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Hemp home.
Dubbed “hempcrete”, the innovative building material is said to act as a “built-in air filter”, which actually helps improve air quality and does not contain any toxic substances. Not to mention, is inexpensive and more efficient than conventional building alternatives.
Date: 09/07/2010
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
California buildings
Will California's statewide green building codes advance energy-efficient construction or undermine stricter standards like LEED? The CALGreen codes promote efficiency without the costs of third-party certification, but critics note that the standards are prescriptive rather than performance-based.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
SmartHome Cleveland
SmartHome Cleveland will be 90% more efficient than a typical home, thanks to its heavily-insulated SIPs wall system, high-performance windows, heat recovery ventilator, and airtight building envelope.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Blog, Photos
Sales of bulbs using light-emitting diodes are expected to increase sharply -- partly because some consumers complain about the bluish light produced by another energy-saving variety, compact fluorescents.
Date: 11/01/2013
Type: Article
The most efficient buildings are dense multipurpose structures like skyscrapers, which minimize material, heating, and cooling. Single-family suburban houses are inefficient since they need to be individually heated and cooled, and are spread out from the population, encouraging driving more.
Date: 09/16/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Modeling
Although federal funding and incentives have been coming down the pipeline, the solar and green building industries have not yet taken off. In preperation for what is to come, schools are beginning to offer green building certification programs to address the future demand for workers.
Date: 10/18/2009
Type: Article
Arun Majumdar, Ed Marria and others give recommendations to the senate for ways to increase building energy efficiency in the US.
Date: 07/30/2009
Type: Video
The U.S. Department of Energy is investing heavily in green building as an energy saving and job creating economic stimulus. The DOE recently announced $106 million in stimulus funding for energy efficiency and conservation activities, aimed at state-level green building priorities.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Modeling
Pythagoras Solar plans to commercialize the industry’s first energy efficient, transparent and high power density photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU) for use as a green building material – a solar window.
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
New York City's newest skyscraper has received the city's first commercial gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. This is part of a larger effort to increase the efficiency of all buildings in the city.
Date: 04/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings

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