edible landscape

How urban landscapes can become more fruitful

Georgia Organics CEO Alice Rolls has been slipping away from her office to raid a blueberry bush. A new report from her organization identifies how to clear key obstacles to edible landscapes in her home city of Atlanta.... Read more
operational carbon, zero energy, Realcomm

Architects have gotten serious about operational carbon — what’s next?

As the AIA takes a stand on climate change, Ramana Koti says there's reason to be optimistic that buildings can be designed to operate without releasing carbon.... Read more
building space

Space, the next green building frontier

Georgia Tech Institute Architect Howard S. Wertheimer offers up a green building trend he'd like to see, especially on college campuses.... Read more

Jason McLennan proposes an approach to scale for biophilic design

Living Building Challenge founder Jason F. McLennan proposes a framework for scaling biophilic design appropriately in different types of building projects.... Read more
Daniel Matisoff, Kendeda Building

The value of green building and its spillover effects

Georgia Tech Policy Professor Daniel Matisoff asks: What are the internal motivations for an organization to build and certify a green building? And are there significant benefits for participants in such projects, including designers, builders, subcontractors and the construction industry as a whole?... Read more
solar tariff

Good news, bad effects and awful truth about the solar tariff

President Trump's 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels and modules is already in affect. An industry leader breaks down the impact its likely to have solar deployment nationwide.... Read more
Ramana Koti, Lord Aeck Sargent, Kendeda Building, Georgia Tech, Living Building

How to design sustainability into an architectural practice

In most cases, it’s clients who drive the ambitions of deep-green buildings. But how can architectural  firms lay the groundwork for more projects that push the boundaries of sustainability?... Read more
Amanda Sturgeon, Building Thought Leaders, Creating Biophilic Buildings

Hard to fit biophilic design on a checklist

Increasingly, green building project teams have attempted to incorporate biophilic design into their projects, but often their efforts amount to adding trees and plants or water features to their buildings. Read this excerpt from Creating Biophilic Buildings by Amanda Sturgeon.... Read more
Georgia Tech, Living Building Challenge, Jennifer Hirsch, Equity Petal

The hidden power of equity in sustainable buildings

Over the past decade, it’s become apparent that buildings both function better, and better serve the people who use them, if social values such as health impacts, diversity and equal access are taken into account.... Read more
Rob Bennett, EcoDistricts, Georgia Tech, Living Building, regenerative

EcoDistricts CEO: Too much at stake not to reshape cities

If we are to succeed in creating a new roadmap for cities and neighborhoods, we must change the culture of development to give the community a dominant voice in shaping its own destiny. ... Read more