Describing a building as ‘green’ makes a lot of people cringe. The word is overused. And what does it mean exactly?
Serious efforts are underway to move away from the hype and offer a more specific analysis of a building’s energy performance. Think nutritional labels for food, except in kilowatt-hours instead of calories.
In fact, more than 50 national, regional and local governments have created policies to rate and disclose the energy efficiency of commercial buildings,…Continue
The winners of MEEA’s Inspiring Efficiency Awards are among the most innovative and dynamic players in the energy field. Now that the application process is officially open for the 2012 Inspiring Efficiency Awards, we thought it might be fun to check back in with some of our award winners from last year to get an update on their projects.
Prairie Power, Inc. of Jacksonville, Ill., received…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on July 28, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments
So the price of gas is hovering near $4.00 a gallon again. Have you noticed a change in your driving habits? More people are choosing to stay home over driving long distances for vacation. They’re also combining trips to multiple locations to get more things done all at once and if they forget to stop at one,…Continue
Guest blog by Cara Miale
When it comes to the green energy race, it’s not over until it’s over. Just look at the city of Denver.
For years the Mile High City was notorious for its brown cloud, a dirty layer of pollution that not only marred the city’s pristine mountain image, but also caused serious health problems.
Now Denver is the fifth greenest city among 27 rated in…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on July 22, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments
The candle has been around the cave and the realm of weatherization and energy efficiency for some time now, but here’s an app which few have ever conceptualized.
In the early days of weatherization, before the thermagraph, even before the blower door, the trusty candle provided us several enlightening concepts. It would flicker when breezes brushed against its flame as a clear indicator of infiltration. Before the fancy schmancy digital manometers, a few old timers would…Continue
Slow and steady wins the race. And over the past few months, energy efficiency has quietly been grabbing the media coverage from it’s sexy cousins the Renewables, like solar, wind and geothermal.
Early this month I reported that green as in wallet (saving money) was hot. Now the July issue of Realtor Magazine is reporting that saving money is …Continue
This blog is cross-posted with Remodeling Magazine with the kind permission of the editor.
Let me recommend an excellent, well-written blog indeed. Melissa Baldridge goes well beyond the nuts-and-bolts conversations in which we so often engage, and she presents ideas from a broader perspective. At the point where remodeling meets building performance, the industry necessarily concerns…Continue
Here’s something you don’t hear people complain about much these days: worker shortages. That is, unless you’re in energy efficiency, an industry that is booming as others are busting.
Sixty percent of those responding to a recent survey by the Association of Energy Services Professionals cited a lack of talented workers in energy efficiency.
“Energy efficiency is a rapidly growing segment of the overall energy industry and we…Continue
*This post was drafted by Isaac Elnecave and Michael Hairston of the MEEA Policy Team
At the recently concluded ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Montreal, significant changes occurred to the development of the ASHRAE 90.2 standard (ASHRAE 90.2 is the companion standard to ASHRAE 90.1 and applies primarily to residential dwellings). Prior to the…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on July 14, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
By Alan Meier
It’s easy to lose the longer perspective when we are involved in day-to-day efforts to save energy. That’s why I want to focus on a single home—Danny Parker’s house in Florida—to illustrate the bumpy road to zero energy use. The figure on the right shows 21 years of electricity use, along with many of the major events in Danny’s household. (Follow the green…Continue
I attended a green energy conference nearly a decade ago in Washington, D.C., where several speakers expressed astonishment at the audience’s clothes. People were dressed in business attire. Where were the ponytails? The Birkenstocks?
The event marked a new age for green energy, the beginning of its migration from counter-culture to corporation.
Today green energy is, well, more like conglomeration. But still the industry carries remnants of its former self, the occasional…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on July 8, 2011 at 8:10am — No Comments
Who doesn’t pat themselves on the back when Google puts money into their industry? Ah, the giant likes this market. I must be on the right track!
So what does it mean now that Google has announced it will retire its Google PowerMeter because it didn’t catch on? Are all those companies who are investing in smart grid on the wrong track?
Clearly not. Google had star quality…Continue
By Eric Woods
Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets
June 22, 2011
At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of data centers in demand response schemes. There was a particular focus on the importance, and…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on June 24, 2011 at 7:04am — No Comments
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Note: This post is cross-listed from the Energy Circle PRO blog.
Local Search guru David Mihm provides an extraordinary service to all of us by annually compiling the most important Local Search Ranking Factors as assessed by a group of leading consultants and thinkers in the local field. Since no one really knows what the search engine…Continue
The US has grown an energy conscience. Just look around in stores that sell appliances, computers, televisions, light bulbs or any kind of electric equipment. You’ll see the words ‘energy saving’ or ‘energy efficient’ on a lot of the packaging.
This trend didn’t just happen, but is the result of some careful nurturing by government, most of it relatively invisible to the average consumer and certainly painless and free of sacrifice.
Of these policies, one of the most ingenious…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on June 17, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments
Whew, as of yesterday (April 22nd) and taking the ENERGY STAR V3 test (long story short – the test was not available when I took the original class), that is it for the test taking (Since posting this, I had to take another 2 tests & classes for another program I am working with - will the madness ever stop?). As I was sitting there taking the test, I was amazed at how many people were flipping…Continue
Once a month or so Marie and I have dinner with a group of old friends, all of whom happen to be particularly interested in theater and other creative arts. The subject of architecture in general and Frank Lloyd Wright in particular popped up during one such recent gathering over Indian food. Our friends burbled enthusiastically about their past visits to various Wright buildings and how beautiful they are.
I got into trouble when…Continue