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Biden's plan may make new homes greener and pricier

Biden's plan may make new homes greener and pricier

The Biden administration is planning to enforce stricter energy efficiency standards for new homes, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs.

Thomas Frank reports for POLITICO.

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Effort begins to stop Washington's move away from natural gas

Effort begins to stop Washington's move away from natural gas

Backers of a new initiative have started gathering signatures to halt Washington's push to phase out natural gas use in buildings.

Jerry Cornfield reports for Washington State Standard.

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California startup launches innovative cement technology to cut carbon emissions

California startup launches innovative cement technology to cut carbon emissions

California startup Fortera has developed a groundbreaking technology that captures and recycles carbon emissions from cement production, launching its first commercial application at a major facility in Redding.

Isabella O'Malley reports for The Associated Press.

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Cork's rise as a sustainable alternative in various industries

Cork, known for sealing wine bottles, is now revolutionizing industries as a sustainable material, offering environmental benefits and diverse applications.

Marta Vidal reports for The Washington Post.

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Can we create 'living buildings' made of fungi? And could they help us adapt to climate change?

A team of Vancouver academics is spanning the boundary between microbiology and architecture, thanks to oyster mushrooms and other common fungi. It could help construction's environmental impact, and help with insulation and even air quality.
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What building cathedrals can teach us about fighting climate change

Cathedrals once inspired society’s greatest efforts toward a common goal. Climate change desperately needs “cathedral projects.”
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How can we design flood-resistant cities?

From rising sea levels in Mumbai to unbearable heat in Houston, cities around the world are feeling the effects of climate change. Unfortunately, they don’t always have the right infrastructure to handle its impacts — which is one reason why cities are beginning to reimagine urban design.

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