In honor of Earth Day, which was April 22nd , The Real Deal takes a look at 8 of the “most interesting green developments out there,” from Hipster condo farming in New York City to a sustainable home within a greenhouse in Stockholm.
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21W20, a new condominium development in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, has become the world’s first residential project to be certified under the WELL Building Standard (WELL), which focuses on enhancing occupants’ health and well-being through the built environment. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the public benefit corporation that administers WELL, made the determination.
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The long-term impact on programs like the Solar Decathlon is not clear, but the president’s proposed spending cuts are deep. A long list of federal programs that promote advanced building techniques, renewable energy, and energy efficiency would see less money under President Trump’s budget proposal, but important details on how the budget would affect a number of popular projects are still unknown.
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Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features are in high demand for new home construction, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. The 337 single-family home builders who responded to the survey used an average of 10.2 different products or practices, and 95% said they used low-e windows in their projects.
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Home Innovation Research Labs recently celebrated the 100,000th National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certified home. This milestone is significant not only because of the number of homes that have been certified, but also for what it signifies for the state of the home building industry overall.
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A 1.3 million-square-foot Thousand Oaks, CA, retail center is the first U.S. property to earn the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) USA In-Use certification, according to developer and owner Macerich. The U.K.-based BREEAM standard has set its sights on the nearly 6 million existing buildings in the U.S. that, it says, are not a fit for other green-building certification programs.
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