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Energy Management Stars at one of the World’s Smartest Buildings

May 1, 2013
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Energy Management Stars at one of the World’s Smartest Buildings

If you want to see one of the smartest buildings in the world, trek just north of Toronto to the Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology. The building has earned dual LEED designations and is a showcase of energy-saving and renewable technologies. There’s 85-plus kw of solar, with 57.6 kw of panels in the...

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ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

April 30, 2013
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ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

The much-ballyhooed ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 2 has finally been completed and ratified, and the standard is available for download. We could even see devices with SEP 2 by the end of the year and availability in 2014. “The technical work is done, and it’s up to companies to determine what they’re going...

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Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

April 23, 2013
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Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

Denis Hayes coordinated the first Earth Day in 1970, and now, more than 40 years later, he has opened what promises to be the greenest office building on Earth Day. Hayes now heads up the Bullitt Foundation, and its new building, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, features a collection of cool and practical green...

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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

April 22, 2013
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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

Confession time: I am not a big fan of Earth Day, and I suspect many others in the green and green tech fields feel the same. I thought Earth Day was great when we were cleaning out trash-choked streams. It raised awareness when there was none. But now everyone’s got an Earth Day thing...

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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

April 18, 2013
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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

It’s no secret that the United States has a serious health epidemic. Green technologies provide the tools we can use to create a better future. Here are just a few of the ways smart and green technologies provide us with clean air and water, while making homes and businesses healthier and happier.

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Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

April 17, 2013
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Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

Not every green home requires a bounty of solar panels or other systems to produce clean energy. Conserving energy is the cleanest energy of all. That’s what this 2,500-square-foot vacation home in northern Vermont accomplishes with some serious energy monitoring—while celebrating its habitat by bringing nature indoors. Green construction materials and the addition of...

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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

April 16, 2013
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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

“Customers are not being provided easy energy solutions for their homes,” says Claire Broido Johnson, chief of New Markets and Services for New England-based home efficiency provider Next Step Living. That’s the problem affecting everything from insulation and air-sealing contractors to high-tech energy monitoring and management companies. Johnson and others spoke on the topic...

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We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

April 9, 2013
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We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

When control and automation company Savant Systems introduced its SST-W1000 wireless thermostat recently, it marked a first for the company. Now it has its own thermostat, as well as supporting others. But other than that, no big deal, right? Another Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, ho hum. But as Savant’s executive vice president of Corporate Strategy &...

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How Green are HDTVs?

April 8, 2013
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How Green are HDTVs?

We’ve been waiting for this for a while: EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry is now including HDTVs. EPEAT asses products from computers to printers and imaging equipment based on a number of environmental criteria, including energy conservation, recyclability, reduction of hazardous materials, material selection, packaging and corporate performance—going way beyond what...

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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

April 4, 2013
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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

There has been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but how important is it to energy efficiency? The new ZigBee IP standard for wireless RF mesh networking gives us a glimpse at how the smart grid and the Internet of Things can come together to enhance energy efficiency. ZigBee IP is...

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