Solar energy costs fall 14% despite stable solar panel prices

The costs of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen by 14 percent over the last year, despite stable wholesale prices of solar panels and the imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on some imported solar panels.

FEATURES


Supercharged heat pumps nearly ready for cold climates

New technology under development with the Department of Energy could supercharge heat pumps for better cold-climate performance by 2015.

Look at green building cost over whole life cycle

Does building a high performance home pay off?

Home buyers learning the value of high performance homes

As the real estate market continues to recover, homebuyers are coming to value high-performance properties that provide long-term value in terms of comfort and energy savings.

Solar EV charging station designed to power with style

Fueling our vehicles with clean, unlimited renewable energy, makes sense financially, environmentally and socially.

Materials transparency takes center stage at Greenbuild 2014

At Greenbuild 2014, one of the hot topics was materials transparency as part of LEED v4 that launched last year.

Top 10 haunted homes you can buy for Halloween

Everything from scary mansions to Dracula’s Castle to famous television show homes are on this year's Top Ten Haunted Homes for Sale list.

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.

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NEWS


Moving on up: highest priced US home asking $195 million

The 1-percenter end of the U.S. housing market seems to be doing just fine as an estate with an asking price of $195 million hits the listings in Beverly Hills.

Solar panels: should you buy or lease?

Even with ten years of constant price drops, the market is still filled with homeowners who can’t afford to buy solar power systems.

Don't underestimate the power of windows in a high performance home

There is a desperate need for reasonably priced, high-R windows.

USGBC extends LEED 2009 deadline

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016.

Marvin Windows and Doors named most ethical large US company

Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.

A pilot program will test battery-based renewable energy storage systems

Two leaders in the solar power industry are teaming up to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems. Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, is partnering with OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems for a select group of Sunrun solar customers.

Architects: durability is the most important aspect of green building products

Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and “green” building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of U.S. architects commissioned by PPG Industries.

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.

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.

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