Boasting a savings of 12% whole house energy consumption savings it is tempting to immediately order new highly insulated windows for the whole house. But before you do, consider the payback. Sure, you will be snug as a bug inside the house but according to the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), it (more…)
Green building (including LEED) has a lot of potential for mitigating climate change, and LEED Certification is now a popular and widely recognized green building program. Businesses and home owners across the world are installing solar energy, fluorescent lights, and energy efficient appliances in order to reduce energy usage. In addition, many companies now offer a variety of green building options including locally-sourced materials and energy efficiency retrofits. Many of these efforts are considered to be the inexpensive, “low hanging fruit,” and there will undoubtedly continue to be a lot of activity in the green building area.
Mandatory green building laws are spreading internationally from the Philippines to India.
With more than 11 billion square feet across 175,000 projects being LEED certified worldwide, it should not be surprising that most of those new green building laws are LEED centric. At year end 2012, more than 40% of all square (more…)
Energy efficiency awareness undoubtedly leads to money saved in the long run for consumers. The less energy used, the less homeowners have to spend on utilities that help them find comfort while working and relaxing. Although there are many factors to consider when converting homes into eco-friendly, energy efficient ones, an often (more…)
Maryland is primed to expand and incentivize use of the International Green Construction Code. In 2011, Maryland was the first state in the country to authorize use of the IgCC for private and public construction.
It is not surprising the IgCC found Maryland fertile ground. Relative to its population, Maryland has more green building projects than any other state. (more…)
With construction projects facing deadlines to be eligible for tax credits, drop dead dates to meet contractual obligations and otherwise needing to obtain LEED certification by December 31st, submission deadlines to the Green Building Certification Institute are fast approaching.
Appreciate that a couple of weeks ago (i.e., the (more…)
A green building friendly zoning ordinance is significant when so many local codes including land use ordinances across the country stand in the way of sustainability efforts. (more…)
Hastings on Hudson, a village with a population of just over 9,400, located east of the Hudson River, less than 20 miles north of Times Square, conducted a final public hearing last evening on its custom written Green Building Code.
The Code is unique because it was written by a (more…)
When you’re a non-profit organization you have to be resourceful and make decisions that maximize your operating budget. Some of those decisions are obvious. Some take discovery. This is an example of how a not-so-obvious choice helps the Greater Twin Cities United Way make the most of their operating budget. (more…)
The final vote of the District of Columbia’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board on the Green Construction Code (and all of the new construction codes) occurred recent and are being transmitted to the Mayor’s office. The Mayor will submit the codes to the DC Council for adoption. (more…)