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Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings

Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Seven million premature deaths in a single year were the result of air pollution exposure, the World Health Organization reported recently. That’s one in eight of total global deaths in 2012. This new finding doubles previous estimates, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Cities around the world are increasingly turning to technology for solutions, and here are some of the most innovative designs...

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Via Lauren Moss
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More integration with nature and more technology that caotures pollution.

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Stephen Kavanagh's curator insight, June 1, 2014 8:29 AM

We have a right to clean air!!! Support our environment!!!

TavistockCollegeGeog's curator insight, June 30, 2014 9:25 AM

Great synoptic links to the Technological fix unit in A2 Geography. Good case study for health risk management. Where does this fit on the Kuznet Curve?

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The Chart That Shows Why the Solar-Powered Future Has Arrived

The Chart That Shows Why the Solar-Powered Future Has Arrived | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The U.S. breaks a record for generating electricity from the sun.
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Here's a great record to continue breaking year after year as we endeavor to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Could Wellness Be the Next LEED for CRE?

Could Wellness Be the Next LEED for CRE? | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Providing workspaces and services that promote health and wellness among employees is a growing goal for corporations eager to attract and retain talent as well as reduce health-insurance costs, H. Hendy & Associates principal Jennifer Walton tells GlobeSt.com.
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Wellness is yet another measurement scoring system.  Do you think it will catch on?

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SolarCity Introduces Most Affordable Solar Power Option Small Business

SolarCity Introduces Most Affordable Solar Power Option Small Business | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Many small and medium-sized businesses will be able to pay less for solar power than they pay for utility power for the first time
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SolarCity now offers small and medium businesses a new finance option to combine California’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing with solar lease agreements.

 

Until a standard credit score platform is established for small to medium sized businesses, these types of creative financing options are viable alternatives for this segment in the growing solar market. 

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The Fifth Estate | Victorian government considering mandatory standards and disclosure for resi

The Fifth Estate | Victorian government considering mandatory standards and disclosure for resi | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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The only way to increase standards is to stick in standards; the first step toward that is mandatory disclosure.

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Synchronization Controls Could Help Smooth Microgrids

Synchronization Controls Could Help Smooth Microgrids | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Mathematical models applied to biology could also help islanded power grids
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Great breakthrough towards advancing the efficiency of microgrid technology on islands. 

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ECOR Global | Environmental Design Materials

ECOR is an extremely strong, non-toxic, recycled and sustainable alternative to wood, composites, aluminum and plastic.
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I saw similar materials at Weberhaus in Germany that allowed for much improved insulation and yet cheaper production of high quality buildings.  One problem is that in the US our building inspectors like to inspect one system at a time and such wall units really are better if the conduits for water, sewer, electric and cables, can be inserted while being manufactured.  

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Solar Powered Windows Generate Electricity

Solar Powered Windows Generate Electricity | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Two new solar powered windows are on their way out of the laboratory and into the marketplace, making buildings more self-sustaining and eco-friendly.
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There have been a couple breakthroughs on solar window technology as of late. Exciting stuff. Hopefully we will see solar windows hit the market within the next couple of years. 

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Q&A: Apartment developer Brad Dinerstein talks about going green

Q&A: Apartment developer Brad Dinerstein talks about going green | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"The Dinerstein Cos., one of the nation's biggest green multifamily builders, recently won the U.S. Green Building Council’s Outstanding Multi-Family Builder of the Year award."

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Interesting Q&A from one of the largest U.S. largest green apartment developers as to why it chooses to build green.  

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Mexico—A rising leader in green building and sustainability

Mexico—A rising leader in green building and sustainability | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, & as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world."

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Mexico, the largest market for green building in The Spanish-speaking world, has pledged to cut its green house gas (GHG) emissions by 22% from its business as usual baseline by 2030.  It is a sustainable role model to other developing nations. 

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An 'artificial leaf' could one day power the world with clean energy

An 'artificial leaf' could one day power the world with clean energy | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The race is on to find a new way to power the world free from polluting fossil fuels, and one group of Australian scientists think they've found a way.
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Interesting article about clean energy technology!  Makes us remind ourselves not to get too locked into any one process.

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The Fifth Estate | City buildings could be aggravating urban air pollution

The Fifth Estate | City buildings could be aggravating urban air pollution | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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City buildings contribute to air pollution but not just from energy use, the increase in shade they produce. 

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This One Simple Trick Helps KeyCorp Use a Lot Less Energy

This One Simple Trick Helps KeyCorp Use a Lot Less Energy | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"It's not glamorous, but a tool that measures the bank's energy use has helped it reduce consumption by 17% over the past five years."

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Practical case study on how KeyBank approaches its sustainability initiatives. The first step is knowing its footprint and being able to calculate it. 

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Kevin McCloud to judge "Breathe" - Christchurch Urban Village Project Competition - YouTube

to explore further, SHOW MORE Kevin McCloud discusses his own UK eco-village project using a material which is self-insulating, soundproof, non-toxic, pest-r...
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Interesting short video about using hemp based wall mixture, like lightweight concrete, great insulation from a fast growing plant.  I'd bet it would even be better on the higher floors. :-)

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The Solar Sunflower: Harnessing the power of 5,000 suns

The Solar Sunflower: Harnessing the power of 5,000 suns | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"The Sunflower has a massive total efficiency of around 80%, thanks to very clever tech."

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Could we eventually see traditional solar panels replaced with solar sunflowers on solar farms as well as on rooftops and the grounds of buildings?

 

Combining photovoltaic solar power and concentrated solar power to arrive at a total efficiency of roughly 80%, the solar sunflower takes solar to the next level. 

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These Solar Windows Could Help Power Skyscrapers

These Solar Windows Could Help Power Skyscrapers | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The roof isn't the only place for solar panels.
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A 50 story office building with these solar windows could generate 1.3 gigawatt hours of power

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How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Homeowners have been able to reap the joys of lower electricity costs while ensuring a positive impact on the environment, and now the small and medium-sized business market is starting to enjoy similar benefits.
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Small- to mid-sized companies have been slower to adopt solar due to high cost of capital and a complicated design and sales process, but innovative technology and financing platforms are helping to break down these barriers. 

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The Green Perspective : A Green Lease Of Life

The Green Perspective : A Green Lease Of Life | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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 Green leases can make an impact by reducing energy consumption in offices between 11-22%

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Teenager develops inexpensive method to turn plastic waste into million-dollar biofuel

Teenager develops inexpensive method to turn plastic waste into million-dollar biofuel | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
a new catalyst called aluminisilicate.
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I never heard of aluminisilicate,but this teenage is using it to break down plastics into fuels.  Just think how much fuel of this type there is out there. :-)

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Up, up and away: Greening elevator technology

Up, up and away: Greening elevator technology | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Despite the global push towards green buildings, the environmental impact of elevators is often neglected. Welden business development director Willie Tan shares a technology which can raise energy efficiency of these essential machines."

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We don't typically think of elevators when it comes to energy consumption in high-rise buildings, but we should. Here's an energy-saving device for elevators that should be considered.  

 

Link to more details: http://www.welden.biz/tech-info-1.html

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One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar | Green Building News

One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar | Green Building News | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Ore. — The One North development in Portland is raising the bar for green build-ing by creating its own sustainability template that exceeds industry standards.
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Such projects like this or the Bullett Center help us figure out more efficient strategies. Not all features or designs are ready fir general market rollout, but we learn a lot about what is possible.
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Should You Sit or Stand at Your Desk? The Right Answer is "Both"! - Blueprint

Should You Sit or Stand at Your Desk? The Right Answer is "Both"! - Blueprint | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that sitting down at a desk all day may be bad for your health. A growing number of companies are beginning to understand the negative consequences of sitting for too long and are offering stand-up desks for their employees. But the transformation from sitting for eight-plus hours a day to standing for considerable portions …
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When you embrace the concept that "Sitting is the new smoking", you will find that the less you sit, the more engaged you are in your work environment.

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Scientists see link between global warming, California drought

Scientists see link between global warming, California drought | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
New research shows the fingerprints of global warming in worsening the California drought and suggests a future of more dryness for the suffering state.
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Humans are too dominant a species not to have some impacts on earth.  

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The Fifth Estate | Why 50 per cent of the investment industry cares about ESG

The Fifth Estate | Why 50 per cent of the investment industry cares about ESG | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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A massive 50 per cent of the investment industry in Australia – worth $630 billion – is now systematically taking into account ESG factors every day in their investment decisions.

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Yardi acquires MCEnergy Inc.

Yardi acquires MCEnergy Inc. | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Yardi expands its energy sphere with expertise in energy procurement, energy and environmental reporting, submetering and budgeting."

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Nice strategic acquisition by Yardi. Integrating more utility data into Yardi will help clients to better track energy consumption, cut costs and plan for strategic green initiatives.

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Google’s Project Sunroof Tells You How Well Solar Would Work On Your Roof

Google’s Project Sunroof Tells You How Well Solar Would Work On Your Roof | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Google now lets you see if your house is a good candidate for installing solar panels."

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Innovative application of combining Google Maps' building orientation and shade data with local weather data to reveal how much solar power a home's roof can generate. 

 

Currently, this service is only available in San Francisco, Boston and Fresno, but there are plans to expand globally.  

 

Would love to see this service available for commercial buildings as well. 

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