Sustainability

The Faux Pas of Fast Fashion

By |2020-10-02T11:25:11-04:00September 17th, 2020|Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Diversion|

Fast Fashion: the mad dash from production to store Within the past two decades, global clothing production has ramped up and nearly doubled, stimulating the phenomenon of “fast fashion”. This concept refers to the business model that emerged as the production of textiles became more efficient, increasing the amount and variety of garments. Fast fashion

Building Better: Passive House

By |2020-06-15T11:46:02-04:00June 15th, 2020|Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Sustainability|

Construction has remained largely the same for the last hundred years or so, with the exception of design and the occasional new technology or introduction of safer materials. In 1996, that changed with The Passive House Certification, which originally began in Germany under the name PassivHaus. It focuses on using the natural elements surrounding the

Building Better: The Living Building Challenge

By |2020-06-01T12:23:47-04:00June 1st, 2020|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Green Build, New Construction Team, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is an educational center that aims to develop a deeper bond between humans and the natural world. The Hitchcock Center is a certified living building located on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst, overlooking the Holyoke Range. The Center for EcoTechnology was able to help The Hitchcock Center measure

Building Better: Multifamily High Performance Buildings

By |2020-05-21T07:49:10-04:00May 21st, 2020|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Green Build, Home Energy Ratings, New Construction Team, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Above is an image of The Lumberyard – an affordable housing complex located in the heart of Northampton, Massachusetts. At first glance, it may look like any new apartment complex, but this building is a highly energy efficient multifamily building. The efficiency of the Lumberyard was measured using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), a

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