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A Key to Controlling Emissions: More Buildings in a City’s Unused Spaces

This article is part of Climate Solutions, a special report on efforts to make a difference, coinciding with The New York Times Climate Forward conference and Climate Week NYC. Just south of the River Thames in the heart of London,…

How the Building Industry Blocked Better Tornado Safeguards

Even as the push to require safe rooms across a wide range of buildings fizzled, engineers were working on an even more ambitious goal: Changing the way buildings are designed and constructed in tornado zones, to survive all but the…

A German Architectural Firm Embraces Sustainable Building Practices

This article is part of a special report on Climate Solutions, which looks at efforts around the world to make a difference. There was a time, including when Martin Henn’s grandfather and father were at the peak of their careers,…

What Does It Take to Build a Disaster-Proof House?

Ryan Runge, the president of Advanced Earthen Construction Technologies, who sold the couple their block-making machine, said the blocks are mold-proof and, when reinforced with rebar, earthquake-resistant. The walls are so thick that they retain heat in winter and remain…

California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

But in other locations like San Bernardino, a far less affluent city east of Los Angeles, where the typical home sells for about $529,000, the cost of solar panels and batteries can be a bigger burden to home buyers. “If…

How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

The floods that killed at least 20 people in Tennessee last weekend arrived with shocking speed and force — seemingly a case study of the difficulties of protecting people from explosive rainstorms as climate change gets worse. A closer look…

California Solar Panel Mandate for New Buildings Advances

LOS ANGELES — California regulators voted Wednesday to require builders to include solar power and battery storage in many new commercial structures as well as high-rise residential projects. It is the latest initiative in the state’s vigorous efforts to hasten…

Wooden Buildings Reach for the Sky

The small city of Vaxjo, population 94,000, sits in the middle of the timberlands of Smaland Province, in southern Sweden. Among municipalities in Sweden, many see Vaxjo as the leader in timber construction, as wooden buildings have been at the…

California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

At the start of wildfire season, California’s insurance regulator has backed sweeping changes to discourage home building in fire-prone areas, including looking at cutting off new construction in those regions from what is often their only source of insurance —…

Biden’s Big Bet: Tackling Climate Change Will Create Jobs, Not Kill Them

Anthony Prisco, the head of the renewable energy practice for the staffing firm Aerotek, said a standard solar project wouls employ about 250 workers for just under a year. About one-third of the workers make $30 an hour or more;…

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