Energy Efficiency

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Press Release: USGBC Readies Green Building Industry for LEED Positive Future

The following is a press release following the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and owned and operated by Informa Connect. USGBC delivered key updates intended to help push the industry closer to a regenerative future as outlined through LEED Positive. New programs and LEED updates bring focus to social […]

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Living Standard Sustainability Perspectives on Climate Risks

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a sustainable, prosperous future for communities worldwide. To help spread the word, they have launched the Living Standard campaign. The campaign seeks to expand the conversation around sustainability well beyond the green building community to a broader population.   Also, the Living Standard campaign aims to […]


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Future Housing Zero Emissions Smart Tech

There is a new Florida neighborhood called Hunters Point that has zero emissions, smart tech, and buildings that are hurricane-proof. This interests me greatly and I would love to see a retirement community built near me using the concept, for sure. On their website, you’ll see their attitude toward a new way to think about […]



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Nest Thermostats Facing Challenges

Nest, the company that makes what they claim to be the “next generation thermostat” is facing a few challenges. Out-dated HVAC systems, Wifi connectivity, and vocal, unhappy customers during a national cold spell  are in the forefront in today’s news. TechCrunch discusses the situation on a recent blog post here. You can learn more about the […]



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Is Geothermal Always Worth It?

Geothermal Pros & Cons Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size […]


Green Remodeling For Baby Boomer Homes

Green remodeling a home is possibly one of the highest levels of “green.” It is one of the best sustainable housing initiatives around. While researching the remodeling industry I came across the website dubbed, Home for Life. The site includes a wealth of resources that explain opportunities to upgrade an existing home’s energy and resource […]





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Understanding Fuel Cells Resources

How does a fuel cell work? See the list of resources below; energy tax incentives are also included. But first, I recently came across ClearEdge Power, a company that provides fuel cell-based energy systems (hot water, electricity) for both commercial and residential facilities. The concept is interesting. Here’s a brief excerpt from their website about […]