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As more commercial buildings go green, a few go 'net-zero'
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although it is still loosely defined, net-zero usually means a building that produces as much energy as is consumed. The Department of Energy's website lists eight net-zero-energy commercial buildings up and running in the country. Most are small and in mild-weather environments. But the DOE number could be misleading because it relies on owners to voluntarily submit their building's information. At the New Buildings Institute, Technical Director Mark Frankel estimates the real number could be closer to 25, with about 50 more in construction. More

Washington DC leads list of top states for LEED green buildings    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Washington, D.C., followed by Nevada and New Mexico, lead the U.S. Green Building Council's first listing of the top states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional building square footage per capita. The USGBC released the list earlier this month. It's based on 2010 U.S. Census information and statistics on commercial and institutional properties that had attained certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards before the year closed. More

Green for green buildings
Detroit Metro Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like others in the green building movement around Detroit and the rest of the country, Jen and Randy Lewarchik are looking to improve efficiency, save on utility bills and do what's right for the environment, they say. And they're hoping to do it with the help of a federal program that has allocated $30 million for green building improvements in Michigan. About $10 million of that is earmarked for public and commercial buildings roughly along the Woodward Corridor in downtown Detroit. More

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Now, starter homes boast solar arrays
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Among the standard features offered for new homes at Manzanita at Paseo del Sol, a KB Home development in a desert suburb southeast of Los Angeles, are nine-foot ceilings, six-panel doors and a 1.4-kilowatt solar array. While KB Home has offered rooftop photovoltaic panels as an option for some time, the home builder now will make solar arrays from SunPower standard equipment on more than 800 homes in 10 communities being built in Southern California. More

Green building costs can decrease with growing popularity, good planning
Reno Gazette-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Going old vs. going new. That's apparently the key question when tackling a renewable building project. Once associated mostly with free-spirited hippies and tree-hugging nature lovers, going green has made serious gains within the general public's consciousness in just the past few years. So much so that solar installations now account for 90 percent of the work done by Aspen Electric, a Reno-based electrical installation and repair company. More

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