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Game-changers in solar power industry

Despite the acknowledged benefits accruing from the commercial exploitation of the sun’s energy through the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, solar power continues to be a pipe dream for countries like the Philippines which has abundant supply of this renewable energy. But lately, some experts are seeing changes in the market place, and in […]

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One man’s garbage is another man’s … house?

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That’s the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is […]

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SunPower to add storage to solar in new homes

US solar giant SunPower has entered an agreement to have battery storage installed in new homes in California, as it looks to expand its solar plus storage systems that are also being tested in Australia. SunPower announced overnight that it is extending its partnership with US home building KB Homes – which already install solar on […]

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Zero-Net Energy Buildings Are Game Changers in Green Engineering

Choosing green energy over the mainstream hydroelectric energy can surely save you some green in the pocket in the long run. The construction of buildings requires huge amounts of energy and other resources such as clean water to run efficiently and effectively. A good 40% of energy is used by buildings in the US. In […]

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Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors Certification Program

The new program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces. When pursuing Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors certification, tenants can focus on both designing new and/or improving their exciting […]

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Help for Multifamily Building Owners to Cut Carbon Pollution

Multifamily housing property owners can cut carbon pollution and save money under an agreement signed by the EPA and Freddie Mac. The agreement outlines strategies to save water, energy and money for multifamily property owners and residents. Housing industry studies have projected that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020, unlocking $9 […]

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Vertegy Assisted 15 Projects Earn LEED Certification in 2013

In the midst of separating from the Alberici enterprise and establishing itself as an independent company, Vertegy, LLC, helped reaffirm its position as a dominant force in the green building industry in 2013. The company’s award-winning sustainability consulting services last year alone helped 15 buildings in Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and overseas in Doha, Qatar, earn […]

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Green businesses condemn David Cameron’s “boast” of slashing green regulations

Organisations and companies operating in the green business sector have reacted angrily to David Cameron’s pledge to small businesses to slash environmental and green building regulations. In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday, the Prime Minister said he would be saving small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over £850 million a year […]

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Partnership looking at sustainable construction

Northern Saskatchewan residents should re-think how they build and operate their homes. That’s the message coming out of the Prince Albert Model Forest board meeting. The non-profit organization is dedicated to finding and building sustainable communities while protecting Saskatchewan’s forests. With that in mind they invited local resident Thomas Porter to give a presentation to […]

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Swedish city builds ‘passive houses’ as part of ambitious CO2 reduction targets

The past three winters have been bitterly cold in the southern Swedish town of Växjö. But despite lacking radiators, residents in two new city-funded highrises haven’t suffered because their homes are built in passive-house style. “Taking this route works very well for us as a municipality, since we want to become CO2-neutral, and homes account […]

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Siemens opens new regional headquarters at Masdar City

Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, today inaugurated its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City – Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, sustainable city – where Siemens is an anchor tenant. The Siemens building has been designed with sustainable materials and energy efficient technologies, making […]

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Balfour Beatty commits to DOE Better Buildings Challenge to Reduce Energy

Company will leverage solar energy and green building initiatives to reduce energy consumption 20% across its housing portfolio. Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, a leading provider of property management, development and related real estate services for the multifamily, military, and student housing markets, today announced its participation in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge, […]

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Self-Repairing Concrete Could Be The Future Of Green Building

Soon, home builders may be growing their own insulation right in the walls of the home. And bricks could grow in a mold rather than bake in a kiln. Manufacturing traditional construction products like bricks and insulation consumes a lot of resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up […]

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Green building guru David Gottfried sells green home

How difficult is it to make a neglected 1915 home a green gem? In a forthcoming memoir, a green building guru describes how such a renovation can be stressful, costly and prolonged. David Gottfried wanted to “walk the talk” so about 15 years after co-founding the private U.S. Green Building Council, he set out to […]

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Passive Solar Design Ideal for Coronado Climate (San Diego County)

Thinking of renovating your house, or are you interested in a total knock down and rebuild? Have you thought about passive solar design? Those not yet au fait with passive solar design may automatically think of solar panels on residential roof tops or Earthship monstrosities made from mud and recycled tires, located in the American […]

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Dubai’s eco-friendly souq (marketplace) to open soon

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said permits have been issued to shop owners to carry out decoration works. “We expect to officially open the market in the end of the first quarter of 2014,” he added. The market, which is located in Bur Dubai, is built according to the green building specifications. “It […]

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German city where green building is the norm

Freiburg in south-west Germany has established its international reputation as an “eco-city”, with numerous environmental industries and research establishments based there and a municipal government that is dedicated to low-energy buildings. The city’s street are partially automobile free, and inhabited instead by an extensive public transport system and a cycling population. Key to the city’s […]

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Sustainability on Loan

Standardizing the value of “green” home updates can help buyers and sellers While growing numbers of homeowners are saving money on energy bills by making “green” updates to their homes, getting a lender or appraiser to realize the value of those updates may not be as straightforward. But, getting proper valuation on sustainable home features […]

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Microsoft’s five sustainability predictions for 2014

2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental reporting continued to spread to more companies. At Microsoft we made progress as well – from signing our very […]

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Airports to go green, reducing energy costs by $518M

Gov. Neil Abercrombie unveiled an unprecedented energy efficiency program for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Airports Division that will cut energy use by 49-percent, saving at least $518-million in energy costs over the next 20 years. The airports will be modernized with the latest in energy-efficient and green technology, providing a high-impact solution for the […]

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