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Greenbuild 2009 Wrap-Up

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix was another great event. Unlike most of the construction industry, green building appears to be thriving. Attendance was slightly lower than last year but not by much, in contrast to other industry events that have seen their numbers plummet. Considering how many businesses are struggling or have closed, and the number of unemployed building professionals, the strength of this event is encouraging.

A Rocky Mountain Remodel Story

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Annette Stelmack, GBA Advisor in design-matters

The Rocky Mountain homeowners embraced the opportunity to "green" their remodeling project, primarily targeting the kitchen and the master bathroom. The design team—interior designer, architect, and homeowners—worked together as an integrated team to meet the project goals. We designed for multifunctional rooms with improved spatial relationships, family connectivity, increased storage and work areas, updated aesthetics, energy and water efficiency, and healthy indoor air quality balanced by timeless, durable, and easy-to-maintain design.

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Deliver Great Value

Posted on November 20, 2009 by Dina Lima in Business Advisor

Rapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.

Part 2 of a 7-part series


2: Deliver great value

Rigid Insulation Made Without Plastic

Posted on November 20, 2009 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

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

Thermafiber makes a variety of mineral-fiber insulation products from pre-consumer recycled iron-ore slag for commercial and residential thermal, sound attenuation, and fire-resistant construction applications.

Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines

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

Wind turbines have a hypnotic allure. The Siren call of carbon-neutral electricity has led many environmentalists to dream of owning a backyard wind turbine.

Unfortunately, small wind turbines, unlike utility-scale wind turbines, are rarely cost-effective, even when installed at a good site. Installed at an average site, a wind turbine is little more than an expensive toy.

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.

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