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Did Avatar Motivate You to Be More Sustainable?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:47
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Tue, 2011-08-30 17:38
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Have 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:

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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 »

CalGreen: California Adopts Mandatory Green Building Code

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Thu, 2015-07-16 13:52
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Tue, 2011-09-27 04:18
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Congrats to California for creating the nation’s first statewide green building code. The code mandates water efficiency (20% minimum reduction), mandates the recycling of construction waste, cuts back on polluting materials, and steps up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals, and commercial buildings statewide.  Read more: CalGreen: California Adopts Mandatory Green Building Code »

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 »

BPI Included in 'Cash for Caulkers' Recommendation

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Mon, 2012-10-29 14:06
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Sat, 2011-10-01 12:20
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The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, is pleased to be included in President Obama's proposed national weatherization incentive program, HOME STAR, unveiled in the President's speech on Job Creation and Economic Growth at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

Why Consumers buy "Green" Products

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Thu, 2015-07-16 13:40
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Sun, 2011-09-04 05:01
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NPR recently did a story about some companies that are still using green terminology as a marketing technique, and they analyzed the effect of this "green-washing" technique on consumers. NPR interviewed Ed Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communications at George Mason University, and he found that people make decisions as consumers, but they also make decisions as citizens.  Read more: Why Consumers buy "Green" Products »

The Latest with LEED: GreenBuild Phoenix Roundup

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Tue, 2011-06-28 03:22
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Greenbuild USGBC LEED Conference

Last week I attended GreenBuild 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. After last year in Boston, I have to say that I thought Phoenix was a better venue, if for nothing else than that the weather was warmer (It certainly wasn’t because they have mass transit available, unless you consider the taxi a form of mass transit).   Read more: The Latest with LEED: GreenBuild Phoenix Roundup »

Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy

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Thu, 2015-07-16 12:25
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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 »

USGBC Unveils New LEED Pilot Credits

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Thu, 2015-07-16 12:22
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Sat, 2011-10-01 02:24
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently unveiled five new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits that are being investigated in a pilot program currently underway, according to Jetson Green.  Read more: USGBC Unveils New LEED Pilot Credits »

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