Omega Center Conference to Feature Bill Clinton, David Orr

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living exists to educate designers, architects, and young people about design and construction techniques that use natural phenomena like wind and shade to heat, cool, and even power the building itself. The program is holding a conference next weekend, which was reported on by our sister site, Cleantechnica. You can check out the original article, below. Enjoy!   Omega Center Conference Draws Big-name Speakers (via Clean Technica) Next week’s OCSL (Omega Center for Sustainable Living)…

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LED Lighting Technology Becoming Standard for LEED Footprints

No matter who spins it, sustainable LEED construction has captured the attention of many people, impacting the design of everything from HVAC systems to building envelopes, from renewable energy use to LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has significantly impacted thinking about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. This construction is extremely beneficial to the environment and our society as a whole. It will help improve…

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Cleantech Buffet (Solar Panel Installation Boom, First Solar On Verge Of Another Record…)

[repostus]Cleantech Buffet (Solar Panel Installation Boom, First Solar On Verge Of Another Record…) (via Clean Technica) Realizing that 1) I missed breakfast time today (at least where I live and across the continental US), 2) it’s never breakfast time everywhere across the globe, and 3) we have quite a global readership, I’m switching from doing a “cleantech breakfast…

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Guest Post: Is a Vegawatt Energy System Ideal for Your Restaurant?

This guest post from Paul Taylor covers a topic about which many of us are interested, the generation of energy from sustainable sources. The tool Mr. Taylor introduces is called the Vegawatt, designed for restaurant use. Read on! – GRM As I constantly browse the Internet looking for new and innovative ways people have been developing green technologies, I recently stumbled across a website that promotes using a system to use vegetable cooking oil to power your restaurant. Although this…

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Green Roof At Penn. Children’s Hospital Contributes To Leed Potential

“Incorporation of natural spaces like green roofs helps Penn State Hershey fulfill our mission of providing comprehensive care to sick or injured children and their families, care that is focused on them and designed to help them heal not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well,” said Penn State Hershey Medical Center director of design and construction, Richard Aradine, in a press release. “Inclusion of these green spaces also puts us in a good position to achieve LEED certification for the new Children’s Hospital building, a commitment we’ve made for all new construction on our campus.”

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VW Chattanooga: A Model for Designing Ecological Sustainability Into Auto Manufacturing Sites

Auto manufacturing also takes a heavy toll on societies and ecosystems, however, requiring vast amounts of energy and natural resources, as well as pumping out vast quantities of pollutants into our atmosphere, land, waterways and oceans. These costs have grown along with the industry and become increasingly apparent over the years. Changing with the times, automakers around the world are now turning to green site, building and manufacturing design to reduce the costs, and risks of doing business, including the toll they take on the environment.

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Seattle School Certified as World’s Fourth Living Building; First on West Coast

A program of the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is widely considered the world’s most rigorous building performance standard. A Living Building generates all of its own energy through clean, renewable resources; captures and treats its own water; incorporates only non-toxic, appropriately sourced materials; and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty. A building must perform as designed for one full year of occupancy and pass a third-party audit before receiving certification as “Living.”

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Parking Structures Should Target LEED Models

Despite the growth of public transportation and other transportation alternatives, parking locations remain necessary in much of the nation. Even though parking consultants and design teams have been using sustainable practices for parking structures in recent years, many do not calculate energy use as part of their standard methodology. Unknown to most, a garage typically uses 15 percent of the energy that the building that it is designed to support uses.Worse, this energy use is often lost in the periphery…

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Bonded Logic & The Home Depot: Green Ways To Insulate Homes and Absorb Sound

UltraTouch Denim Insulation offers ultimate thermal performance and creates a 30 to 50 percent increase in a room’s acoustical performance. The insulation does not contain formaldehyde or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). It is easy to use: a portion of the batts in each package contain perforations similar to paper towels that allow consumers to tear the insulation with their hands to get the size they need.

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Is Houston Solar Ready?

“Is Houston Solar Ready?” is a four-page collaborative review that presents a review of the technological implementations in Houston homes, schools and commercial buildings. It also presents case studies and a record of the successes the community has had and challenges facing the use of solar energy along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Recycling Styrofoam: From Impossible to Finding Resources

For recycling evangelists like myself, one company that specializes in manufacturing a variety of foam products does provide an appealing recycling option for Styrofoam packaging materials that haven’t been touched with food, oils or dirt. The company, ACH Foam Technologies is based in Denver and has operations in six additional states: NV, UT, KS, MO, WI and GA.

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Cross-Laminated Timber Symposium in Seattle

Follows the Seattle Wood Solutions Fair Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Symposium What: The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program will host the first-ever US Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Symposium February 27-28, 2013 in Seattle. CLT is now available in North America and has the potential to significantly change how wood is used across the building landscape. Attendees will be among the first to review the brand new US CLT Handbook and learn how to design and build CLT projects under the International…

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Sealed Combustion Furnace

Is Your Oversized Furnace Wasting Your Money?

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 is usually not better. The only truly green heating or cooling system is one that is appropriately sized for the building. HVAC Efficiency Numbers The…

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Hyatt at Olive 8 Receives LEED Silver, Gold Green Seal and Green Key Eco-Rating

LEED is discussed a lot in sustainable ratings of buildings but there are other certifications that buildings can achieve and theses certificates and ratings are achieved through many different measurements. Many buildings are discussed with new technologies like vertical gardens and a sustainable winery. These are just a few examples of other organizations that rank sustainability: Green Business Certification Green Key Eco-Ratings Green Seal Awards Live Well Challenge One building that has recently gained high rankings from three of these organizations…

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Energy Audit -- The Home As a System

Why You Need An Energy Audit

You need to have an energy audit performed on your home so it functions more with LEED efficiency. As a green home consultant, there are preciously few definitive pieces of advice that I can give all-comers. It seems that I am always qualifying any advice on home upgrades–telling the homeowner that the right choice depends on the location of the home, local codes, whether the primary energy load is cooling or if it is heating, the type of heating fuel…

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