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Energy Efficiency for Businesses

Fri, 2012-11-02 08:27

As worldwide energy demand increases, one of the most significant ways to reduce energy consumption is through efficiency efforts. By many accounts, global power is anticipated to reach 37,000 terawatt hours in 2030, up from 22,100 terawatt hours in 2011. For the foreseeable future, energy demand will continue to utilize conventional resources such as oil, gas, coal and nuclear power, despite continued efforts to promote alternative energy solutions. As a result, energy conservation efforts are vitally important to counteract increased energy consumption and natural resource depletion.

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.

Federal government increases LEED supported Projects

Thu, 2012-10-25 11:17

Although adoption rates for LEED-specific green building practices have steadily increased in the private sector, the growth of sustainable building initiatives in the federal government is an often overlooked segment of LEED certified projects. According to a recent report, the number of federal LEED certified projects increased by 51 percent this year, with over 821 projects completed to date in 2012. As noted by Lane Burt, director of technical policy at the U.S. Green Building Council, the rapid growth in federal agencies mirrors what is occurring in the private sector.

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.

NAEM’s 2012 EHS Management Forum

Mon, 2012-10-22 13:05

Everblue attended the National Association for Environmental Management’s (NAEM) conference in Naples, Florida, celebrating NAEM’s 20th year. The theme of the conference was Driving Sustainable Business Performance through Environment, Health & Safety (EHS).

The conference opened with a keynote address by visionary author Paul Hawken. Mr. Hawken captivated the attention of the attendees by discussing the ecological challenges we face and the opportunities for business to actively restore our natural systems.

Enhancing Indoor Air Quality In Homes

Thu, 2012-10-18 13:34

With advancements in energy efficiency standards, many homeowners are deciding to remodel their homes to improve energy performance. Rising energy costs and old inefficient home systems have led to more pronounced efforts to ensure energy efficiency. However, one of the most important aspects of remodeling that is often overlooked involves the successful maintenance of good indoor air quality.

RESNET Ratings Qualify DOE Challenge Homes

Wed, 2012-10-17 08:41

The green building industry is constantly evolving with new innovations to enhance, verify, and promote energy efficiency in homes. The latest effort by the Department of Energy (DOE) is an updated building technologies program called Challenge Home (formerly known as the Builders Challenge Program). The program is designed to guide and recognize builders who are leaders in energy efficiency.

About Challenge Home

HVAC Contractors Explore Building Performance

Thu, 2012-10-11 14:52

“What is building performance, and how do I become an expert?” Those were the questions on the minds of many of the heating and air conditioning contractors who gathered this week in Austin, TX at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Building Performance Forum.

ACI Mid-Atlantic 2012 Recap

Wed, 2012-10-10 08:29

Pittsburgh, PA is known for many things: three rivers, 446 bridges, steel mills, the Carnegies, Mr. Rogers, Heinz Ketchup, and of course, their stellar sports teams (Go Steelers!). What many people don’t know is that Pittsburgh has a legacy of leadership in energy innovation dating back to the first commercial oil well in 1859. This innovation has continued, with the development of the first natural gas well and pipeline and the nation’s first commercial nuclear power plant.

What Everyone Should Know About e-Waste

Tue, 2012-10-09 11:51

It’s official. As a modern society, we are addicted to electronic products and devices. Newer is almost always better, and upgrading to the best version is a way of life. Computers and cell phones are becoming obsolete at an ever-quickening pace, and early adopters race to be the first to trade up to the latest and greatest technology. In the name of energy efficiency, we are ditching old appliances in favor of newer, more efficient, smarter models.