The US Congress and President Obama recently approved a bill that would establish the Tenant Star Program to recognize office spaces that implement energy efficiency measures, saving money and the environment. The Tenant Star Program will be a part of the current Energy Star Program for buildings, providing incentives to encourage tenants in office […]
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New home shoppers say they want more energy efficient homes and are willing to pay more to get them according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
The Northwest Energy Star program is tracking the energy use of green homes for 13 months after they are occupied in an attempt to learn more about what features and technology enhance energy efficiency. The homes in this pilot program, begun in late 2012, are at least 30% more efficient that similar homes built to […]
Click Green reports that research conducted by Washington State University shows people are key to energy efficiency and that educating them about the features of the buildings they work in is needed to maximize those savings. The research is the result of a meeting WSU graduate Julia Day went to one day in an office designed […]
Australia’s Sustainable Window Alliance (SWA) is using science to measure the properties of energy efficient windows for residential applications. The groups says that while windows represent only 8% of a home’s exterior surface, they can account for up to 60% of unwanted heat loss in winter and 91% of unwanted heat gain in summer … and that […]
This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We […]
Kohl’s has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) certification for 48 more of its store branches. This brings the number of LEED-certified Kohl’s stores up to 432. That is 37% of their 1,160 stores. Stores that qualify for this certification include Energy Star certification, commitment to green power, waste recycling, water-saving […]
“Is your home cold, drafty, or uncomfortably hot? Do you have high energy bills, ice dams on your roof, peeling paint or excessive dust? These are common problems found in homes that may not be as energy efficient as they could be and can benefit from a whole-house energy improvement. Investing in home performance work can […]
Homes designed with renewable energy options continue to become more common. This news release from KB Homes is great news. New homes are a logical place to feature solar power options where the challenge of financing the cost of renewables can be included in the original mortgage loan. Expansion of popular solar initiative gives new […]
It is always nice to have choices or alternatives to the newest trends. As an individual, if you aren’t sold on driving a hybrid car or owning a fully battery-operated vehicle, what is the next best economical choice? The answer may be a three-wheeled invention by Paul Elio. The rightly named Elio’s program will be […]
The new NPE Series greatly reduces time and labor for a typical tankless retrofit by utilizing existing gas lines and existing flue chases. In fact, this new technology allows installation time to be reduced by half compared to other tankless water heaters. All these technical advances make the Navien NPE tankless series ideal for tank water heater replacement.
When most people think of using solar energy in their homes, they envision massive arrays of solar panels attached to the roof and complete detachment from the traditional power grid. Unfortunately, harnessing the sun’s energy to the point of being able to go off the grid is still cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner, particularly if they own an existing property. There are ways to help offset these costs, but there are also a number of ways to utilize solar power in the home without a complete overhaul.
With this NESL renovation of the Center, Cummings now has one of the world’s largest industrial plant restorations and recycling projects to add to its resume.
On Feb. 9, 2012 the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHB) held its seventeenth annual International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. The gold winners were Nexus EnergyHomes, Inc., Ferrier Builders Inc., Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., Josh Wynne Construction, LaMirada Homes by Michael Ginsburg and the three in New Custom/Demonstration for Cold climates were Flynner Building Company, Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Zero Energy Plans and Scott Homes, Inc.
As the progression of service stations continues, it is a truly inspirational story of what changes in design and technology lie ahead for sustainable resources, from the past petro designs to the future hydrogen stations.