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Backyard Wind Turbines

Posted on November 20, 2009 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Manufacturers of small wind turbines are enjoying a boom. Fascinated by the idea of generating their own electricity, many rural homeowners have invested thousands of dollars — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars — in a backyard wind generator.

Update on a Wood Chip CHP Plant for Brattleboro

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

A little over a year ago I reported on the efforts of a local organization, Brattleboro Thermal Utility (BTUBritish thermal unit, the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water (about a pint) one degree Fahrenheit in temperature—about the heat content of one wooden kitchen match. One Btu is equivalent to 0.293 watt-hours or 1,055 joules. ), to develop a wood-chip-fired “combined heat and power” (CHP) plant for the town. In that column I reported that BTU, on whose board I sit, was trying to identify a company to carry out a preliminary feasibility study for the project; we were also seeking funding for that study.

How Does Green Building Advisor Help you Build Better?

Posted on November 18, 2009 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

Growing up one of eleven kids, you learn real fast how to make efficient use of resources. Maybe that's why Peter chose Resource Economics for his Masters program.

His two daughters are a daily reminder that we need to leave things better than we found them.

These are big reasons why Peter got involved with BuildingGreen when it was time to build Green Building Advisor.

I Found Some Green People!

Posted on November 18, 2009 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

During a recent visit to see my daughter at college in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I had the pleasure of visiting several projects designed by Michael Klement of Architectural Resource and built by Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders . One house is a LEED Platinum renovation, and another is in the certification process. I had seen photos of both of these homes, but two things struck me when I saw them in person.

Job Site Generator Powered by the Sun

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Green Building Blog

--From BuildingGreen's 2009 Top-10 Products list

Mobile Solar Power manufactures a range of portable solar-powered generators that integrate 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. panels, inverters, charge controllers, and lead-acid storage batteries into a self-contained trailer that keeps all components other than the PV modules fully protected and out of the elements.

Greener Building Blocks

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

--From BuildingGreen's 2009 Top-10 Products list

Pozzotive Plus concrete masonry units (CMUs) and concrete facing brick are manufactured using up to 30% post-consumer recycled glass as a portland cement substitute and an average of 50% post-consumer recycled masonry aggregate from local sources in the Northeast.

Drying Clothes With Less Energy

Posted on November 13, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

Last week, we took a look at how to save energy and water with clothes washing. This week we’ll turn our attention to drying, which accounts for approximately 6% of all household electricity consumption in the U.S.

Top 10 Green Building Products

Posted on November 13, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Green Building Blog

Phoenix, AZ, November 12, 2009 — BuildingGreen, LLC, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News, today announced the 2009 Top-10 Green Building Products. This eighth annual award, announced at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference, recognizes the most exciting products drawn from recent additions to the GreenSpec directory and coverage in Environmental Building News.

Ten Ways to Improve a New Home

Posted on November 13, 2009 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Buying an inefficient refrigerator is an expensive mistake. But at least the solution is simple: you can always buy a new refrigerator.

If you build an inefficient house, however, you may have an unfixable problem on your hands. Some newly built homes are so poorly designed, sited, and built that it would be cheaper to demolish them and start again than to correct all their flaws.

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Identify Your Ideal Customer

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Michael Strong, LEED Associate, CGP in Business Advisor

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