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Big Love for Big Energy Efficient Homes

Posted by RESNET

Nov 24, 2015 12:12:37 PM

Big homes are back but with one major difference: they’re more energy efficient than ever before.

Americans love big. Big cars, big houses… big is good… until all of a sudden it’s not. A combination of skyrocketing oil and energy prices, along with a downturn in the economy suddenly made the average American consumer think about downsizing everything from cars to homes. And so homes got smaller, about 5% smaller from 2007 to 2010, and less became more.

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 24, 2015 8:10:11 AM

This holiday season, I’d like to extend a wholehearted thank you to our readers, advertisers, partners, and colleagues for all of the big and small things you do. It is a herculean task to transform an industry, and we’re successfully converting incremental change into exponential results.

This Thanksgiving, I’m feeling particularly grateful. I’m appreciative that the sustainability discussion has finally reached a tipping point, with countries and companies across the globe making bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions and adopt clean technologies.

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View Dynamic Glass Wows the Greenbuild Crowd

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 20, 2015 3:16:38 PM

It's not by accident that people are stopping to gawk at this smart glass display at this year's Greenbuild, in Milpitas, Calif.

Smart glass just got a lot bigger, and View, a maker of dynamic glass, wants that fact to be as transparent as possible. At the Greenbuild show this week, they rolled out several sheets of the high-tech glass, measuring 6 ft. x 10 ft., the largest dynamic glass ever made available commercially.

Manufactured at View’s facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi, the giant-sized glazings allows architects and designers to create expansive facades, while meeting building energy codes and standards.

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Paris: Hope in the Face of Tragedy?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 19, 2015 12:06:09 PM

The United Nations’ COP21 Climate Talks will take place as scheduled in Paris. Will the meetings unite global leaders around a common purpose to address terrorism in addition to environmental issues?

Despite the heartless, senseless attacks on Paris, the United Nations has confirmed that the COP21 climate talks will take place as scheduled next month. The meetings promise to unite nations around a central purpose—climate action. While the meetings will address one of the most urgent issues our time, I can’t help but wonder, will they foster enough goodwill and solidarity amongst global leaders to facilitate alignment around combating the growing threat of terrorism as well?

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Research: Urban Gardens—Even in Toxic Soils—Generally Deliver Safe, Edible Fruits & Berries

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 18, 2015 6:43:14 PM

The report is good news for the urban farming movement.

A new study of urban "foraging" was triggered recently, when a student who liked to forage for fresh fruit in the Boston area found high lead levels in a blood test. A team of researchers from Wellesley College and Boston’s League of Urban Canners (LUrC). An article by does a nice job summarizing the results:

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