VANCOUVER, Wash. — The New Buildings Institute recently announced the official release of its new LEED automation tool, called the COMNET Energy Modeling Portal.
The institute is a non-profit organization with the stated goal of making it easier for builders to create green structures, with the hope of eventually building net-zero energy structures — which would consist of a building receiving all of its energy needs from renewable sources.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California has made headlines again in terms of environmental building practices. In January 2011, the state became the first in the country to create statewide green building codes with the CalGreen Building Code.
As of July 1, a set of improvements and enhancements to the code took effect that set higher standards for saving energy, conserving water and improving indoor air quality.Read more
FORT WORTH, Texas — A new construction materials manufacturer in Texas recently began production on a product that integrates traditional light gauge framing and a straw-based compressed agricultural fiber (CAF) to create a sustainable building component.Read more