Green Building

7 Software Platforms that Make Building Energy Management Easy

November 28, 2012
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7 Software Platforms that Make Building Energy Management Easy

Energy monitoring and management in commercial buildings, while a great idea, isn’t so easy. Or at least it hasn’t been. But now many energy management software platforms are making it easier for building managers to access, understand and use all the data that can be collected from energy management systems — and make their...

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Daylighting Systems Automate LEDs with Natural Light

November 21, 2012
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Daylighting Systems Automate LEDs with Natural Light

Daylighting and daylight harvesting are hot topics in the green tech world, and with good reason: Bringing natural light indoors, whether in a business or home, reduces the need for one of our biggest energy hogs: lighting. Even super-energy-efficient LED lights need not be on if natural daylight is available. Motorized shading systems that...

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Rockin’ Without a Carbon Footprint

November 20, 2012
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Rockin’ Without a Carbon Footprint

Step into this Dallas-area house, and you are stepping into the near future—one in which serves up plenty of today’s coolest digital home entertainments along with a heaping, healthy dose of eco-friendliness, without any compromise. A 10.56-kilowatt rooftop solar array helps power 14 zones of high-quality audio, three surround-sound systems and a home theater...

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The Business Case for Green Tech

November 15, 2012
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The Business Case for Green Tech

Stop the dreaming. If you want to get conservatives and business people on board with going green, speak their language. In other words, make the business case for going green. That means saving money and creating American jobs. Or, to translate into a language we can all understand: $$$$$.

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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

November 14, 2012
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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

It’s a record: I heard the word “automation” more times Tuesday than any other day EVER. You’d think I was at a high-end custom electronics show. Nope. I was at a green and sustainability conference. Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment. Green … sustainability … automation technology … green people liking...

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Self-Powering an Island with Solar and Solar Storage

October 29, 2012
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Self-Powering an Island with Solar and Solar Storage

It doesn’t look like much. In fact, you could say Columbia Island is a concrete slab of an eyesore in the Long Island Sound off the coast of New Rochelle, N.Y. But soon it will be a 6,000-square-foot residence that’s off the grid and self-powered by solar and a solar storage system. The island...

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Home Starts Are Up, But Stay Focused on Commercial, Retrofit

October 18, 2012
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Home Starts Are Up, But Stay Focused on Commercial, Retrofit

Homebuilding is up to its highest level since 2008, and homebuilder confidence is at a six-year high. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon business plans for commercial  and retrofit markets. According to an AP report: Builders last month started construction on single-family houses and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four...

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Futuristic House Goes Futuristic Green

October 3, 2012
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Futuristic House Goes Futuristic Green

It’s cool to control your A/V, lighting and security systems from a TV screen. But have you ever seen high-efficiency boilers and electrically heated windows monitored like that? Larry Winkler, owner of the famous Sculptured House, featured in a recent slide show on ElectronicHouse.com, can do just that in his Star Trek-inspired command center/utility...

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Luxe Home Energy Storage System to Debut

August 29, 2012
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Luxe Home Energy Storage System to Debut

What does a big-ass green home need? How about a $45,000 solar-PV-tied battery storage and energy stabilization system that functions as a battery backup on steroids?

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Do We Really Have Smart Homes?

July 10, 2012
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Do We Really Have Smart Homes?

I’ve been seeing and hearing the words “smart home” bandied about a lot. But not always in a smart way. There’s an article on “smart home design” that chronicles the use of sustainable building materials like metal roofs and cement board siding. This is great stuff to use on a home, and it’s smart...

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