University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Phase 2 Renovation Completed

Phase 2 of the renovation of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory (MMPL) – originally built in 1955 as a living memorial to honor the men and women of the University of Michigan community who lost their lives in World War II service – is now complete. In addition to a renovation of the existing building’s second level as research laboratories, Phase 2 also included the design and construction of a new building addition that houses the University of Michigan Energy Institute…

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Seattle Adopts Plan for Saving Energy Resources in City-Owned Buildings

Aims to Achieve 20% Energy Savings by 2020 The City of Seattle has adopted a Resource Conservation Management Plan (RCMP) that outlines how the City will reduce energy use in City-owned buildings 20% by 2020. A 20% energy use reduction by 2020 (compared to the 2008 baseline) would also result in utility cost savings of roughly $2.75 million per year after reaching the reduction goal. The RCMP was adopted by City Council resolution 31491 on December 16. While resource conservation is…

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Modular Design Lab: Meet the Flat-Packed Honeycombed HIVEHAUS

Here is an interesting way to approach building an easy-to-assemble living space, configured to be as small or large as you wish. HIVEHAUS, a new concept in modular living space – “inspired by nature- influenced by modernism and constructed using unconventional building techniques,” writes the UK-based company. Each hexagonal HIVEHAUS cell is a self-contained unit with low energy LED lighting and 240v electrical sockets installed as standard. A wide range of additional plumbing, heating and electrical options can be installed…

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A Journey Through the Natural Building Techniques: Light Clay Infill

Light Clay Infill a.k.a Leichtlehm Leichtlehm, said from the throat easily by any native German speaker, translates directly as “light loam”. Loam is a composition of earth including relatively equal parts of sand, silt, and clay – which makes Leichtlehm easily translated to “light clay”. Light Clay Infill is a fairly old building technique, and quite a basic one at that. Many of you are probably familiar with the Tudor style buildings that make English and German architecture famous. Well,…

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Mitsubishi Electric 219 kW Photovoltaic System Installed at Bishamon Calif. Factory

Evidence of large clean energy systems continues to grow, like this large Mitsubishi solar PV system at a Bishamon Industries factory in Ontario, California. See the following press announcement. Mitsubishi Electric, a provider of high quality solar power technology, announced today the installation of a 219 kW photovoltaic (PV) system at Bishamon Industries Corporation’s factory in Ontario, Calif. In addition to reducing its impact on the environment, Bishamon expects to realize a 75 percent reduction in electricity costs by converting its factory to…

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IKEA to Install Solar Panels on Future Miami Store in Sweetwater

Array to be south Florida’s largest structure IKEA today announced solar energy is planned for its Miami-Dade-area store under construction in Sweetwater, FL. Pending permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in several months, with completion by grand opening in Summer 2014. The array will be the largest such installation in South Florida. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep IKEA as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.…

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FilterWatch: Your Energy Efficiency Lookout

Paying the unneeded cost of heating a home in winter is never a welcome expense, especially if it’s a matter of clogged air filters affecting your home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be addressed with a cost-effective solution called FilterWatch. Let’s start with this straightforward benefit: “A simple, effective energy efficiency solution that will save you money.” Add cleaner air to the list of benefits, especially the air we breathe in and out most days of…

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Updating building energy codes: How much can your state save?

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST. For each state, benefits and bottom-line impacts of upgrading to later editions of the nation’s benchmark energy standard** for commercial buildings are condensed into two-page summaries.…

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) News

This comes from Pat Remick, NRDC Senior Energy Communications Strategist. NRDC’s new report on Real Time Energy Management validates the substantial energy (and money) savings readily available by catching “operational stray” (such as cooling or heating for a weekend meeting but someone forgets to set them back to normal schedule), and provides a roadmap for owners and tenants to improve their buildings — and save money with similar projects. “Stray” happens in even the best-run buildings but keeping tabs on…

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Environmental Group Honours A Power Company For Environmental Stewardship?

The Electric Power Board (EPB), was honoured by the Sierra Club environmental group for the highly energy-efficient design of its headquarters building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In June, the 7-year-old building finally received LEED certification, which is for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. “EPB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people. For us, improving the quality of life in our building made sense,” according to Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB’s administrator for environmental policy. To EPB, that entailed water…

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Energy Efficiency Wins Big in New Residential Building Codes

A groundbreaking change to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code will offer a new way to achieve significant energy savings while providing more flexibility to builders. Energy efficiency advocates celebrated a major victory this week at the 2013 International Code Council (ICC) Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings where building code officials approved an updated code to reduce energy waste in new homes, while overcoming attempts to roll back the current code’s energy-saving measures. One of the most significant code…

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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 on the field of activity. Downtime Downtime occurs when a system is unavailable or offline and the primary function cannot continue. Whether this is due…

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Case Study: Eagleyew – A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

The Story of Eagleyew: A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada I’m pleased to say that I have been building Natural Buildings for a number of years now. My work has taken me up and down the West coast of North America, with a focus in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been calling Vancouver Island home for the last three years, and have had the pleasure of working on some amazing Natural Homes in the area. From cob…

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Wagon-wheel Rotelle Shape Make Better LEDs

‘Rotelle’ molecules depolarize light for LEDs; more efficient than ‘spaghetti’ One problem in developing more efficient organic LED light bulbs and displays for TVs and phones is that much of the light is polarized in one direction and thus trapped within the light-emitting diode, or LED. University of Utah physicists believe they have solved the problem by creating a new organic molecule that is shaped like rotelle – wagon-wheel pasta – rather than spaghetti. The rotelle-shaped molecule – known as…

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