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A New Habitat for Humanity Prototype

Habitat for Humanity’s Classic Green Look

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Habitat for Humanity projects have become some of the most productive laboratories for affordable energy-efficient home design. And one of the newest additions to the Habitat for Humanity repertoire, a five-bedroom house designed by Dominick Tringali Architects, could be its greenest.

A production green home in Las Vegas -1

Efficiency in the Desert

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Energy efficiency and sustainability take center stage at two new Las Vegas developments built by Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders.

Pulte’s Azure Canyon development is located in southwest Las Vegas, where the growing edge of suburbia meets the shrinking desert. Every Azure Canyon home meets the “Green Built” standards established by the local homebuilders’ association. Ranging in size from 1,788, to 2,088 square feet, the homes sell for $230,000 to $260,000.

Preservation Green Lab

Preservation Green Lab Will Promote Rehab of Historic Buildings

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Lab Will Develop Best Practices For Energy-Efficiency Retrofits

SEATTLE, Wash. — The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has announced the launch of a public-private partnership to facilitate energy-efficiency retrofit work in historic buildings. The new program, called Preservation Green Lab, will be funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the city of Seattle.

 Monitoring power usage via Twitter

More Power-Monitoring to the People!

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Major companies are backing strategies that will allow consumers easy access to detailed information about their energy use

To the extent that telecommunications gadgets and related software applications have become ubiquitous, it seems inevitable that consumers will soon be able to monitor and control energy use in the home by punching a few keys on a cellphone or computer keyboard.

The hardware and software to do the monitoring already exist. What’s needed is a way to deliver the information, in an easily accessible and useful form, to consumers.

Georgia’s Energy Conservation Windfall

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

The state’s energy managers are developing plans to spend more than $260 million in federal stimulus funds on a variety of energy efficiency programs

The federal stimulus program is poised to deliver much more money to Georgia’s energy conservation industry than it is accustomed to spending. And while environmentalists and program administrators couldn’t be happier about this development, they also couldn’t be busier as they hammer out the details of significantly expanded conservation initiatives.

Pennsylvania Insurance Company Offers Green Discounts to Homeowners

Insurance Discounts For Homes With Green Features

Posted on March 30, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Rate Reductions For Photovoltaic Arrays or Ground-Source Heat Pumps

HARRISBURG, Penn. — A Pennsylvania insurance company, Dongal Insurance Group, is offering a 5% “green” discount on homeowners’ insurance. The discount applies only to homes with solar equipment or a ground-source heat pump.

Steven Chu Announces More Stimulus Funds For Efficiency

Beyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming

Posted on March 27, 2009 by Martin Holladay

$3.2 Billion in Block Grants For Efficiency Measures

WASHINGTON, D.C — Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes will soon receive $3.2 billion of stimulus funding for energy efficiency projects. The funding is separate from the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds flowing to the low-income weatherization program, according to the EERE News, an online newsletter from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Sonoma County Loan Program Launched

Sonoma County Will Provide Loans For Energy Retrofit Work

Posted on March 26, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Both Homeowners and Commercial Property Owners Are Eligible

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The Sonoma County government has launched a program to offer loans to homeowners and commercial property owners for energy-retrofit work and the installation of renewable-energy equipment.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Are Deconstructing Michigan Homes

Posted on March 25, 2009 by Martin Holladay

In Depopulated Midwestern Cities, Demolition Is a Pressing Need

SAGINAW, Mich. — For the last 30 years, Habitat for Humanity volunteers have focused most of their efforts on new home construction or remodeling. In recent years, however, Habitat volunteers are learning a new trade: demolition.

Recycling Expanded Polystyrene

Posted on March 23, 2009 by Martin Holladay

A New Machine “Densifies” Discarded Foam

TALAHASSEE, Fl. — Most of the nation’s discarded expanded polystyrene (EPS) — including hamburger clamshell boxes, coffee cups, protective foam packaging inserts, and pieces of building insulation — goes straight to a landfill. Recent technical improvements in recycling equipment, however, have begun to make EPS recycling cost-effective.

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