How 26 states created 85 percent of America's energy-efficiency savings CleanTechnica Most policy analysis agrees energy efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce consumer power bills and cut emissions by lowering overall electricity demand, but if you really want to get a sense of how powerful efficiency can be, you have to compare the states with ambitious policy to those without.
Canada claims most LEED-certified space outside of US BUILDINGS Canada boasts the most LEED-certified space outside of the U.S., according to a new list compiled by the USGBC. Collectively, Canada is home to 4,068 total LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 58.66 million total gross square meters of LEED space. To date, project teams in more than 140 countries and territories have implemented LEED in their building projects.
What's your Carbon Footprint? Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.
Construction laws slow to adjust to green building By Nate Budde A rapidly expanding segment of the construction industry is centered on green building projects, including the construction of green-energy installations such as solar arrays or wind farms. But mechanics lien and bond claim law has not necessarily kept pace. The policy behind mechanics lien protection has not changed, but the availability of the mechanics lien remedy may be slipping away for some of these types of projects. One particularly complex area in which green energy and mechanics liens converge is in the construction of solar arrays, or the installation of solar panels.
6 tips on choosing a HVAC contractor BUILDINGS Just because a HVAC contractor is popular doesn't mean they are the right fit for your facility. HVAC contractors will be always in demand because individuals and businesses constantly need their HVAC systems either serviced, repaired or replaced.
Maryland governor to decide whether some wind turbine projects should be delayed until 2015 The Washington Post For Somerset County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a proposed wind farm with 25 towering turbines would mean hundreds of construction jobs and extra cash for struggling farmers. But just across the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland is the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, home to a highly sensitive radar system that tests the stealthiness of fighter jets — and would be compromised by towering, whirling turbines.
Do your roofs have you covered? By Jeannea Jones Roofs protect our facilities and the assets they hold from punishing elements such as wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow and excessive heat. Although they appear to quietly endure extreme conditions, they actually may be trying to communicate their need for help. Those extreme conditions contribute to deterioration, which increases the risk of exposure beneath their covering. Given the long, harsh winter that much of the nation just endured, it is time to inspect and protect our roofs from further damage while repairing what those cruel elements have chipped away over the winter months.
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