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Indoor air quality matters, too (access required)

We spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors, but we don’t completely understand indoor potential hazards. It pays to pay attention to indoor air quality. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the first costs of construction account for ...

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New York food-waste-to-energy plant will reduce emissions (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This story from Claude Solnik of Dolan Media Newswires appeared in the print edition of Square Feet, which ...

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Boise’s LIV District comes to life (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This story about the Boise LIV District appears in the print edition of Square Feet, which was distributed ...

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Green rooftops improve highrise views, cut heating and cooling costs (access required)

The views from Boise’s tallest buildings have always been spectacular. Far off, the curves of the foothills beckon. In season, the city of trees shows its greenery to advantage, and downtown construction provides nonstop activity. But the higher you get, ...

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A Q & A with Steve Freeman: How sustainable is your furniture? (access required)

Several years ago, a group of furniture manufacturers created the Sustainable Furnishings Council to promote an environmental ethos in the industry and to encourage the use of green materials. Among the founders of the North Carolina-based organization was Golden Valley, ...

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Recycling of organic matter goes mainstream (access required)

After finishing meals in one of the four cafes of Boston Scientific’s sprawling campus in Arden Hills, employees face four bins where they dutifully separate the remains of their trays. Colorful signs depict which items should go into the two ...

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Builders and lenders, meet green building (access required)

Building science and technology have come a long way. Modern consumers are more sophisticated than they used to be. They have new expectations and demands for commercial and residential real estate, including increased personal comfort, multi-purpose design and environmental sustainability. ...

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Voluntary green building code points the way for Boise builders (access required)

Boise’s voluntary green building code is aimed at nudging local developers toward increasing the efficiency of buildings beyond mandatory standards. The Green Construction Code, which was approved by the Boise City Council in August, is mandatory for city-built projects, such ...

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Landscaping companies look to sustainable water use (access required)

A quick look around the Treasure Valley on any summer morning shows where much of Idaho’s water is going: onto the green lawns of area homes and businesses. Lawn sprinklers for landscaping are responsible for 58 percent of the area’s ...

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