Friday, January 28th, 2011
A Swedish train station is harvesting energy from human heat to warm buildings and lower energy costs.
Central Station in Stockholm is Sweden’s largest rail station and the busiest in Northern Europe with almost 250,000 passengers per day. All those bodies in motion create excessive heat in the building, despite the chilly climate. (more…)
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario has completed construction of its new seven-story Canal Building, which contains a number of environmentally-friendly features, including 10 kW solar installation and a green roof. The building, the first of a pair that sits near the Hartwell Locks on the Rideau Canal, received five out of a possible five “globes” on the stringent (more…)
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Vancouver is a global destination for companies to develop and demonstrate emerging clean energy technologies, green transportation systems, energy efficiency solutions, water technologies and green building technology. With one of the largest cleantech businesses communities in North America, Vancouver is positioned as a leading centre of green economic (more…)
Friday, January 21st, 2011
2010 was a historic year for the General Services Administration (GSA). With a portfolio including 350 million square feet of public buildings, 200,000 federal vehicles, and a flow of goods and services throughout government totaling $95 billion, GSA has the capacity to impact every corner of government in every region of the country. In 2010, President Obama set (more…)
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Los Angeles is known first and foremost for its colossal influence on the entertainment industry but aside from Hollywood, LA is a bustling, massive industrial hub where labor, business and government efforts are working together to make the city’s industries sustainable as well. With access to the ports, a strong, skilled workforce, a robust university presence, and industry (more…)
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
The issue of energy efficiency has become increasingly important and we can expect more services and applications directed at that.
Yesterday General Electric announced that it was buying Lineage Power Holdings, a company specialized in high efficiency power conversion technology and services (more…)
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
The first step to any green building or renewable energy project of any size is finding the financing to make it possible. Since the bottom fell out of the economy, finding investors and financial institutions willing to finance building projects of any sort has been close to impossible. Real estate finance prognosticators, however, indicate that (more…)
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
The idea of turning whole buildings into envelopes to create power may sound almost too good to be true, but it is getting closer to becoming a reality.
The technology has a name: SolarWindow, which makes it possible to generate electricity on see-thru glass windows and is being developed by New Energy (more…)
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
The U.S. Department of Defense has historically been at the forefront of many of the innovative clean technologies of our generation-and for good reason. Distributed renewable energy installations have reduced the amount of liquid fuels being transported to remote bases, thereby minimizing the vulnerability of (more…)
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
When the clocked struck 12:01 on New Year’s, two important green regulations went into effect that may have a long term influence on green building and renewable energy. If successful, either of these regulations would do more to change the green industry than any legal challenge to LEED’s legitimacy (see the continued coverage of the Gifford v. USGBC case (more…)