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Infographic: Why Build Green?

This infographic from Green Building Canada displays the many advantages of adopting green building practices for new buildings and retrofitting old ones. At first we may only think of “green building” in terms of environmental benefits, but it goes far beyond that. From lowered energy bills and increased resale value to a healthier environment, both indoors and outdoors, green building is…

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Credit: Mosaic, US DOD

Army, Navy & Air Force Tap Mosaic’s Solar Crowdfunding Platform for Joint Base Residential Rooftops

Breaking new ground in solar project finance, the US Armed Forces are looking to individual investors to raise enough capital to install solar PV panels across 547 residences at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

All zeros: Net zero building requires occupant engagement

Achieving Net Zero Building Status Requires Occupant Engagement

On February 26th, about 100 people gathered in San Francisco to discuss the world’s greenest buildings and the future of green building.  They discussed strategies that spawned a revolution in net-zero building as well as the frontier of new techniques and innovations. Net-Zero, for those not familiar, is a term used to describe the net energy consumption and energy footprint…

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Building efficiency is a growing trend serving both economic and environmental concerns

The Growth of Efficient Buildings

The area of building efficiency affords tremendous opportunities for both economic growth and reduced environmental impacts. Buildings are the single largest emitters of greenhouse gases. According to a UNEP study titled “Towards a Green Economy,” homes and businesses are responsible for 40 percent of the climate change causing carbon pollution. There is significant room for improvement in new construction and…

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Electricians are in demand in the new green economy

In the Green Economy, Electricians Are in Demand

Guest post by Derek Singleton In 2009, Software Advice predicted that electricians would be one of the construction trades best-suited to capitalize on the growth of green construction. It appears that prediction is coming true. Since 2005, the green construction industry has grown from close to three billion dollar industry to one worth roughly $48 billion.  And a recent report by McGraw-Hill Construction stated that electricians…

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Sustainability is only achieved through collaboration and cooperation

Collaboration is Better than Competition in the War Against Climate Change (Part Two)

There are numerous examples of organizations, towns and cities working within a collaborative framework to address the looming threat of climate change. Although there are areas where market oriented competition will continue to be invaluable, there are other areas where collaboration is little more than common sense. Cities working together to share methods of being more sustainable are an effective way to…

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Leaders in the emerging Living Building movement define a living building as "a structure that generates all of its own energy with renewable non-toxic resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty." Pictured: the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York, which hopes to become a certified living building in May 2010 after it is a year old.

EarthTalk: Living Buildings Explained

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard the term “living building.” Can you explain? -Rebecca Gordon, Seattle, WA Over the past couple of decades, architects and builders looking to green their projects turned to the addition of various piecemeal elements to save water here…

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