Free Green Building Web Seminars

The not-for-profit educational initiative, The Green Building Initiative, will be offering 4 free, interactive web seminars this month for commercial building owners.  The series, called “Managing Green Performance of Existing Buildings” will focus on “the dynamic, cost-effective, design and assessment tool, Green Globes™, Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings. Green Globes™ helps establish a baseline, prioritize […]

Making Solar Panels Affordable Through Leasing

If you’re interested in harnessing the power of the sun to supplement your electricity generation, but can’t afford the upfront cost of purchasing photovoltaics, leasing solar panels may be the answer you’re looking for.  Photovoltaics are a clean source of energy and can produce a significant portion of a household or building’s electricity.  This reduces […]

Top 10 Green New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it’s that time again…the new year is approaching fast, and many of you are contemplating which resolutions to make.  Why not incorporate some green practices that will be easy to do all year long?  Here’s my list of top 10 picks for going green at home and at the office:

The Surprising Beauty of Rammed Earth Floors

If you’re thinking that a “rammed earth” floor sounds like it’s made of dirt, then you’d be right.  It may seem a bit strange, but a floor comprised of dirt, gravel, straw, sand, and clay, actually has many redeeming qualities.  Once it’s been compressed, and sealed with natural linseed oil, a rammed earth floor is […]

Daylighting Strategies Can be Dangerous to Wildlife

I came across a disturbing article that had been written a few days ago in the Boston Globe.  It explains that a popular “green” building strategy of natural daylighting and views through the increased use of glass facades and windows is killing about a billion birds annually. Using more glass is actually less “green” because […]

Windows, Part III: Wood Frames

In Part I of my series on windows, I covered efficient Low-E coatings, and in Part II, the NFRC label, which is helpful in comparing different windows. Today, I’ll begin discussing the options and advantages of various window frame materials beginning with wood. Other frame materials include aluminum, composite, fiberglass, and vinyl. The type of […]

Windows, Part II: The NFRC Label

In Part I of my series on windows, I talked about low-E coatings which enhance a window’s efficiency. Today, I’ll discuss the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label which appears on all products certified by the third-party, non-profit, and on all window, door, and skylight products rated by ENERGY STAR®. The NFRC label provides detailed […]

Backyard Wind Turbines

The government wants you to generate clean, green power! This past October, a 30% federal tax credit (not to exceed $4,000) was signed into law that makes the cost of installing a small wind system more affordable for owners of homes, businesses and farms. Many U.S. states have rebate or tax credit programs in place […]

First Green Development in Chester County, PA

The rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania are home to historic sites and farms, yet just a stone’s throw to Philadelphia. An empty infill lot, located in the quaint town of Kimberton, seems like the perfect location for a green, mixed-use community — one that will allow its residents to enjoy free heating and cooling […]

Green Depot and Greenmaker Merge to Create Nation’s Largest Green Building Materials Supplier

Two major suppliers of green building products, Brooklyn-based Green Depot and Chicago-area Greenmaker, announced a merger creating the largest supplier of its kind in the United States.  The announcement was made at the renowned Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place this week in Boston. Green Depot has five outlets located in Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, […]

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