An ambitious remodel project at the Eiffel Tower is making its operations greener. The first floor of the landmark building was recently refurbished for a better visitor experience and to improve the environmental impact of the historic building. First floor glazing was changed to provide a 25% reduction in solar heat gain during the summer […]
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Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but the work is often carried out in phases. Windows need to be selected based on their performance both during and after a project is complete. Passive House Institute has announced a competition and ratings system that- like the Australian system we covered last […]
There are tons of inventions that may be small in scale but are big in economical value. Simply put, finding another use for an item that will go in the trash is a huge value. There are multiple web sites available to help beginner inventors get their start, such as Kickstarter, Invent Help and Indie […]
When people question the need for preservation or restoration, there are a million examples of why these two processes produce exceptional results. One big example is Rome, where every layer of earth produces a new layer of the past and every new structure must have a historical preservationist on the team to become a static […]
San Francisco’s HOPE SF Renovates Libraries and Public Buildings in 10-Year Plan with Solar Technologies
Currently, as part of HOPE SF, the Bayview/Hunters Point Revitalization Program is underway. It began more than a decade ago with a ten-year plan devised between San Francisco’s Public Library and the Department of Public Works. It is a multi-million dollar plan to renovate every branch of the library in the city and is called the Branch Library Improvement Program.
A simple lighting renovation solution with a beneficial sustainable improvement to a remarkable building with a solid presence in America’s history. The Rose Building with the current ownership of Medical Mutual of Ohio is a great example of systems that have worked and new systems that can work combined to create a lasting architectural landmark.
Not all green upgrades need to be bank busters. Here are a few that any homeowner can make on the weekend for less than $100.
Sun Light & Power has been in the sustainable business of providing solar solutions for commercial and residential projects since 1976. They work with both solar electric (Photovoltaic or PV) and solar thermal (hot water and pool heating) applications. Plus they offer a custom system for each individual site, power requirements and budgets.
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.
The Hershey Company is a solid example of what businesses, whether old or new, can do to help the environment and the local and global communities in which it operates. Strong partnerships are necessary in global development and with the backing of AMCO and Ecom there is no stopping this company’s sustainable success in Mexico.
The Vernon S. Broyles, Jr. Leadership Center at the Columbia Theological Center is a very beautiful and sustainable example of what existing and new buildings can become together if all design aspects are considered and smart practices are implemented.
The tower at Rush University Medical Center opened in January 2012 designed by Perkins + Will. It is the largest new construction health care facility in the world to receive LEED gold certification. Its shape takes form from a butterfly but it received high sustainable remarks in tons of other areas as well including green design, construction and operation.
One architectural firm that is steadily renovating old buildings and coming up with new spaces while retaining their emphasis on sustainable design is Nicolas Tye Architects.
The University of Fomo is an online foam education program for the proper use and sellers of green polyurethane foam and its products. The company was founded in 1975 and besides being an educational service for the architectural and construction industries it also serves as a provider of products such as spray foam, pour-in place sealants, adhesives and accessories.
Earth Advantage and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) have teamed up to provide a free online course on how to reduce home energy use by 15 to 20 percent by a placement method of keeping all ducting within the conditioned space of new homes. A self-paced online course geared toward industry professionals, the self-paced tutorials, “Ducts Inside” teaches builders, designers, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals a new energy-efficient method that can save energy and home heating and cooling costs.