Topic: Sustainability

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Childhood friends’ business innovation built to change concrete industry

A group of childhood friends in upstate New York knew they wanted to go into business together. The innovation they developed might just change the concrete industry.

Smart windows utilize liquid solution to improve buildings’ energy efficiency

A water-based approach to designing windows promises impressive energy efficiencies in operations of buildings.

ASCE seeks comments on new sustainability standard

ASCE is conducting a public comment period on the new standard activity ASCE/COS 73-XX Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure, open now through Jan. 18.

Assessing the economic benefits of blue-green infrastructure

Blue-green infrastructure provides multiple benefits to humans and ecosystems, including health and biodiversity, but little data exists on economic benefit.

Free ASCE paper detects SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

Authors of a new report in the Journal of Environmental Engineering, “SARS-CoV-2 in Detroit Wastewater,” share their first detection in regional wastewater in Detroit, and present methods used.

Exploring the properties of sea sand in sea sand–seawater concrete

With limited availability of freshwater globally, materials engineers have explored using sea sand and seawater in concrete production.

New app incentivizes people to ‘do the right thing’

The E-Bin app – which can be downloaded for free in the Apple app store or Google Play store – simplifies the recycling process while also incentivizing behavior by establishing a system of rewards.

Spa design collects water from fog for use on-site

An international architecture firm has released the design of a health spa in eastern Nepal that will capture moisture from fog and convert it into water.

Low-carbon community in China to transform waterfront

Modular canopies will be the visual highlight of the new development and its transportation hub.

Slideshow: Nature inspires ‘Mitosis,’ a modular building system

An Amsterdam-based design firm has reconceptualized its design thinking, creating a modular building system that emphasizes nature and puts human health first. Find out how.