October 22, 2011

Bay Area Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete can allow for hardscape areas while not causing / contributing to rain water runoff often resulting from development.  Compared to typical concrete it has little or no sand it has about 20% interconnected voids that let water pass through … to the soil below.

“ … can take in stormwater at a rapid rate of over one thousand inches of water per square foot per hour, which far exceeds the flow rate needed to prevent runoff in even the most severe rain events. “

This results in little of the water runoff problems caused by imperious paved areas and allows rain to seep back into the ground and recharge aquifers.



Via:  Bay Area Pervious Concrete  LINK

October 08, 2011

Germantown Friends (Greater Phila, PA) Green Science Center

Germantown Friends School’s (Philadelphia) new science center is very green.  The facility is energy efficient, has rainwater cisterns, a green roof, solar panels and a dashboard that provides real time data on water and power usage. 

Click HERE to see the current dashboard information and to learn more about this unique facility.

The building uses geothermal wells for heating and cooling to greatly reduce the energy costs.

The cisterns collect rainwater for use as gray water for flushing toilets leading to significant water savings.  The green roof absorbs rainwater that would otherwise have to be treated by the city sever system.

The facility will receive LEED certification.

Via:  Germantown Friends   LINK

July 14, 2011

TV Series “The Good Wife” Sets a Green Example

The CBS series “The Good Wife” is a green production.  From the practices on the set to the scenes they film they are being green. 

The set has made significant reductions in waste … using soda fountains instead of cans of soda, mostly eliminating paper plates and plastic ware, using reusable water bottles and sending scene / script rewrites electronically rather than printing paper copies.

They even “lead by example”  by modeling green behaviors … having characters carry reusable water bottles instead of single use plastic bottles. 


See the video for more information … two of the actors and the Executive Producer tell how they live green in real life.  This is an impressive story.


Via:  Smart Planet  LINK

June 16, 2011

Review and analyze building energy data to drive efficiency initiatives


Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency survey provides insights into the energy mindset of building owners and operators around the world.  The amount of available energy data is increasing, however the processes and roles to act of this information is lacking.  …

…   “Building owners have greater access to energy data, but few are taking advantage of it.

More than eight in 10 measure and record data at least weekly or monthly, but fewer than two in 10 review and analyze that data at least weekly.

Those who have implemented smart grid/smart building technology such as advanced energy metering and management systems are nearly 3 times more likely to review and analyze their data frequently.”   …

Via Johnson Controls: Energy Efficiency Survey.

June 13, 2011

Solar photovoltaic canopy designed into Decathlon house

Appalachian State students present their graduate research to North Carolina state politicians.  The Solar Homestead students share their experience with zero-energyThe Solar Homestead home design.  …

…   “The core house draws power from a photovoltaic canopy, supported by outbuilding modules or OMs, which are reminiscent of traditional lean-to sheds.”   …

Via Appalachian State University: Green building research project discussed.

May 23, 2011

LEED Churches

Churches seek sustainability in the design of their building.  …

…   “With the help of his team members, Doxey designed five newGreen design for church buildings prototype buildings for the church that will receive LEED certification, three of which are completely solar powered.”   …

Via Brigham Young University: Building the Green Church.

Phoenix church deploys rooftop solar panels.

May 18, 2011

SPD Glass Controls Solar Gain and Heat Load

Reserch Frontiers, Inc logo

Research Frontiers, Inc's SPD technology uses suspended particles in glass to react to a small voltage to change from clear to nearly blocked. With voltage is applied the glass is clear.

This would allow for large glass windows for light and letting the same windows block direct sun to reduce A/C load and reduce UV damage to fabrics.

' ...provides exceptional control over solar energy..." 

" ... ability of architectural smart glass to improve the energy efficiency of buildings by effectively controlling solar heat gain and harvesting daylight ..."



Via:  Research Frontiers, Inc.  LINK and LINK

May 15, 2011

Building Panels that Eat Smog from Alcoa

Acloa  EcoClean™ uses titanium Dioxide (TiO2) to create a building panel that can clean the air; the world's first.

When sun strikes the panels causes electrons to become energized and " ...  electrons transfer energy to water in the air and form free radicals ... [that can] oxidize the NOx molecules, converting them to a harmless nitrate ..."  NOx is a component of smog so this can fight smog.


Additionally the panels “self clean” in the rain so building maintenance costs are lowered.  See the Video below for more about the process.

Via:  Alcoa  LINK

May 09, 2011

Super Energy Efficient Homes from Blu Homes


With energy costs still climbing interest in energy efficient homes continues to grow. 

Blu Homes manufactures very energy efficient homes.  " ...cost on average 50 to 70 percent less to operate on a monthly basis than conventional homes. Performing significantly beyond even Energy Star standards, ... " . 

Lower energy costs translate to lower operating costs, lower energy use and a lower carbon footprint.

Check out the details on the Breezehouse (a green home with lots of natural light) - from BluHomes.  Green features include passive solar, high efficiency heating / ventilating / AC systems, solar panels and tight insulated construction.



Via:  Blu Homes LINK

April 26, 2011

TD Bank's Green Energy Powered Call Center

TD Bank logo

TD Bank recently opened a call center in Auburn, Maine that is 100% powered by green energy sources.  The center is designed for US LEED Gold certification. 

Among the green design elements / features are " ... plumbing fixtures that use 33 percent less water, drought tolerant plants ... a recycling system that will collect paper, glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, fluorescent lamps and batteries."

For more on the green features check out the link at the bottom of this post.

TD has also committed to going carbon neutral and is one of the largest US Banks to commit to being carbon neutral.


Via:  Environmental Leader  LINK

April 20, 2011

San Francisco Airport (SFO) has USA's First LEED Terminal

SFO logoSan Francisco's new Terminal 2 was retrofitted to be green by design.  It is the first Airport Terminal in the US to achieve GOLD LEED. 

Among the green features in the design were waste reduction (achieved by reusing or recycling all construction waste), reduced water use (achieved by a closed loop reclaimed water system for the toilets and urinals that is treated on site) and Greenhouse Gas - GHG - reductions (achieved by eliminating the need for airplane auxiliary power units by providing preconditioned air and power at the gate).SFO T2

In addition ..." vendors will be required to use biodegradable tableware and source separate all food service wastes for direct transport to off-Airport composting facilities ... "



April 18, 2011

Delaware solar installation supports education and sustainable footprint

U of D invests in reducing its carbon footprint and advancing sustainability performanceUniversity of Delaware Green Building through conservation, recycling, and renewable energy.  The efforts are aligned with education objectives, as well.  …

…   “Thin film solar panels on the clerestory roof in the east wing are an educational addition that demonstrates the future of photovoltaics to students.”   …

Via University of Delaware: Green Construction Activities.

Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.

April 12, 2011

American University's New School of International Service expected to be LEED Gold

American University School of International Service

American University new School of International Service is expected to receive LEED-GOLD certification.

The building is designed by architect Willam McConough, ... "renown for sustainable design and his "cradle-to cradle" philosophy for recycling and reusing building materials...." .

Some of the many green and environmentally friendly features include: a 33 KW solar energy system, rainwater collection (60,000 gallons) for flushing toilets, LED lighting in the car park, rain gardens, and much more.

Read more by follwing the link below.


 Via:  American University  LINK

March 28, 2011

Oakland properties achieve LEED gold and silver certification

CB Richard Ellis has achieved LEED certifications for a number of its properties in theOakland City Center achieves LEED building certification, picture by Shorenstein Realty Services LP. Oakland City Center.  The company expects its tenants to reap the benefits of higher energy efficiency and achieve synergy with client commitments to sustainability.  …

…   “499 14th Street and 500 12th Street have both earned a LEED silver certification.

1300 Clay Street and 505 14th Street are now both certified as LEED gold buildings.

501 14th Street has also received LEED certification.

These Class A properties join 555 12th Street and 1111 Broadway, both previously LEED gold certified, in contributing to the availability of cleaner, healthier and more efficient office space in Oakland.”   …

Oakland City Center.

Northern California Chapter of the US Green Building Council.

Oakland’s toolkit for Sustainable Development (ppt).

The Ron Dellums Federal Building 9th Floor (Oakland, CA) is an example of a GSA sponsored LEED project.

Bay Area Green Buildings List, via M. Landman.

Oakland’s LEED platinum home:

March 27, 2011

Solar window pilot project at Chicago’s Willis Tower

Pythagoras Solar’s energy efficient windows will generate solar power during a pilot project at Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.  The test is being conducted on south facing windows on the 56th floor.  The solar windows are an example of building integrated photovoltaics, or BIPVs.  …

…   “The pilot project, deployed in November last year on the south facing windows of the Willis Tower's 56th floor, uses a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution that has the potential to expand to a surface area allowing over two megawatts of solar power generation.

Willis Tower provides an example of how sustainable modernization endeavors are about more than reducing carbon emissions but also about re-investing in the local economy.”   …

Via Pythagoras Solar: Pilot Installation.

Photovoltaic Glass Unit (PVGU)

March 25, 2011

Beautiful Earth Group (BE) Donates EV Charging Station in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Beautiful Earth Solar Powered EV Charging Stations

85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park was built with sustainability in mind ... from EV service vehicles to reused / recycled construction materials from prior buildings on the site.

" ...  Designed and built by BE, ... the first solar-powered charging station in New York City and one of only a few in the world. ..."

Over the projected 25 year life of the EV chargers will save "... more than $200,000 in gasoline costs ... More than 530 tons of CO2 ..."

The EV charging system has 24 PV panels with battery storage for 7 x 24 availability can produce 5.6 Kw. 


Via:  Beautiful Earth Group  LINK

March 22, 2011

Portland, Maine Partners with Ameresco on Building Effeciency

Ameresco logo

Portland, Maine has signed a deal with Ameresco to cut its carbon footprint.  The project covers approx. 15 years and is to cost $9.4 million.  The city expects to save $17 million over the life of the project.

What is unique about this engagement is that there is no upfront cost to Portland.  "Ameresco will guarantee ... cash flows ... will exceed the cash requirements for the project, offsetting the costs ..."Portland, Maine logo

Per their website ... Ameresco "delivers ... solutions on both sides of the meter ... leverage renewable energy and achieve ... sustainability goals for our ...customers."

Part of the improvements will be a 2,000 watt solar array at one of the schools.

The agreement covers 45 city buildings and 15 schools.


Ameresco is based in Framingham, Mass. 


Via:  Ameresco  LINK

March 17, 2011

Murphy’s Run offer Home Buyers Green Homes in Maryland

Murphy’s Run in Cecil County Maryland offers buyers a home in a certified green development.  “ … is one of only twelve developments nationwide to be green certified by the National Green Building Certification Program. “

The homes are insulated with SIS or structural insulated sheathing and equipped with “ … energy star windows and appliances … CFL bulbs … low-flow shower heads …”

See the video for more … 




Via:  ABC News  LINK

March 02, 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory logo

After building a very efficient building in Boulder, Colorado, the NERL is building an extension that is 17 % more efficient.  How ?  By looking at changes in available technology in the last year that can bring energy improvements.

One area for change was the windows.  Those in Phase 1 are very efficient but still those on the southern exposure were cold ... changes made for Phase 2 included making them slightly smaller and increasing the thermal break to slow air infiltration that can cause temperature changes.  When these savings are multiplied over 600 windows the energy efficiency is significant.

Photo rendering of the fully built Research Support Facility.Improvements were made in the Phase 2 thermal storage system ... they found they could simplify the design ... instead of " ... interlaced structural concrete grade beams for thermal transfer .... " ... there just now just a " ....a large open concrete crawl space."

Lastly each occupant is put on an energy diet of 55 watts / workstation.  This goes a long way to keeping electricxity bills under control.

Follow this LINK and at the bottom of the page are details on other technologies used in the building.


Via:  National Renewable Energy Laboratory  LINK

February 07, 2011

Tastykake Opens Largest LEED Bakery in the World in Philadelphia

Tastykake logoTastykake opened the world's largest LEED bakery in the world at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The facility is a reuse of any existing structure and the facility has lots of green technology.  It is going for LEED Silver certification.

Green features include a white roof, solar panels on the roof and bike racks to encourage carbon free commuting.baked in a green building

 Additionally ... " No-mow, drought-resistant grass that uses less water ... using environmentally friendly refrigerants to minimize ... global warming ... access to public transportation ... heat-recycling system, ... products are packed in recyclable cartons and cases that save trees."  Tasty Baking Company  LINK

February 04, 2011

Syracuse University Green Initiatives

Syracuse University students worked with consultants to create an eco friendly  green office at the University's Smith Hall.

… teams of ISD 351 students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) presented their green office designs to Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division on Oct. 18. The designs were unique and highly creative. …”

See the video for more details …


January 26, 2011

Mexico green building integrates affordability and sustainability

Mexico deploys sustainability strategy into its government housing program.  …Mexico green building

…   “CONAVI's National Housing Program includes the regulation and standardization of green-housing modifications and norms to maintain high-quality, environmentally sustainable housing options.”   …

Via Knowledge @ Wharton: Sustainable Housing.

January 23, 2011

NYC Green Building Collaboration

will test new technology applications in real world scenarios, centralize the results, and facilitate on-going conversations among the participants.  …

…   “First, it will provide companies with opportunities in buildings to test their innovations in operational buildings, which will help them improve their products as well as collect data on their performance, both keys to marketing their products. In exchange, participating building owners would be eligible to employ the technologies at discounted rates.

Second, it will develop an information and data clearinghouse to track building technology costs, benefits, and lessons learned from deployments underway throughout the City.

Third, it will host stakeholder discussions with private sector and academic institutions on green building entrepreneurship, financing and City-specific challenges.”   …

Via IBM: New York City Technology Innovation Center, Press Release.

New York City

January 04, 2011

Verizon energy management in New Jersey

Home energy management system is being commercialized by Verizon.  It keeps you connected to your home’s energy use allowing you to optimize your building power consumption. 

The service has entered the trial phase and is expected to be available in the first half of 2011.  Verizon customers will be able to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone.  …

…   “Verizon will be demonstrating its new connected home service, complete with energy management, which the telco is piloting in New Jersey starting this month.”   …

Via Reuters: CES Green Tech Highllights.


December 09, 2010

Burt's Bees Sustainability Details

Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees is known for their environmentally friendly products.  They are also an environmentally friendly company.

" ... goal is to be the "greenest personal care company on earth." ... by 2020 ... be carbon free and operating on 100 percent renewable energy ... [no] waste to be deposited in landfills ... manufacturing facilities will have LEED certification. ..."

They plan on having a Platinum LEED green building by 2020 ... and recycle recycle wood, shrink wrap, and even waste water.

In addition to the usual paper and aluminum they recycle wood, corrugated cardboard, shrink wrap chipboard and fiberboard. Break rooms are equipped with composting bins and reusable / compostable utensils.


Via:  Burt's Bees  LINK

November 30, 2010

Solar Water Heat Powers LEED Gold Health Education Building

Sustainability is integrated into the design of the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health building.  This green building has achieved LEED Gold status through itsLEED Gold Nursing Building constructed in Phoenix design principles and construction materials and techniques.  …

…   “The sustainable LEED-NC Gold certified building features solar water heating, which harvests Arizona's abundant renewable energy while reducing the building's carbon footprint.

More than three-quarters of construction waste (967 tons) was diverted from conventional landfills, materials used for the project contained recycled content and 70 percent of all wood products were certified by the Forest Stewardship.”   …

Via Arizona State University: LEED Gold Building Design.

November 17, 2010

Propose green renovation to drive energy efficiency

Students learn from real-world experiences at Elon University and senior team integrates classroom education with problem solving by proposing solutions to energy problems at campus building.  …Energy efficiency building renovations

…   “As a part of their Environmental Studies Senior Seminar class, they are creating a proposal for green renovations and enhancements of the Powell House throughout the semester.”   …

Via Elon University: Senior Project.

November 11, 2010

Green Architecture integrate sustainable designs

Sarah Nettleton designs structures with sustainability in mind.  She will lecture next week at the college to educate and inspire the next generation of designers.  …Nettleton sustainable design architecture

…   “acclaimed green architect Sarah Nettleton will present a lecture in Wallenberg Auditorium, Tuesday, November 16 at 4:30 p.m. on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus. As part of this day-long residency, one of Nettleton’s creations, The Spear House on the Ottawa Road, will be open to the public to tour from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. that same day. ”   …

Via Gustavus Adolphus College: Green Architecture.

Sarah Nettleton Architects.

November 09, 2010

Emerson Opens Green Data Center in Missouri

Emersonb logo

Emerson's data center in Missouri is green ... boasting solar panels, design features to minimize wiring needed and reuse of construction waste.

" ... more than 550 solar panels can generate 100 kilowatts ... enough to power the average American home for more than three days ..."rooftop solar panels

" ... 80 percent of the construction waste ... diverted from landfills through recycling ...  ."

LEED Gold from USGBC is expected.


Via:  Emerson  LINK

October 28, 2010

GreenBuildExpo Conference: Nov 17-19 in Chicago

GreenBuild 2010 - Chicago

GreenBuild 2010 " is in Chicago this Nov 17 - 19.  It is a great chance to hear from industry experts about what is new in the greenspace for green buildings.

Did you know that Chicago was : ... one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and ... is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other...

Check out the Video Link  to see what collect students are doing in the green space.  


Via:  GreenBuild  LINK

EcoBatt Natural Sustainable Insulation

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What's a quick easy way to save money .... year after year? 

Insulate !!

EcoBatt insulation is made from "bio-based" binders - not petroleum derived raw materials and is certified to GREENGUARD standards so it is safe for children and use in schools.knauf insulation

 " ... reduces binder embodied energy by up to 70%, and does not contain phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors used to make traditional fiberglass insulation."

" .... combines sand ... renewable resources, post-consumer recycled bottle glass ... to create ... sustainable insulation…"


Via: EcoBatt  LINK

October 14, 2010

Quick and Easy Energy Saving Tips for Winter

SustainLaneHere are 10 quick things you can do to get your house in better shape for winter.  Total time to complete is estimate to b e a weekend and costs are in the order of $100 making for a great return on time and investment.

Here are some highlights - "Change your furnace filters ... Insulate your pipes ... Caulk your windows ... Weather stripe your doors ... [get / install a]  Programmable thermostat ..."

Do the ones you can yourself and save some money - consider a contractor if some arel.  beyond your skill level.  Each will make a difference to the environment and your energy bills.

While not on the list - do not forget to use CFLs or LED bulbs ... in my area (SouthEastern PA) they are reasonably inexpensive as they are subsidized (at least at the Home Depot) by PECO (local utility). 



Via:  SustainLane  LINK

October 03, 2010

Zero energy home primer

Zero energy homes = Homes that produce as much energy as they use over the course of a year.

September 20, 2010

Solar photovoltaic system supply third of building power requirements

Wyoming’s Kendall House builds energy-efficient addition with sustainable design,Kendall House efficient design materials, and renewable energy powering electrical requirements.  …

…   “The house features several different green aspects, including a photovoltaic solar system, which will provide about 30 percent of the house's electrical needs. ”   …

Via University of Wyoming: Bim Kendall House.

The Bim Kendall House.

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Zero Energy Homes in New Paltz NY

Green Acres New Paltz Beyond Low Energy homes are Zero Energy Homes (ZEH).  Using technology including geothermal heating and cooling, PV panels, heat recovery ventilation and super insulation and high efficiency windows the homes in Green Acres (New Paltz NY) may be the first ZEH in the world.

" ... first zero energy (ZEH) community in the United States and possibly the world..."

" ... each home has the capacity to generate enough renewable energy to offset its annual energy needs. ..."


Via:  Green Acres New Paltz (NY)  LINK

September 18, 2010

Bank of America Tower Certified LEED Platinum

Bank of America logo

 BofA 1 Bryant Park, Manhattan, NY

Bank of America's One Bryant Park in Manhattan NYC has achieved LEED Platinum certification.  This is a first for a US high rise commercial building - achieving LEED platinum.

" ...  glass curtain wall permits maximum sunlight ... under-floor air delivery system ... power comes from an on-site cogeneration plant, which works in concert with an ice storage system ..."


The building reuses most all rainwater and sink water saving millions of gallons of potable water yearly. 


Via:  Bank of America  LINK

August 26, 2010

LEED Platinum Lake House

Wisconsin lake house integrates cool, modern design with sustainable, LEED platinum capabilities.  The house deploys geothermal and solar photovoltaic systems.  …

…   “one of two homes in Wisconsin to gain platinum LEED certification for its green features … ”   …

Via New York Times: Modern Lake House (pic), (article).

August 17, 2010

Las Vegas' Sustainability Efforts

Las Vegas Sustainability logo

Las Vegas is well known for the Strip and night life ... it is also becoming known for Sustainability.

Las Vegas has a number of sustainability initiatives underway ... the City's Sustainability Web site lists a number of information resources for learning about and implementing sustainability.  Topics listed include Green Building, Recycling and Energy Efficiency.

There are also programs for low income families and incentives to build green (new or retrofits).

" ... pilot program with Green Chip ... to perform energy audits and retrofits for ... qualifying low income households ... "

"  ... expanded its Green Building Program ... incentives to stimulate new green building construction and provide energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings ..."


Via:  Sustaining Las Vegas LINK

August 12, 2010

Solar hot water for student residence

Students will live in a sustainable environment as they move in for the school year.  The new building has been constructed to LEED Silver standards.  …

…   “With solar panels on the roof to heat water and touch screens in the hallways for monitoring energy usage, Wake Forest University’s new residence hall has the latest in green technology.

First-year students will move into South Residence Hall Aug. 19. ”   …

Via Wake Forest: Sustainable Living.

Wake Forest South Residence Hall.

LEED Silver Standard.

Wake Forest University Sustainability Leadership.

July 06, 2010

Net zero energy building is possible

June 21, 2010

Europe’s mobile water cleaner integrates green architecture

The Physalia concept integrates mobility and sustainability into restoring European waterways.  Vincent Callebaut is the architect that developed this concept to ply the waters of Europe cleaning as it goes.  …

…   “It’s the same technology used in certain high-tech concrete that breaks down airborne particulates.  As the vessel whips along, purifying waterways, it can draw on both solar and hydro power. ”   …

Via Popular Science: Green Architecture.

Physalia green water cleaner concept in Europe

June 19, 2010

Hybrid solar building powers electric vehicles

Audi innovation green building concept.

June 07, 2010

Calstar Greener Bricks and Pavers Made from Fly Ash

Calstar logo

Calstar bricks and pavers are targeted to the green market.  Among their features are that they use recycled materials and generate less CO2 when produced and they are priced to b e competitive with their non-green competing products.

" ... architectural facing bricks and durable pavers for the green building market. ...contain 40% post-industrial recycled material, use 90%" less energy ... generate 90% less CO2 than traditional fired clay brick and pavers."


To hear move about the technology and sustainability ... CLICK

Via:  Calstar  LINK

June 04, 2010

Awesome Solar Power Threesome

St. Mary’s University engineers rise to the challenge and create 1.4 kW solar panel system to demonstrate that the local event can be accomplished with a lower carbon footprint.  The engineering students are being recognized by the City of San Antonio during their Green Building awards.  …

…   “The St. Mary’s students built the solar panel system in response to the Mayor Julián Castro’s Fiesta Verde campaign, which was the Mayor’s idea to make Fiesta more green by promoting recycling efforts at most of the major Fiesta events.

Churchwell, Srinivasan and Crowell answered that call and one upped it by building a solar panel system equipped with a backup battery that lit 14 food booths for 40 hours—even with the cloudy skies and rain leading up to and during Fiesta Oyster Bake!

It took the awesome threesome just under a month to build the impressive eight solar panel system …”   …

Via St. Mary’s University: Green Building Award (Link).

Engineering students are addressing the renewable energy challenge:

Two engineering students from MIT and a business school student from Harvard pursue biofuel from microbes process.

Team of PhD chemical engineering students has developed a carbon nano-based transparent electrode that will increase the efficiency of thin film photovoltaic solar panels.

Oregon Institute of Technology student, who is majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering, receives project funding support from Portland General Electric for monitoring the performance of a wind and solar power system.

June 02, 2010

Intel - Gets First Gold LEED Cert for Site in Israel

Intel's IDC-0

Intel's first GOLD LEED certified site is scheduled to open in June 2010 in Haifa, Israel.  The site is called is a design center called IDC-9 and is " ... first facility in Israel ... with a (LEED) certification. ... Intel’s first  ... has a Gold certification pending for its Octollio campus in Chandler, Ariz."

" ...natural lighting, ... available to about 75 percent of the “populated” areas of the building ... individually controlled lighting for a higher degree of energy efficiency"


Via:  ZDNet  LINK

May 25, 2010

Sustainable Montana home trains students

Montana State student teams will collaborate with suppliers to build an ecoSmart home in the Bozeman area.  The house will feature a number of technologies, but will focus on passive heating.  …

…   “Because of REHAU's involvement, a variety of other suppliers joined in the project, which will feature such sustainable building technologies as geothermal ground loop heat exchange, ground-air heat exchange; radiant heating and cooling; solar thermal energy for hot water; and insulating concrete forms.”   …

Via Montana State University: Bozeman Sustainable House.

May 23, 2010

Research the best green roof

Continue reading "Research the best green roof" »

May 22, 2010

Energy monitoring with wireless sensors

Onset introduces wireless sensing hubs that communicate with centralized monitoring to understand energy use and environmental conditions in buildings.  …

…   “HOBO ZW Series data nodes reduce the cost and complexity of data collection by measuring, recording and transmitting real-time energy use and environmental data – from dozens of points – to a central PC. Different from traditional data loggers, HOBO data nodes work together in a self-healing wireless network to transmit logged data to a PC at regular intervals.

This eliminates the need of having to spend time retrieving collected data from individual data loggers deployed throughout a facility.  The wireless nodes can measure temperature, relatively humidity, kilowatt hours, CO2, AC voltage, amps, gauge pressure, and a variety of other parameters. ”   …

Via Onset: Wireless data nodes.

May 18, 2010

Solar window integrates into green buildings

Pythagoras will commercialize a solar power generating window that can be integrated into green buildings, BIPV.  …

…   “Pythagoras Solar leverages a combination of patent-pending optics, high-efficiency crystalline silicon, advanced materials science and simulation software to create a highly efficient photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU), a new category of green building material. Unlike existing BIPV products, Pythagoras Solar curtain walls, skylights and windows simultaneously block solar radiation; concentrate sunlight and convert it into solar power; and deliver a high level of transparency for optimal daylighting and aesthetics.”   …

Via Pythagoras Solar: Green building material.

May 17, 2010

Philadelphia Coolest Block Contest Winners Announced !

About a week ago I wrote about the cool roof project in Philadelphia [LINK].  The winning block was just announced ... the 1200 Block of Wolf Street.

RetroFit PHILLY - Coolest Block Contest

The residents on this block showed tremendous enthusiasm and community spirit in their quest to become the 'Coolest'. Plus, every roof on the block is suitable for a 'cool roof' coating! 

"In the coming weeks, ... this block ... receive its prize-an energy audit and energy-efficient upgrades, such as insulation, air sealing and a 'cool roof'! And we'll celebrate with a block party in June!"

" ...  check out their winning essay!"

"Cool roofs reflect the sun's heat ... are about 50-80 degrees cooler than typical asphalt roofs and come in a variety of colors.  White is the "coolest" because it most efficiently reflects the sun's rays. "


Via:  RetroFit Philly LINK



May 15, 2010

Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program

Greater Phila Green Business Program

Real Estate developers are seeing the value in being able to offer sustainable green buildings.

"Aegis Property Group ... integrating energy and environmental leadership principals and practices into its development management services capabilities. ...Corporate commitment to LEED program. active leadership role ... in the Green Building Council ... continuing education in green principles and LEED ... Advocacy of green principles ... as appropriate in our client’s projects."

"Sustainable design, construction and operation ... is no longer a luxury - it is an absolute necessity."


Via:  AEGIS Property Group  LINK


May 11, 2010

White Roofs Help Keep Philadelphia Cool

white roof in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is out to become America's greenest city.  RetroFIT PHILLY is part of the plan to lead the nation's cities in "greenness".

" ... RetroFIT PHILLY "Coolest Block" contest ... with product and technology contributions from The Dow Chemical Company ... invites row home owners to enter to win energy-saving cool roof, air sealing and insulation upgrades for their entire block."

"... Greenworks Philadelphia  goal is to retrofit 15 percent of the city's row home roofs, and the 'Coolest Block' contest is jumpstarting this effort," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter...."

" ... White cool roofs, ... bounce off solar energy to prevent it from being absorbed into the roof and house in the summer. ... they reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the living space and bring the cost of cooling a home down by as much as 20 percent."

" ... cool roofs are a proven way to combat urban heat island effect. The roof's exterior is 50 – 80 degrees cooler on hot summer days, helping to lower high temperatures and improve air quality. ..."


Via: The Dow Chemical Company  LINK

May 06, 2010

Developing the next generation of green architects

Great example of the talented graduates of architecture education, who are prepared to address the world’s challenges.  …

… “We’re also looking at how to implement biogas, solar panels and wind turbines, says Bukowski, who earned her LEED accreditation last year.”   …

Via Washington University in St. Louis: Tegan Bukowski, Architect.

May 03, 2010

Redmond green building trends

Redmond, Washington creates a set of indicators to track trends in the community.  Urban development trends are tracked through the volume of LEED rated buildings.  …

… “To qualify for LEED certification, a development must earn a certain number of credits, each linked to a green building practice.  Eight buildings were LEED certified in Redmond during 2009.”   …

Via City of Redmond, Washington: Community Indicators 2010 (PDF).

Green building education

Sonoma State offers education opportunity in green building …

… “This Certificate Program is designed with the working professional in mind. It is a yearlong program focused on developing the understanding necessary to enable sustainable building decision making within a corporate, institutional, non-profit, municipal or individual setting. ”   …

Via City of Petaluma: Resources for Building Professionals (PDF).

April 29, 2010

Opportunity to Accelerate the Green Building Agenda

through leveraging investment and legislative options.  …

… “This report presents an extensive menu of options, spanning across a wide range of programs, which the Administration could begin implementing immediately to advance a high performance, efficient green buildings agenda. All told, the programs identified in this report have the potential to directly provide or facilitate over $72 billion in funding or loan guarantees,2 and can leverage hundreds of billions of dollars in private investment through instruments such as mortgage insurance and regulation of the real estate lending market. Even a small fraction of this funding would, if directed to high-performing energy efficient and sustainable buildings, stimulate significant new “green” investments and job creation. “ …

Via US Green Building Council: Greener Buildings (PDF)

April 28, 2010

Green Building in Google Earth in 3-D

With Google Earth you can "Tour 3D models of Green Buildings around the United States. ... includes campus buildings, parks, offices, homes, and schools that were designed and constructed using environmentally sensitive design techniques ... start the tour, double-click the "Start tour here" link in the Places panel and make sure the "3D Buildings" layer is checked. The models are also located in the Google 3D Warehouse at "


Via:  Google  LINK

April 27, 2010

Intel's First Green Building Get GOLD LEED Certification

Roof Garden Intel IDC-9

Intel's new design center in Haifa, Israel is LEED Gold certified.  It opened in June.

Some of the highlights ...

"...received LEED Gold certification ... for ... Intel Design Center – IDC 9 – ... in Haifa, Israel ..."

" ... Intel's first certified green facility, IDC 9 is the first building in Israel to receive LEED Gold-level recognition."

" ... was built on land previously occupied by a parking lot to not damage any natural resources. ... "

" ...  rooftop garden to enhance thermal insulation and prevent the building from retaining excessive heat ... A method for capturing and recycling condensate water from the air conditioning system for irrigation. ..."


Via:  Intel  LINK

April 04, 2010

Sustainable Housing in Sonoma, California

Sustainable houseFolks in Sonoma, California are working to design and refine a Passive House ... but what exactly is a passive home?

" ... a building that has a minimal impact on its surroundings. ... as systems unto themselves. ... well-insulated — virtually airtight — ... most of the “heat” ... comes from the humans and appliances and other stuff running in them. Heat exchangers are used to circulate it. ... in the United States ... focus has been certifying according the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED framework ...."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

April 02, 2010

Cool Green Cities

Green city list via HowStuffWorks. Includes US and European cities that are embracing green lifestyles, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

March 10, 2010

Red Lobster Goes Green with LEED

Darden logoDarden Restaurants - owner of Red Lobster and other restaurant brands - is embracing the USGBC LEED Standards.

" ... launching a sustainable restaurant design initiative ... will require that all new restaurants be built to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards ... need to be built following the LEED Rating Systems code when feasible."

" ... launching with eight restaurants that have been built, or are in the process of being built, to achieve LEED certification."



February 24, 2010

Low Cost Green Prefab Homes - approx. $100,000

green home

" ... The number of affordable, energy-efficient modular homes continues to increase as Pennsylvania-based builder Excel Homes offers a new line aimed at first-time buyers ... targeted to be sold for under $100,000, and depending on region, for as low as $60,000. ..."

excel homes llc

" ... Excel Homes ... has built 28,000 modular homes since its founding in 1984 ...  built in sect

ions ... in Liverpool, Pa., and Marlboro, N.Y., and transported ... where they are assembled... come with the government's Energy Star label for energy efficiency ... prices do not include the cost of land...."


Via: USAToday LINK

February 23, 2010

Off-Grid Solar Saves Student Living College Expenses

Penn Stater Stephanie Adams shares insights on students quest for low cost college living, example: Ann Holley, lives in a tiny house that cost only $25,000 to build. ... home is powered by solar panels, made with reclaimed materials, has a composting toilet, a propane refrigerator ...

February 18, 2010

Australian Tower to get Solar Skin Upgrade

Sydney Tower w/ Solar SkinThe UTS Tower in Sydney, Australia is may get a proposed upgrade - a solar skin.  This PV "wrap" would turn the tower into a very green and energy efficient structure.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Tower "upgrade" is " ... Fueled by the university’s sustainability drive ... turn the building into a “landmark environmental tower” by wrapping it in a photovoltaic skin."

"The sustainable energy system, devised by postgraduate students in 2008, has been funded to allow students to build and test the project."

 There are a number of propose upgrades including wind turbines and cogeneration ... the solar skin " ... stretches around walls and roof elements ... the building is covered in a lightweight composite mesh textile that can collect rain water, generate electricity and complement the plan’s passive ventilation system that uses natural convection."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 14, 2010

Olympic Village Green Building Strategy

Green building strategy for Southeast False Creek requires minimum baseline of LEED Silver environmental performance in all facets of building design and construction.

February 11, 2010

Solar Power Building Renovation Evaluation

Solar power renovation considerations.

February 09, 2010

GSA to Green-Up Portland, Oregonm Federal Building

Green Vertical wall

The GSA is renovating the 18 story federal building in Portland, Oregon.  Green features include a vertical green wall and reduced water usage with low flow fixtures and recycled roof water.

"... part of a $133 million renovation, the General Services Administration wants to grow “vegetated fins” on the western facade of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building ... save energy year-round using one of Mother Nature’s own tools."

" ... will use 60 to 65 percent less energy than comparable buildings. That translates to an energy cost savings of $280,000 per year."

"Solar panels could also provide up to 15 percent of the building’s power needs. Energy use for lighting will be halved."

"... building in question was already slated for an energy efficiency upgrade, but funds from last year’s federal stimulus package stressed projects that were environmentally friendly."

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 02, 2010

LEED Football Stadium Planned for LA NFL Market with Rammed Earth Design

Aedas is involved in the design of the new NFL stadium in Los Angeles, which will meet LEED criteria and leverages a rammed earth design through integration into a hill. ...
... "75,000-seat stadium will be the first LEED-certified building in the NFL and will capture the luxury and drama of the world’s entertainment capital. The project will be completed for the 2011 season. " ...
Via Aedas: Los Angeles NFL Stadium

LA NFL Stadium video.

January 25, 2010

Newport, Tennessee Housing Authority: Green Admin Building

Newport Housing Authority Building

Green buildings and designs are being found all across the country ... the Housing Authority Administration building in Newport, Tennessee is green.  Read about the many green features and technologies used.

" ... 8,585 square foot administration building ... Design included multiple "green" features: photovaltaic solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, premium insulation package, Energy Star windows and lighting, low flow faucets and toilets and low impact site design. Project cost was $1,000,000.00."


Via:  McGraw-Hill Construction Community   LINK

January 24, 2010

Visionaire - Green Living in Battery Park City, NYC.

The Visionaire, NYC

There is a new Green building in NYC - at the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park City.  Read about the Visionaire - it is one very green building - though a very expensive place to live with pricing startling at just under $700,000 and going to a little over $6 million.

" ...  the Visionaire ... a testing ground for urban green architecture."

"... All building fixtures reduce use of potable water, and a blackwater treatment system means that all toilet water in the building is recycled, treated wastewater. Stormwater collection reserves irrigate the green roofs, which cover 70 percent of the roof surface ... a natural gas-powered microturbine on the structure’s roof harnesses its own waste energy to heat water."

" ... saves an estimated 42 percent in energy costs against a base-line average. This is largely the result of efficient building systems and the building envelope ... goal was achieved through exhaustive attention to detail ... "

According to an article on the Jan 24th, 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer the building is LEED Platinum Certified.


Via:  Greensource  LINK


January 19, 2010

Iceland's LEED GOLD Data Center

Iceland Data Center

" ... data center developer Verne Global ... announced it is constructing the first international data center in Iceland ... converting a former NATO command center into a data center."

" ... designed to take full advantage of Iceland's infrastructure and environment ... the data center, whose total footprint is about 430,600 square feet, will be designed around LEED Gold standards ... will deploy innovative practices of HVAC and adaptive reuse of the world-class facilities already in place."

" ... will benefit from the large amount of free cooling available in Iceland, as well as its renewable energy sources and constant power rates."

" ... Verne Global is breaking new ground in using Iceland's natural green resources to mitigate both increasing emissions and rising energy costs."


Via:  Web Host Industry Review  LINK

January 09, 2010

West Paw Design - Green Pet Supplies

West Paw Design logoPuppy Toys have gone GREEN.

We recently got a puppy and have noticed there are lots of GREEN puppy (and cat) things to be had ...

" ... In an age of disposability, these products stand the test of time. ... Utilizing eco friendly materials, such as reclaimed cotton, organic cotton, eco fabric and stuffing made with IntelliLoft™ recycled fibers, reyclable Zogoflex, and recycled fabric that can be recycled again ... "

Earth Friendly logo

" ... developed a manufacturing process that minimizes waste (currently as low as 2.4%!) ... our state-of-the-art building ... was constructed using the latest developments in energy efficient design in 2001 ... building expansion in 2009 and 2010 ... reclaiming 30,000 lbs of concrete."

" ... Reclaimed and reused old boxes are utilized to store finished goods rather than plastic manufacturing totes ... also incorporate recycled material in our shipping boxes."

Via:  West Paw Design  LINK

December 28, 2009

Livable Green Building

Chartwell School used green building design features to strive for net-zero energy footprint. ...
... "The school building's features include tall, north-facing windows that control enough light and heat gain to reduce the school’s need for electricity by 50 percent. In addition, classrooms and many other areas in the building rely on naturally occurring convection currents rather than noisy, high-maintenance and energy-hungry ventilation systems. " ...
Via University of Califonia at Berkeley: Livable Buildings, 2009

Continue reading "Livable Green Building" »

December 24, 2009

PNC's One PNC Plaza Features a "Green Wall"

PNC is well known for their green projects ... one of their ads says they have more green buildings than any other bank ...

In addition to having green buildings - PNC now has a GREEN WALL. " ... the largest green wall in North America ... 2,380 sq. ft., soil-based wall - similar in size to a doubles tennis court - features a variety of regional plants grown into living art on the south-facing wall of One PNC Plaza ... in downtown Pittsburgh." " ... estimated that each of the 602 panels, with 24 plants in each 2x2 sq. ft. space, will offset the carbon footprint of one person. ... similar to a green roof, will help to cool the 30-story building ... wall is a fitting reminder that PNC is the world leader in green building ...".

" ... has more newly constructed buildings certified by the United States Green Building Council under its LEED® program than any other company in the world ... includes 64 trademark Green Branch® locations and two office buildings. About 20 environmentally friendly branches and two other major buildings are under construction or awaiting LEED certification." Via: PRNewsWire LINK

November 24, 2009

Adura Technologies for Office Lighting Energy Savings

Ever wonder why office building always seem to be lit up at night ? Often if is because the lighting controls do not allow for fine lighting control .... lights are either on or off for the whole floor ... or a large portion of the floor. I recall this when I worked in office buildings past the automatic "lights out" time programmed into the lighting relays.



"Commercial office buildings are one of the main culprits of the current climate crisis ... consume large amounts of electricity and release excessive carbon emissions ... Adura Technologies has developed a mesh-based lighting system that is reducing costs and consumption inside buildings. The technology consists of wireless radios that plug into florescent light fixtures giving employees more control over their personal lighting space. ... also created a dual motion sensing-personal control system that is being used at UC Berkeley that allows students to break the hard-wired connection and control their lighting from their desktop PCs."





Via: SmartPlanet LINK

November 21, 2009

Live Roof Green Roofing

LiveRoof log

Looking to add a green roof?  Lots of building are now sporting green roofs.  There are a number of environmental and economical reasons to green the roof.  A green roof can even help get a LEED certification.

"Urban Heat Island Mitigation ... Green roof vegetation helps by cooling the air, slowing air movement and acting as a substrate for pollution to settle out and detoxify. ... Noise Reduction ... Plants, soil, and air trapped in the soil are great acoustic insulators.  ... green roofs can reduce indoor sound by as much as 40 decibels ... Fire Prevention ... Succulent green roof plants help reduce the risk of fire. ..."

"Water Conservation/Reduction of Storm Water Runoff ... green roof systems acts like a sponge and absorbs excess rain water ... green roof systems can reduce runoff by up to 90+% annually ... Habitat Recreation
Plants and soil help recreate habitat for butterflies, insects, and songbirds. "

Check out LiveRoof for more information.


Via:  LiveRoof LINK

November 10, 2009

Cronkite School Building is LEED Silver

The ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication building in Phoenix has achieved LEED Silver performance level through its design, orientation, materials, xeriscape, fixtures, and sensors. ...
... "The Cronkite building was constructed with numerous sustainable features, including an east-west orientation for solar control, exterior overhangs and sunscreens for shading windows, energy-saving materials to help optimize building-energy performance, low or no-water landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, building materials that meet LEED low-emitting product requirements and occupancy sensors for lighting control. " ...
Via Arizona State: LEED Cronkite building

November 09, 2009

IBM's Green Data Center

Data centers are huge power users ... power for the servers ... that creates heat that then needs more power for A/C to keep things cool. Even with advances in technology such as blade servers and VM-type servers the energy density and energy demands are increasing. IBM has been working on ways to instrument data centers " ... uses networked sensors and liquid cooling to lower energy use." Using data from actual IBM data centers provides real world variable data that helps improve the overall process. Via: ZDNet LINK

November 05, 2009

HP Intelligent Building Management Solutions

HP Eco Solutions

 "HP recognizes the important role that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector will play in enabling carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions ... committed to reducing our own contribution to climate change as well as developing IT solutions that can help lower or reduce the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as CO2 into the atmosphere. ...  In most countries, buildings are the largest driver for both energy use and CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions. The 160 million buildings of the EU, for example, are estimated to use over 40 percent of Europe’s energy and to drive over 40 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions ..."

"HP’s Intelligent Building Competence Center (IBCC) offers the BuilDog solution for the next generation of fully managed and optimized buildings ... manage a buildings heating and cooling and electricity use as well as security, facilities, inventory, telecommunications and more. Smart management ... can result in reductions of 25-35% (in cost) through optimization of the facility as well as resource use and purchase."



November 04, 2009

Net Zero Water Homes

water cycle Along with Net ZERO energy houses folks are now talking about Net ZERO Water homes.  The idea is to be self sufficient - self sustaining and off the "water grid".

" ... Water ... requires energy to deliver, so excess use compounds our energy problems ... many renewable sources of power, such as solar, require massive amounts of water as an input, creating further pressure on limited resources."

"Net Zero water is an analogous concept to net zero energy. Through ... rainfall harvesting, aggressive conservation, and water recycling, buildings can achieve self-sufficiency from the water “grid.”"

" ... divide available sources of water into categories and treat them accordingly. Rainwater is relatively clean, and can be converted into drinking water with a minimum of processing.... grey water can be cleaned by filtering it through a biological wastewater treatment system ... "

While not yet achievavle for more that a few select instances ... Net ZERO water ..."makes as much sense as energy efficiency, and net zero water provides an admirably ambitious goal."


Via:  TerraPAss  LINK


November 02, 2009

Easy Ways to Save Energy

CFL bulb 

It's always nice to save some energy (energy = money).  Sometimes these are really easy low cost ideas.  Check these out ...simple, easy and low tech ... programmable thermostat

" ...  Put a timer on your hot-water heater ... no need for your hot water heater to keep running 24/7. ... if you're going away for a few days, turn your hot-water heater off altogether ... change the last of your old bulbs to CFLs. It's getting darker earlier, and than means we need more lighting. Be green and save energy. ... LED flashlights. ..."


Via:  SustainLane  LINK

Green Makeover Meets Scalability Challenges

The Willis Tower (Sear Tower) is undergoing a green renovation that will confront scale issues that are not present in smaller buildings. It will serve as a lab for efficiency retrofit buildings. And, because of its scale, energy savings will be significant. ...
... "the only visible sign of what the owners hope to be an environmental model for the world is a pallet of dirt and sedum on the tower's 90th floor roof, the beginnings of a green roof so high that only mountain vegetation can grow there. " ...
Via Chicago Tribune: Willis Tower

October 30, 2009

Calstar Green Building Products

Calstar logoHere is an interesting approach toi reducing waste and CO2 at the same time.  Using fly ash (waste and high in CO2) to make bricks solves both.

Read about CalStar's  approach >>> 

" ... CalStar directly addresses global climate change and CO2 emissions ... Brick is an energy- and carbon-intensive industry ... U.S. demand for brick is almost 10 billion units in a typical year. At 1.3 pounds of CO2 per brick, the industry footprint equals almost 13 billion pounds of CO2 per year. ..."

 "Our commitment to green extends to product safety ...  to ensure they are safe throughout their lifecycle, from manufacture to placement to use (and reuse) to end-of-life disposal ...  process for making fly ash into bricks binds the materials within a strong crystalline matrix that holds even if exposed to the intense acids found in landfills. ..."

"CalStar ... promotes pragmatic solutions to climate change .... reducing the carbon footprint of cement, the biggest lever for industry has been and continues to be substitution of fly ash for CO2-intensive Ordinary Portland Cement. "


Via:  Calstar  LINK

October 18, 2009

Team Germany Solar Decathlon Virtual Tour

October 16, 2009

Smart High Tech Roofs Change Color Based on Temperature

Color Changing Roofing TilesWhite roofs are the "hot" thing in roofing ... allowing for a lowed burden on a/c systems.

But dark colored roofs can bring solar gain to warm buildings ... if only roof tiles were smart enough to know ...

The next "hot" thing in roofing might be roofing that can change color based on outdoor temperature to maximize or minimize solar gain.

"MIT researchers have developed roof tiles that change color based on the temperature, turning white when it’s hot to deflect heat and turning black when it’s cold to absorb it ... the tiles can reflect about 80 percent of sunlight when they’re white and 30 percent of sunlight when they’re black. ... white state ... could save as much as 20 percent of present cooling costs ..."

" ... system ... made of a ... polymer in a water solution ... encapsulated between flexible plastic layers, with a dark layer at the back. When the temperature is above a certain level ... the polymer  ... produce a white surface and scatter light.  ... Below that temperature, the polymer stays dissolved, revealing the tile’s black backing and absorbing the sun’s heat ..."

Via: SmartPlanet LINK

The Solar Decathlon Winner is Team Germany

Yes. But not exactly. ... Q: Who really won? A. Team Germany B. The Environment C. All of Us. D. The Students. E. All of the Above. Answer (E). Congratulation to all of the students, their professors, their mentors and parents, the sponsors, and the Department of Energy for a fantastic Solar Decathlon event that showcased sustainable design, green technologies, and, most importantly, the passionate spirit of our students. Great job! See you at the next Solar Decathlon in 2010 in Spain. RFP for 2011 Solar Decathlon (PDF).

October 15, 2009

Solar Decathlon University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gable Home Leads into the Competition HomeStretch

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students have achieved a leading green building in their Gable Home design. The Illinois group was made up of a multi-disciplinary team of students that participated in the Solar Decathlon competition.

The solar photovoltaic power system is sized to be a net generator of power to the grid.

The Gable House's exterior architecture delivers a distinctive Midwest feeling with gable roof and barn siding.

However, the interior translates the visitor into a modern atmosphere.

The walls are quite thick, delivering excellent insulation meeting passive design standards. And, renewable wood is used in the structure.

Recycled wood was used for the exterior siding.

Will Team Illinois continue their lead and win the net metering criteria? We will see on Friday morning. ... More Gable Home pictures after the jump.

Continue reading "Solar Decathlon University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gable Home Leads into the Competition HomeStretch" »

White or Lighter Color Roofs - Low Tech Way to Save Energy

White Roof in process ...

Sometime low tech is the way to go ... painting a flat roof white can reduce the A/C load on a building and keep it cooler ...

This low tech solution " ... can act much like earth's snow covered poles; reflecting the sun’s light and heat as opposed to absorbing it ... keeps buildings cooler, reducing the problem of urban heat islands and saving energy (and money). ... we could counteract global warming simply by increasing the Earth’s total reflective surface. ...Terra Cotta roofing"

" ... Changing from a dark shingle ... to a light-colored (titanium-based white or terra cotta red) shingle can cut air conditioning costs by up to 40%. Georgia has been a leader in pushing cool roofs, passing a state law encouraging the shift. ... other states and regions also provide incentives, and the federal government is considering adding heat reflectivity requirements to housing regulations. "

Via:  WorldChanging  LINK  and LINK

October 14, 2009

Oberlin College - Living Machine® Waste Water Plant

Oberlin CollegeOberlin College's Living Machine® is a waste water treatment system that teaches students how nature purified water for years ... but is unlike most modern systems.

" ... treats wastewater using a system of engineered ecologies that include microbes, plants, snails and insects, and is designed to treat up to 2,000 gallons of ... wastewater daily in a beautiful, garden-like atmosphere. ... Upon completion of a water- pressurization system, the treated wastewater will be recycled back through the building for non-potable re-use."Living Machine

"Invented by Dr. John Todd, of Living Machines, Inc. ... Wastewater flows from the building into two underground reactors ... an anaerobic biological process begins digestion of the wastes.  ... wastewater flows through two closed aerobic reactors ... where the remaining organic compounds are further degraded. ...[then] ... enters the Living Machine® solarium and flows through three open aerobic reactors. ... plants such as papyrus, calla lilies and willows root into the planted aerobic reactors and assist in the treatment process."

" ... biosolids are settled out of the wastewater in a clarifier. ... then flows through a constructed wetland surrounding the open aerobic tanks for final ‘polishing.’ Ultraviolet disinfection is the final step prior to the treated wastewater being reused in the buildings’ toilets."

Via:  Oberlin College  LINK


October 13, 2009

Solar Decathlon Team California Refract House Leads with Architecture and Communications

Team California is made up of Santa Clara University and the California College of the Arts students, who collaborated to create the Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

The Refract House has a modern, beach house feel. Each room is angled so that as you enter the house, you built up anticipation to enter the next room. Cool effect. Via California College of the Arts: Team California Wins Architecture Contest in Solar Decathlon: "Team California wins the architecture contest with a score of 98 out of a possible 100. Evaluating three main factors - architectural elements, holistic design, and inspiration - the jurors praised Team California's house as beautiful in every respect. "

The pathway and ramps to the California Refract House were integrated with posters and materials to educate the visitor. And, the solar house's project manager answered questions from the front deck. She was a high energy, passionate speaker. This passion for communications has vaulted Team California to the top of the Communcations criteria. Via Department of Energy on Tuesday October 13: Team California Wins the Solar Decathlon Communications Contest: "Team California impressed jurors with the communications strategies, promotional materials, and people skills the team displayed while conveying the technical aspects of household solar energy systems to the public. "

More pictures after the jump. ...

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October 12, 2009

Solar Decathlon Germany House Technology Showcase

Team Germany's entry in the Solar Decathlon was designed and constructed by the Technische Universitat Darmstadt.

The roof panels and house exterior are integrated with solar photovoltaics. Single crystal panels are on the roof and thin-film CIGS are used on the exterior. The solar system is sized to make this house a significant net generator of power back to the grid. We will see how the team performs on the net metering criteria of the contest. It should do very well.

The two-story cube-shaped house has a nice exterior deck, modern kitchen and dining room, pull-out integrated beds and a cool loft design.

Continue reading "Solar Decathlon Germany House Technology Showcase" »

October 11, 2009

Solar Decathlon Rice University ZeROW House Designed for Affordability

Rice University students designed and built the ZeROW House, a zero energy row house, with affordability in mind. The appliances are smaller, efficient models to draw a lower load on the electrical system, which is powered by 4KW solar panel array.

This energy efficient row house is targeted for delivery and installation for low-to-moderate income families in Houston's third ward through the Row House Community Development Corporation.

These Rice University students were motivated and passionate about their creation and advancing the state of affordable and sustainable design.

Continue reading "Solar Decathlon Rice University ZeROW House Designed for Affordability" »

Insulation from Recycled Blue Jeans

blue jean insulation

I heard about recycled blue jeans being used as building insulation at the 2009 Solar Decathlon in DC this past Saturday (Oct 10th).

"UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation ... revolutionary patented manufacturing process that has created a superior and safe product. ... made from high quality natural fibers. ... Ultra TouchDOES NOT ITCH and is very easy to handle and work with."

" ... contains no chemical irritants ... requires no warning labels ... no VOC concerns ... it is safe for you and the environment."

" ... meets BondedLogic logothe highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. ... contains 85% post-industrial recycled natural fibers making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to use a high quality sustainable building material."

 " ... available to purchase nationally on The Home Depot website or through your local distributor."


Via:  Bonded Logic  LINK





















October 10, 2009

Solar Decathlon 2009 in Full Swing

Overhead view of Solar Decathlon 2009
Solar Decathlon 2009 is in full swing on the Mall in Washington DC. 

With the US Capital on one end and the Washington Memorial on the other it is an amazing site.  Sponsored by the U.S. DOE there are 20 houses showing what is possible with green technologies - using current off the shelf products and some very creative thinking.

Most of the teams are from US colleges  with several international entries ... including Spain and Germany.


Given parameters of 800 sq ft there are some very creative solutions.  Some stress extreme insulation, all have some sort of garden area, all have solar PV and some have solar hot water.  Most interesting is the creative use of 800 sq ft ...

As of this writing RICE is in the lead ... thought the difference between top and bottom on the ranking is not all that great.  Yesterday was very sunny so anyone with LOTS of PV was sure to get extra points ...

 Look for more posts and some GREENTECHNOLOG pictures ...


Via:  LINK


October 07, 2009

Greener Concrete

Concrete is everywhere and is a key component of modern infrastructure .... used in roads, buildings, bridges, etc.  It is also anything BUT green.  Not only is it typically gray - its manufacturing process is quite dirty.

"MIT Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm is obsessed with concrete and how to make it greener ... behind the reinvention of this backbone material ... that  happens to contribute up to five per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. "MIT Prof Franz-Josef Ulm

" ... in concert with the Portland Cement Association and the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation will try to ... reduc[e] ...the carbon emissions in concrete cement mfg plantproduction by 83 per cent over the next 40 years."

" ...  25 billion tons of concrete are produced annually on a worldwide basis versus 3.3 billion tons of lumber. ... production ... emits carbon dioxide (CO2) in two ways. Cement forms the glue in concrete and is made from limestone. However, limestone isn’t cement until the CO2 is baked out, a process that makes up half of concrete’s carbon emissions. ... other 50 per cent ... comes from fossil fuels used to heat the limestone up to 1,300 degrees Celsius. ..."

Via:  Smart Planet  LINK

October 06, 2009

Dow POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles

Dow Solar Solutions logoThe Dow Chemical company is active in the green energy space with several innovative products.  They recently announced their entry into the solar cell market with the " ... POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, ... panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. ... expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and ... more widely available in 2011, ..."

"... integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells into a proprietary roofing shingle design, ... design reduces installation costs because the conventional roofing shingles and solar generating shingles are installed simultaneously by roofing contractors ..."solar shingles

"... addresses two of the biggest challenges associated with solar power – cost and acceptance. "

Via:  Dow  LINK

September 28, 2009

Univ Minnesota Solar House Design, ICON-ic

The University of Minnesota Solar Decathlon home, ICON, deploys an asymetrical roof to capture the sun's rays on its photovoltaic panels. The University's team involved a diverse set of disciplines to collaborate on the design and construction. This green building uses solar, solar thermal, extensive insulation, and recycled construction materials to create an architecurally pleasing, energy independent home. ...
... "The U's ICON house, named for how its asymmetrical roof may come to symbolize solar homes in the future, is powered entirely by the sun. It has solar panels aplenty plus the latest in energy-efficient materials. " ...
Via University of Minnesota: Ready to Compete in the Solar Decathlon

Continue reading "Univ Minnesota Solar House Design, ICON-ic" »

September 25, 2009

Cylindrical Solar Photovoltaics to Power Penn State Natural Fusion Home at the Solar Decathlon

Penn State's entry in the Solar Decathlon, Natural Fusion, will deploy Solyndra's cylindrical solar panels as the power plant for their home. The team has also integrated a green roof into the design equation. Local residents can view the home today, before it is relocated to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the Depertment of Energy's competition. Good luck to the Nittany Lions. ...
... "Natural Fusion is the first residential project to utilize the Solyndra cylindrical photovoltaics, which captures more sunlight throughout the entire day than traditional flat panels, which can only capture the most intense sunlight in the middle of the day. It's a system called Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaics (GRIP V) where the properties of the green roof beneath the panels create greater efficiency in powering the house. " ...
Via Penn State: Solar-powered home design

Solyndra has a novel panel design that increases the total output of the solar power plant. ...

Continue reading "Cylindrical Solar Photovoltaics to Power Penn State Natural Fusion Home at the Solar Decathlon" »

September 24, 2009

Curio House - Boston's Solar Decathlon Entry

Boston's entry in the Solar Decathlon is called Curio House and is built mostly from off the shelf technologies and powered by the sun.  Cobuilt by Tufts University and the Boston Architecture School the building will be on its way to the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, DC in October.

See related post on the Solar Decathlon.

" ... designed to run entirely from solar energy. ..."

" ... team has focused its design on affordability, making an 800-square-foot building using almost entirely off-the-shelf products and technologies. ... lined up a buyer for the home in Cape Cod where it is supposed to be the first unit in a green housing development. ... projected cost of the building, big enough for two people and a small child, is about $200,000. ..."


Via:  ZDNet  LINK

September 13, 2009

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY is " ... a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. "

" ... is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification."Omerga Center for Sustainable Living

" ... the Living Building Challenge requires buildings to be informed by their eco-region's characteristics; generate all of their own energy with renewable resources; capture and treat all of their water; operate efficiently; and be designed for maximum beauty. ... six performance areas—site, energy, materials, water, indoor quality, and beauty & inspiration—and certain criteria to be met in each category in order for a building to be designated a Living Building."



Via:  Omega Center for Sustainable Living  LINK

September 12, 2009

European Green Head Office Uses Energy Storage System

BNP Paribas Fortis headquarters in Brussels will implement green building innovations by Imtech. BNP Paribas combined with Fortis earlier in 2009. The portfolio of green buidling technologies applied at this head office in Europe will result in a fifty percent reduction in energy consumption. ...
... "The residual heat released is used to heat the building. In addition, an innovative Borehole Energy Storage (BES) system is being laid. The system uses 100-metre-deep boreholes to temporarily store cold energy deep underground. This air is then transferred to the building via an ingenious, energy-conserving piping network, for climate conditioning. Solar panels are placed on the roof to preheat warm water for the building’s restrooms." ...
Via Imtech: Green head office in Brussels

September 10, 2009

Serious Materials - Green Building Materials

SeriousMaterials logo


Serious Materials produces a line of green environmentally friendly building products that help homeowners save energy ...

"... develops and manufactures sustainable green building materials that dramatically reduce the impact of the 'built environment' on the climate."

" ... aim for breakthroughs in product performance, without requiring changes in customer behavior or in how products are used – thus speeding market adoption."

" Serious Windows high-performance insulated windows and glass, which can reduce heating and cooling energy costs and emissions up to 40% ...QuietRock soundproof drywall & QuietHome Windows, which can reduce material use, GreenRock™, a green alternative to standard drywall ... uses 80% less energy to produce its core, resulting in 80% lower CO2 emissions. ... "

" ... manufacture products in ... Sunnyvale, California; Newark, California; Boulder, Colorado; Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. ... to create thousands of green collar jobs ... in the U.S. Products are widely available through building products dealers in the U.S. and Canada."

Via: Serious Materials LINK

September 08, 2009

More on Green Building Design - Video

Green Buildings are more than just green components assembled into a building. At a recent Green Building Summit in Menlo Park, Ca " ... tech executives discuss what is needed to construct and design "green" buildings. ... contend that many "green" buildings are not energy efficient and smart design means more than picking the right materials and products." Via: SmartPlanet LINK

September 04, 2009

Green Home Construction -- Video

Listen to Marc Porat, Chairman of the Board of Serious Materials, discus issues surrounding green homes ... from the Greentech MEdia's Green Building Summit ... how many can be built / retrofitted per year ... what does this do for energy savings and job creation ... " ... Serious Material Chairman Marc Porat discusses the challenges associated with building "green" residential homes. He believes it's important for the green industry to persuade governments to mandate environmentally sustainable buildings in order to speed up construction." Via: SmartPlanet LINK

August 28, 2009

Prairie Bunkers, LLC - Repurpose Buildings to Data Centers

Prairie Bunkers potential locations

 Prairie Bunkers LLC is repurposing WWII ammunition depots into secure energy efficient data centers.  These structures are built to withstand force 5 tornadoes.

In addition to the green aspect of repurposing an existing building ... there are others green features.


"Saves approximately 5000 cubic tons of carbon emission which would be produced by construction of a similar structure ... electrical provider .... has a high percentage of renewable energy, including hydro, wind and nuclear ... On-site solar and wind energy systems in planning stages ... Air Economizers to use “free cooling” from average annual temperature of 54 degrees ... Optional active geothermal ... heat pump system ... Passive Geothermal, provided by the bermed earth covering on three sides and top of bunkers ..."

" .... Native vegetation landscaping minimizes irrigation ... Fire suppression agent has zero carbon foot print ... UPS Options including flywheel technology ... Recycled building products including flooring tiles and cable trays ..."


Via:  Prairie Bunkers, LLC LINK


August 14, 2009

GE's Smart / Zero Energy Home

GE Zero Energy Home

Imaging a ZERO energy home.  Sound realistic? GE thinks so !

GE's “Net Zero Energy Home” ..." ... combines GE’s most efficient appliances and lighting, GE’s new energy management systems, and GE power generating and storing technologies. ... together, the system will enable a homeowner to achieve net zero energy costs by 2015."

" ... the Home Energy Manager, the central nervous system for the Net Zero Energy Home. ... smart thermostats will also be introduced ... to work in tandem with the energy manager. ... plans to develop residential power generation products like solar PV and residential wind products that will also contribute to the net zero concept."

" ... respondents in the U.S. and ... in the U.K. say they are willing to pay an increased monthly rate for smart grid technology if there is a corresponding reduction in overall energy costs by 15 percent."


Via:  GE  LINK

August 05, 2009

The HUB - GREEN Meeting and Event Centers in Philadelphia, PA.

The Hub logo

A current trend in office space for smaller companies or those looking for a remote presence is to rent by the day.  the HUB offers "GREEN Meeting and Event Centers" on an as needed basis.

" ... only privately-held LEED Silver Rated Meeting and Event Facility in the U.S. ...[LEED is] ... nationally accepted standard for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, ... less costly to operate and maintain, and reduce environmental footprint ...achieved a LEED-CI Silver rating at its Cira Centre location ..."inside view

There are many GREEN design elements incorporated including use of recycled materials, reduced water usage, brownfield redevelopment, and use of local materials.

"... The Hub is 100% wind powered, ... aggressively recycles ... discontinued the use of plastic water bottles in all of its facilities  ... More than 15% of the new materials ... were recycled ... More than 20% of the materials ... are of local origin (manufactured within 500 miles of the location) ... constructed on a rehabilitated "brownfield" railyard ..."


Via:  the HUb  LINK

July 31, 2009

New Belguim Brewing - Environmentally Friendly Brewers

 new belgium brewery logo

New Belgium Brewing is a green brewer ... read about some of their efforts and innovations in green brewing ... there are many many more on their web site.

Green building ... " ... using UV blocking windows, sun-tubes, and light shelves. .. evaporative coolers, we can condition our 55,000 square foot packaging hall with no compressors, using much less energy ... "

Green energy ... " ... methane produced by process water treatment is used to fuel a ... co-gen—which creates electricity and heat for the brewery. ... co-gen ... full-time, it can supply 15% of our electrical needs ... In 1999, New Belgium became the first wind-powered brewery ..."

Walk the Talk ... " .... members of 1% For The Planet ... through donations and fund-raisers, 1% of our revenue goes to environmental non-profits ...  encourage sustainable transportation, every employee gets a custom cruiser bike after one-year of employment."

Via:  New Belgium Brewing   LINK

July 27, 2009

Berkeley California Solar Map

Berkeley, California Solar Map

Berkeley, California is into solar and wants to help residents and businesses make the move to solar.   To help they offer two tools ...

> One tool is a solar portal that allows property owners to look at their roof and determine both the solar potential and the cost. 

>A second tool provides financing paid by by taxes

" ... Solar Mapping ... estimate the solar potential of their rooftops and view existing solar installations. ... get an estimated size of a photovoltaic (PV) system that would fit ... obtain detailed information on tax rebates and choose from a listing of available installers ... map reflects elements such as rooftop structures, the slant of the roof, shading ... and ... azimuth of the sun for PV panel placement."

" ... Berkeley FIRST program, a solar finance program ... provides property owners an opportunity to borrow money ... and repay the financing through property tax bills."



 Via:  MatterNetwork LINK

July 10, 2009

India Green Building

July 07, 2009

Microsoft Hohm - Energy Management - UPDATE

 Microsoft hohm logol

In an earlier post of this blog (June 25th,m 2009) I wrote about Microsoft hohm, a new beta software application that would help homeowners better understand their energy usage and give suggestions to save money.

Yesterday I got the link inviting me to try it ... here are some of the details ... 

 hohm is a web application that develops a detailed "picture" of your home and its energy use using a very detailed series of questions.  Questions cover ... the direction the front of your home faces ... and includes details about all major systems  and about the number of windows and square footage of widows on each side of the house.  See graphic to the right for pictures of the categories of questions.Miscrosof hohm graphic

As you fill out the questionnaire a series of "FYI / Did you knows?"   appear to increase your Energy IQ.

After filling out 75% of the questions I was able to get a list of "best ways to spend

50, 100, and 500 dollars".

So far I found hohm easy to use and informative ... and the initial Q & A took about 20 minutes.

More details as the "experiment" continues !



Via:  Microsoft hohm  LINK






July 01, 2009

Zwahlen's Ice Cream Goes Green With SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile

Zwahlens Ice Cream and Chocholate

 Zwahlen's is a local (Audubon PA) ice cream and chocolate establishment that just so happens to have the first commercial use of SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile Roof.

I was driving past the store last evening when my son told me about the sign on the front that  said --- something along the lines "the best ice cream under the sun is now powered by the sun".  I needed to check this out ... SRS logo

" SRS Energy, ...installed ... the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems, ... the first commercial installation of the Sole Power Tile(TM) system  ..."

"T...a great example of how time-tested traditions and cutting-edge technology can meet to create something beautiful," said Marty Low, CEO of SRS Energy and owner of Zwahlen's. "

" ... designed to blend seamlessly with several styles of US Tile's clay tiles, providing energy without the use of traditional solar panels that can compromise a building's roofline and curb appeal. ... preserves Zwahlen's charming Swiss chalet look."

"SRS Energy recently introduced the Sole Power Tile(TM) system to the greater Philadelphia region at the PV America show, held at the Pennsylvania Convention center during the week of June 7, 2009."

SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile can generate 500 Watts per sq ft.


Via:  EarthTimes  LINK

Via:  SRS Energy  LINK

June 30, 2009

Exolation - New Insulation developed in Philadelphia for newly created End Row Homes

Newly Created "end unit" row homwPhiladelphia is a city of row houses ... unfortunately many are in blighted condition and when they are town down the newly  created "end units" are poorly insulated.  Cleaning up the blighted homes causes the other homeowners to have basically little or no insulation on a large surface of their home.

Exolation insulation

"In the interest of creating local green jobs, the city hopes to find a local manufacturer." " ... product consists of layers of insulating foam (for thermal protection), high-density foam (to absorb impact), fabric (to prevent penetration of sharp objects), and a latex-stucco finish.  ... produce it in 2-by-4-foot panels that will be affixed to a wall with a foaming adhesive."

" ... Philadelphia University's help was enlisted after the city determined that existing exterior-wrap products were too expensive and not sufficiently durable."

Via:  Philadelphia University  LINK

June 26, 2009

Starbucks Sustainable Store Strategy

Starbucks updates its retail store strategy to incorporate strong sustainable design elements and will place emphasis on unique local characteristics at each location to accentuate the customer experience. ...
... "Derive 50 percent of the energy used in company-operated stores from renewable sources by 2010; Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making company-operated stores 25 percent more energy efficient by 2010; Achieve LEED certification for all new company-operated stores worldwide by late 2010; " ...
Via Starbucks: Store Experience Reinvention

June 25, 2009

Green Sears Tower Renovation Planned

Owners of the Sears Tower building in Chicago plan extensive green renovations to transform the energy profile of the building including operational efficiencies and power generation from rooftop solar photovoltaics and wind turbines. ... Via NY Times: Link

June 21, 2009

iGEN Lighting Controls

iGEN logo

One easy way to save energy and money is to turn off the lights when no one is around.  Older buildings often have lighting that can only control half or a quarter of a building's floor.  That is why so often you see all the lights on in a large section of an office building at night ... one person working and all the ligLightolier logohts on.


Lightolier's iGEN is one way to fix this problem ..." ..flexible lighting control solutions, whether you are connecting a few luminaires in a private office or hundreds in a building-wide system. ...building owners and architects seek effective digital lighting technology for intelligent buildings and green building design... iGEN delivers the means and the materials for sustainable, cost-efficient lighting practices ..."


Via:  iGEN / Lightolier  LINK

June 15, 2009

Wired Home in Chicago

Chicaog Wired Home

Wired Magazine has created their Smart Home  .. which is Green + Wired.  The design uses green materials and techniques along with tools to allow you to be GREEN with energy.

" ... high-design demonstration homes ... technologies we present aren't stuck in beta, but are available now. Trends driving the developments? Environmentally smart architecture, affordable automation systems, and real-time energy monitoring."

" ... use prefab construction ... automation systems we use are affordable, and upgradeable ... same access to energy data as the latest car dashboards, showing daily and weekly electricity and water consumption, as well as up-to-the-minute electricity pricing to help homeowners make smart decisions."

The Wired Home is open from March 19th, 2009 through January 3red, 2010.  If you are in Chicago and want to tour the home ... CLICK FOR DETAILS.

Via:  Wired  Link

June 04, 2009

Platinum LEED homes in Manayunk (Philadelphia), Pa

Sheldon Crossing - Manayunk, Phila, Pa

Green living options are increasing in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.  Manayunk is accessible to the R6 regional rail line to center city and is a very walkable village ...

Sheldon Crossing is a new Platinum LEED (to be certified) development ...

" ...16-unit carriage home development in Manayunk, PA, ... to meet and surpass green standards, which will earn us a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum level of certification. As we are redefining eco-conscious living, we have not lost sight of the importance of design. ..."

" ... less energy and resources consumed ... will result in significant savings for the homeowner as utility bills dwindle. ... Sheldon Crossing homes will use less energy, water, and natural resources. They create less waste, have less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. ... features to highlight are PV solar panels, green roofs, Icynene insulation, high efficiency heaters, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, water purification, heat recovery ventilators, smart home technology, Energy Star appliances, windows and doors and much more. ..."


Via:  SheldonCrossing  LINK

June 03, 2009

U.S. Wants to Go Green with White Roofs, White Roads and Light Colored Cars

whote roofs in Bermuda One possible way to save energy is to paint your roof white ... or some other light color.  This would keep buildings cooler and lessen the need for air conditioning.  Same for roads and other dark surfaces ... which would reflect heat back into space instead of warming the earth.  Concrete could be used instead of painting road a lighter color ...

" ... solution to climate change could be as simple as a big bucket of whitewash, ... Steven Chu believes that painting the world's roofs, roads and pavements white would keep buildings cooler as temperatures rise and cut the need for air conditioning."

"... the U.S. Secretary of Energy and a Nobel prize-winning scientist, said the low-tech solution would be as effective at reducing global warming as taking all the world's cars off the road for 11 years."


Via:  DailyMail  LINK

May 28, 2009

Net-Zero Green Building

Washington University in St. Louis celebrates grand opening of its Living Learning Center, which is designed to achieve zero net energy and zero wastewater. It is a great accomplishment that will further our understanding of these green building strategies. ...
... "The pavement surrounding the building is porous and will absorb almost all storm runoff. Waterless composting toilets will eliminate a major use of water and enable the collecting of waste that will be used as fertilizer for the surrounding grass. A 17-kilowatt photovoltaic system will power the facility. " ...
Via Washington University in St. Louis: Greenest building opens

Continue reading "Net-Zero Green Building" »

May 27, 2009

Taiwan's Solar Powered Stadium

Taiwan's solar powered stadium

Taiwan has built a solar powered stadium that can generate 100% of it's powder needs and can send power to the grid when the stadium is not hosting an event.

" ... solar-powered stadium that can generate 100% of its electricity from the sun. ... can hold 50,000 spectators and is made with over 8,000 solar panels."

"...will officially open in July for the 2009 World Games. ... ntegrates many other sustainable features such as permeable paving and maximum use of domestic materials and local labor." 

" .... [when] not being used, the government plans to feed surplus energy into the local grid, where it will meet approximately 80% of the neighboring area's demand. This equates to approximately 660 tons of carbon dioxide per year! "


Via:  WholeTravel blog LINK

May 26, 2009

greenfiber insulation

GreenFiber logo

One of the easiest ways to make you home more energy efficient ... and save on your heating and cooling bills is to insulate to the proper levels.  A poorly insulated (or not insulated) house is just letting your heat or air conditioning pass through the house.  

 EPA Recommended levels of Insulation

Recommended minimums for walls and ceilings are based on your geographic location ... LINK to see the appropriate R-Values for your location.

" .. high-efficiency thermal insulation and effective R-value. ... Reduce nuisance noise when used in walls. ... made from 85% recycled paper fiber. ... Support energy conservation programs focused on engreenfiber insulationvironmental responsibility."

" ... forms a monolithic blanket of protection—blocking air infiltration and convection currents that are both primary causes of energy loss. ... ... remains consistent through a greater temperature and application range than that of loose-fill fiberglass, ... can increase a wall's fire resistance by 22-57%. ..."


Via:  greenfiber  LINK

May 25, 2009

Greener Building

Eric Corey Freed discusses green architecture on this podcast (mp3) via Greener Cities.

May 13, 2009

801 Market St in Phila to be LEED Green

801 Marklet St, PhilaThe former Strawbridge and Clothier flagship department store in Philadelphia is being remodeled in a green way.  PA. REIT has posted window signs and made green dioramas in the store's street side display cases (most of the building has been closed for some time).

" ... bring together 16 state agencies in a former retail space, a 13-story historic building on Market Street, bringing renovations and modernizations throughout the space. ... the arrival of the state agencies will bring 750. employees to the Market East section of Center City, as the state consolidates agencies ... PREIT, which controls everything from the sub-basement to the sixth floor, will renovate vacant space to make room for retail on the first, second and third floors, while maintaining the historical aspects of the building and complying with LEED silver certification requirements."


Photos to follow ...


Via:  Phila Biz Journal  LINK



May 06, 2009

ebay Green Campus

ebay green campus eBay has many green aspects to its business model ... including the basic eBay design - helping people sell unneeded / unused stuff ...

They are also greening their campus by making the most of available sunlight, using a smart irrigation system, recycling / using recycled materials, using SOLAR and designing for and achieving LEED ...  ... 

" ... newest building, in San Jose, California, was designed and built to the  ... (LEED) Gold standard."

" ... automatic dimming system detects the amount of natural light ... and adjusts the electric light accordingly, resulting in an estimated 39% energy savings.... Recycled materials are used throughout, including 95% recycled structural steel, 38% recycled carpet tiles and 100% recycled workstation fabric. ... smart irrigation system ...  monitors weather conditions, including forecasts, dewpoint and relative humidity levels to determine the optimal and most efficient irrigation pattern."

" ... a 650 kW solar installation at our San Jose North location ...  3,248 panels cover more than a football field of roof space and will take up to 18% of our energy demand at that campus off the grid completely."


Via:  ebay  Link

May 05, 2009

SAP LEED Platinum Building Design Elements Demonstrate Enterprise Commitment to Sustainability

SAP's enterprise commitment to sustainability translates well into its facility expansions. The company's new office building at its Newtown Square campus demonstrates the potential that sustainable design practices can offer. The building is under review by the US Green Building Council for LEED Platinum-level certification and incorporates the smart use of sunlight, a greef roof, intelligent water management and recycling, geothermal heating and cooling, and time shifting of energy consumption. SAP collaborated with FXFOWLE Architects to deliver this achievement. Green construction techniques were adhered to. Here are highlights of sustainable design features from SAP's release. ...
... "Located on the 110-acre campus of SAP North America and adjacent to its existing LEED-certified building, the new building features a floor-to-ceiling glass exterior and an open-space plan that takes maximum advantage of daylight. The green grass roofs, the use of native and regional vegetation species in landscaping and the maintenance of extensive open space highlight SAP's goal of integrating the building with the surrounding natural environment. The new building also incorporates numerous innovative features to reduce water use. Rainwater from the green roof and other areas is collected in a 50,000-gallon cistern, which supplies water for landscape irrigation and the flushing of toilets in some of the building's bathrooms. Additionally, low-flow bathroom fixtures will greatly reduce water usage, with an expected saving of over one million gallons of water per year. Energy-efficient features abound in the building. Geothermal wells use the constant ground temperature of the earth to both heat and cool areas of the building. Lighting systems based on the concept of daylight harvesting are controlled by sensors that dim the lighting levels and raise or lower window shades based on the level of sunlight coming through the triple-glazed glass exterior wall. A hybrid air conditioning system produces ice during the overnight hours when energy demands and electric rates are lowest, with the chilled water from the melting ice used to cool the building during the heat of the day. " ...
Via SAP: New LEED Platinum Building

April 24, 2009

Comcast Philadelphia HQ is LEED Certified

Comcast Phila LEED BuildingComcast's HQ in Philadelphia is now LEED Gold certified ... and the tallest such building in the US.
LEED Gold logo
Read on for more  >>>

" ... received LEED Gold certification for the building's core and shell from the national organization. ... using 40 percent less water than a typical office building, with fixtures that save more than 3 million gallons of drinking water annually and waterless urinals in all restrooms that save 1.2 million gallons."

" ... a shaded plaza reduces the heat-island effect caused by pavement by 70 percent and ... low-E coating ... blocks 60 percent of heat while allowing in 70 percent of the sun's visible light, reducing energy used for air conditioning while using natural light to its fullest."

Via:  Philadelphia Business Journal  LINK

April 21, 2009

Smithsonian (Washingotn, DC) Goes Green was in Washington DC this past weekend and saw some small buses with the Smithsonian log on the side - promoting them as green hybrids.  This prompted me to see what else our nations museum is up too in the green space. 

Turns out quite a bit ... Read on for more >>>

" ... in 2008, 3.7 percent of our electricity came from renewable energy sources. ... reducing our carbon footprint [by]... 4.2 metric tons of greenhouse gases..."

" ... Smithsonian manages a fleet of over 700 vehicles ... As we finished 2008, over 76 percent of that fleet is now either hybrid electric or capable of working off of alternative fuels."

" ... have several people on staff who are LEED accredited professionals, ... design managers, architects and some engineers and are there to assist Smithsonian in seeking these LEED certifications."


Via:  LINK


April 16, 2009

ROI of Green Building Studied

Study looks at the return of investment for developing Living Buildings. As with any ROI calculation, the payback improves when the client has a holistic perspective and includes operating costs in addition to one-time project costs over a longer time horizon. Building scale, the location's climate and energy costs, and the use have significant impacts on the costs and the financal return of the green building investments. ...
... "Achievement of this highest documented level of sustainable design continues to be highly sought after, although a true Living Building has yet to be completed and certified. The purpose of this study is to provide much needed, up-todate information on the incremental cost between LEED Gold buildings and Living Buildings, and answer the questions regarding the anticipated payback. " ...
Via Cascadia Region Green Building Council: THE LIVING BUILDING FINANCIAL STUDY (PDF)

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April 14, 2009

Toronto Green Roofs

Toronto is considering legislation that will require a green roof on future new buildings of certain sizes. ...
... "Every building or building addition constructed after January 30, 2010 with a Gross Floor Area of 5,000 square metres or greater shall include a Green Roof with a coverage of Available Roof Space ... " ...
Via Toronto, Canada: Green Roofs Required (PDF)

April 12, 2009

Babcock Ranch Florida Solar City

Babcock Ranch is designed to be energy-efficient and the first city completely powered by solar energy. FPL will build a next-gen Solar Energy Center to produce 75 MW of electricity. ...
... "Babcock Ranch is the first city planned to be powered by the sun, with the majority of its electric needs generated from the largest on-site solar photovoltaic energy facility powering any city on earth. " ...
Via Babcock Ranch: Southwest Florida City

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April 07, 2009

Green House - Video Tour

bbc logoCheck out this BBC video of a prefab house ... some neat ideas that make for green living ...

" ... One of the exhibits at the TED2009 conference is a pre-fabricated house that boasts state-of-the-art technology and a sustainable design that promotes a green way of living. ... Peter Bowes was given a look inside the home. "TED logo

>>> To see the video "Inside the new 'green' house" ... LINK


Via:  BBC  Link

April 06, 2009

Green Empire State Building Renovation Reaches for the Gold

Johnson Controls collaborates with partners, such as the Clinton Climate Initiative, to remake the Empire State Building as the model for sustainability renovation that can be replicated to other commercial buildings. This building retrofit integrates multiple energy efficiency strategies to significantly reduce power consumption. The project schedule is front-end loaded with retrofit tasks that will accrue energy savings early as the building systems are completed. The project team expects the building to to achieve LEED Gold performance levels. ...
... "The program is expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 38 percent and will provide a replicable model for similar projects around the world. Work has already commenced, and building systems work is slated to be completed by year-end 2010. The balance of the work in tenant spaces should be concluded by end of 2013. Work that is scheduled to be completed within 18 months will result in over 50 percent of the projected energy savings. The balance will be an additional 36 months completed by 2013. The project will prove the viability for energy efficiency retrofit projects to dramatically increase building energy efficiency and reduce its overall carbon output with sensible payback periods and enhanced profitability. At the end of the project definition process, the team analyzed the steps to be taken in conjunction with other steps towards sustainability as part of the Empire State ReBuilding program within the framework of the existing USGBC LEED rating system. Internal calculations show that the Empire State Building will be able to qualify for GOLD certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings ... " ...

April 04, 2009

Vancouver Green Convention Center

March 25, 2009


Greenbuild 365 logo "Greenbuild365 expands USGBC's Greenbuild Conference to a year-round interactive green building learning portal. Educational opportunities ... are now available to anyone, anywher leed logoe. It is through green building education, outreach, and the sharing of best practices that USGBC's mission of a sustainable built environment within a generation will be achieved."

"Resources ... are organized into four primary categories, [ALSO] ...Course Catalog – Search for USGBC's core LEED offerings, ... Green Bytes – Download short videos, podcasts and articles to expand your knowledge even while you're on-the-go.  ... Greenbuild Expo Media Library – Watch videos of Greenbuild's keynote speakers ..."



March 17, 2009

Timberland's 474 Broadway Store in NYC

Timberland has a solid green business policty and their store on Broadway in NYC is another good example ... "Located at 474 Broadway,... our newest specialty store incorporates salvaged industrial elements with a modern, sustainable aesthetic. ...Green building practices included using materials salvaged or reclaimed from previous occupants, energy-efficient lighting, a more eco-conscious HVAC system, and wall paints and sealants containing reduced chemicals. Via: Timberland Link

March 10, 2009

Green Advantage - Green Building

greenadvantageWant to become certified in Green Building or looking for a Green Certified Contractor?

Check out Green Advantage >>>

 "Green Certification Available for Building-Related Practitioners ... environmentally consciouUSGBC logos client prefers structures that are ... energy and water efficient, ... healthier and environmentally friendly. Green Advantage® certifies your knowledge of the latest in "green" building practices, technologies and techniques. ..." 

" ... homeowners directly benefit from green building practices: lower energy bills, lower water bills, and healthier longer-lasting homes. ... cumulative effect of large-scale green building can have enormous benefits for the community, the nation and the planet. ..."

To find a Green Advantage certified contractor ...LINK


Via:  Green Advantage  LINK

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March 05, 2009

Top25 EnergyStar Cities

EPA identifies the Top 25 ranked cities with EnergyStar rated buildings. ...
... "1. Los Angeles, CA 2. San Francisco, CA 3. Houston, TX 4. Washington, DC 5. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 6. Chicago, IL 7. Denver, CO 8. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 9. Atlanta, GA 10. Seattle, WA 11. Boston, MA 12. New York, NY 13. Austin, TX 14. Detroit, MI 15. Milwaukee, WI 16. San Antonio, TX 17. Philadelphia, PA 18. Charlotte, NC 18. Portland, OR 20. Grand Rapids, MI 21. Sacramento, CA 22. Phoenix, AZ 23. Miami, FL 24. Riverside, CA 25. Madison, WI " ...
Via EPA: EnergyStar Labelled Buidlings

March 04, 2009

Starbucks Shared Planet

 Starbucks Shared Green Planet

Starbucks Shared Planet is " ...  commitment to doing business in ways that are good to the earth and to each other ... it's using our size for good....committed to minimizing our environmental footprint, tackling climate change, and inspiring others to do the same"Starbucks LEED plant

One shining example of this is their new (Feb 19th - 2009) South Carolina " ... state of the art roasting plant ... an example of the company's global commitment to green design and has been awarded LEED® Silver certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)."

LEED Logo" ...20 percent – of building materials were from recycled content and over 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. ... drought tolerant landscape and a portion of the power used for operations will be green power supplied by wind energy."

Via:  Starbucks  Link



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February 24, 2009

European Building-Integrated Solar

French farmer secures multi-million Euro investment to integrate solar photovoltaics into farm sheds, enabling electricity generation that will be fed back into the grid with a capacity over four megawatts. ...
... "The type of solar-panel roof Westphal is using -- known as integrated because the panels are built into the roof rather than superimposed -- is booming in France thanks to legislation creating 20-year contracts with strong incentives to sell electricity to the grid. " ...
Via Reuters: French Solar Farmer

February 19, 2009

Starbucks LEED Coffee Roasting Facility

Starbucks opens green roasting plant in South Carolina. The new facility has achieved the level of LEED Silver for New Construction. ...
... "The facility employs 100 full-time Starbucks partners (employees) and supplies coffee to the company’s southeastern U.S. stores. The facility is also is an example of the company’s global commitment to green design and has been awarded LEED Silver certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Using green design components certified by a third-party organization is part of the company’s strategy to help achieve the Starbucks Shared Planet goal to significantly reduce its environmental footprint by 2015. Starbucks invested in a variety of green design elements to help reduce the energy and waste generated by both the construction and operation of the facility. A significant amount – 20 percent – of building materials were from recycled content and over 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. The facility features efficient, state of the art lighting and water fixtures, drought tolerant landscape and a portion of the power used for operations will be green power supplied by wind energy. " ...
Via Starbucks Coffee Company: LEED Certified Coffee Roasting Plant

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February 17, 2009

Elon Green Building

University invests in new building with green design, materials, and energy. ...
... "Lindner Hall will also be Elon’s greenest building, using photovoltaic solar power cells and low-flow plumbing. According to E-Net, much of the building’s materials contain recycled materials and local products. " ...
Via Pendulum, Elon University: Evolution

January 27, 2009

Principles in Green Building Standards

Green principles that enable many building standards ...

January 25, 2009

Audubon Green Building Workshop

Sustainable home workshop begins this week. ...
... "This four-part workshop series begins Tuesday, January 27th with Green Homes 101: An Introduction to Green Building and features a panel of noted experts in the field of green building and home design ... " ...
Via Audubon Greenwich: Green Homes Workshop

January 24, 2009

Obama on Green Building

The impact of Obama policies on green building is discussed. ...

January 23, 2009

Sustainability Series - Radnor Township (Pa)

Radnor Twp logoRadnor Township has a number of "green" sites:  a new school has a green roof, restored wetlands at Villanova University and leaf pick up / composting by the township.  Now they are presenting a series of lectures on Sustainability in Radnor. 

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" ... Sustainability Series: Issues in Sustainable Living and Growth in Radnor Township ... GREEN BUILDING 101 ... Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 7 to 9 pm ... Radnor Township Municipal Building (also aired live on Comcast Cable Channel 10 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30)"

Topics covered include " ... What is Sustainability and Green Building ... How Green is Green? ... Promoting Green Building ... Making it Real in Radnor, a Success Story ... "

Via:  Radnor Township  LINK

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January 18, 2009

Office Depot Green Retail Store Achieves LEED Gold Rating

Office Depot achieves LEED Gold for Green retail store pilot. The store has demonstrated green building performance through significant energy savings, use of solar photovoltaics to offset electricity from the grid, efficient lighting and water conservation techniques. Kudos to Office Depot for their commitment to sustainability. ...
... "Office Depot received the Gold Rating for the Company's Store Prototype as well as for its first Green retail store in Austin, Texas which opened during the summer of 2008. The Office Depot Austin store was the first location the Company constructed following its environmentally preferable prototype design or master set of drawings. The prototype, which will be utilized for future stores where Office Depot manages the new construction process from the ground up, has now been recognized with Gold Certification, obtaining one of the highest levels of environmental sustainability. " ...
Via Office Depot: Retailer Receives LEED Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

January 13, 2009

AMD Austin Campus is LEED Gold

AMD's Lone Star campus in Austin, TX achieves LEED gold certification through renewably-sourced electricity, rainwater reuse, recycled construction materials, and native landscape plantings. ...
... "The Lone Star campus, which is home to AMD’s business operations and the Austin design engineering center, was designed and constructed by a diverse team of internationally recognized architects, engineers, ecologists and sustainability experts. The site development plan for the 58-acre, 870,000 square foot campus was based on three key tenets: limit site impact, protect water quality, and use innovative sustainable design. " ...
Via AMD: Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification

January 04, 2009

Sims Green Building

Green building meets The Sims. ...

January 03, 2009

PECO's First Green Building - West Chester, PA.

PECO logoAs part of their 2020 Low Carbon Roadmap .... PECO opened their first "green" building in West Chester (Chester County) Pa. 

" ... $2 million, 8-month project to open PECO's first 'green building' at the company's service site in West Chester, Chester County. ... expected to use about 20 percent less energy and 40 percent less water. ... the use of reflective roofing materials; low flow water devices; recycled construction materials, ... energy efficient lighting, ... and more .."



December 28, 2008

PECO Green Roof in Center Citry Phila, Pa.

PECO logo

PECO is installing a green roof at it's Phila HQ location at 23rd and Market Sts.  The planned 45000 sq. foot roof will " ... reduce the summertime temperature of a dark roof by 60 to 80 degrees, saves on heating and cooling costs, and grows without conventional soil..."

" ... green roof development ... is part of the company’s recently-announced comprehensive environmental initiative with a range of programs over the next several years.



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December 27, 2008

First Green Dental Office on the East Coaast - in PA

Here is the first I have read about Green Dentistry ... an established practice (over 50 years) in Aston, Pa that is Green Dentistry ... renovating to become GREEN.

" ...Dental Health Care Associates ... undergoing a major renovation ... and will soon become the first LEED certified "green" dental office on the East coast."

"... measures are being taken to create a state-of-the-art facility that will meet or exceed the Gold certification standards for LEED  ... buildings. ... renovations include, but are not limited to:tooth and toothbrush

    " ... recycled building materials ... Geothermal HVAC ... Solar and wind-powered energy ... No-VOC cabinetry, carpets, flooring, and paints ... rainwater collection tank ... Water-free landscaping ..."

Via:  Link

December 18, 2008

Honda's GREEN Data Center

Honda's Longmont, Colo Data Center

Honda has always been known for its fuel efficient and low emissions vehicles ... it is now known for its LEED cetrified data center in Longmont, Colo.Honda logo

" ... 61,000-square-foot data center, ... certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for green building construction. ... selected building materials based on proximity to the data center's location and ... recycled 73% of the construction waste ... left much of the site undeveloped and replanted trees and shrubs indigenous to the area."

" ... administrators were ... advised to decommission unused equipment quickly and to use management tools to ensure that servers are optimally provisioned...."

Via:  LINK

December 16, 2008

LEED Baseball Field

Penn State baseball field achieves LEED through green design features, such as waterless urinals, gray watering system, and intelligent lighting. ...
... "Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the baseball facility home to the Penn State team and the short-season Class A Spikes, has been certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as an environmentally friendly facility. " ...
Via The Daily Collegian: The Med

November 29, 2008

Leadership Award for Green Building Education

BuildingGreen: "Alex Wilson is the Executive Editor of Environmental Building News. "

November 26, 2008

California Academy of Science - Greenest Museum?

The California Academy of Sciences is an example of GREN design - from solar cells, to green roof, to skylights to reused literature ... See the Video for more ... Via: ZDNet LINK

November 25, 2008

Tour Honda Green Buildings

November 21, 2008

LEED Lending Increasing

Wells Fargo breaks the $2B threshold for lending towards LEED green buildings. ...
... "Doubled its commitments for LEED buildings from $1 billion to $2 billion; Increased the number of LEED buildings it has financed by 125 percent; Expanded its reach from financing LEED-certified buildings in 11 states and the District of Columbia to 19 states; Increased the type of LEED buildings financed to include a cold storage facility, data center and community center, in addition to office, mixed-use, industrial, retail, schools, multifamily; " ...
Via Wells Fargo: Financing for LEED-Certified Green Buildings

November 19, 2008

Vatican Solar Panels

Vatican Solar Panels

" ...the first solar panels have been installed on the Paul VI auditorium at the Vatican. ... BBC News reports Pope Benedict has become the first pontiff to harness solar power to provide energy for the Vatican."

"Roof tiles on the Paul VI auditorium, ...  are being replaced by 2,700 solar panels ... photovoltaic cells ... generating enough power to light, heat or cool the 6,000 seat hall ..."

" .... When ... not in use, the surplus energy produced will reportedly be fed into the Vatican's power network."


Via:  Link

November 15, 2008

Sustainable Design Education

The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology has been created by RPI and a leading architecture firm to develop advanced green strategies for building design by pushing the frontier of material use and building configuration. ...
... "CASE participants will explore the use of natural dehumidifying materials, the naturally cooling properties of terra cotta walls and ways in which a structure can be modified to harness wind energy. " ...
Via New York Times: Green Building Design

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM)

November 08, 2008

Green Roof Replacement in NYC

Penn State Scores with Green Roof Research

While we would enjoy an unbeaten season as much as any other fan, Penn State contributes to the advancement of green roofs with its research into species, growth rates, and maintenance. This green roof was installed on the roof of an old building, a root cellar. ...
... "The roof is divided into 6 equal size sections each with it’s own drainage that runs into the building and through a series of flumes to measure runoff flows. Four of the roof sections have an average of 4in of medium and the other 2 have 8in of medium. The sections are planted with sedums and other green roof plants and will be used to evaluate potential green roof species ... " ...
Via Penn State University Center for Green Roof Research: Root Cellar

Trane Green Building Education

Trane leader shares green building experience with students at Ball State and Indiana University at Bloomington. ...
... "Dave Sommer, business leader for Trane Indiana, discusses how green architecture incorporates innovative designs and technologies to significantly reduce a building’s negative impact on the environment." ...
Via Trane: Ball State University Indiana University visit

November 05, 2008

GREEN Living in Philadelphia's Western Suburbs

Pembroke North logoNewly opened condominiums in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia combine energy efficiency, LEED design standards, a green roof and is within easy walking distance of 2 tLEED for Homesrain stations.

" ... highly efficient energy and mechanical systems meet stringent environmental certification requirements ... making Pembroke North the first multi-family residential buildings to be registered for LEED-certification in the Philadelphia area ...". 

Green roof on parking garage" ... buildings have heating and cooling systems that employ heat pumps connected to extensive underground thermal pipe systems for tremendous energy efficiency. ..."

"LEED FEATURES ... High-Efficiency Window Glass ... Well-Insulated Roof and Exterior Walls ... Natural Light and Views ... Geothermal Heating and Air-Conditioning ... Tankless Hot Water Heaters ... "

Nearby Radnor Middle School also has a green roof ... that's 2 green roofs (at least0 in Radnor, Pa!

Via: Pembroke North  Link

October 04, 2008

Green Building Tour

Open house and tour of local green buildings ...
... "This year's Green Building Open House features 27 homes in Tompkins, Tioga and Schuyler Counties. Homeowners and/or green building professionals will be on site to answer questions and describe their green building features ... " ...
Via Cornell University: 2008 Green Buildings

August 04, 2008

Pittsburgh's Green Convention Center

Historically Pittsburgh was not thought of as a green city ... but a heavily industrialized one ... Today Pittsburgh has one of the nation's greenest buildings ... " ... trying to shed its image of a gritty, grimy steel town one building at a time. Its convention center is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings of its size in the entire country. ... boasts an organic garden, its own water reclamation plant, and a smart cooling system. The building was awarded gold-level certification on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings scale set up by the U.S. Green Building Council." See the video for more information Via: ZDNet Link

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June 30, 2008

Green Building Web Service

Autodesk provides architects with a software-based approach to green building through a web service that evaluates building components for energy consumption so that sustainability can be integrated early in the design process. ...
... "Green Building Studio tools enable architects and designers to evaluate the energy profiles and carbon footprints of various building designs. Files are shared between engineering software programs and among engineers and architects early in the design cycle, making sustainable design more efficient and cost effective. " ...
Via AutoDesk: Green Building Studio

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June 16, 2008

Green Building

 American Technion Society Green Building

Here is a truly green building that combines green thinking and agriculture ... providing a family  with greenhouse space for food and possible income. 

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" ... high-rise apartment complex includes greenhouse spaces that enable a family of four to grow a variety of vegetables for their own consumption, with enough left over to generate additional income. ..."

"... design will be used to construct a building in Wuhan, China. ... Groundbreaking on the new building is expected to begin this year."

"Each apartment has ... greenhouse space measuring approximately 100 square feet. These climate-controlled areas  ... will employ a system that utilizes soilless growing media ... a liquid fertilization system, and an advanced drip irrigation system. ... will use water recycled from the apartment units and rainwater harvested on the building's rooftop. The building will also feature solar heating and cooling systems and a geothermal system."

"Among its advantages are significant savings in energy, providing fresh, pesticide-free organic food, freeing agricultural land for forests, which contribute to the environment, preventing soil pollution by pesticides, and intelligent use of recycled water for irrigation."

Via:  American Technion Society 

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June 09, 2008

Largest Gold LEED Center

The Pittsburgh convention center is LEED Gold certified by embracing green design and practices, such as recycling of demolition waste, water reclamation, natural ventilation and illumination, and energy optimization. ...
... "The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is the largest Gold LEED certified green convention center in the USA and the first of its kind in the world. " ...
Via Lawrence Convention Center: Green Factor

June 02, 2008

LEED Science Center Breaks Ground

Utah university starts construction on new science center to satisfy growth in enrollment while embracing a green building design. The building design will reuse storm water, leverage daylight, and use local materials saving on transportation costs. ...
... "The new 60,000-square-foot, four-story Meldrum Science Center is the culminating project in Westminster's 10-year campus master plan. It will be LEED certified, underscoring Westminster's commitment to the environment. " ...
Via Westminster College: Meldrum Science Center Ground-Breaking

May 31, 2008

Citibank Branch Green Building Program Reaches for LEED

Citi achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pre-certification for its retail branch prototype through U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) pilot program. ...
... "New CitiFinancial branches in Austin, Texas, and Flint, Mich., and the Citibank financial center in Warrington, Penn., are the first Citi branches to be certified in this pilot program. An additional 27 CitiFinancial and Citibank branches were designed with the same features and are in the process of pursuing LEED certification. " ...
Via Citigroup: Milestone in Green Building

May 28, 2008

Citigroup Green Skyscraper

May 17, 2008

Eco-Friendly Paints Discussed

Building Green show explores the basics of green paint brands. ...

May 12, 2008

Green Building Standards Analysis

AIA reviews green building rating systems and makes recommendations that goals are established for efficient use of water resources and the life cycle value of a community or project is understood, in addition to construction costs. ...
... "U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED NC 2.2 system: This is good example of a rating system which provides a measurement of environmental achievement. Continued developments in life cycle assessment, requirements for renewable energy or carbon reduction targets for certified projects will continue to make this system an effective resource for architects. " ...
Via American Institute of Architects: AIA Study of Three Green Building Rating Systems

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April 29, 2008

Sustainable Design EcoPrinciples Discussed

Eco-friendly materials are highlighted ...

Green Roof at Schuykill Valley Nature Center (greater Phila, Pa)

RoofScapesSchuylkill Valley Nature Center (Phila area, PA)
Roofscapes, Inc. is " ... an engineering firm dedicated to developing the most elegant and efficient performance-based green roofs. ..."  Roofscapes is in Germantown, Pa (greater Philadelphia, Pa).

Schuykill Valley Nature Center roofOne of Roofscapes "green roofs" is at the Schuykill Valley Nature Center - just outside of Phyioladelphia PA.  The roof is not irrigated and covers 2,000 sq ft.

" ... 2” thick ...vegetated cover was selected to complement the other sustainable development technologies in this project. ... was required to be very thin ... Runoff from the green roof is channeled into the rain garden below on the ground. ..."



Via:  Roofscapes  Link

April 27, 2008

Cool Roof Coatings

Elastomeric roof coatings lower the power requirements for cooling flat roof buildings, saving money and conserving energy. ...
... "Because they are white, elastomeric coatings reflect more sunlight before it becomes heat. Traditional flat black roof coatings, such as asphalt, absorb sunlight and radiate heat. These elastomeric coatings also protect against cracking because they themselves expand and contract as part of the roofing material. The result is a cooler and longer-lasting roof, lower ambient air temperatures and energy savings for the entire building. " ...
Via Rohm and Haas Company: White is the New Black Gone Green... When It Comes to Roofs

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April 25, 2008

Green ACME Supermarket in Concordville, Pa.

Architect drawing of Concordville, PA ACME
The newly opened ACME in Concordville, PA is GREEN. 

How GREEN?  Very Green !!

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" ... What makes this supermarket so special? LEED registration and hopefully soon - certification!"

... Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ... promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality."..."

The complete listing of all the GREEN work / thought / materials / concepts that went into this building go on and on but here are some of the items ...

" ... is located within ½ mile of a residential area with 10 units per acre and has pedestrian access to 10 basic services within ½ mile ... Preferred parking (5% of total vehicle capacity) to be provided for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. ... Water Efficient Landscaping - ... No use of potable water for irrigation. ... Recycle or salvage at least 50% or 75% of non-hazardous construction waste. ...  ... an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan for the construction phase of the project. ...
Low Emitting Materials - ... Paints and Coatings ..."

Via:   Dever Architects   Link

April 23, 2008

Radnor (Delaware County, PA) Schools Go Green

Radnor Middle School Radnor Township (Delaware Country, Pa) recently opened their new Middle School.  It was designed from the ground up to be environmentally friendly as well as to provide a healthy environment for the students and staff.

Some of the energy saving features include: " ... Geothermal heating and cooling, ...'green roof' with plants that absorb storm-water, keep the building cool, and give off oxygen, Waterless urinals and motion-activated sinks, Motion sensors that adjust / turn off classroom lights reducing electrical load..."

" ... is the only green-roof school in Delaware County [PA]  ... . is eligible to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council ..."


Via:   Link

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April 21, 2008

Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa to use Goethermal Energy

Friends Center - Phila., PA.

Friends Select, an independent Quaker school in center city Philadelphia, Pa, is constructing a thermal energy system,.

Drilling holes " ... 1,500 feet below the sidewalk ... in search of energy savings."

" ... will use the ambient temperature of the ground, about 50 degrees, to heat and cool the Quaker-run office complex."

" ... costing $1.3 million, ... will help eliminate the center's emissions of greenhouse gases and cut its energy costs by an estimated 46 percent. The payback period: six to eight years."

Freied Select has other "green" application ... " ... a green makeover that includes solar panels, a vegetated roof, and rainwater holding tanks to flush the toilets."

Via:   Link

April 13, 2008

Green Architecture Lecture This Week

Green architecture movement will be discussed this week ...
... "Nicolai Ouroussoff, the chief architecture critic for The New York Times, will discuss green architecture on Thursday, April 17, at SUNY Cortland. Ouroussoff, who has written a number of articles pertaining to the green architectural movement for The New York Times magazine, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105. " ...
Via SUNY Cortland: New York Times Critic to Discuss Green Architecture

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April 11, 2008

India Green Building Design

Dupont collaborates with TERI to increase market awareness of green building design in India. ...
... "DuPont and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the cause of green building design and certification in India. " ...

Via Dupont: Green Building Design in India


GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program

GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program

"... a whole-home solution that benefits the environment and your wallet. Designed to lower overall household energy consumption, emissions and indoor water consumption,... combines building science with high performance products ..."GE logo

FACT: "A 2,500-square-foot house in Texas built to the ecomagination Homebuilder Program specification is designed to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 5 tons annually, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of driving more than 10,000 miles in an average U.S. car, or to the CO2 absorbed by 1.3 acres of a Southeastern forest each year.

FACT:  A 2,500-square-foot home built to the ecomagination Homebuilder Program specification is designed to save the homeowner US$ 600 to upwards of 1,500 USD on annual utility bills versus an industry-standard average new home due to significant energy and water savings.

Source: GE Consumer & Industrial


Via:  GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program  Link 


March 28, 2008

University LEED Silver Green Building

Saint Xavier University starts its second green building, which will target LEED Silver certification. ...

March 15, 2008

Green Building Could Stem Global Warming

Recently presented report shows that conversion to green buildings could play strong role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ...
... "The study, which was released at an environmental conference in Vancouver yesterday, points out that buildings in North America, including those in Canada, release 35 percent of all CO2 emissions. " ...
Via London Free Press: Green buildings

March 11, 2008

Green Building Residential Market Assessment

Market growth for green homes is expected to expand significantly over the next five years, while the percentage of green products is nearing fifty percent of the remodeling market. ...
... "The size of the homeowner remodeling market that is using green products is large: 40% of homeowners remodeling their houses are doing so with green products, especially their windows and heating and cooling systems. " ...
Via McGraw Hill Construction: Green Homeowner Market Assessment

March 10, 2008

LED Lighting for Green Buildings

March 07, 2008

Green Building Ideas and Design Studio in Philadelphia, Pa


Want to go green and not sure how to start?  Kpeco wind powerednow a lot and just want some ideas?

Check out GREENABLE.

" ... is Philadelphia's premier resource for interior and exterior green building products and services for residential & commercial projects."

"... a can of paint, a green roof installation, or an entire residential or commercial design project, Greenable does it all. ... located in Old City on Market Street between Front and 2nd."

Via:   Link

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March 05, 2008

Green Tips on Sustainable Building Design

Architects discuss the eight steps to green building design and practices. ...
... "he defined the actual concept of sustainable design as a functional, durable, healthy for occupants, energy-efficient and designed to work with exterior environment and location to optimize comfort and utility. ” ...

Via Cornell Daily: Green Building Tips


February 22, 2008

Drexel University Smart Home

Drexel University - Smart House

Drexel University's Smart House "... is a student-led, ... project to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory" [to] ... conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting."

Drexel Logo

" ... toward the goal of creating a building that functions like a home and serves as a laboratory ... will provide an exemplary model and testing environment of an improved approach to home life while specifically improving the lives of the individuals inhabiting the house."

The sSmart House will focus research on 5 Areas:

  • "Environment ... decrease the environmental footprint ...implement sustainable and environmentally friendly products"
  • "Energy ... investigate alternative energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, ... ultimate goal is to generate all energy on site.
  • "Interaction ... addressing the way in which people interact with technology ... to create an intelligent and aware living environment. "
  • "Health ... Indoor air quality ... will be incorporated into the Smart House. "
  • "Lifestyle ... increase the efficiency of our day-to-day living. ... more efficient living and work spaces..."


Via:  Drexel University SmartHouse  Link

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February 14, 2008

Japan Green Roof

Lightweight green roof tour, in Japan ...

February 13, 2008

gbXML Sustainable Design Software

Autodesk acquires web-based energy analysis software through Green Building Studio, expanding its offerings to the sustainable design community. ...
... "Green Building Studio Inc. developed the Green Building XML (gbXML) schema and launched the Green Building Studio web service in 2004. The web service offers whole building energy, carbon, and other analysis tools for architects and designers using CAD and BIM software from Autodesk and other industry providers. Green Building Studio provides the ability to quickly and efficiently analyze building design proposals, providing building performance information to support sustainable design. Autodesk currently plans to continue support for the Green Building Studio web service and gbXML as an open standard, and to strengthen the web service's integration with its BIM software. " ...
Via AutoDesk: Sustainable Design Product Portfolio

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February 10, 2008

UN Green Office

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February 07, 2008

Solar Decathlon 2009 Lineup

Department of Energy has selected twenty university teams for competition in the DOE's Solar Decathlon planned for the National Mall in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2009. ...
... "This year’s teams have been selected from universities in the United States, Canada, and Germany and each team will receive $100,000 from DOE to uniquely design, build and operate an energy efficient, fully solar-powered home for this unique competition. Each home will utilize energy efficient technology and demonstrate that homes powered entirely by the sun do not have to sacrifice all the modern comforts and aesthetics Americans are accustomed to. The Department's Solar Decathlon complements the President's Solar America Initiative, which seeks to make solar power cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015. " ...
Via Department of Energy: Student Teams Selected

January 30, 2008

Green Building Features

January 28, 2008

LEED Gold Building Pacific University Sustainability Strategy

Pacific University will open its new Berglund Hall, designed with a foundation for LEED Gold capability, on the Forest Grove campus . ...
... "Walsh Construction led work on the building, designed for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in keeping with the University's sustainability drive. Berglund is the fourth new green building project for Pacific. In addition to environmental and resource saving materials and systems, the five trees cut down to make space for this project were reused in the building itself. An impressive table in the boardroom was one way the trees were used. Recycled wood was also used as trim, wainscoting, and on banisters. " ...
Via Pacific University: Green Building Opens at Pacific University Feb. 1
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January 27, 2008

Green Buildings Expected to Grow

With the real estate market in a slowdown, the green building market is forecast for growth. ...
... "He used all Sherwin-Williams paint from the Harmony line, which has no volatile organic compounds. He also used carpeting made from natural fibers, dual-flush toilets and sinks made from recycled materials. " ...
Via Detroit Free Press : Eco-conscious design

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January 24, 2008

Greener Gadgets Conference in N.Y.C. Feb 1, 2008

Greener Gadgets ConferenceNew York City is hosting the Greener Gadget Conference on Feb 1, 2008.  The one day event details:

10am - 6pm
McGraw-Hill Conference Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY

"... industry leaders, entrepreneurs, [and others] ... will gather to discuss the business case for the greening of the consumer electronics industry. ... featuring ...  consumer electronics companies ..., innovators from academic thinktanks, members of startups ... and some of the leading minds in the word of sustainable design and business. Topics to be addressed include: design for sustainability, product life cycle management, take-back and recycling programs, energy efficiency, greener materials, and green lifestyle and product marketing. An attached gallery space will feature a green prototype office display and technology exhibits from companies on the cutting edge of green tech."

" ... will showcase revolutionary design and tech innovations that will shape the future of the consumer electronics and change your world... for the better."

Some discussion points: 
  • "Environmental initiatives from leading consumer electronics companies, such as take-back and recycling programs"
  • "New environmentally sensitive materials, product lifecycle and design for sustainability"
  • "Innovations in renewable energy technologies, such as fuel cells, kinetic energy, wind and solar power"Greener Gadget Conference

Via:  Link

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January 21, 2008

Greening our Schools- Green Flag Program

Green Flag Program Logo Some schools are already green.  Others are just getting started.  Many need help with a structured program to guide them. Green Flag Logo

Green Flag promotes 4 key areas:

-- Indoor Air Quality - looking at mold, irritants, etc
-- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, - pretty self explanatory
-- Non Toxic Products - cleaning products and others
-- Integrated Pest Management - for grounds and indoors

"Schools across the nation are using the Green Flag School Program to make their schools healthier places to work and learn. ... Achieve recognition for ... your school already does, and improve your program with the support of teachers and field experts across the country. ... check out the Green Flag School Program today!"


Via:  Green Flag Program  Link 

January 13, 2008

Green Building Cost Competitive for Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin builds green for a negligible premium of 1.5 percent. The company also sees its green building and a green enterprise strategy as attractive to future talent. ...
... "Lockheed Martin Space Systems has constructed the first buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif., to comply with the rigorous standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The fleet maintenance facility and automatic storage and retrieval system building cover a total of 33,000 square feet and feature a wide range of green construction features, such as light-colored roofs (to reflect heat), trees to shade parking spaces, full cutoff fixtures to reduce light pollution, low-emission building materials and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. " ...
Via Lockheed Martin: Space Systems Green Buldings

Zero Emision Research Station

 zero emission research station in antartica
Antarctica is probably one of the last pure pristine place on earth.  It is also home to the Belgian research station Princess Elizabeth, in Utsteinen, Antarctica. 

Can the two exist in harmony?  Can a research station be GREEN?

Read on for more >>>

Zero Emission Research Station in Antartica

T" ... designed with the environment in mind. ... built using eco-friendly materials, as well as to minimize energy consumption and waste. ... will operate completely on renewable energies. ...eight wind turbines well as approximately 380 square meters of solar panels on and nearby the station."

"... will use only 20% of the energy used by a comparable station. Heating will be done via a mixture of passive and active systems, including a heat recovery system ..."


Via: Inhabitat  Link

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January 10, 2008

LEED Gold Green Condos in LA

Advanced green buildings in Los Angeles condominium showcase responsible development. ...

January 09, 2008

Sweden's "People Powered Heating" System for Buildings


Body Heat Rising from athlete's headHere is an interesting idea ... harness the body heat from commuters to warm a building.  instead of radiating into the air ... an interesting idea in Sweden uses that heat to heat a new nearby office building.  

>>> Read on for more.large building with lots of people - heat source?

" ... heat from hundreds of thousands ...  will be used to heat a new office building..."

"...body heat would warm up water that in turn would be pumped through pipes .. ".

"... old technology, but used in a new way. ... expects the system to bring down heating costs in the building by up to 20 percent. "

I" ... system is not expected to be complicated or very costly,..."


Via:  Physorg.Com  Link

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January 05, 2008

Green Buildings Operating Benefits

With a hot real estate market, Atlanta sees strong interest in green construction. Real estate agents must get educated on green features. Prospective homeowners must be prepared to question builders about their green building techniques. Ultimately, green home will benefit the homeowner with lower operating costs. ...
... "The owner of a green home pays less per month in total and owns a more valuable asset. Plus the home is more comfortable and has better indoor air quality. " ...
Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Green Home Market

January 04, 2008

Urban Green Roofs

Lovely host, from RiverWired, tours urban green roofs. ...

January 03, 2008

Sustainable Home Construction Timelapse

Timelapse video of the construction of Heliohouse, a sustainable home that you can rent. The house incorporates a number of sustainable, green building techniques, such as building materials from recycled material. ...


January 02, 2008

Green Building Growth Accelerating

American Institute of Architects (AIA) studies the growth of green building policies in the nation. One in seven cities have a green building program and the growth rate is accelerating such that one in five cities will achieve the same in 2008. ...
... "The report, Local Leaders in Sustainability, analyzed 661 communities best practices, strategies and trends, as well as provides recommendations for cities that are looking to implement green building programs. " ...
Via American Institute of Architects: Cities with Green Building Programs Have Increased More Than 400%

December 31, 2007

LEED Professional Certification

Beginning in January 2008, the Green Building Certification Institute will provide administration of the LEED Professional certification program. ...
... "GBCI will manage all aspects of the LEED AP program including exam development, registration and delivery. GBCI will also oversee the development of the maintenance program for LEED AP credential holders. " ...
Via GBCI: Green Building Certification

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December 21, 2007

LEED Green Building Supported By Chain of Custody Certification

With green building trends increasing, the whole building value chain can be navigated sustainably. The Forest Stewardship Council will certify forests and provide chain-of-custody certification when products flow through the supply chain to their final destination. ...
... "Chain of custody certification is especially important to commercial building projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. " ...
Via The Ellsworth American: Green Building

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December 18, 2007

Green Roof Discussion

Green roofs discussed from Ladybird Johnson Center in Austin, Texas. ...

December 17, 2007

Florida Green Building Achieves LEED Silver

The Florida Solar Energy Center manages pilot program for green building and supports the achievement of LEED Silver certification for Florida residence. ...
... "The Florida Solar Energy Center completed several inspections and performance tests on John and Pamela Parés new home, which features solar water heating, high-efficiency windows and doors and many other environmentally friendly features. " ...

Continue reading "Florida Green Building Achieves LEED Silver" »

December 05, 2007

Green Waterfree Urinal

Falcon Waterless Technologies - logo

What is a waterless urinal?  waterless urinal details - inside view
How does it work? 
How does it save money and or energy?

Waterless urinals are now being installed in buildings around the country.  I saw them this week at the US HQ (PA) of a major German software company ...

They mount like an ordinary urinal but have a drain only - now plumbing is needed to "flush" so there are energy saving s in construction, less water and maintenance. 

waterless urinal " ... As much as 5% of fresh water consumed is currently used to carry away urine. Each Falcon Waterfree  ... saves an average of 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) of fresh water per year. ... No energy need be used to treat this water, nor does it produce carbon dioxide emissions as a byproduct of its treatment. ... "

A" ... very little maintenance ... no moving parts ... only maintenance is an easy change of the cartridge, performed approximately three to four times per year."

Via:  Falcon Waterless Technologies Link

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December 03, 2007

Green Building Benefit Anecdotes

LEED certified and green buildings offer their owners additional benefits than the obvious operating savings. See the LEED rating system. ...
... "Green buildings generate 3.5 percent higher occupancy rates, 3 percent higher rental rates and have a 6.6 percent improved return on investment, Katz said. Additionally, green buildings see an average increase of 7.5 percent in building values ... " ...
Via NuWire: LEED Leads to Profit

November 26, 2007

Chemical Company Adds Environmentally Advanced Green Roof

Rohm and Haas Logo

Rohm and Haas (NYSE: ROH), a Philadelphia, Pa based global chemical company, is updating the roof on their corporate HQ building.  The roof is approx 40,000 sq. feet and and is being coated with a polymer to reduce the heat impact of the roof.  Reflective Roofing Material Being Applied

" ... summer cooling offsets any heat gain by a black roof in winter more than tenfold, ... project will be completed by the end of October and will include monitoring devices that will ... track energy savings.

" ... Philadelphia is currently seeking to increase standards for new and replacement roofs ... new Rohm and Haas roof coating exceeds the current state regulations and would meet the proposed city regulations, should they be adopted."

“... using this roof coating technology, we reduce the indoor air temperature as well as the urban heat island effect, reducing energy costs ..."


For a High Res pic of the Reflective Roofing Material being applied ... Link

Via:  Rohm and   Link

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November 14, 2007

New York Governor's Mansion Goes Green

 New York Governor's Mansion

"Silda Wall Spitzer, ... wants to turn the governor's mansion ... into a modern model of energy efficiency ... “Greening the Mansion” will cut its electrical energy consumption by 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by panels

Highlights include:

* solar panels
* a fuel cell to  replace back up dielsel powered generator
* energy efficient appliances

Via:   Link


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November 12, 2007

Home Depot Smart Home Creates Living Lab for Energy Efficiency

The Smart Home, sponsored by Home Depot, at Duke University is now open. It is designed to LEED gold standards and will create an environment for students to experiment and learn about sustainable living. ...
... "Once they move in, the 10 residents will automatically become ambassadors of sustainable lifestyles, conducting tours and answering questions about energy-efficient, environmentally responsible living in a stylish, high-technology setting. The residence hall and research laboratory is the centerpiece of a much larger program in which more than 100 students are conducting research on smart living. Primarily focused on undergraduates, the program encourages students from different academic disciplines to form teams and explore smart ways to use technology in the home. " ...

Continue reading "Home Depot Smart Home Creates Living Lab for Energy Efficiency" »

November 09, 2007

Near Zero Energy Home

BASF Near ZERO Energy HomeWhat is a green home?
What makes it special or different?

>>>> Read on to learn more... 

"Transforming the residential market to green building is critical to our efforts to halt global climate change. By earning LEED Platinum certification for the Near-Zero Energy Home, BASF is having an immediate, measurable impact on energy use and CO2 emissions ...BASF's leadership in achieving LEED Platinum certification sends a powerful message to the marketplace, and will help accelerate the adoption of green homebuilding nationwide."80% energy saving

"... a demonstration home for innovative BASF technologies promoting high-performance, energy efficiency and ecological benefits in new housing. ..."

"... will incorporate Zero-Energy Housing (ZEH) concepts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the building science principles of PATH/Build America expert, Steve Winter, AIA."

"... Near-Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) pilot testing for the recently launched Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) rating system, under which it has achieved the Platinum level. The home will be designed to achieve Energy Star certification and, with the inclusion of solar panels, will support New Jersey's Solar Initiative Program."

Via:   Link

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November 06, 2007

Green Building Supplies and Services

rateitgreen Want to know more about Green building materials and services?  Looking for that special green product or service?

>>>> Checkl out .... a "... diverse community of individuals and professionals interested in finding and sharing the best in green building and design products and services.  ... offers several key ways to learn from and share information with your peers:

Via:   Link

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Greenbuild Conference - Nov 7 - 9, 2007 in Chicago

greenbuild 2007

Want to learn more about green building?  Want to meet others who share this desire and learn what is new in the industry?

>>>> Then check out greenbuild in Chicago on Nov 7 - 9, 2007 in Chicago! 

"... Come join 18,000 other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. ... will take place in Chicago at the new McCormick Place West Building."

"At Greenbuild 2007 we'll explore "Accelerating Green Communities" with outstanding educational sessions, exciting speakers, special events and tours, and our largest exhibit hall ever."

" ... is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties."

Via:  greenbuild  Link 

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November 03, 2007

Sustainable Building Insights

Developer provides perspective on sustainability in development of communities. ...

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November 02, 2007

L.L. Bean's Green Building

Green building are much more common ... seems that the more there are there more demand there is and the easier for people to get their hands around what it is really like ... could this work for you?

Read on ...

First off ... what makes for a green building?  An accepted standard is LEED - Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design. 
Burlington, Mass green store
"(LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. ... we are committed to LEED standards to help minimize the impact upon the environment."

"Here are just a few ways we have incorporated “green design” into our new stores:

• "The rubber flooring ... [recycled] from old car tires, ... carpets have a high percentage of recycled content."
• "Fixtures .. from reclaimed wood and steel."
• "All new wood is certified ... from well-managed and sustainable forests."
•" Paints, carpets and adhesives contain minimal volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to reduce toxic fumes."
• " ...a minimum of 75% of construction debris was sent to recycling facilities rather than landfills."

• "Our recycling program includes glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard."
• " ... indigenous plants in landscaping eliminates the need for irrigation systems."

• " ... lighting control system takes advantage of natural light brought into the store by the large windows."
• " ... sensors regulate climate control in each area of the store."
• " ... bicycle storage and changing rooms encourages employees to ride their bikes to work."

October 31, 2007

Green Research Facility Will Build at LEED Platinum

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) begins construction on its energy-efficient and green Research Support Facility in Golden, CO. ...
... "NRELs new Research Support Facility promises to be one of the most green buildings ever constructed; the new Renewable Fuel Heating Plant will use biomass to cut NRELs future natural gas use by 75 percent; and the Mesa Top PV Project a new five-acre photovoltaic array, and one of the largest solar power systems in Colorado will help power the labs main campus. It will make substantial use of daylighting, dramatically reducing energy use and providing a pleasant and productive working environment. The RSF has been designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Platinum designation, the highest benchmark awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. " ...

Continue reading "Green Research Facility Will Build at LEED Platinum" »

October 27, 2007

Green Home Geodesic Dome

Cute trailer on green home with geodesic dome and alternative energy sources. ...

October 12, 2007

Green Building and Sustainability in Academia

Rider University embraces sustainability practices, including green building techniques for new investments such as dorms. ...

... "The building, with a target completion date of May 2009, would be Rider’s most environmentally conscious, with waterless urinals and solar shingles. The building would reduce energy costs and water use. " ...


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Green Bio-Roof Uses Soy Polymer Coating

Chicago aquarium uses energy efficiency techniques, such as reflective roof made of soy polymers. Soy Roof...
... "The white roof coating helps reflect sunlight and reduces energy usage by lowering the building's cooling needs. " ...

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October 11, 2007

Chicago's Green Exchange is First Green Mall

 Green Exchange
"The four-story 250,000 SF, Green Exchange, ... 2545 West Diversey Avenue, is to be converted in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, with an aspiration to achieve a Silver certification. ... creating an epicenter for green businesses and organizations in the Midwest U.S."

" ... the Green Exchange when it (hopefully) ... tenants ... currently on board include an eco-freindly printer, a sustainable furniture store, an eco-clothing store, a car sharing service, and a bike shop. ..."


Among the Features:
  • Located 10 minutes north of the Chicago Loop, at a full-service interchange fronting I-94 with access to major Chicago streets and public transportation
  • Loft style spaces with tremendous natural light
  • 9,000 SF courtyard garden area
  • State of the art green roof
  • High-efficiency HVAC, water and energy systems
  • Energy efficient windows and doors
  • Building paint and stains all eco-friendly for clean air quality
  • State of the art communications technology

Among the Amenities:
  • Bike room and showers
  • Car-sharing service
  • Priority hybrid parking

Via:  GreenExchange   Link
Via:   Link

October 06, 2007

Solar Decathlon Design Homes

University of Missouri design team's solar home will participate in the Solar Decathlon student competition at the National Mall on Oct. 12-20.  This home is affordable. ... Solar Home built by Univ of Missouri design students
... "Energy from the solar panels on the roof of the new house is converted from DC to AC power, which is used for the lighting, cooling and heating. The lighting and the house’s sound system are run on fully-automated sensors. Solar power is also used to run all of the energy-efficient appliances and to charge a small electric car. UMR is one of 20 collegiate teams selected to receive $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the construction of new houses for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. " ...

Via UMR, University of Missouri Rolla: Solar house


October 02, 2007

National Solar Tour 2007 (Oct 7)


National Solar Tour MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Oct 7th, 2007!

The ASES (American Solar Energy Society) National Solar Tour is Saturday Otc. 7, 2007 all across the with soar panels


As the green dude is from PA and the green tech is from NJ let's see what is planned for those states ...

"... ASES National Solar Tour is the largest tour of sustainable energy features for buildings in the U.S.  Now in its 12th year, some 100,000 people ... see how neighbors are using clean sources of energy to save on energy bills and protect the environment. Through a series of open-houses and informative tours participants learn about renewable energy options, energy efficient design, real-world costs, current rebates available, and other valuable insights."


Look for a report later in the month ...  


PA ASES Solar Tour   Link

NJ ASES Solar Tour  Link

Via:  ASES  Link

September 30, 2007

Solar in Green Building

Solar technologies in green building, seminar this week ... Monterey Bay California
... "U.S. Green Building Council-Monterey Bay will meet Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Moss Landing Marine Labs, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. Topic: SOLAR TECHNOLOGY Speakers: Roger DeNault, president of Solar Technologies, Santa Cruz, and a representative from PG&E on solar incentives ... " ...

Via Santa Cruz Sentinel: Business Calendar


September 28, 2007

A Greener Wal-Mart: High Efficiency Stores



"Wal-Mart ... [NYSE: WMT] ...will open ... [Jan. 18, 2007] in Kansas City, Mo. the first ...High-Efficiency stores that will use 20 percent less energy than a typical Supercenter.  ... will help the retailer move one step closer to achieving its  environmental goals, which include using less energy and producing less waste."

"In 2005,
Mal-Wart opened two experimental stores in McKinney, Texas, and Aurora, Colo., to test several different environmentally friendly technologies, ranging from wind power to pervious pavement, from waterless urinals to light-emitting diodes. ... plans to open the next High-Efficiency store in Rockton, Ill., this spring."

"To achieve the 20 percent energy reduction ... the company will target two main energy-consuming units: the heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), and the refrigeration system. ... the new HVAC and more efficient refrigeration systems are fully integrated so that 100 percent of the heat rejected by the refrigeration system is reclaimed into the HVAC. The reclaimed heat is then converted into usable energy. By incorporating a loop-piping design, the ... system also reduces the amount of installed copper and the total refrigerant charge required."

"Other energy-saving technologies ... include the installation of ultra-efficient case fans, glass doors on medium temperature grocery cases, RollSeal® quick response doors to seal air in areas such as the Garden Center, and a top-of-the-line dehumidification system. ... a daylight harvesting system, which uses skylights to refract daylight throughout the store and light sensors ...  During periods of higher natural daylight, the system then dims or turns off the store lights when they aren’t needed, ..."

"... also features GE’s energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) refrigerated case lighting. LEDs have a longer life span than fluorescent bulbs, produce less heat and use significantly less energy than typical grocery case lighting. ... motion sensor-driven LED lights have been installed in all freezer and medium-temperature refrigerated cases.  ... the lights in these cases automatically turn off, and quickly turn back on when a customer approaches."

" committed to selling products that sustain our resources and our environment. As part of this store’s grand opening events,...donation of 21,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), Wal-Mart will aid the city’s campaign to distribute CFLs to low-income and senior citizen households in Kansas City, Mo. ..".

Via:  Wal*  Link

September 25, 2007

Sunlight Direct Solar Lighting

Sunlight Direct - Process

One way to make your home green is with Solar Lighting.  In new houses this can be designed in - but what about an older house?

Sunlight Direct technology uses the sun to bring sunlight into home.  How ?

Read on for more information ...

Sunlight Direct Solar Lighting

"... Hybrid Solar Lighting (HSL) technology uses a solar concentrator to collect and distribute sunlight ... via plastic optical fibers.  Sunlight Direct is proud to be the exclusive provider of Hybrid Solar Lighting systems in the United States and abroad."





"How much light can one system deliver? - .  ... HSL3010 system can deliver 50,0000 lumens ... equivalent to approximately 17 fluorescent lamps or 45 PAR38 60W halogen lamps."


"Why not just use a skylight? -  Skylights ... function as a simple means of bringing natural light into a building.  ... skylights have a number of drawbacks that can limit their application, ... These can include:

- Significant source of heat loss or heat gain

- Can constrain design of building shape and orientation

- Susceptible to water leakage

- Not appropriate for low ceilings

- A source of light pollution at night

- Cannot be easily turned off

- Security concerns


To see locations of Beta Sites ... Link

Via:  Link

September 12, 2007

Green Buillding - Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies - Oberlin College

Adam Lewis Joseph Center for Environmental Studies - Oberlin College

What can be accomplished in a Green Building?? 

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio,  takes a careful look ...

>>> Their Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies is detailed below ...

"... was conceived as a demonstration project, ... designed to be a building that would teach. Lessons embodied in its technology and design choices are intended to reinforce those taught in its classrooms. ... "

"...Efforts to research the AJLC's evolution are well underway, providing ongoing opportunities to educate a variety of audiences, including Oberlin College students, regional kindergarten through high school students, other university students and faculty, architecture and design professionals, and lay audiences."

"With over 150 environmental sensors installed throughout the building and landscape, the AJLC's data monitoring and display system provides a unique opportunity to visualize in real-time the flows of energy and cycling of matter that are necessary to support the built environment. ... premise of this work is that real-time feedback on ecological performance increases awareness, ... feedback of this type may be a necessary prerequisite for facilitating a more sustainable relationship among humans, technology and the natural world."

Some building details ...

"Energy - Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof ... meet a substantial fraction of the building's energy needs. Solar energy production is coupled with energy efficient lighting, heating, and appliances to minimize negative environmental impact."

"Heating, Cooling & Air Quality - ... both active and passive systems, ...provides a comfortable working environment ... Active systems use mechanical equipment to extract and move heat, while passive systems do so with a minimum of mechanical devices."

"Landscape - ... landscape features a variety of constructed ecosystems that simulate native Northern Ohio ecosystems and incorporate cultigens that produce food for humans."

"Living Machine & Water Use - ... is an ecologically engineered system that combines elements of conventional wastewater technology with the purification processes of wetland ecosystems to treat and recycle the building's wastewater for reuse in the toilets and landscape."

"Weather Conditions - A weather station ... monitoring real-time conditions and trends for a variety of environmental variables."

Materials - Materials ... elected to enhance its sustainability and were evaluated based on criteria that required less energy inputs, encouraged local production and distribution, and supported creative economic structures."

Via:   Link

September 11, 2007

New Jersey Clean Energy Conference amd Leadership Awards


NJ Clean Energy ConferenceNew Jersey's Clean Energy Conference,on September 27 - 28, 2007 will honor nominees that are saving energy and advancing the state of clean energy in New Jersey.  The winner will be named at the conference. 

Nominees include Home Builders, Colleges and Universities, and Vendors. 

The annual conference is in it's 3rd year.  " ...brings together ... leading energy professionals and businesses to learn, network, and discuss the issues shaping the energy market and the New Jersey energy market in particular."

" ... provides an excellent forum ... to learn more about the economics of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and how to hedge against rising energy costs, to leverage the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy."

NJ CleanEnergy 2007 Keynote Speaker

" .. Conference ... has been expanded to 2 days. New workshops and programs are being added ... A special Municipal track and evening networking session will be the focus of day 1. Day 2 will have new workshops and sessions and the luncheon presentation of the Clean Energy Leadership Awards. ... "

"... Special workshops include:"

  • "New Jersey's Energy Master Plan"
  • "Energy Project Financing"
  • "Combined Heat and Power"
  • "Renewable Energy Certificate Markets"
  • "Green Building Design"
  • "Clean Energy Strategies to Reduce your Carbon Footprint"
  • "Energy Programs for Municipalities"


Via:   Link

September 05, 2007

Chester County (Pa) Library To Have Green Roof

Tredyffrin Township (Chester County, Pa.) is expanding and upgrading their Strafford-Wayne library branch. artist's dwg of proposed green roof on Tredyffrin Twp Library

Part of the project includes plans to install a green roof.  "Green roofs are layers of living vegetation installed on roofs".  The new roof is "expected to increase energy performance ... , reduce airborne emissions, extend the life of the roofing material beyond its normal life span, help manage stormwater, and serve as a model to educate and encourage the public about the benefits of green roofs".


Via:  Tredyffrin Twp Newsletter Vol. 21 Issue 3 Fall 2007  Link (not yet posted as of 9/4/2007)

September 04, 2007

Green Web Hosting

solar panels

Green companies want to be "green" throughout their supplyaiso logo chain ... including their ISP.

>>> Read on to lean more and see the profile of one Green ISP ....

"AISO.Net is a ... green web hosting company. We have made a strong commitment to help fight pollution and preserving our natural resources. Solar panels run our data center and office, not energy credits."

"Solar tubes bring in natural light ... during the day. AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. These are just some of the ways AISO.Net is becoming the world's most responsible green web hosting company."soloar powered

"... data center is environmentally friendly in design. It is completely steel framed with no wood at all except for the door frames on the interior of the building. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We built our data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch. We use solar tubes to bring in natural sunlight which eliminates the use for conventional lighting during the day. Our cooling systems are water cooled which reduces the amount of electricity because of the unique setup."

" We are in the process of designing a green roof for our data center. The green roof is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants. The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.


 Via:  Link

July 02, 2007

Eco Friendly Green Hotels

Triton Hotel

I remember the days when I traveled to Toronto (late 1990s)  and the hotel had message cards in the bathroom telling you to put your towel in the shower if you wanted a new one ... to help save water and energy from washing a towel that might have only been used once ...  

Things have changed ...  The Hotel Triton's 7th Floor is ECO friendly.  Read on for more

"The days of sacrificing style and comfort to be environmentally conscious are long gone. Hotel Triton is a pioneer ... started with Hotel Triton's one of a kind Eco-Floor™ launched in conjunction with Earth Day in the 1990s. In 2003, the hotel spread its eco-practices to all floors and fostered alliances with organizations such as Trust for Public Land, Green Fusion, Collage Foundation and Happy Planet. ... integrated practices such as a sophisticated waste recycling program, biodegradable cleaning products, recycled paper, and organic coffee. Hotel Triton's environmental efforts became the inspiration and blueprint for Kimpton Hotel's eco-program in 2005, which is now being implemented at all Kimpton Hotels nationwide."

Here are "Just a few of the ways we're eco-friendly at the Hotel Triton:"

  • "Our linen and towel re-use program reduces laundry detergent and water use by 25%."
  • "All rooms on our 7th Floor Eco Floor have water saving devices, water filtration systems, and air filtration/purifiers."
  • "Our extensive recycling program helps the hotel recycle 60% of our waste. Guest recycling receptacles have been placed in all guestrooms so that guests also can recycle."
  • All cleaning agents and chemicals used to clean guestrooms have been replaced by non-toxic, environmentally safe products. This has assisted us in the elimination of bleach and ammonia based products.
  • "Landfill Use Reduction. All usable hotel items are donated to local non-profit organizations (furniture, mattresses, artwork, equipment, a/c units, refrigerators, linens and towels, lost-and-found items, wall coverings, etc.)."
Follow the link below to see  the rest.


Via:  Triton Hotel  Link

June 05, 2007

Nau - Green Clothing in a Green Store Environment

A new type of clothing store is on the way.  And they have "green" baked into their business model!

"Early next year, Portland-based nau (Maori for “come to me”) plans to open four “Webfronts,” ... hybrid brick-and-mortar/online stores. ... Nau's Green LEED Buildingproducts purchased online — whether at home or in the stores — will be shipped from a Portland warehouse to the consumer ...
...  each store’s comparatively small footprint will be roughly 40 percent more efficient than a traditional retail store, on a sales-per-square-foot basis, ... "

" ... business plan echoes a commitment to efficiency and environmental innovation ... Most of the company’s executive team hails from Nike Inc. ...  and Patagonia, companies renowned for the corporate social responsibility efforts. ..."

" ... headquarters is in a LEED ... Gold-certified building, ...  and nau’s Webfronts are designed to feature green building elements as well ...   the 120 clothing styles featured in nau’s initial spring line are set to incorporate recycled plastics, organic cotton, corn-based polyester and other environmentally preferable materials. The company is also seeking to design a “paperless, automated office,” according to a position announcement posted earlier this summer."

"But perhaps the company’s coup d’etat is its pledge to give 5 percent of its gross revenue to social and environmental groups. Shoppers will be able to use the Webfronts to select which groups get a share of the sale revenue. "

"Earlier this year, nau staff projected the company’s first line of products to be released sometime during 2007."


For more info see Nau's website   Link


Via:   Sustainable Industries Journal  Link

May 08, 2007

SanFrancisco Green Building Fast Track

San Francisco will fast-track green buildings that meet gold LEED standards. ... SF Mayor Gavin Newsom
... "The Task Force follows the successful introduction of new priority permitting for private development projects that meet a minimum gold standard under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process. " ...

Via San Francisco Mayor's Office: Green Building Task Force


March 03, 2007

Corporate HQ Goes Green with Mix of New and Converted Space

Alberici Corporate HQ - Photo by Debbie Franke

When Alberici built their new corporate HQ they went Green and incorporated a mix of an existing building (27%) with new construction (73%).

The facility is very Green:
"Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Platinum (60 points)"
Green Globes --Level: Four Green Globes"

Green Building"This project entails the adaptive reuse of an existing manufacturing plant into a corporate headquarters for one of St. Louis' oldest and largest construction companies."

"The ... client achieved their goal of Platinum LEED(r) certification; the project earned 60 points, the highest total ever. The company now enjoys a healthy, comfortable, beautiful environment that fosters teamwork, creativity, and collaboration, and a 50-year-old structure has new life."

"Retention ponds and constructed wetlands retain all of the stormwater runoff and form a filtration process in the forebay pool, removing 80% of total suspended solids and 40% of total phosphorous from stormwater discharged into the ponds. The site had been half covered by impervious surface but is now its own watershed."

"Rainwater from 60% of the garage roof area (42,200 ft2) is stored in a 30,900-gallon cistern. From there it is filtered through a strainer and sand filter, chlorinated, held in a secondary 500-gallon tank, and used for 100% of sewage conveyance. The captured rainwater is also used in the mechanical system’s cooling tower. The sizing of the cistern was informed by 27 years of local rainfall records. The cistern’s overflow drains into the north retention pond, one of two ponds on site. This pond is a living ecosystem with fish, frogs, and predacious aquatic invertebrates. Native plants combine forces with flowing, infiltrating water to promote biodiversity."

"The reuse of rainwater, along with the use of water-efficient fixtures, results in a 70% reduction in potable water use, saving 500,000 gallons of water annually."


Photo Credits:   Debbie Franke


Via:  US Green Building Council - LEED   Link 

Green Library in Seatte, Washington

Seattle Green Power

 Seattle's Ballard Library is GREEN.  Here's the details:

"The new 15,000 square foot library, ... key features ... including the gently arched roof, which is capped with green plants and solar "green" power."
Solar Panels onb Seattle's Ballard Library
"While the sod roof provides roof insulation and helps retain rainwater to slow stormwater flows, the solar modules act as a sponge for solar energy, helping to reduce the building's electricity requirements."

Some of the features that make THIS LIBRARY GREEN:


Via:  www.Seattle.Gov   Link

February 18, 2007

Green Building: Efficiency Options List

List of simple options to build green homes. ...
... "The key to an energy efficient home is insulation, insulation, insulation. Even Alfandre’s basement is insulated. He built his walls 8 inches thick, compared to about 5 1/2 inches for an ordinary house ... " ...

Via Canton Repository: Options to Build Greener Homes


January 31, 2007

Green Roof for a Very Green Data Center

commitment to the environment

AISO.Net is not just a "GREEN" web hosting and data center company in the traditional sense.  In addition to generating 100% of their energy needs from their own solar panels they are building a "GREEN ROOF" for their data center.

The "GREEN ROOF" "is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants.  The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.  When finished, AISO will be the first and only public data center in North American with a green roof.  Along with our green roof we will be replacing all of our Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with LED lighting.  This will reduce electricity usage and they contain no mercury.  Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs contain mercury which becomes a concern at landfills and trash incinerators where the mercury from many bulbs can escape and contribute to air and water pollution.  We are also in the process of LEED certifying our data center and office with the U.S. Green Building Council."

Via:   AISO.Net    Link 

January 24, 2007

BASF "Near Zero Energy Home"

BASF Corporation


There are at least two ways to look at the current "energy crisis":  (1) use exisiting energy more effeciently and (2) find / develop new sources of energy. 

This article looks at energy efficiency ... and what is available today. 

"The average American homeowner pays about $1,300 a year on utility bills.  Imagine being able to cut that expense by as much as 80 percent ... Innovations like the Near-Zero Energy House in Paterson, NJ are examples of how BASF solutions are being used to demonstrate how homes can be stronger, more efficient and more affordable, all with a lower environmental impact, for a better future."

EfficiencyEfficiency:  "Superior insulating performance so you can downsize HVAC equipment.  Use the sun to power electricity and hot water.  Back it up with low-e windows, ENERGY STAR (R) appliances, high-efficiency air conditioning, boilers and radiant flooring. More


Affordability:  "Most homeowners pay about $1,300 a year on utility bills.  This can be reduced by as much as 80 percent in the BASF Near-Zero Energy Home - Paterson, N.J.  Add structural stability for reduced insurance costs, along with a lower lifecycle cost with minimal maintenance requirements." More


Via:   BASF Better Home, Better Planet   Link

January 22, 2007

Creating a Green Kitchen


Green Kitchen


So you want a Green Kitchen to go along with your Green Life Style?

Just what is a Green Kitchen?
>> "A green kitchen should include good natural lighting for improved visibility, good ventilation to clear the air of vapors and indoor air toxins, low-toxicity surfaces and finishes, environmentally responsible materials, energy and water efficient appliances, and surfaces that are easily cleanable, durable, and, of course, esthetically pleasing."

See below for some of the 9 elements of a green kitchen.


"As much as possible, locate work surfaces near operable windows or install operable skylights or suntubes for improved lighting and ventilation."

"For additional lighting, use high efficiency compact fluorescent light fixtures, with a color rendering index of 84 or greater and a color temperature of 3500 Kelvin or greater, and with a quick start, electronic ballast."

"Consider an on-demand hot water pumping system rather than a whole house re-circulating hot water loop, which has proven to be inefficient for delivering hot water quickly."

"Be sure to only use environmentally friendly natural and biodegradable cleaning compounds so you don’t reintroduce those nasty VOC’s!"

See Link for all 9 


Via:  Green Home Guide    Link

January 07, 2007

Green Roofs: Conference Upcoming

Upcoming green roof conference will discuss design and implementation, policies and programs, and present research and technical papers. ...
... "Fifth Annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities, Conference, Awards & Trade Show April 29, 30 and May 1, 2007, Minneapolis, MN, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel. " ...
Via Green Roofs for Healthy Cities: Greening Rooftops

January 01, 2007

Green Building: Timberframe Home

Grafton, NH family builds green home to LEED standards of energy efficiency. The home incorporates passive solar system and the family uses efficient practices to lower their energy consumption.  Local and regional green home building programs can be found here.  ...
... "The Leveilles have built one of the two New Hampshire houses applying for LEED-H (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes) certification; a comprehensive rating system piloted in 2006 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to assess a house’s building materials, water and waste management systems ... " ...

Via New Hampshire Magazine: Green Home


November 20, 2006

Realtors Going Green


Realtors are going Green. 

Green Homes

Realtors are seeing that "being green" can be an asset in marketing homes.  "Lisa Hough is the first Pennsylvania Realtor to receive an "EcoBroker" designation".  Lisa says ... "There is a gap between what home buyers want and what developers are willing to build".

Green building starts with the way a home is built (reduced waste during construction, using recycled products, installing high efficiency heating and A/C, etc.) and continues with how the home owner lives in the house (automatic set back thermostats, using compact flourescent bulbs, washing laundry in the lowest temperature to get the job done and other energy saving tips).

As the demand for Green housing increases (more buyers) the volume goes up (more sold) and the added cost comes down.  Green components are becoming a little more commodity like and  

 According to EcoBroker International "there are 200 certified EcoBroker designees and that 450 agents are in the process of earning the designatin". 

The program was started in 2002 and consists of three courses...

  • EcoBroker Environmental Advantage
  • EcoBroker Energy Advantage
  • EcoBroker Green Market Advantage
 ... and requires an EcoBroker Annual Advantage course  each year.EcoBroker





 To learn more about the EcoBroker program Link


Via:  The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday Nov 5, 2006.   Link 


November 01, 2006

Green House Research

University of Nottingham research focuses on green techniques for home design and operation.  The Stoneguard Protec System is used to provide environmentally compliant way to design and build.  UPDATE: A picture of the Stoneguard house is shown courtesy of the University of Nottingham.  Follow this link for a detailed view of the green technologies and their suppliers, featured in this house.    ...
... "Features of the house include an earth-air heat exchanger system to improve Picture of the Stoneguard C60 Green House courtesy of University of Nottingham UKthermal comfort, a grey water management system to re-use shower water for flushing and a rainwater-harvesting system to supply water for the washing machine, shower, gardens and external washing. There are also sunpipes to maximise use of natural light, passive and active solar heating and a ventilation/heat recovery system. " ...

Via The University of Nottingham: New research house to guide future home development ...

The University of Nottingham undertakes world-changing research, provides innovative teaching and a student experience of the highest quality. Ranked by Newsweek in the world's Top 75 universities, its academics have won two Nobel Prizes since 2003. The University is an international institution with campuses in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and China.

October 30, 2006

Styrafoam Building Blocks

From the New York Times; Sept 10, 2006 ...
 Your next home could be made from peanuts.  Here's an interesting, commercially viable idea,  that combines waste reduction with energy savings.  Basically  ... combine a lot of recycled polystyrene, cement, and concrete and you get an light weight, energy efficient, strong building material.  And ... termite proof,  and easily shapable!
Via NYT: Link 
Manufactured by Rastra Corporation in Pima Arizona.

October 14, 2006

Sustainable Building Reference Manual

Reference manual on sustainable building ...
... "The Sustainable Building Technical Manual: Green Building Design, Construction, and Operations is one of the most comprehensive publications available to help architects, developers, building owners, government officials, and others implement sustainable development practices. " ...
Via Operation Fresh Start: Sustainable Building Technical Manual ...

Green Building: Definitions

Green buildings can be healthier for occupants. They are more water efficient that their counterparts. They are sited intelligently for a greener footprint and are made of sustainable materials. Green buildings are much more energy efficient. ...
... "What Makes a Building Green? ... A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. " ...
Via California Integrated Waste Management Board: Green Building Basics

October 04, 2006

Green Roof Seminar Upcoming

Upcoming seminar on building green roofs ...
... "ZinCo Green Roof Professional Development Seminars: In conjunction with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia's (AIBC) professional development program, ZinCo Canada is pleased to present comprehensive one-day seminars on Green Roof technology and related systems on October 11, 12 and 13. " ...
Via BC Institute of Technology: Events: Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology ...

September 04, 2006

Green Construction: SugarCube Technology ...

Art project demonstrates green design in wood construction through the construction of the Sugarcube at Burning Man Festival, which is based on pre-manufactured beams and plywood Burning Mansheets.  The structure is strong and light.  It requires minimal foundation, thus reducing use of concrete, another large producer of carbon dioxide. The Cube house sits on concrete pads, one on each corner.  ...

...   "The technology behind the SugarCube was invented by Michael Kozel (architect) and David Wilson (civil/structural engineer). Together, they have devised a way to revolutionize wood construction. The SugarCube is their inital full-size test model, and to celebrate this new invention, they are bringing it to Burning Man, to share with the community as an art space and treehouse. This new style of construction is Sugarcube Constructionenvironmentally friendly, easily and quickly constructed, and can be disassembled very quickly and totally recycled ... "   ...

Green Construction: SugarCube Technology: What is The SugarCube? ...

September 01, 2006

Green Building: Sexy in Vegas?

Is Green Sexy?  Las Vegas has turned on to green building.  The Cosmopolitan, a casino and condo development registered under the LEED program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, is under construction along the Las Vegas strip.  The Las Vegas Project CityCenter, another green building, is under development by MGM Mirage.  ...

...   "Despite the high price tag, financial burdens for both projects could be eased by Nevada's Assembly Bill 3, passed in June 2005. The bill provides partial property tax abatement for developments that meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. "   ...

Green Building: Sexy in Vegas?: Via Sustainable Industries: Greening Glitter Gulch ...

Some green technology facts on the Las Vegas Project CityCenter endeavor ...

Via Wikipedia: Project City Center: "The multi-use project is being designed with green technologies to make it one of the world's largest environmentally sustainable urban communities. Plans include garden roofs, the use of reclaimed water, and an on-site power plant. MGM Mirage will pursue LEED Project City Center Rendering ...certification for the project as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. MGM MIRAGE has reached a $100 million agreement with Siemens to design and build a central energy plant to help power and cool Project City Center. "

Project CityCenter strives to set the Silver LEED standard with its environmental systems ...

Via PRNewswire: World-Class Architects and Designers Giving Shape to Las Vegas' Future With MGM MIRAGE Project CityCenter: "Project CityCenter, the largest privately financed development in the United States, is nearly halfway through a 20-month design process and is scheduled to open in late 2009.  The Perini Building Company is lead contractor on the project, with Tishman Construction Corporation serving as the executive construction manager.  The two firms have participated in several Las Vegas projects and have more than 220 years of combined construction experience.  From garden roofs to the use of reclaimed water, to the creation of a central, on-site power plant, Project CityCenter is being designed to promote the most responsible use of water, electricity and natural gas.  MGM MIRAGE will pursue LEED certification for the project, implementing to the highest degree possible generally accepted criteria for sustainable construction outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. "

Construction management firm will leverage a diverse workforce to complete this green building.  ...

Via Tishman Construction: MGM MIRAGE SELECTS TISHMAN CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION AS EXECUTIVE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER FOR PROJECT CITYCENTER, LAS VEGAS' NEW, $5-BILLION MEGA-DEVELOPMENT: "As Executive Construction Manager, Tishman is committed to working with MGM MIRAGE in its efforts to assemble a diverse workforce of subcontractors, vendors and suppliers for the duration of Project CityCenter's construction. Among its several unique aspects, Project CityCenter is striving for Silver certification in Leadership in Energy & Environm