Author Archives: Glenn Meyers

Guest Post: Developing a Relationship Between Fire Prevention Tools and Green Practices

Extinguishing fires in the best way possible has become standard practice in arresting the rampant destruction of property. Unfortunately, the chemicals used to put out blazes are often hazardous to the environment and are proven to be anything but green or sustainable.  Guest writer Natasha Sabin addresses some of these concerns. The issue Fire safety and…

Using Flow Meters To Improve Building Energy Efficiency

We write a considerable amount of content concerning improving a building’s energy efficiency and how to manage it with a flow meter. This guest article from Sara Thompson provides some useful information on the subject. Buildings in the United States accounted for 41 percent of the nation’s energy consumption in 2010, 44 percent more than…

Guest Post: Dancing Rabbit Community Building

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, founder and editor of Sustainablog, has been kind enough to provide this post on Dancing Rabbit’s planned community building and its plans for funding. While the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)does a great job of spreading the word about alternative communities and their potential, their own office space leaves a lot to be…

Origin Oil & Ennesys Use Paris Building Wastewater to Grow Algae for Energy

Jerry Schranz, part of the public relations team, informed me this system takes wastewater from the building (that is derived from bathroom waste water, kitchen water, etc.). This water is then used to grow algae, which is nourished by wastewater. The Algae Appliance invented by OriginOil scientists, processes the water and algae to produce methane, which is then used to power the building. Importantly, the flat panel bioreactors (where the algae grows) can be used on vertical surfaces, so skyscrapers are a huge area of opportunity for this type of energy production.

Guest Post: Different Types of Harnesses to Prevent Falling Accidents

Safety is a topic that can never be covered enough. For all of those people who have stood at the top of an extension ladder, on a roof’s edge, or participated in setting floor joists or roof rafters, there is nothing quite like being armed with the right equipment in case of an accident. This is true whether you’re 6 feet off the ground, or 100 feet. Guest writer Eric Blair provides GBE with me useful information concerning safety harnesses and rigging.

Green Product Review: ThermaPAVER

The ThermaPAVER panel system is assembled beneath either pedestal mounted or ground mounted pavers or stones. The system can be used under driveways, roads, patios, sidewalks, plazas, rooftop patios, entry ways, pool decks, and any other place where pavers of any size, shape, or material are used.

Revisiting Alternative Fuels Where There’s Always Something Green to Discover

Looking at two very different alternative fuels – each with tremendous green promise We’re always on a quest to find alternatives to world dependence on petroleum-based products. Along the way, we encounter lots of bright-sounding news about alternative fuels, some of it are little more than fancy, and some of it remarkably promising as sustainable…

Guest Post: Status Report for the Solar Industry in Britain

With the cost of solar power installations coming down, the ability to expand a solar infrastructure from experimental to more lasting energy production was stimulated in 2010 by government policies for feed-in tariffs. Feed-in tariffs for solar power effectively pay users and businesses a small amount for the energy they produce, and offer contractors long-term contracts on a guaranteed purchase basis over 25 years.

5 Remarkable Recycled Homes

A number of innovative structures have been created using materials that might otherwise have been destined for the landfill. Here are five examples of what we’ve found, thanks to the The Daily Green, Flavorwire, and Design Buzz.

Guest Post: The Eco Car – A Psychological Barrier

Hybrid cars have a great number of advantages over purely fossil-fuelled vehicles, but there is a psychological block that has to be gotten past before the mainstream population will embrace such a technology. This is a block that comes from a few different directions and that makes it hard to tackle with just one approach.

Le Belvédère: Targets to be North America’s Largest Passive House

Passive houses, when designed correctly, represent sustainable works of distinction. That appears to be the case with Le Belvédère Special Events Center in Wakefield, Quebec. Homesol, an energy design company and energy evaluator, is targeting passive house certification. Here’s why: With capacity for 150 dinner guests, the high-ceiling 8,000 square foot facility has an interior volume of 150,000 cubic…

Guest Post: Give Your Home a Green Makeover

Home repair and maintenance is one of the most important changes you can make to reduce your family’s environmental impact; but it can be intimidating if you’re not an experienced DIYer. Fortunately, many of the big offenders in your home are easily and cheaply fixed. Here are a few solutions for the biggest energy wasters in your home.

Japanese Agri-Cube Can Grow Large Amounts of Vegetables on a One-Car Parking Space

For those addressing food issue on a crowded planet, this is exciting news. Japanese homebuilder Daiwa House has introduced a line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories, aimed at housing complexes, hotels, and top-end restaurants. Called the Agri-Cube, these units are said to be a first step in the industrialization of agriculture. Instead of farm or garden land,…

Guest Post: Reduce Water Heating Costs with a Solar Water Heater

According to an analysis from USA Today, the average electric bill is $1,419 a year. Homeowners are looking for new and proven ways to cut their bills. Many of those homeowners are buying green lights and taking other initiatives to cut their energy consumption. However, they often overlook one of the biggest energy sinks in their home: water heating.

Company Perspectives: SiGNa Chemistry Brings Smart Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Renewables Marketplace

According to Carney, when these fuel cartridges are used to provide electricity, the only emissions are water vapor and a benign by-product, sodium silicate – a desirable energy solution that emits no greenhouse gases or toxic byproducts, from supply chain to application. And once the powder in a NaSi cartridge is depleted, both the cartridge and remaining material can be fully recycled.

Guest Post: A Modern City With LEDs

The LED lighting revolution has stepped out of the home and made its way to the streets as more cities across the globe are realizing the cost and energy savings that can be realized when traditional street lights are replaced by energy-efficient LED counterparts. Unfortunately, many cities have been held back in the switch to LED lights due to financial constraints that make it difficult to complete the initial transformation.

Guest Post: Why You Should Incorporate Ground-Source Heating into New Build Projects

Any developers who are planning a new build, such as an office block or residential housing development, should consider implementing ground source heating into their project. For a green, renewable energy source, ground-source heating is easy to install and requires very little maintenance.

Eating Volatile Garbage: Bacteria for Bioremediation

Take this 150-foot-high garbage dump in Colombia, South America. Soon it may have life as a public park thanks to work from researchers at the University of Illinois and The National University of Colombia in Medellin, who are demonstrating that bacteria in the dump can neutralize numerous contaminants in the soil.