Steel institute releases guide for LEED certification – The Construction Specifier


The Construction Specifier

Steel institute releases guide for LEED certification
The Construction Specifier
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) has released a guide to help construction professionals earn additional points under the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) …

Paris is Getting a Vertical Forest Tower

Towers covered with greenery are not a new idea and the first ones are already getting built around the globe in an effort to fight the alarming pollution present in some cities. Now the Paris suburb of Villiers sur Marne is getting its own such tower. The so-called Forêt Blanche (which translates to White Forest) was designed by the famous architect Stefano Boeri, who is no stranger to proposing such vertical forest buildings. Towers based on his designs are already getting built in Switzerland and Milan, while a whole city of such towers is being planned in southern China.

Forêt Blanche will be made entirely of wood will stand 177 ft (54 m) tall. The exterior will be covered in 2,000 trees, shrubs and plants. It will feature apartment units at the top, while the lower floors will be taken up by offices and retail spaces.

The fours sides of the tower will be covered by a mix of balconies and terraces on which various plants and trees will be planted. According to the architects, this green covered area will be equivalent to one hectare of forest, which is 10 times larger than the actual footprint of the building itself. The project is still very much in the early stages, so a timeline for its construction and completion has not yet been decided upon.

However, it is a great idea, and one which more large cities should start entertaining. We must embrace nature and help it heal if we are to build a more sustainable future for our world. We will follow this project closely as new developments arise and keep you informed. Let’s hope it is just one of many such projects that we will get to report on in the next year.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium first pro stadium to earn LEED platinum – Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium first pro stadium to earn LEED platinum
Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium has earned LEED platinum certification, the first professional sports stadium to do so. Home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of MLS and many of the world's top sports and entertainment events, Mercedes-Benz Stadium …

Mercedes-Benz Stadium first pro stadium to earn LEED platinum … – Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)


Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium first pro stadium to earn LEED platinum …
Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium has earned LEED platinum certification, the first professional sports stadium to do so. Home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United …
Mercedes-Benz Stadium says it is world's greenest sports facilityAtlanta Journal Constitution

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