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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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Climate Alert: Global CO2 Exceeds Critical 400PPM Level

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 7, 2015 8:23:23 AM

Concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches dangerous record quantity.

FOR YEARS, CLIMATE SCIENTISTS have warned us that if the concentration of carbon dioxide, a harmful heat-trapping greenhouse gas, exceeds 400 parts per million (PPM) for a sustained period of time, we will likely face a vicious cycle of deteriorating climatic conditions leading to even more extreme global temperatures, greater weather instability, rising sea levels and other nature-based calamities.

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Make Your Home Energy Efficient for Summer!

Posted by RESNET

May 6, 2015 4:18:50 PM

May is the perfect month to start getting your home ready for the summer – energy ready that is.

HERE ARE SOME tips to help you get started.

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Saving the World, One Plastic Fork and Spoon at a Time

Posted by Heather Wallace

May 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Next time you eat out, think about saying no to the plastic utensils and doing this instead.

HOW MANY OF US HAVE A DRAWER AT HOME that contains random plastic utensils from various to-go orders? Or maybe you just toss them in the garbage? When you're traveling or just on-the-go plastic utensils seem to make sense but by making a simple lifestyle change you can do your part in being more environmentally responsible.

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