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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.

New Criteria For Energy Star Windows

News Headline Roundup

Posted on March 20, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Energy Star Windows, Weatherization, Building Deconstruction — and More

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The “In” box at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s news desk is overflowing, so it’s time for a roundup of news headlines on a variety of topics: Energy Star window standards, a proposed national program to subsidize energy retrofit work, employment growth at Conservation Services Group, an update on weatherization funding, Seattle’s efforts to encourage building deconstruction, the tenth birthday of the EarthCraft Homes program, a Southampton developer’s struggle to get approval for a pea-stone parking lot, Canadian feed-in tariffs, and the Maldives’ commitment to a carbon-free future.

New Homes Are Shrinking

For the First Time In Years, New Homes Are Shrinking

Posted on March 19, 2009 by Martin Holladay

The McMansion Era May Be Ending

WASHINGTON, DC — For the first time in at least ten years, the average size of new homes sold in the U.S. is shrinking. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the average new home measured 2,342 square feet — significantly less than in the second quarter of 2008, when new homes averaged 2,629 square feet.

Wyoming Recycler Finds New Uses For Old Snow Fence Boards

Selling Reclaimed Snow Fence Boards For Siding

Posted on March 18, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Wyoming Recycler Finds New Uses For Weathered 1x6s

LARAMIE, Wyo. — For the past nine years, a Laramie recycling company, Centennial Woods, has been satisfying a growing market for recycled lumber by dismantling old snow fencing. The company has secured maintenance contracts from the state of Wyoming to replace weathered boards on miles of snow fence with new lumber. Formerly burned or discarded as waste, the old 1x6s are now sold for $1.69 a linear foot to green builders, mostly for use as board-and-batten siding.

Oregon Establishes New Labs For Green Building Research

Oregon Establishes New Labs For Green Building Research

Posted on March 16, 2009 by Martin Holladay

$1.6 Million to Study Green Materials and Building Performance

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), a research center, has announced a public/private partnership that will invest $1.6 million in green-building research conducted at Oregon State University and Portland State University.

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