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PNC SmartHome in Cleveland Snares Brooking Prize for Cleveland Museum of Natural History

February 1st, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

Planning for the SmartHome began in late 2010, when CMNH staff members were making preparations for mounting a major traveling exhibit on the science of climate change. They wondered what else they could do to communicate the complex and challenging issue of climate change. Could they do something hopeful to demonstrate real solutions? Could they, for instance, build a house that would show how dramatic reductions in carbon emissions are really possible? Could they find a suitable vacant lot for a house, design it, get the plans through the city permitting process and raise funds to build it all in a couple of months


Mr. Electricity Ranks Refrigerators & Electrical Wasters

September 8th, 2010 | by Glenn Meyers

For those wondering if they or their friends have attained the 21st century status of being electricity hogs, they might wish to get familiar with Michael Bluejay, known to many as Mr. Electricity on his website


Aerogel Insulation Advances

April 11th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

[social_buttons] Aerogel is almost a product out of science fiction. Nicknamed “frozen smoke,” aerogel is extremely lightweight material, with a [&hellip


Home Ventilation Control

December 6th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

Big buildings save energy by controlling which areas need to have heating or cooling, and not wasting energy on those [&hellip


LEED Gold Costs an Extra… Nothing

August 15th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

<p> <br /> <img src="/files/111/sg3a.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="158" align="right" />Advocates of green building, and specifically of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) <a href="/2007/01/03/concrete_jungle_getting_greener">LEED program</a>, have maintained that green building does not have to mean extra cost. An exceptional case for this argument is found in a recently completed multi-purpose university building. The less-than-poetically named <a href="http://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/about/SGIII/">Education Building III</a> (SG III) at the University of Maryland's Shady Grove campus was built with the intent of attaining LEED Silver certification and ended up being certified as LEED Gold, but <a href="http://www.edcmag.com/CDA/Articles/Web_Exclusive/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000092336">without an increase in the budget</a>.<br /> <br /> The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a collaborative effort by eight institutions in the University System of Maryland, begun in 2000. Due to its popularity and convenience, the demand for classes and services at the Shady Grove location grew quickly and necessitated the construction of a new, multi-purpose building with classrooms and services.</p>



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