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Renewables versus Coal and Oil - Energy Secretary has no clue

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Energy Secretary has no clue about renewable energy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry sees renewables as a threat to coal and nuclear baseload—could you be more clueless and biased to try to protect these two fields?

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It's real simple - Up = good; Down = bad

  • Down with Coal.
  • Down with Nuclear.
  • Up with Wind.
  • Up with Solar.
  • Up with Waves.
  • Up with Geothermal.
  • Up with other renewable and alternative energy sources.

The renewable and alternative energy field is creating new, sustainable jobs - good idea? Yes.

Anyone with common sense can only look to the sky for help and say, "how did such an ill-informed, incompetent individual be placed in such an important position?"

Well, for that matter, most of the current U.S. cabinet is filled with people that do not have ample experience in these respective fields.  

Perry (does not deserve the title of Secretary) is just a good ol' boy that has been thrust in a position of power to continue to take care of his boys in the oil and coal industries.

Highlights from Jeff St. John's article on Perry and renewable energy versus coal and oil include:

Real Support for Baseload with Wind and Solar

  • Over two months ago, Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the DOE to conduct a 60-day study on whether wind and solar are undercutting baseload coal and nuclear power.
  • Many renewable energy and environmental groups fear will lead to a foregone conclusion against renewable-friendly state subsidies and policies.
  • U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), wrote a letter to Perry that “a hastily developed study, which appears to predetermine that variable, renewable sources such as wind have undermined grid reliability, will not be viewed as credible, relevant or worthy of valuable taxpayer resources.”
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), declaring that Perry’s idea of coal and nuclear as essential for a stable grid is an outdated concept.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists published its critique of what it called “Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study,” noting that the Trump administration has picked anti-renewables lobbyists to lead the process and appears to be ignoring multiple studies that have shown that more flexible grids can handle much larger shares of wind and solar.

Please read the rest of this ARTICLE - I can only stomach so much of this nonsense.

These politicians are living for today - grease pockets now, secure as many favors as possible, take care of friends and family and who gives a darn about 10, 20, 50 or more years from now.

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Jerry Yudelson's latest book Reinventing Green Building

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Reinventing Green Building

Reinventing Green Building is an insider’s critique of why certified green buildings are failing to provide large-scale carbon reduction. It is a potent vision for the future that the green building industry needs NOW.

Here is an overview of the book. I have read several of Jerry's books and support his research and experience.

LEEDv4

In its first three years on the market, LEEDv4 registered less than 5% of all new LEED projects, with the balance going to the cheaper and easier-to-understand LEED 2009. This does not bode well for the future of new project registrations, now that LEEDv4 is the only LEED system available for project registrations.

LEED Project Certifications in Commercial Interiors

LEED project certifications in commercial interiors increased in 2016 after falling in 2014 and 2015. Retail project certifications also increased. Still, both totals are very small compared to the huge size of both 86 billion sq.ft. of nonresidential floor space and 1.1 million retail buildings.

2016: LEED in (Reverse) Motion - Part 3

In 2016, nonresidential new construction and core and shell LEED certifications fell 21% below 2015 levels, to only about 1,500 projects, down about one-third from the peak in 2013.

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About Jerry Yudelson

Jerry Yudelson is a LEED Fellow, Federal GSA National Peer Professional and the author of 13 books on green buildings, water conservation, green homes, green marketing and sustainable development. He has been involved in the green building movement since 1997 and co-founded the first USGBC chapter, Cascadia, in 1998. Jerry also served for six years as chair of the steering committee for Greenbuild, the largest green building conference and trade show in the US. He was one of the first ten faculty members in the US for the LEED system and has trained nearly 4,000 building industry professionals in the LEED system.

In 2014 and part of 2015, he served as president of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), a national nonprofit and the US provider of the Green Globes green building rating and certification programs.

Jerry is a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years’ experience. He holds engineering degrees from Caltech and Harvard University and an MBA (with highest honors) from the University of Oregon. He was a Rotary Foundation Fellow for graduate work in engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany.

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Savings by Design Whole & System Approaches to High Performance Buildings

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To encourage owners to invest in energy efficiency as a major goal in their new buildings, financial incentives are available to owners when the efficiency of their new building exceeds the minimum Savings By Design threshold (generally 10% better than Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards).

There are two approaches to High Performance Buildings: Whole Building Approach & Systems Approach.

Whole Building Approach

Owner Incentives

The Whole Building Approach is the preferred method of achieving energy savings within Savings By Design.   Enabling the design team to consider integrated energy efficiency solutions that balance electric and gas use, may lead to buildings that offer:

  •  Greater health, comfort, and productivity for the occupant
  •  Reduced building and operating costs for the owner

In the Whole Building Approach, the estimated total annual energy savings for the building is calculated compared to the Title 24 minimum requirements. Using an approved computer tool, this analysis can be prepared by the design team, or by an energy consultant provided by the utility. Owner’s Incentives are available for projects estimated to exceed Title 24 or standard practice baseline by at least 10% on a whole building performance basis. Owner Incentives range from $0.10 - $0.30 per annualized kWh savings, with a step increase to $0.40 per annualized kWh savings for projects that exceed Title 24 by 40%, and $1.00 per annualized therm savings as the design becomes more efficient. Owners may also qualify for demand reduction incentives of $100 per kW.

Owners meeting program requirements may be eligible to receive additional incentives:

 End Use Monitoring Incentive

Each incentive is calculated as 10% or 20% of the Owner’s Incentive respectively.  The maximum incentive per project is $150,000.

Whole Building Incentives

Whole Building Incentives Chart

Systems Approach

The Systems Approach is a method of optimizing energy efficiency choices for less complex buildings.  By considering building systems holistically rather than as a collection of components, the Systems Approach encourages greater energy efficiency by designing “whole” building systems, rather than individual equipment or fixtures.  It’s a straightforward approach, and the Design Team may find it more appropriate for their project. 

Your Savings By Design Representative can help by: Using a simplified energy simulation modeling tool to help your team identify system options and quickly estimate the associated potential savings

 Identifying which systems qualify for potential Owner Incentives

Systems Approach Project Incentives are calculated using a flat incentive rate. Your Savings By Design representative can help you identify system options, quickly estimate the associated potential savings, and identify which systems qualify for generous incentives:                                                                                    

  • Daylighting
  • Interior Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Service Hot Water
  • Other Systems and Processes

Daylighting Systems

Daylighting has a major impact on a building’s functionality from many perspectives.  Not only does it decrease energy costs associated with illumination and space conditioning, it also enhances the building’s comfort and ambiance -- resulting in increased productivity of its occupants.   

Interior Lighting Systems

Interior lighting is a major component of any building’s energy use, enhancing the functionality of interior spaces.    Energy usage can be reduced with thoughtful attention to illumination requirements within the building, along with specifications for efficient components and appropriate controls.    

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems

The design of high-performance HVAC systems includes high-efficiency equipment and controls that regulate the system to allow operation only when it’s needed.  Thoughtful consideration of the interactions of all system elements can substantially increase comfort for building occupants while cutting costs for the building owner.  

Service Hot Water Systems

The use of high-efficiency natural gas hot water heaters can help to round out an overall approach to energy savings in the building design.   Facilities that use large amounts of hot water can see substantial savings when a high-efficiency system is used.  

Other Systems and Processes

A variety of process systems and controls not regulated by Title 24 can be considered for the Savings By Design program.  Current industry standard practice is used to establish a reference point from which estimated energy savings are determined for manufacturing, refrigeration, food processing, mechanical ventilation systems and other systems and processes.

Systems Approach Incentives

Systems Approach Incentive Rates

For more information on this program, please visit www.SavingsbyDesign.com.

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2017 Earth Day - get involved - make a difference

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Earth Day 2017

2017 Earth Day

Let's protect the world's forests:

Since '90- loss of 1,000 football fields/hr-1.3mm square km; get involved; do your part.

Indonesia lost 39mm acres in last century, per Univ. Maryland & World Resources Institute

Brazil did a good job between 2004-14 reducing Amazon forest deforestation by 70%.

However, Brazil from 7/15 to 8/16 cut down 2 million acres of forest -not good; write to Brazil to stop this deforestation.

Let's do our share - get involved

Deforestation and forest degradation cause surges to greenhouse gases into atmosphere - support organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.

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Trump - Green Energy Projects - what will happen in 2017?

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Trump Presidency & Green Energy Projects

Needless to say, the early signs of a Trump presidency and how it may relate to the green energy, alternative energy, renewable energy and green building is up in the air.

Green Jobs

He claims to promote he will bring jobs to America -well, these industries are not only creating jobs, high paying jobs, and are moving America away from reliance on BIG OIL.

We will see how much the Trump administration caters to big oil, coal and other areas that we would like to see reduced in impact to the environment and society.

As we know, the building industry is cyclical - the industry has been in a growth spurt for several years. Shaking up this momentum may turn back the clock for years. Please support these industries and not the short sighted approach/talk coming from president-elect.

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Please review this article from the LA Times on Trump and green energy projects - read it HERE.

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5 Trends In Green Construction or Green Building

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A 2016 report called “World Green Building Trends" revealed the latest trends in environmentally sound, people-focused construction and building.

1. Energy Net-Positive Homes

Zero Net Energy HomesThe gold-standard for green homes in terms of energy production versus consumption used to be what's known as "Zero Energy". This means that the building produces whatever energy it needs to function, thereby consuming "zero energy" from other sources. Today, however, that paradigm has been replaced by an even more noble and daunting objective: "Positive Energy" buildings, meaning they produce even more energy than they utilize.

Net-positive energy homes use solar power to create more energy than the home consumes. Excess power is then either used to power additional electrical items, like hot tubs, electric cars, or yard tools, or sold back to the public energy grid.

2. Water Preservation & Reclamation

As many states around the U.S. experience repeated, enduring droughts that decimate land and livelihoods, conservation and more efficient water usage methods gain increasing urgency. Among the techniques and technologies being employed to address this growing need, include:

  • drought resistant landscaping
  • efficient irrigation technologies
  • greywater reuse
  • rainwater harvesting
  • water conservation fixtures

A new innovation called Xeriscaping has also turned yards drought-resistant. By starting with drought-resistant plants planted in the right soil in areas with limited or no grass, Xeriscaping uses drip irrigation systems to combine effective landscaping with efficient water conservation. The result is yards that are both beautiful and drought-resistant.

3. Health-Conscious Workplaces

More and more businesses are employing green building techniques to create workplaces more supportive of their workers' health and well-being. Vertical gardens and rooftop sky gardens provide aesthetically-pleasing, oxygen-rich spaces for breaks while producing healthy whole foods that can be served in the employee cafeteria.

Building designs that encourage people to take the stairs rather than the elevator are also becoming increasingly popular in offices where employees traditionally spend many hours at a desk.

Ample energy-efficient windows and lighting are also staples of health-conscious workplaces, as are sufficient air circulation and climate controls.

4. Nanotechnology

NanotechnologyNanotechnology is being used to create insulation and paints that are non-toxic and more efficient than their traditional counterparts. According to the report, nano insulation is 30% more efficient than standard insulation. As an alternative to traditional paints, nanocoatings are self-cleaning, and they clean the air by removing air pollutants and then breaking down those toxins.

Nanotech solar technologies, meanwhile, now allow windows and awnings, instead of just rooftops, to incorporate solar cells.

5. Tiny Houses

More and more people are occupying less and less space, with a growing trend in shrinking floor plans. One of the most effective ways to minimize one's environmental impact is certainly to occupy less space, thereby consuming fewer precious resources.

Tiny HousesTiny homes take fewer resources to build and fewer resources to maintain. That's why so many people are switching to tiny houses to reduce their carbon footprint. Advancements in green building techniques have made tiny homes "smarter" and more energy-efficient than ever before. Using recycled materials, smart technologies, and creative storage solutions, tiny houses are currently being built into miniature green mansions.

In fact, all the trends mentioned in this article--net-positive energy construction, water preservation and reclamation, health-conscious spaces, and nanotechnology--can be incorporated into tiny homes to increase their sustainability.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat., the world’s #1 leading waste oil heaters manufacturer.

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TechniSoil - offers solid products such as G3 Commercial Surface & G3 Pathway Stabilizer

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We recently met with TechniSoil and really believe in their product offerings. We will highlight a couple of products in their line.

TechniSoil G3 Commercial Surface (G3-CS)

TechniSoil G3 Commercial Surface (G3-CS) is a commercial grade liquid polymer stabilizer for durable, dust-free surfaces using decomposed granite (DG) or crushed stone materials. This eco-friendly stabilizer bonds crushed aggregates and fines to create walkways and patios.

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For more information on the TechniSoil G3 Commercial Surface (G3-CS) Click HERE

TechniSoil G3 Pathway Stabilizer (G3-PS)

TechniSoil G3 Pathway Stabilizer (G3-PS) is a simple solution for creating custom pathways and patio areas. This eco-friendly liquid polymer stabilizer for decomposed granite (DG) and crushed stone materials yields a durable, dust-free surface in only a few basic steps.

Both of these products offer:

  • Reduces tracking of loose materials
  • Improves surface stability
  • Easy to apply using standard equipment
  • Minimizes dust, weeds, and erosion
  • Eco-friendly

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We recommend TechniSoil for consideration in upcoming building and landscape architectural projects.

For more information on the Click HERE

www.TechniSoil.com

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How about an update on PACENation?

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PACE's services are worthy of review since it offers financing for projects in all categories. Laws can be reviewed per state and each program has limited funding.

What is PACE?

pacenation logoPACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, insulation, and more for almost any property – homes, commercial, industrial, non-profit, and agricultural.

Property owners across the US are using PACE because it saves them money and makes their buildings more valuable. PACE pays for 100% of a project’s costs and is repaid for up to 20 years with an assessment added to the property’s tax bill. PACE financing stays with the building upon sale and is easy to share with tenants. State and local governments sponsor PACE financing to create jobs, promote economic development, and protect the environment.

 

Commercial PACE

PACE is an innovative program that makes it possible for owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy-efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy projects.

PACE statutes authorize municipalities and counties to work with private sector lenders to provide upfront financing to property owners for qualified projects, and to collect the repayment through annual assessments on the property’s real estate tax bill. The term of PACE financing may extend up to 20 years, resulting in utility and other cost savings that exceed the amount of the assessment payment. PACE legislation for commercial property has been adopted in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

Residential PACE

PACE may prove to be the most effective way to pay for energy improvements for homes. Available now throughout California, PACE is saving money for homeowners, creating jobs, and helping local governments achieve important environmental goals.

PACENow supports and encourages new residential PACE programs that can help home owners and local governments achieve their goals. We endorse programs and PACE service providers that are meeting marketplace needs at high standards that protect the interests of all PACE stakeholders.

PACENow provides advice and guidance for those interested in starting residential PACE programs. We recommend a number of PACE best practices, many of which were developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy in 2010.

To learn about various laws per state, please click HERE.  To learn about CA PACE laws, SB77, please click HERE. For more information about the PACE program, please visit [email protected] or visit www.PACENation.us.

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Daltile - Greenworks Overview - Sustainable tile products

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Daltile - Greenworks Overview

Daltile showed off its extensive line of tile products at the PCBC show in San Francisco. There are products and programs for all builder budgets, styles for architects all with sustainability in mind.

Daltile is keenly focused on working with green builders and retains the core principles of green building:

  • Site design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Indoor air quality
  • Environmentally preferable materials
  • Operations and maintenance

Daltile's products can help qualify under many of the industry-leading green building programs, in addition to local and state green building initiatives. Among others, the company can assist architects and builders in two areas including indoor air quality and environmentally preferable materials.

Indoor Air Quality

DAL Lithoverde GrisDuMaraisExcept for the walls, floors usually account for more surface area than anything else in a house, so they have a greater effect on indoor air quality. Adults, children and pets walk, play and sit on them, wear them down and breathe in what they emit for many years. Most tile glazes are water based and use minimal amounts of solvents. Once fired, the tile and glaze are completely fused and there is no possibility of volatile gas emissions.

Daltile's manufactured tile products have been tested and are compliant with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Low-Emitting Material Standard.

Environmentally Preferable Materials

DAL YorkwoodManor RESThe choice of building materials is important for sustainable home building because of the extensive network of extraction, processing and transportation they require. Recycled-content materials reuse waste products that would otherwise be deposited in landfills. And use of local materials supports the local economy and reduces the harmful impacts of long-distance transport. 

  • More than 97% of Daltile's manufactured products contain pre-consumer (post-industrial) recycled materials.  
  • Daltile's eight manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico provide the opportunity for our products and raw materials to be closer to more building projects, thus conserving fossil fuels required for transportation.

Daltile's eight manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico provide the opportunity for our products and raw materials to be closer to more building projects, thus conserving fossil fuels required for transportation.

Daltile offers real-time information on recycled materials content and information on whether or not your home or project falls within a 500 mile radius of one of our plants, making it easy for you select the material that best meets your needs.

For more information, please visit www.daltile.com.

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Cofair Deck Flash Barrier

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Cofair Deck Flash Barrier

One of the products Green Project Marketing will be representing includes Cofair's Deck Flash Barrier.

DECK FLASH BARRIER is a flexible polyethylene waterproof flashing
and barrier material, with a rubberized asphalt mastic adhesive.

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Joist, Post and Ledger Board Protection

When applied to the top of joists, around posts, and over ledger boards, Deck Flash Barrier creates a waterproof membrane that prevents wood rot and decay caused by moisture coming in contact with both treated and untreated lumber. Deck Flash Barrier's "Super Grip" rubberized asphalt adhesive self-seals around screws and nails, blocking a primary pathway for water infiltration into deck joists. By blocking moisture and preventing wood rot, Deck Flash Barrier maximizes the life of your new deck.

Corrosion Barrier

When Deck Flash Barrier is placed between ACQ, CA-B, or ACZA treated lumber and metal surfaces, such as galvanized metal and aluminum, it creates a physical barrier that prevents the corrosion of the metal surface caused by contact with the chemicals in treated lumber. It can be used to protect metal flashings and hangars at deck plates and sill plates, and anywhere treated lumber is used.

For more information and to place an order, please contact Michael Stevens at 800-260-6001 ext. 301 PST or mstevens (at) greenprojectmarketing (dot)(com).

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To discuss how your company and project can benefit from our services as well if there are representation opportunities, please contact Michel (Michael) Stevens, President, at (800) 260-6008 ext. 301 PST or mstevens[at]greenprojectmarketing[dot]com. Skype ID: GreenProjMktg.