Green Building

World Resources Institute Continues on Cutting Edge of Green Building Design
September 1, 2007 10:54 AM - , Green Progress

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is one of a small number of projects in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia region to receive an elite award for incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design and construction aspects into its newly-expanded office space.

New roof technology could save you money
August 29, 2007 07:04 AM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

From an energy efficiency perspective, roof technology has not progressed substantially in hundreds of years, but that is changing with the use of active thermal mass components, reflective pigments and coatings, subventing, radiant barriers and other novel techniques being tested by a team led by Bill Miller and Jan Kosny of ORNL�s Building Envelopes group. Their prototype roof and attic system works by reducing attic temperatures by about 22 degrees Fahrenheit during a typical summer afternoon and decreasing the amount of heat that gets transferred through the attic floor to the living space.

Former President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild Conference
August 28, 2007 07:40 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech of the opening plenary of Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, to be held Nov. 7-9, 2007, in Chicago, says the U.S. Green Building Council.

Fireproofing homes dramatically reduces spread of forest fires, scientists find
August 28, 2007 10:25 AM - University of California - Los Angeles

Why do some forest fires spread rapidly over large areas, destroying and damaging many homes, while others are contained with minimal damage? New research shows a major factor is whether homes are fireproofed — not just yours, but those of your neighbors as well. “There is actually more flammable material in a house per square yard than in a forest,” said Michael Ghil, UCLA distinguished professor of climate dynamics and geosciences and co-author of the research, which will be published in the Sept. 4 print edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienes and is currently available online.

Norway Unveils "First Ecological Prison"
August 27, 2007 07:11 PM - Aasa Christine Stoltz

BASTOEY, Norway - Norway put on show on Monday what it calls "the world's first ecological prison," where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment. The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint.

High-End Furniture Line Goes Green Across Entire Product Line
August 24, 2007 01:37 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News

ATLANTA—Decca Hospitality Furnishings announced that it will convert its entire product line of high-end and custom furnishings to new, environmentally conscious green standards by the end of this year. This action reflects a corporate culture at Decca that is mindful of the environment across its business practices, while underscoring the need for all companies to be good stewards of our environment.

Green Certification Now Available For Minnesota Homes
August 22, 2007 09:15 PM - PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS - Remodeling projects and new homes in Minnesota can now achieve "green" certification through a new voluntary program called Minnesota GreenStar: Certified Green Homes and Remodeling.

Greening Pennsylvania - $154 Million For Green Projects
August 22, 2007 09:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is giving $154 million dollars to green projects in the state. THe projects will help maintain and protect Pennsylvania's environment and open space, preserve farmland, protect watersheds, reclaim abandoned mines, remediate acid mine drainage and invest in other environmental initiatives. The money will go to 415 projects across the commonwealth for the second year. It is all part of Pennsylvania's pioneering Growing Greener II initiative, a state project. Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, a strong supporter of the initiative, announced the funding today.

Global Survey Shows "Green" Construction Costs Dramatically Lower Than Believed

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reports that "green" costs are overestimated by 300%. Key players in real estate and construction misjudge the costs and benefits of "green" buildings, creating a major barrier to more energy efficiency in the building sector.

ecoMOD3 Expands Modular, Sustainable, Affordable Housing Research
August 21, 2007 09:24 AM - University of Virginia

Some University of Virginia students cheered and clapped as a crane lifted the prefabricated modules into place at their new home in the Castle Hill-Fifeville neighborhood in Charlottesville.

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