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Duke Energy Subsidiaries Plead Guilty and Sentenced for Clean Water Act Crimes

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When will it end???  Oil and energy companies believing that they are simply above the law. Out of one side of the mouth, "we place safety and the environment as a top priority.  Out of the other side of the mouth, rampant polluting of water ways, water tables and communities, that have short and long term health implications for animals and people.

From article on 5/14/15 - WASHINGTON – Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty today to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia. Four of the charges are the direct result of the massive coal ash spill from the Dan River steam station into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina, in February 2014. The remaining violations were discovered as the scope of the investigation broadened based on allegations of historical violations at the companies’ other facilities.

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For more information, please review this article: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/12EC4ECA30BE9A5D85257E45006B4215

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Seattle's Bullitt Center continues to deliver sustainable marks

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Over the last four years since its groundbreaking, the Bullitt Center has not disappointed.  There are so many wonderful systems in place on this property, but it is worth taking the time to read the various articles and technical specifications.

Seattle's Bullit CenterIf you have been faithful to LEED for years, there may be some push back about learning more about The International Living Institute. Regarding the building's many features, click HERE to learn more. The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs.

It administers the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. ILF is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council, a chapter of both the United States and Canada Green Building Councils that serves Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. It is also the home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners.

I say keep up the good work, test, measure, promote, educate, incorporate into as many new buildings as possible - repeat the process.

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California's first mandatory water restrictions - it's time

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Well, kudos to Gov. Brown for taking some drastic action on CA's water issues.

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Californians do not know for sure what the latest drought cycle is, but we do know that it is time to take action to the next level.  Cities throughout the state have not been idle. There are amazing statistics on water usage reductions even though the population has increased steadily.

Here are some of the key actions taken by Sacramento:

Other elements of Brown's order would:

--Require golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscaped spaces to reduce water consumption.

--Replace 50 million square feet of lawn statewide with drought-tolerant landscaping as part of a partnership with local governments.

--Create a statewide rebate program to replace old appliances with more water- and energy-efficient ones.

--Require new homes to have water-efficient drip irrigation if developers want to use potable water for landscaping.

--Ban the watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

--Call on water agencies to implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use.

--Require agricultural to report more water usage information to the state so that regulators can better find waste and improper activities.

-Create a mechanism to enforce requirements that water districts report usage numbers to the state.

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CertainTeed Insulation Case Study for Sunset Green Home

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Sunset Green Home and CertainTeed Insulation have created a case study based on the product used for the project. The Case Study was presented at the 2015 IBS show in Las Vegas. The case study is called Follow the Project - Sunset Green Home.

Follow The Project and learn how a home in Long Island is being rebuilt intelligently with CertainTeed Insulation after Hurricane Sandy.

Learn more about the insulation product used:

  • SMARTBATT™ - A revolutionary, one-of-a-kind fiber glass insulation with an integrated smart vapor retarder that blocks and breathes to manage moisture
  • CertaSpray® - Spray Foam insulation that expands to fill every opening that can potentially leak air, resulting in a more energy-efficient living environment.
  • Foritcel™ - A spray-applied mold prevention product for homes. No mold will grow on professionally treated surfaces.

You can review the CASE STUDY here.

For more information on the green building project, please visit, www.SunsetGreenHome.com.

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The International Surfaces Event- Las Vegas - comin' to town

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The International Surfaces Event (TISE) will offer everything under the sun relating to floor covering, stone and tile for businesses and consumers. Educational sessions, key resources, top manufacturers and new suppliers—all together in one convenient, spectacular location.

There will be 700 exhibitors and thousands of products to offer on the show floor.

chateau      Panel stone

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IBS 2015 - something for everyone at this year's show

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2015 IBS show will not disappoint with all of the key manufacturers offering new products, latest technologies and information galore to educate as well as to sell product.

Key areas within the show include:

Custom Building Central is designed for high-end custom-builders and architects who cater to this discerning market.

Find specialized seminars, activities and other professionals who are focused on the multitude of details that come with building custom homes and the unique challenges that brings. Custom Building Central offers a variety of opportunities to network, attend workshops and gain perspective from experts. If you are involved in custom building, you should plan to attend.

50+ Housing market sector. Builders who want current information about that market and its growing number of potential buyers should seize the opportunity to learn what makes the boomer market different.

Design Studio will offer and showcase the importance of good design. It is a subject that touches everyone involved in home building, from single-family and custom builders to production builders, multi-family, commercial builders, remodelers, 50+ housing, sales and marketing, architects, interior designers and land planners.

Multi-family Central will offer information and trends on apartment, condo and multi-family development.

Home Builders Show - LV-2 2015

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Metropolitan Water District - So Cal offering businesses -consumers rebate checks for saving water

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It's not new news that California is in a multi-year drought. Local governments have promoted and driven this fact so hard into the average business and consumer that it is starting to sink in about conservation. Oh, and some very attractive rebates may be speeding up the process.

Local and state water officials have praised the multimillion-dollar program. Thousands of southern Californai residents have applied for financial incentives to replace grass with drought-tolerant plant

Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is allocating $85.6 million has allocated for grass replacement rebates. The program has about 60% slated for commercial customers. Commercial entities, including golf courses and large businesses with huge lots will receive about $51 million. Residential customers are to receive about $34 million.

Water tolerant plants

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CertainTeed FortiCel™ - leading protective coating solution that prevents mold growth

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FortiCel™ is a protective coating solution that helps to prevent the growth of mold on the structural framing surfaces of new homes. Available exclusively through CertainTeed, FortiCel is professionally applied to the interior wall cavity during construction, before the insulation is installed. 

Structures today are built stronger and tighter than ever before to maximize performance and energy efficiency. It is important to manage moisture, vapor and air flow to maintain the integrity of the structure. Having a smart vapor retarder will help diffuse moisture in the wall cavity and prevent excess moisture which can lead to mold growth and a host of related problems. Reduce risk and liability and high cost mold remediation and replacement of structural framing by using a product such as FortiCel. FortiCel™ Features include:

      •    Protects from potential mold and mildew claims
      •    Prevents mold growth on coating surface
      •    25-year fully transferable warranty
      •    Does not impede construction time since it is applied immediately after dry-in
      •    Cannot be washed or rubbed off during construction
      •    Exceeds all ASTM testing requirements
      •    Meets the US Green Building Council LEED® requirements

CertainTeed FortiCel mold inhibitor

CertainTeed FortiCel is being used in Sunset Green Home project.

For more information on FortiCel, please click HERE.

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EPA announces new ENERGY STAR Home Advisor Program

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Although this program may dip into the great work being done by energy auditors around the country, it is a big boost to downplay the need for solar, amongst other energy efficient products so early in the cycle.

The solar industry, while offering a terrific product has pushed way too far to the left of the McKinsey GHG cost abatement - 2030.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its ENERGY STAR Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through recommended customized and prioritized home-improvement projects. You can learn more on the program by clicking HERE.

McKinsey  GHG abatement cost curve -2030

The updated ENERGY STAR Home Advisor guides the homeowner through a “do-it-yourself” energy assessment to create an ENERGY STAR home profile. Based on the newly created profile, the Home Advisor provides customized, prioritized recommendations for improvements. From these recommendations, users can create their own to-do lists of projects such as adding insulation to the attic or replacing an HVAC air filter. Over time, users can update their home profiles as they make improvements, see the positive environmental impacts of the changes they've made, get additional recommendations, and update their “to-do” lists for future projects. The home profiles can also be printed and used at the time of sale.

For more information on the program, please visit: www.energystar.gov/homeadvisor

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Green Project Marketing revises SaveSorb website

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Green Project Marketing and its digital team are pleased to announce that it has revised one of its client sites, SaveSorb.

SaveSorb - Home Page Oil Production

The client had an outdated site, wanted to upgrade its shopping cart, ease of navigation, imagery, linking, upload new videos,, make the site more aesthetically pleasing, create new social media marketing channels and initiate search engine optimization services.

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