanup. An ESA is the first step.

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November 2014

Volume 23, Number 11

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