The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) will be a candidate to be regarded as one of the greenest buildings in North America once it is completed. The building, which is presently under construction in Vancouver, is not only a superb example of sustainability in building design, but its purpose is to foster and accelerate sustainability and to bring together researchers, businesses, and nonprofits to work collaboratively on issues of sustainability.
- Vancouver goes for the green.
- Working in a green building feels good.
- The coming crackdown on greenwashing.
- A smart way to segment various green consumers.
- Beyond solar panels: small wind, geothermal, and solar hot water.
- 100 Gold developer forgoes LEED Certification.
- Xeriscaping supports water conservation.
- The bottom line on building green.
- It's complicated being green.
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Yesterday, a new green home design studio called Fab-Homes launched a collection of pre-designed Passive Houses for the North American market. The Vancouver-based company designed the homes to consume up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling, and operations. The actual Passive House standard will be the goal, although these homes won’t necessarily be required to satisfy the standard’s rigorous efficiency requirements.