Green Building News

Real Estate Developers Slam Long Payback Periods For Energy Measures

Developers Claim That 30% Energy Savings Are Unachievable

Posted on March 6, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Edward Mazria Fires Back, Labeling the Report “Disinformation”

HERNDON, VA — A report published by a real-estate development group concludes that there is no cost-effective way to build a new commercial office building designed to use 30% less energy than a code-minimum building.

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Serious Energy Buys Republic Windows Factory

Posted on March 5, 2009 by Martin Holladay

CHICAGO, IL — Serious Energy, a California manufacturer of energy-efficient windows, recently purchased a 125,000-square-foot window factory in Chicago for $1.45 million. The factory became available when its former owner, Republic Windows & Doors, filed for bankruptcy.

Infill Housing In Chicago

Urban Infill Sites Increasingly Favored For New Homes

Posted on March 4, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Signs of a Smart-Growth Trend

WASHINGTON, DC — In most U.S. metropolitan areas, an increasing percentage of new home construction is occurring in downtown neighborhoods, and a decreasing percentage in suburbs. The smart-growth trend is documented in a new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, “Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions.”

Earth Advantage Home In Portland Oregon

Do Home Buyers Care About Green Features?

Posted on March 2, 2009 by Martin Holladay

For Buyers, Finish Materials Still Trump Energy Performance

PORTLAND, OR — Portland, Oregon, has a reputation as a hotbed for green construction. But according to a Portland developer, few home buyers care about green features.

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Saving Energy In the Kitchen

Posted on February 27, 2009 by Martin Holladay

The traditional method for cooking pasta wastes energy, according to columnist Harold McGee. McGee, who writes the “Curious Cook” column for The New York Times, recently investigated whether 4 to 6 quarts of boiling water are really necessary to cook a single pound of pasta.

After experimenting in his kitchen and consulting with Italian chefs, McGee concluded that a pound of pasta can be cooked to perfection using a mere 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water, as long as the cook stirs the pasta for the first 1 or 2 minutes of cooking.

Vehicle-To-Grid Electricity Sharing

Using Parked Electric Cars For Peak Shaving

Posted on February 26, 2009 by Martin Holladay

During Peak Hours, Vehicles Could Sell Power to the Grid

NEWARK, DE — Researchers believe that electric cars may someday feed power to the grid during peak use hours. An East Coast electric utility, PJM Interconnection, is researching the feasibility of bi-directional electric vehicle chargers that let owners of garaged vehicles sell electricity to the grid during hot summer afternoons, when electricity use usually spikes.

FSEC Opens New Test Lab For Water Heaters

A New Lab To Test Water Heaters

Posted on February 25, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Florida Set-Up Permits Side-by-Side Comparisons

COCOA, FL — The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently announced the opening of a new laboratory for testing solar water heaters, on-demand water heaters, and conventional tank heaters. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, the Hot Water Systems Laboratory will provide answers to a variety of questions, including: How much do solar water heaters contribute to the reduction of peak electric loads?

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What’s In the Stimulus Bill?

Posted on February 23, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Billions of Dollars For Energy Efficiency Improvements

DENVER, CO — The $787 billion stimulus bill signed in Denver by President Obama on February 17 will provide billions of dollars for energy-efficiency retrofits and renewable energy projects. Unemployed Americans, including tens of thousands of idle construction workers, are among those paying particularly close attention to the bill’s provisions.

LEED Platinum Manufactured Home

A LEED Platinum Modular Home

Posted on February 20, 2009 by Martin Holladay

This Near-Zero-Energy Prefab Can Be Erected On Your Site For $521,000

Housing Starts Hit New Low

Housing Starts Drop To New Low

Posted on February 19, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Lowest Figure In Recorded History

WASHINGTON, DC — In January 2009, housing starts dropped to the lowest level since records began, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. New home construction has plummeted to an annual rate of 466,000, down 80% from January 2006, when housing starts hit 2,273,000.

The National Association of Homebuilders declared that housing starts are in “an uninterrupted free-fall.” Never since the U.S. government began keeping records in 1959 has the number of housing starts been this low.

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