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Guest Post: Are Energy Systems Really Focused on Sustainability?

As the focus for sustainability has been gaining strength throughout the last decade, many developers are trying to accommodate the mindset. Standardized rating systems provide a measure for those developers to strive for in order to connect to a growing market need. While some of these rating systems may have some good points to them,…

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…

Great Green Construction Products Made From Paper

Sustainable composite surfaces show great promise to green designers

We have written before about this sustainable counter product made from recycled waste paper. It is time now to revisit Hoquiam, WA-based PaperStone.

Green Building Innovation in Mumbai

Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India and receives significant international investment. Many foreign banks and financial institutions have branches here, enabling Mumbai’s economy to grow and become a world city. It’s in a rush to expand and prosper. We have picked a couple of recent green building projects in the heart of Mumbai. These…

Guest Post: There’s No Need Spending a Small Monthly Fortune Watering Your Lawn

If you are the kind of person that appreciates a green lawn in the summer, no doubt you have been burned with an outrageous water bill during the dry periods of the year. Water bills can get to be outrageous, as much as $500 per month in hottest periods of the year for an average-sized lawn.

Guest Post: International Examples of Green Roofs

Known for their excellent water retention, green roofs also improve conservation and biodiversity, provide wildlife habitats, improve the thermal insulation of buildings, reduce airborne particulate and lessen the urban heat island effect.

Guest Post: Construction Waste Recycling – Give Your Business a “Green” Leg Up

Did you know that an average of 8,000 lbs. of waste go into landfills during the construction of a 2,000 square foot home? That’s four tons of waste! Construction waste recycling isn’t exactly glamorous, and you won’t hear about it on popular home shows, but it’s a real way you can minimize your footprint and potentially give your business a leg up. Here are some things to think about if you’re considering ways to build greener.

Guest Post: Dancing Rabbit Community Building

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, founder and editor of Sustainablog, has been kind enough to provide this post on Dancing Rabbit’s planned community building and its plans for funding. While the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)does a great job of spreading the word about alternative communities and their potential, their own office space leaves a lot to be…

Is Your Oversized Furnace Wasting Your Money?

Sealed Combustion Furnace

An oversized furnace is a very wasteful shortcut taken by many LEED homebuilders and HVAC service providers. The result is that many unsuspecting homeowners are straddled with an appliance that overly dries their indoor air, wastes copious energy, and sends a lot of money right up the chimney. When it comes to heating appliances, bigger…

Guest Post: Green Technologies Incorporated in Building the New One World Trade Center

New Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center

The New Freedom Tower is the building being erected at the site of the former One World Trade Center. It is being built with great technological advancements including those that are positive for the environment. Here are a few examples of green technologies that are being utilized.

Window Sweat: What Wet Windows Are Trying to Tell You

Condensation on the inside of your windows during the winter may indicate that you should look at upgrading your windows. More likely, however, water on the inside of your windows is a symptom of a completely different problem with your home.

Rainwater Storage with the Original Rainwater Pillow

Rainwater storage seems like a no-brainer. Rain falling on your roof is often whisked away the storm sewer where it has to be dealt with as waste. Meanwhile, you pay a small fortune to buy water for watering your lawn, irrigating your garden, or perhaps washing your car. The Original Rainwater Pillow could make serious…

The Kill A Watt Energy Meter: A green gadget lover’s dream

Kill A Watt power usage meter by P3 International

The Kill A Watt Energy Meter is a simple and remarkably useful device for revealing how much appliances are costing you to operate. A few experiments with one of these meters have saved me hundreds of dollars in energy waste and hundreds more in unnecessary appliance upgrades that I probably otherwise would have made. A…

The Tesla Supercharger Network Revealed

Tesla Supercharger Station

On September 24th, Tesla Motors revealed that it had been hiding a bit of a secret. It seems that the much anticipated network of Tesla electric car charging stations was not only designed and ready for construction, but a mini-network of an initial six stations was already operational in California, having been built in secret.

Green Building: The Game

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.

Guest Post: Four Environmental Innovations That Have Revolutionized Architecture

The green revolution has impacted almost every sector of the economy. Now, eco-friendly technology is revolutionizing the way we think about architecture. Every part of the architectural process is undergoing huge changes. When people think of green architecture, they often picture simple modifications, such as the substitution of environmentally friendly materials for less sustainable ones….

Plug-In Solar: Moveable Solar Power For Renters and Do-It-Yourselfers

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.

Going Green in the U.S.: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings

As people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green. Though progress has been made across the board, architecture is an industry that has enjoyed significant success. All over the world, cities are building eco-friendly structures and renovating their existing buildings in order to lessen the…