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Adopting a Green Lifestyle

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  What values are implied by the word ‘green’? Images: I’ve always struggled with the word “green.” I’m not quite sure what “green building” means, but most definitions include the idea of environmental responsibility...
23/09/16|02:32 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

TV Energy Labels May Be Misleading

Subtitle:  A study by the National Resource Defense Council claims manufacturers ‘exploit’ a loophole in government test procedures Images: Recently manufactured televisions could be using twice as much electricity as shown on government-required EnergyGuide labels as makers exploit a weakness in the Department of Energy's test procedures, the Natural Resource Defense Council says...
23/09/16|12:12 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

EUR 150 Mio support for a biomass and waste-fired cogeneration plant in Lithuania approved by the EC

The state owned energy group of Lithuania is building a EUR 345 million biomass and waste-fired...
19/09/16|04:40 -- enercee.net

Nevada Solar Customers Win a Round

Subtitle:  Customers who have already installed photovoltaic (PV) systems will keep full retail net metering Images: Homeowners in Nevada with photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow...
19/09/16|03:54 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Georgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise Trend

Subtitle:  In Sandy Springs, Georgia, wood structural components won't be allowed in large buildings over three stories tall Images: For some builders and architects, wood is the building material of the future, with lower costs and less embodied energyEnergy that goes into making a product; includes energy required for growth, extraction, and transportation of the raw material as well as manufacture, packaging, and transportation of the finished product...
16/09/16|04:27 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Indoor Microbes and Human Health

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  How do the bacteria and fungi living in our homes affect our health? Images: The word “health” is usually reserved for living things. Our children can be healthy or unhealthy, and so can our pets and the apple trees in the back yard...
16/09/16|02:29 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

GE Will Drop Heat-Pump Water Heaters

Subtitle:  After a 2012 launch, sales prove disappointing despite efficiencies much higher than conventional electric units Images: Improved energy efficiency, utility incentives, and a federal tax credit aren't going to be enough to save GE's GeoSpring heat-pump water heaterAn appliance that uses an air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water...
14/09/16|12:38 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

A Web-Based Information Resource From the DOE

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  The Building America Solution Center aims to be a one-stop information library for energy-conscious builders Images: The Building America program, a branch of the U...
09/09/16|02:15 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Apartment Owner Makes Unusually Big Push for Solar

Subtitle:  A Minnesota partnership has concluded that the time is right to invest $1.6 million in PV systems Images: At Home Apartments is betting that the timing is right for a major investment in photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight...
08/09/16|01:03 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Lawmakers Try to Prop Up the Sagging Biomass Industry

Subtitle:  Science is not on their side, but lawmakers want the EPA to treat biomass as if it were as environmentally benign as wind or solar Images: A handful of lawmakers in Congress have been pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to treat biomassOrganic waste that can be converted to usable forms of energy such as heat or electricity, or crops grown specifically for that purpose...
06/09/16|06:04 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Being a Carpenter Isn’t Simple Anymore

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  A self-described ‘forensic carpenter’ encounters shoddy construction practices in Colorado Images: After working for years as a carpenter, Bart Laemmel, a resident of Crested Butte, Colorado, decided to upgrade his skills...
02/09/16|02:15 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Passive House Building in the Digital Age

Subtitle:  A Maine factory begins production of components for panelized Passive House buildings Images: The first components for prefabricated Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor...
31/08/16|11:27 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

SolarCity is Getting Into the Roofing Shingle Business

Subtitle:  Its giant new plant in New York will produce building-integrated photovoltaic shingles just as another manufacturer throws in the towel Images: Earlier this summer, Dow Chemical abandoned its building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing shingle business after a run of less than five years...
29/08/16|02:53 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

High Humidity in Unvented Conditioned Attics

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  What’s going on in these damp attics insulated with open-cell spray foam? Images: If you convert your vented unconditioned attic to an unvented conditioned attic by installing open-cell spray foam on the underside of your roof sheathingMaterial, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but sometimes wooden boards, installed on the exterior of wall studs, rafters, or roof trusses; siding or roofing installed on the sheathing—sometimes over strapping to create a rainscreen...
26/08/16|02:48 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

One step towards decarbonisation in Romania

More than 50% of electricity were provided by renewable sources on two consecutive days in August...
24/08/16|04:46 -- enercee.net

Couple Sacrifices Electricity in Smart Meter Dispute

Subtitle:  The Maryland pair would rather sit through a sweltering summer without air conditioning than pay a smart meter opt-out fee Images: Assya and Mario Pascalev could easily have afforded the $14 month fee their local electric utility wanted in return for opting out of a smart meter installation at their Bethesda, Maryland, home...
24/08/16|01:03 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com
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