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 [...]
Entries Tagged as 'building green'
December 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment
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). [...]
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 [...]
Tags: Congress · Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · building green · energy efficiency · environmental · financial policy · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tags: Energize America · Energy · Global Warming · algae · architecture · architecture2030 · building green · climate change · electricity · energy cool · energy efficiency · environmental · government energy policy
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, [...]
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 [...]
Tags: Energy · Global Warming · building green · carbon dioxide · catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · conservation · eco-friendly · energy bookshelf · environmental · global warming deniers
September 25th, 2009 · 13 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 [...]