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Feeling Hot : Construct a Cool roof system for buildings

COOL ROOF SYSTEM FOR BUILDINGS Cool roof system for buildings is a roofing system that can deliver high reflectance (the ability to the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelength of the sun, reducing heat to the building) and high thermal emittance (the ability to release a large percentage of absorbed, or non-reflected, solar energy) is a cool roof. […]

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Building Energy Efficient Buildings

Sustainable Architecture To promote sustainable architecture, India is collaborating with Switzerland to utilise Swiss expertise for designing energy efficient buildings in the country. In this regard, Indian and Swiss governments have entered into a five-year Memorandum of Understandings on July 26,2013. The Indo-Swiss projects on Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) brings together builders, developers and […]

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5 materials that can make roofs eco-friendly

Various roofing materials can make roofs environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, writes Cris Carl. For instance, metal and clay shingles are durable and recyclable, and reflective and green roofs can reduce heat and save energy. However, some experts suggest you take note of climate patterns that may affect the quality of sustainable roofing materials, and think […]

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Concrete product among top 10 building materials for 2013

Using CarbonCure’s carbon-sequestration technology in Atlas’ concrete masonry unit-block has caused the product to be listed on’s Top 10 building products for 2013. The product’s use of the technology “improves their strength, reduces the amount of portland cement required, and speeds curing,” according to this piece.

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Concrete-crushing tech: Turning debris into reusable building material

Transforming demolition debris from the Dallas Fort Worth Connector project into usable building material not only saves the state money but has a positive environmental impact. NorthGate Constructors’ concrete-crushing plant chews up 200 tons of debris per hour and has saved more than $2 million on the Connector, said Kristen Schropp, spokeswoman for NorthGate. Material […]

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Greenbuild Expo showcases sustainable products

More than 1,000 booths showcased sustainable products at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Some of the most innovative products, according to Andrew Michler, were “FilterPave,” a 96% ground glass, porous paving material, and “Grasscrete,” a concrete-filled paperboard that looks like a “big egg carton.”

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Green-property index offers investors new sustainability measure

A green-property index for investors. The U.S. Green Building Council, FTSE Group and NAREIT are developing a green-property index for investors. It is meant to give retail and institutional investors a new way to invest in sustainability. “We’ve been tracking the U.S. REIT space for 18 years and have recently been hearing more from our […]

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World’s first green legislative building : With Images

The world’s first green legislative building in the southern metropolis of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It is the first assembly building to get the Gold rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System developed by the US Green Building […]

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