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Water Wars: EPA Rule Front and Center

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 21, 2015 8:23:32 AM

EPA’s Waters of the United States rule on the regulation of water pollution is creating polarity—and some unlikely allies.

For decades, farmers, businesses, developers, environmental groups, and elected officials have been confused by the scope of federal jurisdiction over the types of water bodies protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act, which ensures the safety of drinking water.   To clarify its authority over water pollution control, the EPA proposed a controversial and widely criticized rule last year that would prevent the pollution of streams, tributaries, and wetlands that feed water sources.

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Beat the TSA Quart Bag Rule

Posted by Heather Wallace

May 14, 2015 7:30:00 AM

How to get everything you need into that pesky little quart bag.

You've figured it out. All of your clothes AND all of your shoes into one carry on bag. You won't have to stand in line to check in your bags. You won't have to pay to check your luggage. And then you realize you forgot about your toiletries...

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Musk’s Latest ‘First Principles’ Breakthrough

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 13, 2015 4:28:00 PM

By reducing problems to their most fundamental elements, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity founder Elon Musk is able to create revolutionary solutions.

Elon Musk thinks differently than most people do. Rather than applying logic to issues derived from and compounded upon existing reasoning, Musk reduces issues to their essential core, and then develops new intelligence based on the fundamentals of pure reason.

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Winners of 2015 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Posted by Heather Wallace

May 13, 2015 3:56:18 PM

Energy Efficient Projects Recognized at Annual Meeting & Conference

The 13th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards were announced Tuesday evening during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Winning submissions demonstrated exceptional performance in quantifiable energy efficiency using structural insulated panels (SIPs); design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and environmental sustainability.

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The Green Home Building Business: A Primer for Those Just Entering the Market

Posted by Joyanna Laughlin, Guest Columnist

May 10, 2015 6:03:00 AM

Green homes are the shelter of the future. It’s that simple.

The market for green home building is expected to reach $83 to $105 billion in 2016, up from $36 billion in 2013, according to a 2014 McGraw Hill Construction report.

Does building green homes truly make a difference with homeowners? While it depends on where you live, 60 percent of consumers said they want energy-efficient amenities in their next home, according to a 2011 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) survey. Another study found that, between 2007 and early 2012, homes in California with a green certification label had a nine percent higher value on average than similar, non-certified homes.

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