Three Squared, Inc. Partners with Eric Lloyd Wright and Associates

An architectural dream team based on sustainability and innovation that is also backed by a profound legacy was recently created in Michigan with the merging of Three Squared, Inc. with Eric Lloyd Wright and Associates. Three Squared, Inc. is a real estate development company that is the North American leader in cargo container construction solutions. Their approach to construction is to incorporate three primary elements, ‘money-savings, efficiency, and time!’ But they also know that there is a fourth element that…

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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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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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Energy Storage: Pressure Cooking to Improve Electric Car Batteries

Advances are being discovered in the critical area of energy storage, especially when it comes to electric car batteries. The following press announcement from the University of California Riverside concerns improving batteries for electric cars using old-fashioned pressure cooking. By creating nanoparticles with controlled shape, engineers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn’t hold long enough to drive long…

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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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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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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 no longer confined to a single certification – news that is riling company CEOs and environmentalists alike. The GSA recommends new or renovated buildings gain…

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Portland State will build green roof research site on Walmart’s new North Portland store

The design of green roofs—and all of their stormwater filtering, energy efficiency enabling, heat island mitigating, and habitat providing features—is poised to improve following a two-year research partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Walmart that will collect in-depth data on the largest green roof installation in Portland. PSU’s Green Building Research Laboratory will lead the effort to deploy scores of sensors and a weather station on Walmart’s new Hayden Meadows store in North Portland, which will feature 40,000 square…

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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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Point2 Homes: New Real Estate Listings Portal

The search for a homes for sale or rent can be a grueling, time-consuming – “can’t be forgotten soon enough” – endeavor. Or it can be made into a very smart shopping trip. Point2 Homes is a newly developed real estate listings portal. This website has been designed to serve as an online search tool for property lookers, whether scouting for something to buy or rent. This tool has been developed by Point2, which specializes in developing real estate marketing…

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IKEA To Begin A New Rooftop Solar Project

IKEA now wants to install another rooftop solar power plant in Massachusetts. IKEA has been on a roll recently, and has been installing solar systems for many stores across the United States, China, and the United Kingdom as part of its 100% clean energy initiative. They even intend to start selling solar panels in the U.K. IKEA partnered with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp for this new project. Construction of the project will commence next spring, and should be completed by next…

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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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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 at Harvard and the U.S. Treasury Building, both erected in the 19th century. LEED is the protocol developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and…

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