Is it financially savvy to construct a super efficient home over a code-built home because of the reduction in operating costs? The simple answer is yes, but the more detailed answer is that it depends.
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SPECIAL SERIES: Setting The Standard
Consumers increasingly want to know what’s behind a label, and an environmental claim. We talk with UL’s Director of Market Development Scot Case to understand how third-party validation systems work — and why they benefit manufacturers, retailers and consumers when it comes to promoting and using green products.
Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.
“Climate change is a problem that absolutely must be tackled, and it is a very urgent problem and the longer we leave it the more and more urgent it becomes,” said James Smith, former chair of Shell U.K. and current chair of the consultancy Carbon Trust.
Recycled water will account for around 85 percent of all water used in Levi’s Stadium – the new home of the San Francisco 49ers — and will be used for playing field irrigation, a 27,000 square foot green roof, flushing toilets, and cooling tower make-up water. Inside, the stadium is dual plumbed with recycled water used for flushing toilets.
Following final testing by the City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utilities, Levi’s Stadium recently was connected to the city’s recycled water system, making it the first stadium in California to utilize the drought-proof water source. The milestone brings the facility one step closer to a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Heavy trucks haul about 70 percent of U.S. freight, gobbling nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day while producing nearly half-a-billion tons of carbon pollution a year, according to the report. By 2040 pollution from this sector is projected to increase by another 40 percent.
The Little Sun and SunBell solar lamps by Bright Products demonstrate how industrial designers meet the challenges of solar cells with attractive, intuitive designs and multi-use devices.
The U.S. DOE recently announced $10 million in R&D funding that includes exploring the use of pervoskites as a CSP molten salts energy storage solution. Offering what is viewed as an ideal combination of performance and low cost, researchers on the PV front are looking to commercialize perovskite solar PV cells.
Greenwashing, or vague environmental claims, are rampant in the marketplace, especially in green building. Third-party certification of claims can add credibility to claims, and combat greenwashing.