HGTV’s First Green Home Giveaway

For more than a decade, HGTV has been giving away a dream home to one lucky winner each year. This year, HGTV is following the trend to build better, environmentally-friendly homes and will be awarding its first lucky contestant with a dreamy, green home.

’08 Gulf Coast Green Event Planned

This annual conference normally targets design and construction professionals, but this year’s new addition, the Houston Green Expo at Reliant Park will enlighten the public regarding green building products, energy efficiency, and green vehicles.

Powerful Roofs

What do you call roofing material that not only acts to protect a structure from the weather, but also generates electricity to power the building? The answer and an innovative solution is Building Integrated Photovoltaics, or BIPV. This type of roofing system has solar-powered modules built right into the roof’s surface which provide a more […]

Reclaimed Construction Materials Market

In an effort to divert construction materials and equipment from ending up in landfills, a new user-friendly website called PlanetReuse.com has just launched. Essentially, it’s a marketplace where buyers and sellers of reused, reclaimed, and excess building materials can easily find one another and ship items online, if necessary.

Looking For a New Energy Efficient Appliance?

If you’re still looking at an avocado-colored refrigerator, you’re paying too much for your electricity bill. Those old green appliances aren’t very “green”. Even appliances that are only 10 years old are using far more power than today’s least energy-efficient models. I suppose it’s not a problem if you receive your electricity from solar or […]

Proposed Green Skyscraper in Philly to be Amongst World’s Tallest

A parking lot at 18th and Arch streets is the intended site for Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper, the American Commerce Center. Not only will it dwarf the city’s other high-rises, it will be amongst the tallest in the world. The new 1500-foot, mixed-use building will also be seeking LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building […]

Insurance Companies Adding Green Building Coverage

Realizing the many benefits of green building, some insurance companies are now offering green building coverage for their policy holders. The commercial property division of Traveler’s Insurance Company has added coverage for mid-sized businesses that use environmentally-friendly building materials when improving properties following a loss. Other companies like Fireman’s Fund, Ace USA, and Lexington Insurance […]

New-Generation BioSIPs May Be The Answer

An architect professor and her team from the University of Colorado have been working on a new generation of Structural Insulated Panels that are used as a building’s wall and roof system. SIPs panels are renowned for their ability to create strong, energy efficient buildings that are quick and cost-efficient to construct.

GreenPrint To The Rescue!

Looking for a way to save paper, ink, money, energy, water and trees?  Look no further than GreenPrint software that analyzes what a computer sends to a printer.  It allows users to select what really needs to be printed and what isn’t necessary, even pictures.  This ingenious software also helps users by automatically eliminating pages […]

Autodesk and USGBC Work Together

Autodesk recently announced its dashboard prototype that performs sustainability analysis within building design software to improve the design process. Adhering to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards, the dashboard allows engineers and architects to measure a design’s environmental impact while still in the design phase. It will also ascertain how many LEED points can […]

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