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The world of Electric Cars: More Green Jobs?

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:39
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Nissan and Chevy have all electric vehicles (the Volt and Leaf) slated to begin sales later this year.  Aside from many predictions of electric cars arriving decades ago, this seems like the real deal.  So what do you think a world with electric cars would look like?

The Good

#1 - No gas stations.  With electric cars, we'll have a gas (electric) station in every parking lot

How is a BPI Building Analyst Different From a RESNET HERS Rater?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 13:25
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Mon, 2012-08-27 15:43
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PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated as of February 2015. For the most current information, visit the new post - Difference Between BPI and RESNET  Read more: How is a BPI Building Analyst Different From a RESNET HERS Rater? »

Top 5 Green Building Challenges

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Thu, 2018-03-29 10:26
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Tue, 2011-09-27 10:50
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1 - Cost.  We're in a recession, and two of LEED's biggest proponents (Colleges and Government) are hurting for money. LEED needs to streamline its cost structure to retain the loyalty of budget-conscious universities, municipalities and states. I don't mention the federal government because they already only build LEED certifiable buildings and don't bother paying for the plaque.

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Did Avatar Motivate You to Be More Sustainable?

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Fri, 2018-08-17 16:32
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Tue, 2011-08-30 17:38
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avatar movie coverHave you seen Avatar? Great movie, right? What did you like about it? For me, it was the sense of wonder at the world of Pandora, which seemed more real than really watching in 3D. How would it be if we could link into horses and birds to ride and fly in unison with them? Wouldn't it be neat if the world lit up at night around us?  Read more: Did Avatar Motivate You to Be More Sustainable? »

CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

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Mon, 2012-10-29 14:03
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Fri, 2010-04-16 07:31
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Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:

   Read more: CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code »

CalGreen vs. LEED: Battle of the Green Building Standards

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:17
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Mon, 2011-10-24 10:32
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California’s green building code standard, called CalGreen, is interesting and perhaps a bit innovative in that it attempts to be both standard building code (a good thing) and a marketable green building rating system (a little different). What’s odd is that building code usually sets the floor or the minimum standards. Because every home or building has to meet code, you don’t see builders advertising, “Buy our home, we meet code!”  Read more: CalGreen vs. LEED: Battle of the Green Building Standards »

GI Bill Covers Cost of LEED Exam

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Fri, 2014-05-23 16:10
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Sun, 2011-08-28 17:40
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Update 05/23/14: Everblue's Yellow Ribbon Program has expired.  Read more: GI Bill Covers Cost of LEED Exam »

Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy

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Thu, 2019-05-30 09:06
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Thu, 2011-06-16 22:07
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Can white paint atop a roof reflect the sun's rays and conserve energy? Recent studies are looking into this hypothesis and finding that specialized paint will soon have this ability.

Silicon Ink, as it is called, can be 18 percent more efficient. According to Power and Energy Magazine, Innovalight Inc. is working with JA Solar Holdings Limited to commercialize this next-generation ink. Ultimately, off-the-shelf industrial printers will be able to print the ink solution onto any surface.  Read more: Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy »

How Green Building Works

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Thu, 2015-07-16 12:10
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Green RoofIn 2008, the green building market size grew to an estimated 15 percent to 20 percent of new construction starts by value -- an amount that's equivalent to a $36 billion to $49 billion marketplace.  Read more: How Green Building Works »

Top 10 Reasons to Become LEED Accredited

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Wed, 2018-10-24 15:12
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Fri, 2011-12-02 05:20
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Are you new to LEED?

Learn more about the LEED certification process and how to become a LEED AP by visiting our New to LEED? Start Here! introduction.

You may be wondering how becoming a LEED-AP will enhance your career prospects. Well, not only will you be in demand because of your specialized skills, but you'll also be ahead of others in the industry.

The LEED system is attractive and applicable to anyone with an interest in sustainability, making it the perfect time to get accredited.  Read more: Top 10 Reasons to Become LEED Accredited »

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