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Bright Rays of Sunshine Hit DC: A preview of The Solar Decathlon

September 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

One of the nation’s most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is about to open in Washington, DC: the biennial Solar Decathlon.¬† For two weeks, 19 university teams from around the globe will compete across ten categories (thus, “decathlon”) that show the house works (can they get household chores and tasks done, like [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · alternative energy · architecture · renewable energy · solar · solar cooking · solar decathlon · sustainability

Taking Account of Full Costs and Total Benefits in achieving a more efficient building sector: Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products

February 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Simply put, Architecture 2030 (Ed Mazria) is among my favorite organizations. Architecture 2030 has been developing and promoting well-thought through and practical concepts for shifting America’s built architecture toward a sustainable path. ¬†Concepts that have an impact on many, from aspiring architecture students to policy-makers to businessmen creating more energy efficient products.
Not until today, [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · architecture · architecture2030 · catastrophic climate change · climate change · environmental

Home energy efficiency: no surprise, very fast paybacks to be expected

November 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Very simply, across the economy, energy efficiency is almost certainly the top investment option — as individuals, businesses, communities, government … The rate of return possibilities are tremendous and unlike gambles to grow business or play the stock market, this is ‘guaranteed’ cash in the bank.
And, it is ‘cash in the bank’ in terms of [...]

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Tags: Energy · architecture · business practice · energy efficiency

Clean Energy Jobs Go Home: $30 Billion to put 4.5 Million to Work

December 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Clean Energy Jobs Go Home: $30 Billion to put 4.5 Million to Work
This is part of a series of brief posts on ‘clean energy jobs‘ opportunities for sparking meaningful employment, quickly, in the United States as discussed in Clean Energy Jobs: Stimulate Me.
Investing in building energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways to [...]

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Tags: Energy · LEED · architecture · architecture2030 · building green · clean energy jobs · climate change · energy efficiency · government energy policy · green

WIN to the Sixth Power

November 16th, 2009 · 10 Comments

With our ever mounting trade and budget deficits, unemployment above 10 percent (and, dependent on counting, un- and under-employment above 20 percent), looming peak oil and other resource (water, for example) limitations, enviornmental challenges, and ever-mounting climate chaos , we are in a very serious situation. Our serious challenges are, as the previous [...]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · Global Warming · algae · architecture · architecture2030 · building green · climate change · electricity · energy cool · energy efficiency · environmental · government energy policy

Energy COOL: Green Portable Schooling

November 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating … exciting … even hope inspiring at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL.
When determining how to prioritize action using, [...]

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Tags: Energy · architecture · building green · energy cool · environmental · schools

New Study: Green Buildings generate more Green

September 25th, 2009 · 12 Comments

All too often, those engaged in examining options for “greening” a new or existing building are constrained in a stove-piped cost analysis which (in a very simplified fashion) goes something along these lines:

How much more will it cost to build?
And, how fast will energy and other operating cost (water usage/sewers, maintenance) savings pay for those [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis · architecture · building green · business practice · energy smart · environmental

“Architecture 2030″ Plan to Revive Economy

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments

A guest post from Craig Severance at Energy Economy Online discussing Ed Mazria’s Architecture 2030 concept for job creation and economic stimulus through a massive energy efficiency investment in America’s buildings through a mortgage subsidy program. Quite simply, this is perhaps the most valuable W5 strategy (win economically (stimulus, competitiveness, etc), win on energy, win [...]

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Tags: Congress · Energy · analysis · architecture · building green · climate legislation · energy efficiency

Better Buildings Soon? Energy & Climate Bill Would Set National Energy Codes

June 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Amid the focus on Waxman-Markey’s climate-focused provisions, sometimes we (I) lose sight of the strongest and most valuable portions of the American Climate and Energy Security (ACES) Act: the Energy Efficiency elements.
It is (nearly …) without question that one of the fastest, highest payoff, and most powerful near-term (and continuing) Silver BBs to tackle our [...]

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Tags: analysis · architecture · climate change · energy efficiency

A W4 Solution: Insulate US from economic and climate devastation

January 14th, 2009 · 10 Comments

President Obama and Congress must act to stimulate the US economy with a package of win-win-win-win (W4) elements that will:

Create and protect jobs throughout the nation
Foster economic activity that will help, through tax revenue, pay for the stimulus
Strengthen the nation’s economic prospects for the long-term, and
Help address other critical challenges: notably energy security and climate [...]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · Global Warming · analysis · architecture · architecture2030 · emissions · energy efficiency · energy smart · environmental · financial policy · government energy policy · green