TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary.
Second Nature 'The Biomimicry Evolution' Trailer

Second Nature ‘The Biomimicry Evolution’ Trailer

Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution explores the emerging discipline of biomimicry, the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. Set in the wilds of South Africa, the film follows biologist, author, and Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” Janine Benyus and the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute team as they illustrate how organisms in...

Inside The Greenest Office Building In The World

Seattle’s Bullitt Center goes way beyond LEED certification. It has entirely zero impact, from clean materials, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting. Take a walk inside. Seattle is not the place you would think to build an entirely solar-powered building. But that’s part of the idea behind the Bullit Center: If it can make it as...

Blue Vinyl – Documentary Highlights of the Toxic Plastic

Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. With a lighthearted tone, the film follows one woman’s quest for an environmentally sound cladding for her parents’ house in Merrick, Long Island, New York. It also investigates the many negative health effects of polyvinyl chloride in its production, use...
Energy by Design

Energy by Design

The first episode of the AIA’s Design: Art+Science educational video series, which focuses on the key design ingredients behind high performance buildings, Energy by Design introduces the viewer to building energy use, high performance energy codes, energy modeling, and energy modeling tools. It emphasizes integrated design and collaboration, and sets a solid foundation from which...
Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary academic centre; the building is home to multiple research projects and the subject of ongoing studies on the long-term effects of sustainable design, construction and operation. CIRS is expected to be UBC’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...

Singapore: Biophilic City

Thought I share this interesting story on Biophilic Urbanism in Singapore: “A whirlwind week in Singapore chasing up amazing biophilic stories with CUSP Institute Prof Peter Newman and Uni of Virginia Prof Tim Beatley.”
SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue - 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue – 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

Simon Fraser University Carbon Talks was hosting a dialogue with Cole Roberts, acclaimed author of “2 Degrees: The Built Environment and our Changing Climate” last month. Here is the video: Cole Roberts leads the energy and resource sustainability business in Arup’s San Francisco office. Cole’s experience ranges from climate positive engineering and sustainability consulting to...

The Bullitt Center – Seattle: A Living Building Challenge Project & A Model for Change

The Bullitt Center – Seatte: A Living Building Challenge Project & A Model for Change Speaker: Margaret Sprug – Living Buildings Architect – The Miller Hull Partnership Sustainable Design & Development Conference , Bellingham, November 8th, 2012 Presentation of 45 minutes

Systemic Sustainability Explained – Tom Bosschaert at the Dutch Architecture Institute

Living Proof

Living Proof

A video story of the Bullitt Center, which is designed to be the “greenest commercial building in the world”. Comment on Vimeo: Impressive that the City of Seattle created a demonstration code to allow this innovative project to blaze trails! “The Bullitt Center, previously the Cascadia Center, is a commercial office building under development in...

NSCU Environmental Learning Centre – A Natural Approach to Learning

Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd. Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Budget: $5.8 million Size: 850-square-metre (9,149-square-feet) building The North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School (NVOS) located in Brackendale near Squamish, British Columbia. The ELC is constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is a large multi-layer...