Sustainable Construction

Dream realized: CBF earns the Living Building Challenge certification

This May, the Brock Environmental Center was awarded the coveted Living Building Challenge designation from the International Living Future Institute, the world’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard […]

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Using Geothermal Energy for Sustainable Construction

The construction industry has made large strides in the development of new sustainable technologies and practices over the past decade. Geothermal energy is one of the newer technologies […]

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Drone Tour of the Brock Environmental Center

Take a tour through the view of a drone of the completed Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Sustainability Practices in Higher Education

In recent years, the higher education sector has led the charge in sustainability—making it a priority in their budgets and strategic plans. While sustainable before meant recycling bins […]

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Site Petal of the Living Building Challenge: What’s Involved?

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is comprised of seven performance areas, or “Petals”—Materials, Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity and Beauty—based on 2.0 version. If you are considering targeting […]

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Understanding What’s New with LEED v4

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released LEED v4, the newest version of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). While projects can still use LEED 2009 […]

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Understanding the Living Building Challenge and Its “Petals”

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability—providing a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people […]

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Using Salvaged Materials to Meet the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal

If your project is targeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the Materials Petal is probably one of the most challenging Petals to meet. With a list of Red […]

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Using Natural Ventilation for Sustainable Construction

Natural ventilation is a healthy and cost effective way to save energy and provide fresh air for building occupants. It is defined as using passive strategies to supply […]

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Solar Photovoltaic Systems Contribute to Sustainable Construction

Net-zero energy buildings are growing in popularity throughout the world and the demand for sustainability is increasing every year. One way to reduce energy is to install solar […]

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