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In the process of buying our house in 2006, we learned that it had been built on a FEMA-designated 100-year floodplain; the bank refused to give us a loan unless we purchased flood insurance. Grumble, grumble: another expensive mortgage hoop to jump through. We of course signed up for the insurance but talked about asking FEMA to reconsider our designation.
We never did that, and now we never will.
It's hard to believe, but less than two weeks from now, I'll be picking up my badge at Greenbuild Toronto and heading off to cram as much green building information into my head as I possibly can in 50 hours. It almost feels like I've signed up for a reality TV show. This will be my first Greenbuild, and even from this distance I'm very excited--and a little intimidated--by its massive size and scope.
I'll be showing up eager to learn, but most people on the BuildingGreen staff will be attending Greenbuild in more of a teaching role.
Saturday found me helping a friend install new batteries for another friend's off-the-grid solar power system. We had fun getting the system back up and running and watching the solar-powered watts come in on a beautiful September day.
At one point my friend asked me to use his multimeter to read the voltage of the batteries. No problem: I put the two testing probes in place on the batteries and got the desired reading. He then asked me to reverse the probes to see if the reading also reversed, as expected.
Pneumatic thermostats have been around for more than 100 years, and are still used in about 70% of existing commercial buildings, according to David Roberts, director of marketing at Cypress Envirosystems, maker of the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT).
Correction: The author has posted a comment (see below) clarifying the likely width of the ridgeline road associated with this project.
One of my favorite pieces of Vermont trivia has been that the tallest manmade structure in the state is the Bennington Battle Monument, at 306 feet tall--and construction of it was completed in 1889
I will never forget the day my sixth-grade teacher started crying in front of the whole class. The tears capped off a long, loud, after-lunch rant about wasted food and the starving children in Ethiopia who would have been happy to eat it.
Wood athletic floors, while unparalleled for all types of play, are typically finished with solvent-based polyurethane coatings that emit high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC). They need to be finished when installed and then refinished about every ten years. This presents a particular challenge to design teams aiming to earn the LEED credit for low-emitting materials, IEQc4. LEED or not, minimizing VOC emissions in schools is a high priority.
BuildingGreen is pleased to announce the launch of the 2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub. Launched by Architecture 2030 in February 2011, the 2030 Challenge for Products is a call to action to reduce not only the operational energy of buildings but also the embodied energy of the products that go into them. While operational efficiency remains a vital goal, the embodied energy of a building represents greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change before the building ever starts operating. That means that embodied carbon has an effect today, during what many understand to be the critical window to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The 2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub is a free resource for anyone trying to address the embodied carbon of products.
We grumbled when GBCI overhauled the LEED AP program, introducing specialities, fees, and difficult-to-navigate credential maintenance. Is this the silver lining?
Today and at Greenbuild Toronto we stand and applaud the first class of LEED AP Fellows--the top tier of the LEED Accredited Professionals. Today, GBCI announced the 2011 class, the first of many deserving sustainability professionals to receive this honor. Yes, we may continue to grumble about the hoops you have to go through to get this honor, but apparently those hoops were worth it for at least 34 individuals, and from our long experience with many of them, we know they deserve it.
Lloyd, it's true that winning the hearts and minds of the green building community—the goal of these press releases—is only one of the aims here...." More...
Lloyd Alter says, "
I so hope you are right in these posts. However , it doesn't matter if LEED is better and the military and others prefer LEED, the senators and..." More...
For higher performance from a mini-split system the outside temperature regime is important to consider. Heat pumps designed for operation in very..." More...
Kevin Gardner says, "
I was looking at the same two models (I live in NH). I ended up going with what my selected contractor preferred (which happened to be Mitsubishi..." More...
Ben Wiechman says, "
We're looking at basically the same situation located in central Minnesota.
I've been looking primarily at the Fujitsu and Mitsubishi split..." More...
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