Sustainability

Architectural glass with Cradle to cradle certification

Cradle to Cradle Certified Products (Part 1): 10 Sustainable Architectural Glasses

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program is becoming a globally recognized “gold standard” science-based quality certification. It acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes towards the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet. It provides consumers, regulators, employees, and industry peers with a clear, visible, and …

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Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder office

Alpen Technology – Key Component of Boulder Commons Zero Energy Performance

Boulder Commons, a net zero energy development in Colorado, is the home of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder office. The project sets a new paradigm for zero energy lease structures, alternative mobility and high-performance speculative buildings. Alpen fiberglass windows provide a critical element of these two 100,000 square foot NZE/ZE buildings. Zero energy buildings have recently experienced a …

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British Glass to host future energy options for glass melting seminar

British Glass to host future energy options for glass melting seminar

On December 4, British Glass will bring together glass manufacturers, equipment suppliers, industry experts and specialists for their future energy options for glass melting day. The event, which will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield, will combine a series of short presentations and discussions focused on the future low carbon energy mix in the UK and the …

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USGBC Launches LEED Zero, to Address Net Zero Carbon Operations and Resources in LEED Green Building Projects

Addressing the net zero operations and resources in LEED Green Building Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. “Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to …

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Why is an EPD certification important to architects?

In an independent study published by MindClick SGM in October 2010, 300 commercial and institutional architects and designers were asked about their bias in specifying products based on green product certification. Among these, 40% indicated that during 2009, the majority of their projects included green product specifications or purchases. Today this ratio has increased to …

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Optimal Building Design & Glazing

It is the 21st century, and energy conservation and sustainability in architecture is surely gathering momentum. With one eye fixed ever so intently on the environment and the rising global temperatures, architects are turning to innovation and technology to turn the tables on myopic building design and combat energy inefficiency in our living and working spaces. …

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Sustainable construction, leverage for innovation

Sustainable construction, leverage for innovation

SHARE Construction, and more specifically, building, is one of the activities, along with transport, agriculture and industry, that has a greater impact on the environment, as it is responsible for a high consumption of resources, both of energy and of water and raw materials, and it generates a large quantity of waste and pollution in …

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A contribution to sustainable PVC window systems: the VinylPlus® Product Label

SHARE The VinylPlus Product Label was developed by VinylPlus, the sustainability programme of the European PVC industry based in Brussels. A central objective of this programme is the voluntary commitment to recycle around 800,000 tons of PVC waste by 2020. This is what the product label stands for The VinylPlus Product Label was developed together …

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Retailers are missing out on increased revenues by not communicating the sustainability of their offer effectively

SHARE New studies show that retailers are missing out on increased revenues by not communicating the sustainability of their offer effectively. Plastics hit the headlines for the wrong reasons at the start of this year with the publication of research, which shows that we’re slowly poisoning our oceans with single-use plastics. It’s not just the …

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Glass as an option for sustainable building

Glass as an option for Sustainable Building

SHARE We live in a world that is growing very conscious about sustainability. So as societies we encourage each other to recycle and think green. Cars are emitting less pollution and packaging is becoming more biodegradable. Buildings have recently started to attract the same attention. This is a good thing because buildings are among the …

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