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Can BE-Wind’s New Windmill Provide More Wind Power?

Be-Wind wind power generator

BE-Wind* is taking what you think you know about small wind technology and turning it on its head. It has improved performance and made its windmills quieter by blocking the wind! How does the company do that? The Science of Wind Power Generation Current vertical wind generation systems are inherently inefficient because the wind that…

Our 7 Favorite Examples of Innovative Airport Tech

Not every airport is equal. Even airplane passengers who will barely see a dozen airports in their lifetimes know that some airports are dramatically better than others. Yet, for pilots, attendants, maintenance professionals, and other aviation experts, it isn’t necessarily the availability of outlets that makes one airport superior to another — it’s the efficacy…

13 Redwood Refinishing Tips

Refinishing redwood decking

Redwood is a wonderful material for outdoor structures like decks and fences, but not everyone is in love with its gray, weathered look.  Refinishing redwood is actually quite easy and can be done by novices and professionals alike. Cleaning The first step, of course, is to remove any debris from the structure.  This can be…

The Redwood Deck Solution

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider. First, this material has passed the time-tested standard as a beautiful, long-standing, cost-effective option. For those in the midst of selecting what material to use for a new or remodeled deck, here are things to consider: Material…

Home & Business Solar & Wind Power Systems From Pika

pika wind turbine

Pika Energy* makes renewable energy systems for homes and businesses that can use solar and wind power combined, or each one individually. Phillip Swanson, an application engineered there, answered some questions for us about its technology. How long does the installation process take? A typical Pika installation will be conducted in 2 phases. The first…

3 Inspiring Constructions Stories of 2015

Green construction refers to a sustainable building process that is both environmentally friendly and resource responsible. Although it may sound like the most logical way to approach construction, it has rarely been the first choice. When faced with a growing population in need of housing, it has been more convenient for developers to rely on…

Cleaning Your Appliances Could Save You Money

When you sit down and think about your dream kitchen/home what do you see? I think it’s safe to assume for many people they envision having every home appliance known to man. Things like toasters, blenders, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, KitchenAid™ KFIS29PBMS*, washers and dryers likely come to mind and whose to blame you, my kitchen/home…

Keep Your Green Home Safe, Sound – and Dry!

We’re all about innovative “green” homes here at GBE. From inexpensive Hobbit homes to low-cost concrete bubbles to million-dollar technological showcases, if someone’s building an Earth-friendly structure, we’re there. What’s most surprising about all these varied buildings isn’t how different they are, however – it’s what they have in common: they all need water-proofing. The…

Infographic: Boiler Room Safety

Commercial and residential boilers may be old heating technology, but they’re still a big part of life in American cities- popping up in factories, warehouses, and apartment buildings throughout cities like New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and others. Most of the time, these boilers do their job safely- helping to keep their building residents warm by…

SunPower Sweepstakes is Making it Easy to Go Solar

Seattle NEXTHouse

There are plenty of things that can make a regular building into a “green building”. And, whether we’re talking about a white roof, a green wall, a heavy use of recycled materials, or just some new, energy-efficient windows to help homeowners save some money, the one thing that almost everyone thinks of when they think…

When is it Time to Think About Emergency Lighting?

Whether you’re designing a school, a large hospital, a public courthouse, or even a simple utility shed, having well though-out lighting is critical for the people who are going to use your building. Proper lighting allows people to read warning signs, follow instructions, and- most basic of all!- see what’s around them. That’s important in…

Tips to Help Re-model Your Interior on a Budget

Deciding to re-model a room, space or overhaul the whole of your home is a big move, but it is an exciting opportunity to be creative. While you may have big ideas, your budget may not match your creative inspirations and when this happens, we can be tempted to put off our plans. However, there…

Guest Post: New Tools for Improving Energy Efficiency at Universities

Any time we hear about improving energy efficiency we get excited. Read this guest post from Danielle Kershner, with contributing help from Keri Masterson.  Intelligent buildings can now match the demands of multi-faceted institutions By Danielle Kershner of Eco Brandit Reducing energy consumption to save money is a concept becoming increasingly important. But how are…