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Will Progress Distract From Conservation?

Tue, 2012-12-11 11:19

Cautious optimism might be the most appropriate response to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recent release of its annual World Energy Outlook, predicting a global shift in the energy mix. The roles of both fuels and regions are changing.

Solar Shines During Sandy Recovery

Wed, 2012-12-05 10:09

“Superstorm Sandy” struck the northeastern coast with a vengeance at the end of October, leaving extensive damage and destruction in its wake. As residents struggled to regain a sense of normalcy and rebuild their lives after the storm, restoration of power was a top priority. As stories of heartbreak, hope, and heroism took shape in the storm’s aftermath, solar energy emerged as a bright spot. Solar energy was able to offer some relief from blackouts and a positive outlook for a future threatened by climate change.

Greenbuild - Building Upon The Right Intentions

Fri, 2012-11-30 10:43

Arriving at the Greenbuild 2012 conference, there was no doubt that the green building movement had arrived squarely in the mainstream. It was abundantly clear that green building is here to stay, evidenced by the long list of corporate sponsors and the closing plenary where William McDonough, one of the design world’s heavy hitters, interviewed executives from Steelcase, Shaw, and others, on how being green is a profitable business model. In fact, green building has become a major driver of the development industry.

Green Value In Real Estate

Tue, 2012-11-27 09:59

Property owners know that investments in energy efficiency will reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a home or building. Perhaps that’s why studies have found that buildings rated as energy efficient have higher occupancy rates, command higher rents, and sell for more money than similar, less-efficient properties. With the certainty of lower utility costs and increased comfort, homebuyers and tenants are often choosing energy efficient environments, regardless of the higher price tag.

Keys To Green Team Success

Wed, 2012-11-21 11:15

As more companies recognize the value in incorporating environmental sensitivity into business practices, formal corporate sustainability programs are on the rise. Many of these programs begin with the formation of a green team, made up of employees willing to share talent, knowledge, and energy to establish sustainable practices in the workplace.

Greenbuild International Conference Discuss LEED Change

Fri, 2012-11-16 16:50

This week’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, sponsored by the USGBC, brought several thousand architects, contractors, builders, educators, and other building professionals to the city of San Francisco. Over the course of several days industry leaders shared innovation, experience, knowledge, and new ideas for sustainable building. With a new version of LEED standards on the horizon, discussions focused on moving forward and achieving better results.

The Heat Island Effect Makes Urban Cities Hot

Wed, 2012-11-14 10:14

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This summer’s scorching heat, record temperatures, and devastating drought have certainly spurred more conversation about climate change, global warming, and the need for energy conservation. The need for change is especially evident in our cities where a large percentage of energy consumption is concentrated and where the heat island effect is causing temperatures to climb even higher.

The Heat Island Effect

Offshore Wind - A Work In Progress

Mon, 2012-11-05 10:12

More than 10 years ago, the planning began for what was to be the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. The project, known as Cape Wind, is to consist of 130 wind turbines sited in a shallow water area of Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts. The project is still in the works, so to speak, as it has remained entangled in red tape, controversy, lawsuits, and a political tug of war. A look at Cape Wind’s progress provides some insight into what is taking so long for offshore wind to become a reality in the U.S.

Commercial Energy Management Leads to Greener Cities

Tue, 2012-10-30 09:49

It’s no secret that the buildings we live and work in consume a large portion (about 40%) of our nation’s energy, with big contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. The green building industry is helping to ensure that new buildings are designed with a focus on reduced environmental impact and energy consumption. The home performance industry is providing solutions to evaluate the house as a system, making homes more energy efficient. With improved standards and guidelines, we are moving in the right direction.

How LEED Protects Water

Tue, 2012-10-23 09:56

A building project boasting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification usually conjures images of an innovative design, a healthier environment, less energy consumption, and lower utility bills. But LEED goes beyond comfort and cost savings to encourage building owners to protect one of the world’s most vital natural resources – water. In order to become LEED certified, a building must achieve at least a 20% reduction in water usage, with additional points available for water efficiency measures implemented both indoors and out.

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