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Does Our Food Supply Chain Need an Overhaul?

January 31, 2020
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The food supply chain and agricultural operations must see a considerable overhaul if we wish to continue thriving long into the future. 

There are several reasons why this is the case. For starters, a growing population means a higher demand for food and fresh goods. Next, the current climate and general development mean fewer available lands for farming and cultivation, so the space we do have must be more efficient than ever. Finally, the current state of the entire food and agricultural industry is contributing significantly to climate breakdown. In other words, it directly influences the depletion of natural resources and puts a strain on the environment in many ways.

If related industries do not see a change soon, we’re inevitably headed for disaster. A recent report by the RSA Food and Farming Countryside Commission in the U.K. explains just how important it is that the entire food industry becomes sustainable. A “catastrophic” climate breakdown is imminent. It’s not some fictional, dystopian future but one that’s playing out right this instant.

What does it all mean? What is the most important thing to take away from all this?

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Renewable Energy is Changing On-Site Construction Energy Usage

December 30, 2019
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Climate change — it’s a topic we can’t stop talking about. As we burn fossil fuels, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, we produce harmful emissions. These emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and pollute the Earth.

Modern buildings are the third-largest consumer of fossil energy, right after industry and agriculture. To reduce the effects of climate change — prolonged droughts, frequent wildfires, natural disasters, etc. — this sector must make a change. 

Many businesses and municipalities have set goals to go net-zero — produce as much energy as they consume. The result is green buildings, those that implement eco-friendly practices in a variety of ways. The integration of renewable energy technology is a must. However, green buildings also consider sustainable applications in water use, heating and cooling.

Green initiatives are necessary for a sustainable future. As the energy market transforms, industries must adapt to renewable energy construction.

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Effects of Construction on the Environment: Why Sustainability Is at the Forefront

December 27, 2019
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Sustainability means different things in each industry. In construction, it means building structures from long-lasting and renewable resources, ensuring energy-efficient operation once the structure is standing and practicing good stewardship of the landscape over the building’s lifetime.

Expanding and maintaining humanity’s “built environment” in a conscientious, low-impact and cost-effective way today means future generations will be able to meet their own needs tomorrow. But we need to put sustainability first. Here’s what that looks like in construction and why it’s so important right now.

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How Energy-Efficient Construction Methods Can Change the Way We Build

December 25, 2019
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Green building and sustainable architecture are popular concepts these days. In the U.S., building efficiency revenue rose from $75.26 billion in 2017 to $83.05 billion in 2018. If our children and grandchildren want to inherit a livable earth, eco-friendly initiatives must become the new normal.

Designing buildings with sustainability in mind is changing essential structures from the foundation on up. Discover how energy-efficient construction is changing how we build.

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Eco-Friendly Building Materials We Can Expect to Grow in 2020

December 23, 2019

In today’s world, it’s impossible to go a week without hearing about climate change. Temperatures are rising, and extreme weather events are popping up. What’s the solution?

No single answer exists. Instead, the effort must involve a multitude of industries and technologies. In construction, businesses are turning to eco-friendly building materials to do their part.

The green building initiative has generated more than 2 million jobs, totaling more than $134 billion in labor earnings. It’s also injected billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

Which materials can we expect to grow in the future wake of green building?

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10 Examples of LEED Platinum Buildings

December 13, 2019
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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of guidelines and regulations architects can use when constructing a new building. It’s the most widely used green rating system in the world, available for anything from skyrises to single-family homes.

This certification is broken down into four categories — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. LEED Platinum, which requires a building to earn 80 or more points, is not easy to achieve. Let’s take a look at the LEED rating system and some of the best Platinum building examples.

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LEED Certification Checklist: What You Need to Know Before Applying for Certification

December 11, 2019
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Are you a builder who wants to make an impact on the world? If so, consider LEED Certification for your next project. With 1.85 million square feet of construction space certified each day, this is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects. This certification uses a points system. The more points you earn on the grading scale, the higher you’ll rate. 

The main benefit of certification is the environmental boost. LEED-certified buildings are also energy- and water-efficient. Compared to conventional buildings, they have higher rental rates, are healthier and safer for occupants and represent the values of the organization.

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LEED Certification Definition and Its Importance for Homes

December 9, 2019
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Society is aware of the harmful and destructive effects of modern construction. As a result, they’re turning to sustainable alternatives. The demand for green buildings is changing the architectural landscape, forcing companies to implement favorable practices. The green building market clocked in at $3 billion in 2005. Nine years later, it jumped to $81 billion.

How are contractors held responsible for the way they build properties? The answer is a third-party certification process. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification assures tenants a property abides by strict eco-friendly practices.

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Green Building Improving Quality of Living in Cities

December 6, 2019
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Everyone is going green. Yet what does that mean when it comes to our cities?

Today, metropolitan areas hold most of the world’s population. It’s an anomaly we’re just beginning to grapple with. As urban migration continues, we’ll see the growth of green building, which will account for nearly one-third of the construction sector.

Our need to grow sustainably through construction and development is imperative. Eco-friendly building techniques, transportation and municipal planning will take up more of our conversations going forward.

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The Solar Revolution Driven By Farmers

December 2, 2019
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Farms across the U.S. are turning to solar as a means to offset tough times spurred by the trade war. Will renewable energy in agriculture help communities deal with the scarcity of resources?

Environmental Forces and Trade Disputes

Razor-sharp margins, ecological forces and trade threats have led to a volatile environment for farmers. Now more than ever, environmental forces are shaping day-to-day operations. Droughts, extreme rain and forest fires contribute to the current unstable market state. Environmental effects have also made it harder to predict crop yields. This uncertainty, combined with increased costs, has led farmers to give up the profession or seek alternative sources of income.

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