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.
Whole Tree Architecture
September 24, 2007 11:41 AM - Elizabeth Janicek, Radish Magazine
Regulation key to greener buildings
September 24, 2007 07:39 AM - UNEP
Regulation is the most effective means to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions from buildings, a sector which accounts for some 30-40 % of global energy use.
Regulatory and control instruments such as building codes and appliance standards are the most effective way to increase energy efficiency, and so mitigate the industry's impact on global warming.