Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
U.S. scientists say that emerging photovoltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
According to a 2011 survey conducted by The Princeton Review, 65% of students surveyed said they “would value having more information about a college’s commitment to the environment”, and 24% said a college’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Ten years ago, a green home might have meant solar panels on the roof. Five years ago, those photovoltaic cells began sharing space with a green roof and a LEED certification.
That’s all still the case in mid-2012, but in a far more connected and tech-savvy environment. Contractors (more…)
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been talking about why energy efficiency matters- to Save the Internet!
Now… what can you do about becoming more energy efficient? In the next few weeks, Smartcool will be publishing a number of helpful handouts on energy efficiency measures for specific types of buildings. (more…)
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a property assessment used to finance the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades. A local government provides funding, and the assessment is paid back as a line item on a property’s tax bill.
PACE became a controversial issue in 2010, when (more…)
Monday, July 16th, 2012
On June 26, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the BIA v. State of Washington case. The opinion can be downloaded here.
In its decision, the Ninth Circuit held that the Washington State energy efficient building code was not preempted by Federal law. This ruling was (more…)
Friday, July 13th, 2012
Every day, it seems that people are taking more and more steps to live greener, more sustainable lives. From better recycling programs to restrictions on water use, communities and individuals everywhere are taking a good, hard look at their actions and how they affect the world. It’s no wonder then that the green building and construction industry is booming, (more…)
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
In June, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that a proposed tightening of its LEED building standard would be delayed until the market was ready to “absorb” the change. In contrast, two days after this announcement an alternative to LEED won the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge for pushing the building industry “to reimagine business as usual.” (more…)
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Emory University is a private research university located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the top 20 universities in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek named it one of the 25 “New Ivies” in the year 2006. Emory University is also extremely well known for it’s numerous sustainability initiatives. The university currently has one of the biggest inventories in regards to square footage for LEED Certified building space among all universities in the United States. The university (more…)
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Going green has been a trend recently, partly due to its popularity as a concept and to a genuine concern for the way human behavior is affecting the planet. Many businesses and facilities are advertising greener products, services, and building codes, and the demand for the coveted LEED certification has gone through the roof as companies (more…)