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Introducing The Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 25, 2016 7:37:40 PM

Living large in 432 square feet of master-crafted comfort.

GREEN BUILDER MEDIA and Shelter Dynamics have teamed up to introduce the Arc House, the latest in Green Builder Media’s forward-thinking VISION House series. This innovative “tiny home” integrates many facets of sustainability into one compelling, compact package, taking the concept to the next level with its unique form, craftsmanship and functionality.

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Report: Fracking-Friendly Political Statements from Both Major Political Camps Could Cripple U.S. Efforts to Curb Climate Change

Posted by Dierdre Fulton, Common Dreams

Jul 23, 2016 9:19:23 PM

'Currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting U.S. climate goals impossible,' says Oil Change International.

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Smart Tech Takes Over, Bolstered by Record Investments

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 21, 2016 12:01:35 PM

eSmart, clean technologies have taken the market by storm, promising to change our built environment and grid infrastructure forever. Commanding over $430 million in venture capital in just the second quarter of 2016 alone, it has already been a banner year for these enabling technologies.

If there was any skepticism remaining about the market viability of smart technology, battery storage, or energy efficiency, it was all but eradicated in the second quarter. 

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Planning a Sustainable Rental Property

Posted by Darren Novak, Guest Columnist

Jul 19, 2016 5:29:00 PM

If you build an eco-friendly apartment building, don't miss any chance to enhance its green credentials.

As a builder or landlord, it is your decision whether you want your rental property to be more environmentally friendly. There is a lot of upside for property owners who decide to go green. You're not just attracting more would-be renters, and renters of a higher quality, you are also contributing to global conservation efforts.

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Greener Fleets

Posted by Jessica Porter

Jul 18, 2016 2:09:18 PM

Electric and biodiesel offer contractors renewable alternatives to fossil-fuel powered vehicles. Here’s where they stand.

THOUGH DIESEL VEHICLES remain the workhorses of many industries, owners of diesel vehicles are beginning to look to alternative fuels that lessen the environmental impact, reduce dependence on foreign oil and save some money at the pump. The two most realistic alternatives (for now) are electric and biodiesel.

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Smart, Solar, and Tiny

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 14, 2016 1:11:39 PM

Our latest Vision House demonstration project, The Arc House, proves that tiny living is more than a passing trend.

Photos: courtesy of Juliet Grable and Jessica Heron

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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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North America to Generate 50% of its Energy from Clean Sources by 2025

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 30, 2016 8:31:03 AM

In an impressive show of solidarity and support for climate action, the United States, Canada, and Mexico announced a North American climate partnership that commits the three countries to producing half of their power from wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, and clean coal.

Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto met this week in Ottawa to sign an agreement that will increase the three countries’ production of clean energy from 37% to 50% by 2025.  The agreement will allow clean energy sales across borders and connect the countries’ energy grids. 

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Energy Tips

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 28, 2016 9:18:17 PM

There are plenty of ways to reduce energy use and, consequently, save money.

These simple steps from NV Energy don't cost a thing, but can potentially save you 10 to 25% on your monthly energy bill.

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