Green Building

Solar Leading The Energy Revolution?
October 3, 2007 07:47 AM - , Private Landowner Network

This week, at a special UN conference on climate change in New York, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said this regarding efforts to mitigate global warming, "Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution."

Urea-Formaldehyde-Free Particleboard
October 2, 2007 01:53 PM -

Roseburg Forest Products of Roseburg, Oregon, has introduced SkyBlend™, the first general-use particleboard produced with phenol-formaldehyde (PF) binder instead of the industry-standard urea-formaldehyde (UF). Standard particleboard can emit significant quantities of formaldehyde, a chemical reclassified in 2004 from a “probable human carcinogen” to a “known human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization.

Prefabricating Green: Building Environmentally Friendly Houses Off Site
September 28, 2007 04:43 PM - Allyson Wendt, BuildingGreen

In August 2007, a home appeared in Walpole, New Hampshire, over the course of eight days. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, the house was designed by design-build company Bensonwood, also of Walpole, and constructed by volunteer labor. This house was different from most Habitat houses, however, which are typically built on site using conventional wood-framing methods.

Hyatt’s Fourth Andaz Property to Include Green Roof, Organic F&B
September 28, 2007 10:04 AM - , Green Lodging News

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The East Avenue Investment Group LP and Global Hyatt Corp. announced plans to develop a hotel under Hyatt’s new luxury brand, Andaz, as part of a mixed-use development in Austin’s central core. The 210-room hotel will open in 2010. The announcement comes on the heels of Hyatt’s unveiling of its new brand in April 2007, and announcements for Andaz hotels in London and Manhattan. The landmark Great Eastern Hotel in the City of London will convert to Andaz in mid-October, followed by properties at 75 Wall Street and 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, in 2009.

High-Tech, Solar-Powered Homes Coming to the National Mall for the Department of Energy’s 3rd Solar Decathlon
September 28, 2007 09:07 AM -

WASHINGTON, DC – Next week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) third Solar Decathlon will bring students from 20 of the world’s leading universities to Washington, DC, to transform the National Mall into a solar village.  In preparation for a fierce competition that will take place from October 12 – 20, teams will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd, assembling highly energy efficient homes powered entirely by the sun that are likely to help shape America’s clean energy future.  The Solar Decathlon complements President Bush’s Solar America Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015.  This year, more than 100,000 people are expected to tour the solar village.

PG&E And Start-up To Create Giant Solar Projects
September 27, 2007 05:20 PM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

LONG BEACH, California (Reuters) - Two of the nation's biggest power companies are teaming up with a solar start-up to create one of the world's largest solar power projects, which they say could make electricity at a competitive price.

PG&E Corp, FPL Corp and solar thermal power generator Ausra Inc unveiled plans on Thursday for utility-scale solar plants which they claim will produce electricity at a price comparable with conventional fossil-fuel power plants.

A $4.5 Million Dollar Luxury Home, And Green Too
September 26, 2007 04:01 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LARKSPUR, Colo. - Sotheby's International Realty, touting green? Yup. Legendary Properties Sotheby's International Realty of Evergreen, Colo. has listed one of the most environmentally friendly luxury homes ever built in Colorado, a $4.5 million dollar home with just under 10,000 square feet. The home is sure to raise the bar for building green in the high-end market.

Nonprofits Get Big Green Workspace In Manhattan
September 26, 2007 03:36 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - Nonprofits have a new green, more sustainable workplace in Manhattan. It's called the Thoreau Center for Sustainability. The center offers shared workspace and a healthy work environment for its nonprofit tenants, as well as social investment opportunities for its funders.

A company called Tides (www.tides.org) today announced the opening of the green nonprofit office center in New York City. Tides provides an array of services that amplifies the efforts of forward-thinking philanthropists, foundations, activists and organizations to make the world a better place.

Ice-Based Airconditioning Takes Off In California
September 26, 2007 03:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO - A company that makes an ice-based air-conditioning system is teaming up with a major public utility, PG & E, in California in a $10-million dollar project. The ice-based air conditioner uses cheaper nighttime electricity to make ice and then uses that ice for daytime cooling needs. The units cooling looks almost identical to a standard AC unit. The systems lowers peak daytime demand significantly, shifting the energy load up to 95%. The California Public Utilities Commission says permanent load shifting technologies deliver a number of benefits to both utilities and energy consumers, including added protection against shortages during heat waves and reduced reliance on the construction of new generation plants.

Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners
September 26, 2007 02:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Washington - Could the floral scent of your air freshener contain toxic chemicals known to cause birth defects? NRDC recently tested 14 different air fresheners and found that 12 contained chemicals called phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as "all-natural" or "unscented" contained the hazardous chemicals.

In addition to phthalates, air fresheners may contain allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde.

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