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

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?

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

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

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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MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

Gamification may be become the way to save energy—if Boston-based efficiency startup MyEnergy has its way. The company has a free rewards program via its website and is working with utilities on programs that engage customers in energy efficiency through competitions. MyEnergy says its free software platform can access the energy usage of about...

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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

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

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?

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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