• LED lighting: Replaceable or disposable?

    While first generation LED lighting fixtures were basically your standard incandescent or fluorescent housing retrofitted with LED light boards, manufacturers have now begun designing fixtures around the LEDs, writes SmithGroupJJR’s Michael Nowicki. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was recently awarded to three scientists (Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura) for inventing the blue light-emitting diode […]

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  • Recent energy intensity decline in government buildings exceeds commercial sector average

    About 14% of commercial buildings in the United States are owned by a government agency at federal, state, and local levels. The latest data from EIA’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show these buildings have significantly reduced their energy intensity in recent years. From 2003 to 2012, the average energy intensity, or energy consumption per square […]

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  • Global HVAC Market Expected to Reach $5.2 Billion by 2021

    A market report published by Irving-based Lucintel on Oct. 14 said that the HVAC insulation market is expected to reach an estimated $5.2 billion by 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2 percent from 2016 to 2021. Two major drivers of growth for this market come from a high […]

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  • Green Buildings Critical to 1.5-Degree Future

    Optimism for climate action ruled at two recent events – the American Climate Leadership Summit and Climate Week in NYC. These notable gatherings reflect the increased momentum supporting successful implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. In honor of World Green Building week, this article focuses on […]

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  • Departments of Transportation Team Up with Climatologists, Engineers to Address Sea-Level Rise

    Efforts are under way to construct new building materials, design bridges, and coordinate efforts to rebuild roads and bridges that can withstand severe storms and floods. “ In a little-publicized move, the U.S. Congress recently took a forward step to address the impacts of climate change on the nation’s infrastructure — a move that will […]

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  • New York Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the state’s department of public service to enact a new clean energy standard that calls for half of the electricity consumed in the state to come from clean and renewable resources. Under the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, New York already had a goal of 50 percent renewables […]

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  • Brooklyn’s $150 Million Upgrade to 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant Garners ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Silver Award

    The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) ongoing $150 million upgrade of Brooklyn’s 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) recently earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Silver award. The DEP project is the first wastewater treatment plant project in the U.S. to receive […]

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  • Mayor de Blasio’s One City: Built to Last Wins C40 Building Energy Efficiency Award in Paris

      NEW YORK—New York City’s sweeping green buildings plan, One City: Built to Last – which was unveiled by Mayor Bill de Blasio last year – and the City’s Buildings Technical Working Group won the C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at a ceremony this evening in Paris during the United Nations Climate […]

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  • New DOE Definition of Zero-Energy Buildings is a Base Hit, Not a Home Run

    The global market for zero-energy buildings is projected to achieve explosive growth from$629.3 million in 2014 to $1.4 trillion by 2035.But what exactly is a zero-energy building? A number of different definitions for zero-energy buildings (ZEBs) have been used across the industry, including buildings that use zero electricity, site energy, or source energy, or that […]

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  • A Solar-Powered Desalination Plant

    This Sustainable Technology Turns Salt Water into Drinking Water.

    In California’s Central Valley engineers are using eco-friendly technology to turn salt water into drinking water. While there is a severe shortage of drinking water in the Central Valley, the area has an abundance of natural salt water. When this water is used for irrigation purposes, the extra-salty runoff poses a danger to wildlife and the surrounding ecosystem.

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