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April 2015

  • Congress Passes Energy Efficiency Legislation

    Since 2011, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) have been working together on a broader measure of energy efficiency.  With bipartison support, they managed to author a bill working towards energy-saving legislation.

    Ms. Shaheen says, “On the bill’s merits – creating jobs, saving consumer money and reducing pollution – it was never a hard sell.  The tough part was convincing Washington not to play politics with a good idea.”

    Indeed, the bill works to•••

  • Event ALERT: Better Buildings Summit

    WHAT: This year, the Better Buildings Summit is expanding into new sectors and engaging a diverse set of market leaders. The Energy Department is bringing together over 800 partners and stakeholders in Washington D.C. to participate in two and a half days of sessions and meetings focused on the sharing of the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency. With over 80 sessions focusing on sector-specific and•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend!

    For companies who are struggling to pay for energy efficiency, could secondary markets be a solution?  According to GreenBiz, some investors are anticipating this potential shift.  Find out more here.

    15 years into the future could be dramatically different from our world today.  In fact, it seems that China’s low-carbon electricity may surpass that of the US!  Explore the possibility here.

    Solar power may be a prevalent source of renewable energy, but it•••

  • The Future of Energy: Renewable Energy Systems Part 2


    Last week, we discussed the different types of renewable energy systems. But each system has multiple investment options. When marketing these energy sources or deciding on which one to invest in, make sure to consider all the factors and advantages of each one. Solar power, wind power, geothermal power, and biomass power all have different uses and assets.

    Solar Installation Options:

    Build your own: For those who want to build their own solar•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend: Special Edition

    Today’s post will focus on advanced wall/insulation systems.  What options do we have other than fiberglass?  Here are a few innovative and functional options that work just as well.

    STRAW:  Sustainable homes using prefab straw insulation panels!

    HEMPCRETE:  A natural building solution uses hemp for construction and insulation.

    MINERAL WOOL: “Mineral Wool fits into the building practices of 99.9% of Americas’ builders with no need for new process, extensive re-training, or changes•••

  • The Future of Energy: Renewable Energy Systems

    Interest and investment in renewable energy sources is rapidly growing with no end in sight. Energy sourced from solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources may be what our future holds. Read more to learn how these systems work and how they differentiate.  In our next post, we will discuss their marketability, customer interest and how they can be used to achieve program certifications and sell homes.


    Energy from the sun can be harnessed in•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend


    All the benefits of the being part of the energy grid without paying for it: are people with solar-powered homes getting an edge on those without?  If so, how does this redefine the future of net metering?  Read more HERE.

    Twelve world-class, unique, sustainable buildings.  In the form of an infographic!  Innovative energy saving techniques, reuse of rainwater, net zero structures, solar and wind technology are just a few of the cool features you•••

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