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March 25, 2010

Net Zero Energy Re-Skinning with Style

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Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies.  To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990.  Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis.  After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors. 

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March 24, 2010

Top 25 Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings in 2009

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Today the EPA released its second annual ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings receiving the Energy Star label in 2009.  California cities took two of the top three slots, but that's no surprise as these cities are at the forefront of green building. 

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March 23, 2010

Who's Next in Green Home Design?

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Recently FreeGreen launched a contest for designers to create an affordable, contemporary, green home.  Seeking to redesign single-family living in less than 1,800 square feet, designers could opt to design a starter or empty nest home, or both.  After receiving +400 entries, the field has been chopped to 12 finalists with public voting now open through April 5, 2010.  The winner will receive $5,000 and other opportunities with FreeGreen.  Check out the top 12 (click the text link above the photo for more info), and tell us your favorite in the comments

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March 19, 2010

A New Path for Green Building Codes

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Last week, the formation of the new International Green Construction Code was announced through the partnership of several organizations already deeply connected with green building efforts. The preliminary version of the model code is now available for public review and comment.

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Crazy Wood Triangle: FSC, SFI, and LEED

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If you work with LEED, you’re familiar with FSC, and if you read good books and magazines, you’ve probably seen both SFI and FSC.  FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) both certify and provide labels for wood and paper products.  Consumers look to these for comfort with regard to environmental impact and sustainable harvesting of wood, but after you read Monte Paulsen’s five-part series on the topic for The Tyee, you may not be so sure about what’s going on. 

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March 12, 2010

Survey: Saving Energy is Top Priority

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The Fourth Annual Green Building Survey, published by Allen Matkins, CTG, and Green Building Insider, was just released.  It’s quick and to the point with some interesting perspective on the attitude of design and construction professionals.  That is, green construction and design remains a top priority, while LEED certification may not necessarily carry the same weight.  The survey was conducted in February 2010 and received over 1,600 responses. 

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March 03, 2010

President Obama Explains Proposed HOMESTAR Retrofit Program

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Yesterday, President Obama toured a training facility at Savannah Technical College and took the opportunity to outline more detail on the proposed HOMESTAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program.  The program has been called "Cash for Caulkers" due to similarities with Cash for Clunkers, but we're going to stick with the HOMESTAR terminology.  Here's some additional detail. 

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February 25, 2010

Update: Duany Flat Pack Haiti Cabins

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned the strong flat pack prefabs designed by Andrés Duany for Haiti.  That effort is moving forward, and we've been able to catch a photo of a built prototype (see above).  InnoVida Holdings, LLC, manufacturer of the lightweight fiber composite panels used to build the prototype, today announced plans to build a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these houses to Haiti.  It's a massive endeavor that could lead to the production of 10,000 homes per year and 250 direct jobs in the country. 

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February 24, 2010

The Bloom Box and Buildings [Video]

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If you had the chance to catch 60 Minutes on Sunday, you saw their exclusive on Bloom Energy.  The company has been in stealth mode for some time, but all of that appears to be over.  As reported by Lesley Stahl, which you can view in the video embedded below, Bloom makes a fuel cell that will be used to power homes (in the future) and commercial buildings (right now).

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February 22, 2010

Top 7 Green Trends for 2010 [EcoHome]

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At the beginning of every year, there's a tradition for the industry to talk about trends.  We've done it in the past, but this year we reviewed trends published by Jerry Yudelson and the Earth Advantage Institute.  Now, EcoHome Magazine has published it's own list of seven green trends that will impact homeowners and green building professionals.  Here they are:

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