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Plans for New Sustainably Designed Trophy Office Towers in Water Street Tampa Unveiled

Tampa is getting its first-ever New York-style office buildings designed by COOKFOX and Gensler as part of a futuristic new waterfront neighborhood. The buildings are sustainably designed and will be WELL and LEED certified, a first for the region and a benefit for potential tenants. Surrounded by over 13 acres of lushly-landscaped open spaces, the buildings will be part of the larger Water Street Tampa neighborhood, the first WELL-certified community in the world, a standard that has been developed in partnership with the International Well Building Institute. 

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Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products

PRISM asked building materials manufacturers for information about some of their latest and/or most innovative sustainable products which architects might considering specifying for their next project. We asked manufacturers why an architect would specify their product and where an one could find more information. PRISM compiled this information in a guide, listing products by category types in alphabetical order. You can read the entire Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products or click on a category or company listed below for specific information.

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2017 Green Roof Industry Survey shows Washington DC in top spot for most green roofs installed!

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association, is pleased to announce that Washington DC has retaken the top spot from Toronto, for the greatest square footage of green roof installations in 2017. According to its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey, Newark, New York City, Seattle, Portland and Toronto followed Washington DC in 2017

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Water Street Tampa Unveils Vision for Public Spaces

Strategic Property Partners, LLC released its vision for Water Street Tampa’s public spaces today, showcasing a collaboration of work by a talented team of architects, planners, and landscape architects, who have together crafted the overall vision of Water Street Tampa, the 50-acre mixed-use waterfront district located on historic Hillsborough Bay. By placing the public realm and green spaces at the forefront of its design for Water Street Tampa, SPP aims to set a new standard for wellness and sustainability in the built environment and will become the world’s first WELL-certified community under the WELL Community Standard, developed by the International WELL Building Institute.

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What is a “green roof” and are they helpful to the environment?

Green roof designs range from lighter-weight, low-maintenance options to the more complex. This can even include urban recreation and farming options. “An intensive green roof is designed to look much like a city park,” Lusk says. “Green roofs used for rooftop farming are one example of an intensive system. Intensive green roofs require a roof with high load bearing capacity, as they may weigh 35 to 80+ pounds per square foot.”

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Carbon neutrality is now reality at American University

American University publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in 2010. Due to the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU is not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.

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The National Stormwater Conference Earth Day Celebration Highlights Green Infrastructure as the #SolutionToPollution

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, StormCon, the national stormwater and surface water quality conference, has launched a brand-new Earth Day campaign, #SolutionToPollution, to promote low-impact development practices and other green infrastructure as the go-to solution to prevent stormwater pollution across the country. Green infrastructure refers to rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement, bioswales, and other engineered-as-natural stormwater systems that rely on soil and vegetation to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, and/or harvest stormwater runoff.

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Tishman Speyer to Begin Construction of The Spiral

Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, The Spiral will rise to 1,031 feet and feature a cascading series of landscaped terraces and hanging gardens as its signature element.  The terraces will ascend, one per floor, in a spiraling motion to create a unique, continuous green pathway that wraps around the façade of the tower and supplies occupants with readily accessible outdoor space.

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Kingspan introduces GreenGuard XPS products in new thicknesses and for the commercial roofing market

Kingspan Insulation continues to expand its GreenGuard extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board product offering with additional thicknesses of 3 inches and 4 inches in select 25, 40 and 60 psi compressive strength boards, and a new 4-sided routed drainage channel board. The new products help to round out Kingspan’s GreenGuard line in commercial markets such as roofing, cold storage, and various below grade and vertical wall applications.

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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2018 PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment featuring resilient design, specifying green walls, interior design in healthcare facilities, healthcare facility sustainable design, and the final part of the series The Economics of Biophilia: Communities.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2018 PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment featuring resilient design, specifying green walls, interior design in healthcare facilities, healthcare facility sustainable design, and the final part of the series The Economics of Biophilia: Communities.

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Photo: Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA)- LEED Platinum. SageGlass® is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass enables you to control sunlight and glare without blinds or shades, maintaining your view and connection to the outdoors and significantly reducing energy consumption. With an ever growing list of LEED certified installations, SageGlass is committed to USGBC’s mission of sustaining eco-friendly building interiors and conserving energy, benefitting everyone in the built environment.

Photo: Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA)- LEED Platinum. SageGlass® is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass enables you to control sunlight and glare without blinds or shades, maintaining your view and connection to the outdoors and significantly reducing energy consumption. With an ever growing list of LEED certified installations, SageGlass is committed to USGBC’s mission of sustaining eco-friendly building interiors and conserving energy, benefitting everyone in the built environment.

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