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.
A 24 percent growth rate in installed green roofs in 2012 is part of the results of the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey.
“On the heels of a huge 115 per cent growth rate in 2011, the green roof industry still grew by 24 per cent in 2012,” said GRHC founder & president Steven W. Peck. “Green roofs are being embraced around North America, by policy makers, designers, (more…)
A pretty big wad of money – $40 billion – is hiding somewhere inside the lights, AC, thermostats, furnaces and fans of our offices, stores, hospitals and schools.
That’s the amount of money the federal government estimates we can save annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. To achieve the goal, the Obama administration in 2011 (more…)
A green roof is a special type of roof that is covered with certain types of vegetation. This vegetation can cover either all or parts of the roofing. Green roofs have many advantages and can be installed with relative ease.
Installing a Green Roof
When it comes to energy-efficient and sustainable elements for the home or office, most people immediately start seeing green (cha-ching!). But while there are plenty of pricey options available for reducing a structure’s environmental footprint — from HVAC upgrades to solar panel installations — you don’t have to give up all of your hard-earned cash to earn (more…)
The skier’s delight rarely falls in the realm of green renewable eco-friendly holidays, but many resorts are trying to change that image. Some resorts are increasing their recycling, while others are working to have a less strenuous impact on Mother Nature. This means eco-friendly, sustainable and an awareness of how to use natural resources efficiently (more…)
Treatment without diagnosis is risky, for human health or home energy performance.
For any tax-paying citizen, the term “audit” probably has more negative than positive connotations. That’s why companies and individuals who perform home energy audits often refer to their services as “energy assessments” or “energy evaluations.” If the “A” word stigma isn’t bad (more…)