Monthly Archives: October 2012

CREE Buildings Sustainable Tall Wood Building System Arrives in U.S.

October 31st, 2012 | by pressroom

Known as the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system, CREE's innovation is a slab and post wood design method that requires up to 50 percent shorter construction time compared to reinforced concrete and steel construction. The LCT system also requires 39 percent fewer resources, over the life of a building and takes advantage of engineered timber products


Researchers Find Ancient Carbon Resurfacing in Lakes

October 30th, 2012 | by pressroom

It is well established that bacteria in northern waters process carbon from their terrestrial surroundings. But the findings from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and Université du Québec à Montréal in Montreal, Canada, challenge the widely held belief that older carbon sources are not available to bacteria and have been largely removed from the carbon feedback loop between earth and air


Old Books Meet New Technologies in Book Mountain

October 30th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley

A building opened on Oct. 4, 2012 to a regal pomp and ceremony that is trying to bridge the very gap between new technologies and historically significant products. It is the Boekenberg or “Book Mountain” in Spijkenisse, Netherlands


Next-Generation Antireflection Coatings Could Improve Solar Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

October 29th, 2012 | by pressroom

Materials boasting a "tunable" refractive index have been developed within the past few years, and they show tremendous potential for photovoltaic applications. Professor E. Fred Schubert, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, is investigating ways to exploit this newly gained controllability and will present his findings at the upcoming AVS 59th International Symposium and Exhibition, held Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, in Tampa, Fla


Guest Post: How to be Safe While Renovating a Home

October 29th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

Taking on a do-it-yourself home renovation can be a rewarding challenge, but it may also present unseen dangers. This is especially true of older homes that were constructed with materials that are considered to be health hazards today. The level of danger will be variable depending on how old the home is, but the homeowner should take every possible precaution to avoid or limit exposure to dangerous chemicals


Maasai Tribe Receives Sustainable Technology from Monarch Power

October 28th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley

Many under developed countries greatly need the sustainable technologies that have begun to be implemented into first world countries. Monarch Power is making large strides in helping this happen. They will deliver solar technology to a Maasai Tribe in Tanzania, Africa which will provide renewable energy and life sustaining applications. The technology is being given to Tanzania by Monarch’s charity MPower Foundation.


Sustainable Food: Food Myths Busted

October 27th, 2012 | by David Arthur

Sustainable Foods Under Attack Big Agribusiness loves to throw around dire predictions of impending world hunger. According to their press


3 Innovative Shipping Container Homes

October 26th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Studio HT writes: "This project questions the need for excessive space and challenges occupants to be efficient. Two shipping containers saddlebag a taller common space that connects local rock outcroppings to the expansive mountain ridge views. The containers house sleeping and work functions while the center space provides entry, dining, living and a loft above. The loft deck invites easy camping as the platform bed rolls between interior and exterior


REC Solar and Kenyon Energy Unveil 2 MW of Solar Energy at Three Maryland Schools

October 26th, 2012 | by pressroom

The solar arrays will be the largest public school solar project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and will be owned and operated by Washington Gas and Energy Systems. Kenyon Energy developed and financed the systems, while REC Solar acted as the design build turnkey EPC provider. The completed systems, which include more than 8,200 ground-mounted panels, will provide enough power to reduce the schools’ electricity bills and allow them to lock in fixed rates of electricity for the lifetime of the system, which is typically more than 25 years.



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