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New LED Surface-Mounted Downlights Look Exactly Like Recessed Cans

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 12, 2016 9:07:18 AM

At PCBC in June, I got my first look at Halo SLD Surface LED Downlights. The technology has been around a couple of years, but the products keep improving.

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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 11, 2016 2:47:38 PM

Record heat and ‘Arctic Amplification’ is causing sea ice in the Arctic to melt at alarming rates.

Scientists have known for years that melting ice in the Artic is causing sea levels to rise.  What they recently discovered, however, is that a phenomenon called ‘Artic Amplification’—the exacerbation of melting ice caused by rising temperatures—has created large areas of dark, open water that quickly absorb warmth from the sun, causing the ice to melt even faster (in contrast, white frozen ice reflects sunlight back into space.) 

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The Future of Green Work Trucks

Posted by Jessica Porter

Jul 11, 2016 1:26:09 PM

Truck manufacturers compete to create efficient vehicles without sacrificing power.

TRUCK MAKERS ARE working overtime to squeeze more efficiency from work vehicles, without sacrificing range, power or turning off the market. That’s not an easy task. Builders expect heavy, rugged machines that can also travel on the highway to outlying jobsites. There’s no magic bullet solution, and everything is on the table: all-electric vehicles, cleaner diesel, biofuel, fuel cells and “smart” engines. All green work trucks have perks and challenges.

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Tesla’s Takeover: Creating the First Integrated Energy Company

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 7, 2016 11:07:40 AM

Is Tesla's recently submitted offer to purchase SolarCity, valued at $2.8 billion, a grand plan to create an integrated energy company, or a last-ditch attempt to save an empire deeply in debt?

Two weeks ago, virtuoso entrepreneur Elon Musk surprised the business world yet again with Tesla’s bid to purchase SolarCity.  Since Tesla is the world’s most successful electric vehicle company and SolarCity is the nation’s largest residential solar company, it should come as no surprise that the projected market cap for the combined company exceeds $1 trillion. 

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Millennials Rising: Transit-Oriented Development

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 6, 2016 3:08:24 PM

The next generation of homebuyers will insist on cleaner, quieter modes of travel.

MILLENNIALS ARE A huge part of the rental market and are becoming a major part of the buying market. In fact, the largest percentage (32 percent) of all homebuyers are millennials, according to a 2015 report by the National Association of Realtors.

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