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What are Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs?

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by Amy

An EPD, or environmental product declaration, is a method of showing the environmental impacts of a material or product in a standardized way, with both quantitative and qualitative information. EPD reports are acquired through third party … more...

0 replies | 1745 views | Posted on: 01/31/2018 | Last updated: 01/13/2019

What is a Passive House - An Introduction

Passive House

by AbbieKnight

According to Wikipedia, the definition of a passive house is “is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energ… more...

  Filed under: Passive House

0 replies | 2807 views | Posted on: 08/07/2017 | Last updated: 01/13/2019

The Reasons Why the Museum of Tomorrow has a LEED-certified Gold Seal

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by Suelen Ribeiro Architect/ LEED GA

Designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow is located in the Pier de Mauá, the port area of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is the first Brazilian museum to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environm… more...

0 replies | 1437 views | Posted on: 08/16/2017 | Last updated: 01/09/2019

TRUE - A New Rating System Administered by GBCI

GBCI,TRUE,Green Building Certification

by NSchepis Student at Bridgewater State

Green Business Certification Inc. (GCBI) recently introduced its new brand identity for its zero waste rating system known as TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency). The TRUE Zero Waste certification was previously administered by the U.S… more...

0 replies | 1920 views | Posted on: 10/08/2017 | Last updated: 01/09/2019

NAPHN 2019 Conference & Expo, June 27 - 28: Build The World We Want: Implementing Low Carbon Solutions

by NAPHN Admin Passive House Enthusiast

North American Passive House Network is partnering with New York Passive House to bring you the largest gathering of professionals working with Passive House technology in the United States to date - NAPHN19, this year in New York… more...

0 replies | 24 views | Posted on: 01/03/2019 | Last updated: 01/04/2019

R.W. Kern Center Living Building Tour, November 14, Amherst, MA, 10:45 am

by Kern Center 17th Certified Living Building

Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 17 certified Living Buildings in the world. See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to supply the building's potable water. Check out the greywater system to learn how wast… more...

  Filed under: Living Building Challenge

0 replies | 503 views | Posted on: 11/06/2018 | Last updated: 11/08/2018

Hitchcock Center Living Building Tour

by Jessica Schultz Living Building Coordinator

Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Bring your ques… more...

  Filed under: Living Building Challenge

0 replies | 100 views | Posted on: 10/31/2018 | Last updated: 10/31/2018

Webinar - Measuring Circularity: Why Life Cycle Assessment is Not the Right Tool, Tuesday, 1pm, ET October 23

LCA Analysis,Circularity

by Allison Friedman Rate It Green Admin

The growing interest in circular materials, products and business models is creating demand for a new generation of tools and standards to measure and assess circularity. Life-cycle assessment has traditionally been the most valued tool to … more...

0 replies | 579 views | Posted on: 10/16/2018 | Last updated: 10/16/2018

USGBC Introduces Net Zero Certification Program

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by Suelen Ribeiro Architect/ LEED GA

Net Zero Energy Certification In September 2018, USGBC launched the Net Zero certification program.  Net zero buildings, as we know, are projects which achieve efficient energy use by developing their own renewable energy … more...

0 replies | 1518 views | Posted on: 10/12/2018 | Last updated: 10/12/2018

Hitchcock Center Living Building Tour, March 21, 12-1pm, Amherst, MA

by Jessica Schultz Living Building Coordinator

Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at o… more...

  Filed under: Living Building Challenge

0 replies | 1437 views | Posted on: 03/02/2018 | Last updated: 03/06/2018

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