The world's narrowest building is now under construction in Warsaw, Poland.
New York City’s Pratt Center for Community Development has been gathering leaders like Guenther through its Green Healthcare Forum to discuss how the industry can contribute to a sustainable environment. The opportunity is huge: Hospitals account for 8 percent of the energy consumed by commercial buildings, but occupy just 4 percent of commercial floorspace across the country. Ongoing research from the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab has shown that hospitals could reduce energy use by more than 60 percent at a premium of only 1 to 3 percent over current costs.
The Obama administration and the business community haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on environmental initiatives over the past two years, but even the Chamber of Commerce is on board with this efficiency project. Thomas Donohue, the president of the business lobby, toured a building slated for retrofits today alongside President Obama, and he said in a statement that the Chamber has been pushing for public-private energy efficiency partnerships for a decade.
Except, thanks to a major series launched this morning by California Watch, we now know that's not true. Officials in the Division of the State Architect, the chief regulator of construction standards for public schools actually haven't enforced the Field Act. Thousands of schools across the state have serious seismic issues—structural flaws and safety hazards that were reported during construction—and they could put student's lives in danger during a quake.
Japan is hit with about one fifth of the world's most powerful earthquakes so, over the years, the country has taken preparation seriously. When it comes to engineering buildings, that means giving them deep foundations and sometimes even seismic shock absorbers that bear the brunt of an earthquake's force and help keep a structure from collapsing.
Probably nothing better encapsulates the overall feel, look, and character of a neighborhood than the very buildings that make it up. That’s why in September, GOOD asked you to vote on your favorite photo from our third crowdsourced Picture Show displaying the most unique neighborhood buildings.