Solar PV efficiency forecast to grow in next 5 years

Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies to gain in the marketplace, and overall panel power ratings will continue strong upward growth trends.

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Midwest market for high performance homes beginning to soar

At the Proud Green Home of St. Louis Muddy Boots tour in September, Steve Loos, staff vice president of Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, discussed the growing market for high performance homes in the region.

High performance home demand growing as the market rebounds

Consumers are beginning to understand the value in high performance building, and as the housing market recovers green builders are seeing the benefits.

DOE building resources for Zero Energy Ready Homes

At the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference & Expo, Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect of the DOE's Building Technologies Office, discussed some of the changes in the agency's programs for home builders.

Climate Change Isn't Coming... It's Here

As an Architect and Activist, I felt the heat of the flames surrounding the hot topic of Climate Change at the 2014 Social Good Summit.

1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.

Whirlpool drives sustainability from factory to home

To make it easier for consumers to go green, appliance manufacturers are building sustainability into their products from the factory floor to the laundry room and kitchen.

Demand control pumps could help battle water shortages

It's no secret the Western United States is facing severe water shortages that could have consequences for the entire country and the world. But there is one remedy that could dramatically save water in homes in the region, as well as around the world: the demand control pump.

App helps California consumers track water use to fight drought

In the midst of California's worst drought in decades, a new mobile and web app gives consumers access to their daily water consumption data.

Proud Green Home at Serenbe named DOE Innovation Award winner

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe has been named a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Winner for 2014 in the Custom Category.

Soccer and sustainability share the spotlight

The FIFA World Cup drew attention all across the globe this Summer, as it has every four years. However, this time, Soccer and Sustainability shared the spotlight. You may not know it, but this was the first World Cup to place a heavy emphasis on green building, construction, and operation.

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Take steps to living green with new carbon footprint calculator

The art of calculating and managing your carbon footprint just got easier.

First LEED v4 Platinum home will go to New Orleans neighborhood

Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...

PACE financing drives efficiency and renewable energy adoption across the US

Five years ago, the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program was launched to make it easier for property owners to complete energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects that make buildings more valuable and sustainable.

US businesses saving with solar heating and cooling systems

With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million,a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.

Get ready for storm season with the right generator (infographic)

Whether hurricanes, blizzards, typhoons, or tornadoes and electrical storms, there is nothing worse than being without power for long periods of time.

Insulation manufacturers use 2 billion lbs of recycled materials

Insulation manufacturers used more than 2 billion pounds of pre-and post-consumer recycled materials last year in insulation and acoustical products, according to a recent survey. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) surveyed members on their use of use of...

Solar power could be the largest electricity source by 2050

Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Sept. 29, 2014, released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.

Huge disparities across Californian cities impact solar power adoption

Even though California has the most residential solar installations in the U.S., cities across California have different permitting fees and wait times, making the experience of switching to solar vary drastically across the state.

New Passive House Standard will debut in 2015

Renewable resources will be part of the new Passive House Standards introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute of Darmstadt, Germany, The North American Passive House Network said.

USGBC names 2014 Best of Buildings awards


The Best of Building Awards celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building.

Open source ecology drives self-sufficient tiny house

A demonstration micro house built with open source machinery and technology will be energy self-sufficient.

More than 500,000 US buildings generating solar energy

Adoption of solar power in the United States hit a milestone in the second quarter of 2014, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.

Financial backing grows for transformation of geothermal ground loops into a utility

The utilization of geothermal heating and cooling is gaining ground, as one company will finance $25 million in geothermal loop installations in North America.

USGBC and ACC to work together on LEED

Two organizations formerly at odds on the future of green buildings standards in the United States will cooperate in a new initiative to ensure the use of a technical and science-based approach to environmentally protective products.

New map leads to resources for UK water-source heat pumps

A new map from the United Kingdom's energy department shows areas where water-source heat pumps would be most feasible.

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