02 Jul 2018

Is your local grocery store within walking distance…and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road?

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01 Jul 2011

LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) incorporates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building into a national standard for green neighborhood design. Through voluntary certification, LEED for Neighborhood Development recognizes development projects that protect and enhance the health and quality of our communities and our natural environment.

Briefing paper
15 Mar 2011

For local governments working on a climate action plan, revising a green building ordinance, looking to incentivize transit-oriented development or tackle other similar problems this paper explores pursuing the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification as a catalyst for doing so.

Guide
01 Oct 2018

The business case for High Performance Buildings (HPBs) traditionally cites energy savings and increased asset value as the most appealing incentives. But another – and arguably greater – form of enhanced value creation that comes through HPBs is rarely discussed: HPBs benefit the people who occupy them, which in turn produces significant positive impacts on a company’s bottom line.

Report
15 Oct 2013

Streets are the lifeblood of our communities and the foundation of our urban economies. They make up more than 80 percent of all public space in cities and have the potential to foster business activity, serve as a front yard for residents, and provide a safe place for people to get around, whether on foot, bicycle, car, or transit.

Guide
15 Oct 2017

This Blueprint outlines a vision for cities in a future where automated transportation is both accepted and widespread as part of the built environment.

Guide
13 Oct 2018

Cities are increasingly taking actions such as building code enforcement, urban planning, and public transit expansion to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in their communities and municipal operations. However, many cities lack the quantitative information needed to estimate policy impacts and prioritize city actions in terms of carbon abatement potential and cost effectiveness.

Technical report
01 Sep 2018

Since 2010, New Buildings Institute has tracked the developing market for zero energy buildings. We are pleased to share this latest 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and Zero Energy Buildings List, which summarizes the growth and trends from nearly 500 certified, verified and emerging zero energy projects across the United States and Canada.

Research report
12 Sep 2018

This report presents results from applying a new technique called Contribution Analysis to local community greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data. Contribution Analysis separates out the impact of different drivers of change between multiple inventory years. The drivers looked at include population/ commercial growth, energy usage per person, and the carbon intensity of energy sources.

Research report
12 Apr 2018

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is possible for many buildings and this ZNE Project Guide for State Buildings can help DGS and its agencies on the path to zero energy for new construction and major renovation projects.

Guide
04 Jun 2018

Residential and commercial buildings accounted for over 2,000 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of carbon equivalent emissions and 40% of the total energy consumed in the United States in 2016. New construction and major renovations in buildings have a long-term impact on emissions as many of the features incorporated at time of construction will impact energy consumption for decades.

Guide
01 Jan 2010

Daniel Toole  is an architect and urban designer. This blog focuses on architecture and urbanism relating to alleyways, laneways, and small urban spaces of all kinds. 

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