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5 ways to future-proof a building

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5 ways to future-proof a building

5 ways to future-proof a building  Get your daily dose of good news from Grist Subscribe To The Beacon Ever since workers strung the wires of the first electrical grid in 1882, buildings have been gobbling up energy. But what if that relationship were upended so that buildings fitted with solar panels produced more electricity than they consumed? Turns out, that’s already well underway: The number of buildings constructed so ingeniously that they sometimes feed energy to the grid has nearly doubled in the last two years. The nonprofit New Buildings Institute keeps a list of these “zero energy” offices, schools, and libraries. In 2018,...

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Will LA start building public housing again?

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Will LA start building public housing again?

Will LA start building public housing again? Proposed legislation calls on city staffers to study European models for social housing and how they might be brought to Los Angeles Government-owned housing that would serve a mix of incomes could help LA crawl out of its deepening affordability crisis, says Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who announced a broad package of housing legislation at City Hall today. The Westside councilmember introduced what he’s billing as a local version of the “Homes Guarantee,” a national platform advanced by progressive housing advocates and Democratic Socialists to make housing a right. “We need to be,...

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Wuhan to build second hospital for those infected in 15 days

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Wuhan to build second hospital for those infected in 15 days

Wuhan to build second hospital for those infected in 15 days Excavators and bulldozers on Friday at a construction site on the outskirts of Wuhan where a hospital is being built to treat patients affected by the new coronavirus. It is due to be completed by Feb 3. A second dedicated hospital to treat such patients is also in the works. PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING • China's Wuhan city will build a second dedicated hospital to treat patients affected by the novel coronavirus, the state-run People's Daily reported, a day after announcing the first one. Construction of the hospital, designed to have...

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Change in Construction Materials Could Transform Buildings Into a Global CO2 Sink

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Change in Construction Materials Could Transform Buildings Into a Global CO2 Sink

Change in Construction Materials Could Transform Buildings Into a Global CO2 Sink Buildings can become a global CO2 sink if made out of wood instead of cement and steel. A material revolution replacing cement and steel in urban construction by wood can have double benefits for climate stabilization, a new study shows. First, it can avoid greenhouse gas emissions from cement and steel production. Second, it can turn buildings into a carbon sink as they store the CO2 taken up from the air by trees that are harvested and used as engineered timber. However, while the required amount of timber harvest...

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The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood

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The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood

The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood The many, many benefits of using wood in place of concrete and steel. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia, showing off some timber.  CIRS Architects, builders, and sustainability advocates are all abuzz over a new building material they say could substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector, slash the waste, pollution, and costs associated with construction, and create a more physically, psychologically, and aesthetically healthy built environment. The material is known as, uh, wood. Trees have been used to build...

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