The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to require “cool roofs” for all new and refurbished homes, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. “Cool roofs” incorporate light- and heat-reflecting building materials, which can lower the surface temperature of the roof by up to 50 degrees F on a hot day, according to Climate (more…)
It’s official; ‘rubbish’ has been redefined. Landfill fodder is no longer unsightly regrettable junk and has now evolved to become something we can utilize in even the most personal ways. If you follow trends in the built environment, or simply just enjoy a little insight into the type of extreme eco-homes shown on popular programs, then a few of the more elaborate (more…)
A look across the US landscape reveals several rich markets for energy efficiency over the next year. Some emerge out of unfortunate natural disasters; others arise from the growing realization by state governments that it is typically cheaper to save energy than produce it.
Superstorm Sandy leveled neighborhoods in New (more…)
Increasingly, there is more concern over the effects of climate change. This results in legislation of a more demanding nature which commercial property developers need to know about. Additionally, the recent surge in energy prices means that everyone wants to reduce costs and subsequently reduce their (more…)
This week’s energy news looks bad for the United States – at first glance. The nation has slipped to second behind China in clean energy investment. Moreover, five of the G-20 nations have surpassed the US for clean energy investment relative to size of economy.
But look a little deeper into the report, (more…)
We keep hearing that China is going to become a really big deal in world energy markets. But it wasn’t until I read this statement by Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council, that I grasped the scope of its coming influence:
“I wanted to make better products that have a significant impact. The developing world aspires to our lifestyle which the planet cannot sustain , and America needs to step up with innovation to lead the way forward.” – Patrick Govang