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Energy Cool possibilities at EcoBuild 2011

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments

 Trade show spaces often have interesting surprises and value at conferences. Currently on through tomorrow in Washington, DC, EcoBuild America’s trade show has been the source of intriguing leads and items every time I’ve visited. (Note, I was told that this is free to visit if all you wish to do is go to the [...]

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Tags: Energy · building green · eco-friendly · energy cool · energy efficiency

Getting to a better building …

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Construction and use of buildings account for a major share of global warming emissions. Depending on how one calculates, allocating roughly 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to this built infrastructure is roughly correct.  Heating … cooling … lighting … building materials … etc, it all adds up (and up … and up). [...]

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Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · building green · clean energy jobs · climate change · electricity · emissions · energy efficiency · environmental

VP Biden’s excellent Earth Day announcement is perhaps 1% of what we need …

April 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

The day before the 40th Earth Day, VP Joe Biden kicked off a series of White House actions and announcements with an excellent initiative:
selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector [...]

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Tags: Congress · Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · building green · energy efficiency · environmental · financial policy · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics

Green Schools Include Green Cleaning

December 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Try an experiment with paint. Paint one side of a piece of wood with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint and lay it to dry somewhere in the house. Wait a day or two, paint the other side with traditional. The difference will be clear.
When it comes to cleaning, however, too many of us have become [...]

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Tags: building green · environmental · green

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

Clean Energy Jobs Go to School

November 20th, 2009 · 11 Comments

This is part of a series of posts on ‘clean energy jobs’ opportunities for sparking meaningful employment, quickly, in the United States as discussed in Clean Energy Jobs: Stimulate Me.
Clean Energy Jobs Go to School: $50 billion / year to support 1,000,000 Clean Energy Jobs
America’s public schools are, in some cases all too literally, falling [...]

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Tags: Energy · building green · clean energy jobs · energy efficiency · schools

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

Energy Bookshelf: A Super Ten more worth your time and money than Freaked-out Freakonomics

November 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sad-to-say, the air waves and oped pages and blog posts have been filled with Steven Levitt’s and Steven Dubner’s shallow, truthiness-laden Superfreakonomics.   The continued attention feeds on itself, as ignoring the deceptions and the mediocre interviews booked due to the authors’ Super(freaky)star status has the problem of giving it credence due to non-truthful truthiness [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · building green · carbon dioxide · catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · conservation · eco-friendly · energy bookshelf · environmental · global warming deniers

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