Green Building

Got fleas? Get the vacuum
December 18, 2007 04:25 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vacuum cleaners kill fleas just as well as any poison, surprised researchers said on Tuesday. They said a standard vacuum cleaner abuses the fleas so much it kills 96 percent of adult fleas and 100 percent of younger fleas. So no need to worry that a vacuum cleaner bag may turn into a fleabag breeding ground for the pesky, biting creatures, said Glen Needham, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. Needham studied the cat flea, or Ctenocephalides felis, the most common type of flea found in households.

A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs
December 18, 2007 01:32 PM - UC San Diego, California Newswire

San Diego, California - UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. The network, which will be expanded to 20 stations in 2008, is unprecedented in the United States for the density of weather data to be collected.

Fed proposes new mortgage protections for consumers
December 18, 2007 09:47 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lenders would have to determine that a borrower can afford a mortgage before making the loan under a Federal Reserve staff proposal on new regulations released on Tuesday. The proposed rules, which will be considered later on Tuesday by the Fed board, would also require that borrowers get details on their brokers' compensation and be billed monthly for escrow. If the board approves the new regulations, they would be released for public comment before becoming final

California's Depot Walk Earns LEED Certification
December 17, 2007 03:36 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ORANGE, Calif. - Olson Homes, a pioneer in sustainable building practices and a leader in California's move towards in-town, urban living since 1988, is the first attached, new-home community in California to earn LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and attain a Silver rating. The model homes at Depot Walk feature green construction materials, eco-smart interiors and solar efficiencies.

December home builder sentiment holds at record low
December 17, 2007 01:13 PM - Julie Haviv, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home builder sentiment held at a record low for a third consecutive month in December, weighed down by problems in the mortgage market and a huge supply of unsold houses, an industry group said on Monday.

Bali climate deal paves way for hotter U.S. debate
December 16, 2007 12:18 PM - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A breakthrough deal forged by delegates from 190 countries has revived world efforts to fight global warming and may help push the debate to the front and center of the U.S. political debate.

California Town Goes Solar, Collectively
December 15, 2007 02:52 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Thirty-six families in Clovis California joined together in a group-based purchase program, which raised 215 total kilowatts of solar power. As a result of the bulk purchase, the Clovis community will save 20 percent on the market rate for solar installations, and make a positive contribution to the air quality in the Fresno area by offsetting at least 4.3 million pounds of carbon over the next 30 years -- the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil.

Sharp to spend Y100 bln on solar cell plant: report
December 15, 2007 01:46 AM - Reuters

The plant will be built next to Sharp's LCD panel factory currently under construction in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.

Lincoln’s Tomb going green
December 14, 2007 05:09 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SPRINGFIELD – Geothermal technology will be used to replace the existing heating and cooling systems at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, a move that will reduce energy usage, improve efficiency, protect the historic tomb finishes, and increase comfort for nearly 375,000 people from around the world who visit the 16th President’s final resting place each year.

The Largest Solar Electric System in New England
December 13, 2007 09:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

DAYVILLE, Conn. - Furthering its commitment to Environmentally Responsible Initiatives, United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) along with Solar Works, Inc. and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), today held a dedication ceremony for the installation of the largest solar electric system in New England. The 550-kilowatt STC solar photovoltaic system from SCHOTT Solar, installed at the Company's state-of- the-art distribution facility in Dayville, CT, is expected to generate approximately 600,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, enough to power more than 67 average New England homes for one year. The system output will avoid over 14 million pounds (over 6,350 metric tons) of carbon dioxide over the 25-year life of the system.

 

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