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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…
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.
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…
Blowing insulation into an attic space is a remarkably simple home energy retrofit project that can have truly enormous financial and energy saving payback. Insulation is one of the cheapest components of a home, yet has the largest potential for saving money over the course of the life of a building. In fact, many insulation…
When it comes to burden on the environment, traditional water heaters could have the biggest impact among sources that no one ever thinks about. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) actually produce as much, if not more, CO2 than your typical automobile. At nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the water heater produces about eight tons of carbon dioxide annually, which doubles that of the standard automobile.
The policies, while all based in real life, are only a minor part of the game of GBO Hawaii, where players can invest in green businesses across the state of Hawaii in order to help the state become more sustainable. Hawaii currently imports 90% of its food and burns imported oil for about 90% of its electricity, and state planners are desperately trying to change all that before oil prices get *really* out of control.
Fiber cement siding is a practical, eco-friendly exterior addition you can add to your home. It is functional but also meant to be pleasing to the eye. Siding is meant to insulate your home, making it easier to hold in heat during the colder months as well as to keep it cool during the summer.
Rapidly falling prices of solar electricity equipment mean that the most costly part of installing residential solar power systems will soon be system design and installation. A new line of plug-in solar power equipment made by SpinRay Energy of Rhode Island can be installed by plugging the on-board microinverter into a 110 volt or 220 volt power outlet.
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,…
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.
As products are developed to be internationally used, it is important that they can be made from local products, wherever they are needed, affordable in those locations, and sustainable in all aspects. Many of these products take years to develop but are a necessity for the future of underdeveloped and overdeveloped areas. One such product,…
Hotels hire liquidators to remove and re-sell their used furnishings.
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.
Have you missed an important call or appointment because while shopping all day long your cellphone runs out of battery and there’s no available electric outlet wherein you can recharge it? Have you ever wished you can bring your electric outlet (at home) to your camping site so that you will have no problems cooking your favorite camping foods?
The ground is now covered by impervious streets and buildings, which do not allow rainwater to leech into the aquifer below. In some parts of the country the natural aquifers have been irreparably damaged due to over use without replenishment. The use of water is becoming more and more restricted every day. The recycling of water as part of the green movement is gaining popularity in the United States.
The Beverage Marketing Corporation recently reported that 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S. just last year. That’s just over twenty-nine gallons per person.
NWGHA recently worked with Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) Architecture creating 10 public-housing, energy-efficient, green apartments called Village Green in Rome, Georgia.
Recently, on March 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia, all major trade associations came together to increase their standards in timber production and the forestry industry.