• Going Beyond LEEDs, Beautifully, In Iowa

    Fairfield, Iowa - On a quiet beautiful 156 acre parcel of farmland a little north of Fairfield Iowa, developer Dan Walker gazes out at his dream and brainchild: a 'green' development that goes a long step further. Welcome to Cypress Village, a first of its kind green community in the world. Not only will homes all will be certified and built to Platinum or Silver LEED quality specifications, but the village will incorporate organic permaculture agriculture and more. Walker's... >> Read the Full Article
  • Whole Tree Architecture

    When you hear Roald Gundersen use the words “local,” “sustainable,” “better for us and for the environment,” you probably assume that he is talking about food. But he's not -- he's talking about houses.
     
    Gundersen is a “whole tree architect,” which is exactly what it sounds like. His designs incorporate the whole tree: round timbers, curves and
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  • Regulation key to greener buildings

    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.

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  • New Software Designs & Calculates the "Green" in Your Building

    Santa Rosa, CA – Green Building Studio, Inc., today announced the beta availability of Green Building Studio V3.0, offering architects, owners, and building design teams the opportunity to use the new web service’s advanced capabilities firsthand. The new release updates the award-winning Green Building Studio web service with ground-breaking capabilities for assessing carbon neutrality potential, total PV & wind energy, emissions, total building energy, and water

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  • Yes, The Internet Saves Energy

    Recently, in this column, I said this, “I don’t think there’s been a study, and I can’t prove it, but I think the Internet is one of the greatest energy saving inventions ever created.”

    Well, now there IS a study to back up my claim. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA (tm)) thinks the Internet saves energy too; and it’s substantial.

    The just-released study commissioned by the CEA and

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  • Vendors Roll Out New Green Products at HD 2007 Expo & Conference

    MIAMI BEACH—While May’s HD 2007 Expo & Conference featured a Green Room for exhibitors selling environmentally friendly products, and booth signs designating vendors as green, last week’s HD Boutique 2007 Expo & Conference did not. Even though this made finding green products more difficult, an eagle-eyed attendee who asked enough questions could do so. In fact, as it turns out, there were many vendors in attendance eager to talk about their green offerings. The... >> Read the Full Article
  • House prices to drop much lower: Greenspan

    VIENNA (Reuters) - A big overhang of property will bring U.S. house prices down further, but it is too early to say if the economy will plunge into recession, former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan was quoted as saying on Friday.

    Greenspan said in an interview with Austrian magazine Format that low interest rates in the past 15 years were to blame for the house price bubble, but that central banks were powerless when they tried to bring it under control.

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  • Phoenix Solar Tank Does it All — Efficiently

    The basic Phoenix water heater from Heat Transfer Products (HTP) combines multiple features—including the integration of space and water heating—in one efficient package.

    The unit’s modulating burner and condensing flue provide residential hot water with an impressive 97% thermal efficiency using natural gas or liquid propane. Auxiliary hookups for a heating coil can be used in forced-air or radiant heating systems. The new Phoenix Solar has a second heat-exchange coil

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  • Canada's first hospital solar thermal energy site

    TORONTO - In an effort to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions,  The Hospital for Sick Children Atrium in Toronto is installing a new solar panel system on the roof. The solar energy system will supplement the hospital's hot water system, providing an environmentally friendly method to reduce energy costs and increase savings for the hospital. Ninety-two collectors, also know as solar panels, are being installed on SickKids' roof, along with 480 gallons of storage

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  • California Utility Donates $1.2 Million in Solar Installations to Habitat for Humanity

    SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced a $1.2 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to install solar electric systems on every Habitat-built home throughout PG&E's northern and central California service territory in 2007. The first such partnership of its kind is part of PG&E's commitment to provide affordable, renewable energy in the communities it serves.

     

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