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2008 Election and Infrastructure Investment

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:26

I find it interesting all of the competing priorities that occupy the news and the presidential candidate speeches this fall. There’s the war in Iraq, the war on terror, the domestic economy, healthcare, globalization, oil prices, and the federal budget deficit. I’m sure that there are more. What’s interesting is that I think the focus or the winning solution to many of these issues lies with infrastructure.

Roofray: Determine Your Home's Solar Potential

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:24

Roofray was a really cool tool for determining your home's potential for solar energy. I entered my address and, after showing it the planes of my roof, the software calculated my home’s solar potential. Pretty neat software. This tool actually went away in 2012 and was replaced by ModSolar. ModSolar also developed a similar capability for use by solar installers. 

Green Roofs: Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:16

I think garden roofs are cool. They’re just neat. Think about it - we have the ability to make our buildings blend in with nature and to create green space of the millions of acres of otherwise black tar roofs. Why are black tar roofs bad? Well, for starters a black tar roof raises the local temperature (just like a black asphalt parking lot) by as much as 60 degrees on the roof itself.

San Francisco Mayor Approves Strict Green Building Codes

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:15

San Francisco took a major step Monday to cement its reputation as the most environmentally progressive city in the United States, as Mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law stringent green building codes for new construction and renovations of existing structures in the city. The new building codes focus on water and energy conservation, recycling, and reduction of carbon emissions. They apply to most buildings in the city, including residential projects of all sizes, new commercial buildings over a certain size, and renovations of large commercial spaces.

Thomas L. Friedman: Flush With Energy

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:13

I read an interesting article from Thomas Friedman in The New York Times this week called "Flush With Energy." In this article, Friedman describes how Denmark became a zero energy import country.

Preparing for the LEED Exam

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:12

First, you may be asking, "What is LEED?" LEED is an acronym that stands for: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

LEED is the foremost green building standard in existence today. It is managed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) whose mission is to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

Future Article/Blog Post Ideas

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:09

We’ve brainstormed 10 topics regarding home energy efficiency that we will be writing about. Check back with us for these upcoming posts!

1) Compact fluorescent versus incandescent light bulbs. The average home has more than 50 light bulbs. Changing a home’s 5 most frequently used bulbs can save $100/year and eliminate a significant amount of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Leaky Homes Waste Money, Decrease Comfort and Harm the Environment

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:08

Summer officially arrived on June 21, but for most people it got here at the start of June when a big heat wave hit the Carolinas. Along with the heat, many local area homeowners found out the hard way that their central air conditioning systems cannot keep up with scorching outside temperatures that regularly exceed 90 degrees. What most people do not realize is that while their central air system may seem to be the source of their troubles, there is a very good chance that the rest of their home is actually the problem.

Welcome to Everblue Training

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:06

Hello, welcome to Everblue Training. We are proud to offer realistic and cost-effective energy efficiency training and sustainable building solutions.

We specialize in live and online exam prep to prepare building and construction professionals for reputable industry certifications. We offer open-enrollment training in several nationwide locations. Looking for a course near you? We are always capable of delivering onsite training for groups and corporate clients, no matter the location. Give us a call at 800-460-2575 to chat about your professional development goals! 

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