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The Construction Industry’s Appetite for Apps

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 24, 2014 2:24:18 PM

No Rolling Required. PlanGrid is a mobile blueprint app that allows construction team members to collaborate and update plan sets via iPad. The platform allows team members to update sheets, share mark-ups, file progress reports and upload photos in real time.

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Solar for Homes in Boston: If You Lease It, They Will Buy

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 24, 2014 8:34:33 AM

A PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY CBD INDUSTRIES, under its solar installations brand, Westinghouse Solar, may have unlocked the secret to selling solar to homeowners in New England.

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Construction Technology: The Tools of the Trade

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Jul 23, 2014 2:49:00 PM

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY is responsible for five percent of the GDP—but also for 38 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. The industry also loses $120 billion annually due to labor inefficiencies, miscommunication and wasted materials. Yet among construction professionals, the adoption rate of new technologies that can seriously help eliminate such issues is surprisingly slow.
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Pay Less in Utility Bills!

Posted by RESNET

Jul 23, 2014 1:09:24 PM

High utility bills are a major problem for many American households. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce those costs and pay less in utility bills.

  1. Opt for time-based electricity rates:
    • Utilities vary price according to time-of-day usage.
    • Apply for any available rebates offered by your utility.
  2. Invest in energy-saving products:
    • A programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling bills.
    • ENERGY STAR qualified appliances reduce your costs by up to 30% through using less energy.
    • Use energy efficient lighting like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) that use one-quarter to one-third of the power of incandescent bulbs.
    • Look for low-flow faucets and showerheads to reduce water costs.
  3. Reduce energy wastage in your home:
  4. Check to see if your home is suffering from energy efficiency issues:
    • Check the insulation in the attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces. There could be gaps or insufficient insulation that is letting the cold penetrate into your living area.
    • Look for air leaks around wall and ceiling joints, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.
    • If you have a fireplace, check to make sure you don’t have an open damper.
    • How energy efficient is your HVAC? Is it being properly maintained?

To fully understand how you can maximize your energy savings and pay less in utility bills, contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Auditor for an energy audit. Energy audits are detailed home examinations that pinpoint areas where a home is losing energy. Certified RESNET Auditors are energy efficiency specialists who can propose cost-effective solutions that make your home more comfortable and reduce costs. Talk to your local RESNET Home Energy Auditor about how they can assist you in reducing your utility costs.

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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Sustainability, Caribbean-Style

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Jul 21, 2014 4:25:24 PM

SUSTAINABILITY HAS NOT exactly been a historical priority for Aruba. The tiny Caribbean nation, just 20 miles long with a population barely over 100,000 people, relies heavily on imported fossil fuel for almost all its energy needs. Most electricity is generated using heavy fuel oil, and since there are no major freshwater sources on the island, most of it comes from desalinating seawater—a very energy-intensive process.
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