Green Building News

Where LEDs Make a Really Big Impact

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Scott Gibson

When you pay 65 cents a kilowatt hour for electricity, something as simple as swapping an old-fashioned incandescent light bulb for an LEDLight-emitting diode. Illumination technology that produces light by running electrical current through a semiconductor diode. LED lamps are much longer lasting and much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps; unlike fluorescent lamps, LED lamps do not contain mercury and can be readily dimmed. lamp can add up to big savings. Year-rounders on two Maine islands are finding out just how much.

Stuffy Offices Lower Cognitive Function

Posted on November 9, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Breathing in the stale air found in conventional office buildings makes it harder to think, a new report suggests.

Researchers conducting a double-blind study found that stuffy office air reduced the cognitive function of 24 professional workers by half, Ars Technica said. The study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Colorado County Ups Its Net-Zero Ante

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Scott Gibson

UPDATED on Nov. 10, 2015

Officials in Boulder County, Colorado, are bringing more new houses into the net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. fold.

Beginning on January 1, houses of 5,000 square feet or more will be included in the county's BuildSmart program. Originally put in place in 2008, the program is part of a broad initiative designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and already requires new dwellings of 6,000 square feet and larger to meet the net-zero requirement.

Court Rejects New Solar Fees in Wisconsin

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Scott Gibson

A circuit court judge in Dane County, Wisconsin, has blocked plans by the state's largest electric utility to impose new fees on utility customers who install a photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) system.

Homeowner Groups Are (Still) Battling Solar

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Scott Gibson

California homeowners who install solar panels on their roofs may run afoul of their homeowners association, despite state laws designed to protect them.

There are 43,000 community associations in the state, second only to Florida, The San Jose Mercury News reports, and they dole out guidance and restrictions for some 7.2 million state residents. Rules can cover anything from paint colors to lawn maintenance.

Meet Canada’s Newest LEED Platinum Home

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Designers of a high-performance demonstration home in rural Quebec province didn't think it was enough to plan for low on-site energy costs, so they figured in how much extra electricity would be needed to power a plug-in vehicle to and from work 40 minutes away, and then brought the whole thing in for an estimated $2.30 in electricity per day.

The Edelweiss House in Wakefield, Quebec, a picturesque town on the Gatineau River northwest of Ottawa, is also the first home in Canada to be certified under the new version of LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. with the top ranking of Platinum.

Passive House Days Are Coming Up

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Passivhaus-certified buildings are a rarity in North America. Many designers and builders, as well as prospective homeowners, have never had a chance to see one.

That's a problem the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) would like to fix with its participation in the upcoming International Passive House Days, November 13 through 15, 2015. Dozens of Passivhaus buildings in the U.S. and Canada will be open for tours, giving people a chance to see what these extremely energy-efficient designs look and feel like.

This Vermont Park Is Going Off-Grid

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Scott Gibson

A 908-acre park in southwestern Vermont will become the state's first park to run entirely on solar power.

Emerald Lake State Park, located in Dorset and not far from the New York State Line, has been plagued by an unreliable connection to the grid. Power lines are easily damaged by falling tree limbs, and repairs are difficult because of the rough terrain they have to cross.

Demand for Cooling Is Spiraling Upward

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Scott Gibson

The planet's growing appetite for air conditioning and refrigeration is creating a surge in energy consumption that by mid-century will overtake the amount of power used for heating while making global warming worse, a published report says.

In a series of news stories, The Guardian reports that the demand for cooling is going up steeply as a result of rising global temperatures and an expanding middle class that can afford to stay comfortable.

Passivhaus Goes Prefab

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Scott Gibson

UPDATED on Oct. 28, 2015

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