New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston

A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Dec. 11, 2019 ~4 min

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Designing climate-friendly concrete, from the nanoscale up | MIT News

New understanding of concrete’s properties could increase lifetime of the building material, decrease emissions.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 21, 2016 ~15 min

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Charting a new course in Africa | MIT News

John Fernandez and his colleagues explore urban resource consumption to help guide the development of rapidly growing African cities.

Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program • mit
Oct. 26, 2015 ~9 min

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Moderating extremes in building design | MIT News

Leon Glicksman develops energy efficiency technologies and strategies for old and new buildings all over the world.

Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program • mit
Oct. 5, 2015 ~8 min

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Nuts, bolts, and slurry walls | MIT News

A how-it’s-made seminar series shines light on MIT.nano, an historic campus construction project.

Leda Zimmerman | School of Engineering • mit
Aug. 26, 2015 ~7 min

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