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Japan Smart City Operational Experiments in Four Regions

(Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) Steadily Yield Results; Japan Smart City Portal Reports from the Front Lines The next-generation energy and social operational experiments that are being promoted in four regions in Japan (Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) toward the realization of smart cities and smart communities are steadily yielding concrete results. The Japan…

Guest Post: 7 Benefits of Using LED Bulbs

As compared to traditional lighting, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been getting a lot of publicity for the benefits and advantages as far as energy efficiency goes. LED lighting is by far smartest solution as well as the most power saving compared to other illumination methods available in the industry. The LED revolution is a…

Guest Post: Green Construction Trends

The Green movement has reached the construction trade. From affordable public housing that has adopted green construction methods — such as ergonomically designed furniture in common areas and the use of sustainable, renewable building materials — to the use of green building standards throughout the country, construction companies are embracing the opportunity to construct eco-friendly…

TED Talks Features Greensulate & Sustainable Materials

Ecovative Design manufactures Greensulate, a remarkable insulation product that is grown from mushrooms and an appealing alternative to Styrofoam products. See the story link below from TED Talks, featuring Eben Bayer. TED Talks link

Guest Post: How To Build Your Own Solar Panels

Thanks to Agnes Jimenez, for providing this post on how to build your own solar panels. There is no second opinion about the enormous benefits of solar electricity. With the ever rising prices of fuel and hence the on-grid electricity, the only viable option we are left with is to switch to the off-grid solar…

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith, III

“Lucid Stead” Project Statement – Phillip K. Smith, III After the long, dusty, bumpy, anxious trip out into the far edges of Joshua Tree, you open your car door and for the first time experience the quiet of the desert. It’s at that point that you realize you are in a place that is highly different than…

Books: "The Solar House" – by Anthony Denzer

Tony Denzer recently wrote to see if we were interested in writing something about his new book, “The Solar House – Pioneering Sustainable Design.” We are glad we came across this pertinent work, especially for those wanting to know more about the history of solar. As Denzer aptly points out, “Few people are aware of…

Green Globes Gains GSA Recommendation

The Green Building Council’s Leadership LEED system is no longer the only program the General Services Administration (GSA) endorses for federal building construction and renovation; now there is Green Globes. The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes has received a recommendation from the GSA during a scheduled review of the building certification system. Government construction is…

Benefits of On-Site Machining

Any commercial activity that relies on heavy plant machinery also has a vested interest in making sure that downtime, whether due to maintenance, improvements or repairs, is kept to an absolute minimum. Continued operational effectiveness has to be maintained if disruptions to production processes are to be avoided and this can present particular problems depending…

CA’ FOSCARI IS THE OLDEST LEED BUILDING IN THE WORLD

VENICE UNIVERSITY EXCEEDED HARVARD AND US TREASURY The Venetian Gothic palace overlooking the Grand Canal received the prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council Ca’ Foscari, Venice University’s headquarter, is the oldest LEED-certified building on the planet. The Venetian Gothic palace, built in 1453 on the Grand Canal, exceeded two American buildings, Fay House…

Guest Post: Tax Credits & Deductions for LEED Energy-Efficient Building

Whether you are thinking about constructing a new building, you have already entered the planning and design stages for your building, or you are renovating a building, you understandably want to take a closer look at what it takes for your building to qualify for LEED certification. This is a special type of certification that…

Guest Post: Tips For A Successful Green Home Design

Also, the use of natural paints such as plant oils, mineral and extracts are highly recommended. If you choose other ordinary types of paints, you should always be keen on the VOC concentration level. Try as much as you can to select the zero-VOC paint or the low-VOC concentration option.

2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting Announced

There are just four months to go until the Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting kicks-off at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam. The theme of this year’s Conference is Information – Integration – Innovation. Attendees will hear from leaders from business, government, finance, accountancy, civil society, labor and academia about the latest sustainability challenges, and how we can all best work together to ensure a sustainable global economy.

Hyatt at Olive 8 Receives LEED Silver, Gold Green Seal and Green Key Eco-Rating

LEED is discussed a lot in sustainable ratings of buildings but there are other certifications that buildings can achieve and theses certificates and ratings are achieved through many different measurements. Many buildings are discussed with new technologies like vertical gardens and a sustainable winery. These are just a few examples of other organizations that rank sustainability:…

Guest Post: How Our Government Is Supporting Green

Government subsidies help aid an industry when it is not progressing fast enough in the free market. Generally, when new technology becomes available like green energy, it can take a considerable period of time before prices decline enough to where consumers find the technology affordable. The free market just doesn’t work as fast as some governments would prefer, so they intervene, helping important technology like green energy until it becomes profitable for businesses quicker than it would through the free market.

Zero Waste Systems; A Cycle Following Nature’s Design

It is crucial that we implement more recycling and reuse programs into our everyday practice because if everyone on the earth consumed resources at the rate that Americans do, we would currently need five earths to keep up and this ratio will continue to grow as the population continues to grow. But we have the abilities and the technologies, already in existence to change this. We need to implement into our everyday lives zero waste system practices.

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.

Guest Post: Why You Should Use a Certified Solar Installer in The UK – Quality Installations, Tariffs and Grants

If you are having a solar power system installed in the UK, it is important to look for an MSC certified installer to carry out the work. Doing so will ensure that you end up with a good quality solar system that really is suitable for your home or business.