Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
We’re often writing about energy efficiency on Energy Refuge as an important component of energy sustainability. Fortunately, an increasing number of contractors are advancing the green building movement and spreading the adoption of sustainable design, energy efficient construction (more…)
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Autodesk is an international leader in three dimensional design software for building, engineering and architecture construction, manufacturing, and entertainment and media. Autodesk became well known for AutoCAD – its flagship computer-aided design software. Other software products include Digital (more…)
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Of course it could — it already has. But first lets recap the Solyndra saga.
Solyndra is the solar panel manufacturer in California that qualified for a $535 million federally-backed loan. Since receiving the loan, the price of solar panels has plummeted – good news – which has squeezed the margins of (more…)
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Several weeks ago, Washington DC was hit by both an earthquake and a hurricane. But this was not the most shocking development during the week — at least for me.
Here’s what shocked me the most: I learned there is a chance that LEED bonds could be available in our nation’s capital. (more…)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green (more…)
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Georgia Pacific LLC is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of packaging, tissue, packer, pulp and building products. Georgia Pacific has long since had a history of being a very sustainable company – making products that improve the lives of (more…)
Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Concrete is the most widely used building material for residential and commercial buildings. From its humble origins in Roman times, this mixture of Portland cement, aggregate, water, and chemical additives is now a $35 billion industry in the US alone, employing over two million workers. However, when it comes to (more…)
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
For several years, property owners have become increasingly aware of the potential for energy efficient buildings to decrease operating costs, improve occupancy, and demand higher rental prices.
Theoretically, all of the benefits of energy efficient buildings should yield a higher property values for (more…)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), known as the global voice of cleantech, announced today 185 companies have been nominated for the 2011 GCCA Later Stage Award by 30 cleantech clusters from around the world. Nominations in 10 categories ranging from renewable energy and (more…)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
It is not enough just to talk about clean technologies, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, but they must be promoted and utilized in businesses, arenas, and homes as well. Currently, there are a number of real estate projects that assist in making the United States much more (more…)