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Contractors working to beat deadline as energy efficiency tax credits set to expire
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If you planned to replace windows, insulate your attic or add central air to your home to qualify for a federal energy efficiency tax credit, your time is almost up. Projects that qualify for the tax credits must be completed — that means installed and ready to go — by Dec. 31. Everything from biomass stoves to water heaters to energy-saving windows and doors are eligible for the up to $1,500 credit, but can they be installed in time? More

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Two new green building offerings from USGBC
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Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of LEED for Retail, its newest green building rating system, and the LEED Volume Program, a program designed to meet the certification needs of high-volume property developers. The programs were unveiled at the USGBC's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Chicago. More

LEED revision tightens energy-efficiency standards with new credits, categories
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The first of two public comment sessions opened this week on changes proposed for the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. The update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system will build upon a 2009 revision. The proposed changes, put together by USGBC's technical advisory committees, include three new credit categories and a variety of reworked and new credits and prerequisites. More

Greenbuild expo showcases new cash-saving products
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A $6,500 home wind turbine, glass that helps prevent bird collisions, LED bulbs that could outlive their buyers and non-toxic paint that turns walls into dry-erase boards are among hundreds of eco-friendly products touted at this week's colossal Greenbuild expo in Chicago. More

How green is a Greenbuild expo with 27,000-plus people?
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What's a green building conference like? Is it Birkenstock-wearing hippies with facial hair and earrings? The annual Greenbuild expo — held this week in Chicago — is a colossal trade show that reveals the industry's growing clout and market savvy. Sure, there are twenty-somethings in orange T-shirts directing suit-clad attendees to the right recycling bin for their plastic salad containers or coffee cups (hot Starbucks ones go in the "compost" bin.) The coffee is fair-trade, there are free shuttle buses to and from hotels and Hilton's rooms have recycling bags. More

LEED buildings grow by 14 percent despite market crash
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Everyone is painfully aware of just how hard the real estate market was hit during the Great Recession. And while the green building industry held its own longer than most sectors, the economy took its pound of flesh in 2010. Despite precipitous declines in the rate of growth, the total amount of LEED-certified buildings grew by one billion square feet in 2010, up to eight billion, or a growth rate of 14 percent. More
 
 
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