Posts Tagged ‘ green building ’

“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

April 2, 2015
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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

No April Fools, Yesterday the Bullitt Center proved its status as the greenest commercial building in the world by becoming the first office building to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. To earn the certification, the Bullitt Center demonstrated that it produces more electricity from solar...

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Productivity, GreenTech and the Emotional Connection

July 31, 2013
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Productivity, GreenTech and the Emotional Connection

In business today, it's all about productivity. Here's how green tech can help with that, and how making the emotional connection can help green tech.

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How We’ll Work: More Efficiently, More Productively

May 22, 2013
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How We’ll Work: More Efficiently, More Productively

How will we work in the (very near) future? In the latest generation of green office buildings, technologies provide ways to make the building more efficient and designs help workers and businesses be more productive.

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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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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

January 15, 2013
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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

I keep hearing something disturbing—and unfortunately uneducated—from the mouths of some green and green building experts, who seem to believe that technologies such as automation systems, lighting control and energy monitoring systems use more energy than they save. I have called experts to see if anyone can quantify this, and best response I’ve received...

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3 Commercial LED Lighting Ideas

December 17, 2012
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3 Commercial LED Lighting Ideas

LED lighting for commercial applications is a hot topic. And any lights that are on 24/7 or a lot are candidates for immediate replacement—possibly with some rebates or other incentives from your local utility. Many say that converting to LEDs in big office buildings isn’t a great idea just yet, as initial replacement LED...

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iPads, Energy Monitoring Give Net Zero Builder an Edge

March 28, 2012
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iPads, Energy Monitoring Give Net Zero Builder an Edge

How do you sell “Net Zero” homes that produce all their own energy? One homebuilder, Nexus EnergyHomes in Stevensville, Md., is giving away iPads to the new owners of their homes. The builder has sold seven homes in its North Pointe development in Frederick, Md. The iPads—just iPad 2s for now—aren’t gimmicky enticements. They’re...

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Home Energy Management Through Other Means

March 14, 2012
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Home Energy Management Through Other Means

Who says you need a “home energy management” system to have energy management? To every new buyer of its eco-friendly modular homes, Karoleena Homes in Calgary, Alberta, now recommends the Elan g! Entertainment and Control System, which is not necessarily known for its green cred. In conjunction with Avalanche Electric, Karoleena Homes offers a...

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Will More Efficient New Homes Lead to More Energy Management?

November 16, 2011
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Will More Efficient New Homes Lead to More Energy Management?

It’s nice to see that some homebuilders are embracing more efficient energy efficiency standards. And that should lead to more need for home energy management systems and other green technologies in the home. As EE News reports: More than 400 construction firms, including several of the largest American homebuilders, plan to follow stingy new...

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Green Tech in a Sustainable Home: Retaining the Human Touch

October 17, 2011
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Green Tech in a Sustainable Home: Retaining the Human Touch

How do green and energy-efficient technologies fit into the whole concept of a sustainable home? Among the green tech and energy-efficient features being built into a contemporary home under construction in Hingham, Mass., are solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, electronic lighting control, passive solar heating, staggered stud construction, ZIP System structural wall panels...

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