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Easy Money Energy Efficiency Incentives

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Everybody loves free money. As a kid I can remember labeling mad money any green that was found or given to me. Mad money was immediately spent on stuff that disappeared almost as fast as it was found. The energy efficiency incentives I am writing about are usually more mad money than I could have [...]

Self-Cleaning Buildings and Other Ideas from Nature

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In the natural environment, every structure and every thing, plays its part in an ecological system that perpetually recycles nutrients and pollution. Why should the human built environment be any different? The idea that buildings, materials and urbanism can actually do something good is a hallmark of current thinking on sustainability. Take for instance, the [...]

Let the sun shine in

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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. Louisa May Alcott Every day, the sun comes up. Regular as clockwork. It is clockwork, in factsolar cycles were the foundation of human measurement of time. Most of civilizations energy derives from the sun, too: petroleum, hydropower, coal, and so much more. So why do [...]

Achieving Net-Zero Through Power Purchase Agreements

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Not long ago, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) new Research Support Facility was completed in Denver. The building aligns with the mission of the organization, achieving supremely low energy use for a building its size as well as acting as a living laboratory for the innovative products and designs that NREL supports. It’s achieved [...]

Beyond the Buzzword: Legal Challenges to Green Building

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The word of the day is LEEDigation. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), author and administrator of the famous Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) green building rating system, is being asked to account for its methods and promises in court. The latest breaking news concerns the federal lawsuit filed in October 2010 [...]

Sustainability 102: Tools for Creating Ecological Balance at Home and Work

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A slew of reports have come out recently indicating that people have no idea what to do about sustainability. Misconceptions abound regarding everything from energy efficiency to cleaning products. Its not surprising that people are confused. The big environmental issues are truly daunting and there isnt just one answer. There is, however, plenty of knowledge [...]

Join the Conversation! Which green building technologies offer a ROI, which make you feel good and create learning opportunities and a healthier environment, and which should you skip? #RethinkArch

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Green building technologies & processes continue to emerge to increase the sustainability of buildings & the health of occupants. Some of these technologies withstand the test of durability, financial return, and ease of use and some fall by the wayside. At Neenan, we continually test these technologies & processes in our own building to determine [...]

Schools 2050: Accelerating the Connection Between Green Building and Green Learning

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As design and knowledge merge in the classroom, a sustainable, more ecologically balanced future comes closer. Students and teachers are vital to solving the big environmental problems and the tools for doing so are both architectural and educational. A building with fresh air, natural light, interactive spaces, and comfortable temperatures is not only healthy but [...]

Guidance on the Guidelines: How Good is LEED?

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Green building is not just a fad. It’s a real change in society’s relationship with nature. While conscientious firms have always embodied the first principles of sustainable design–from proper siting to make the most of the sun to climate-sensitive passive heating and cooling–there is now a need for public guidance. This has led to the [...]

The Neenan Company Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

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The Neenan Company announcedlast weekthat it has been awarded LEED Existing Building (EB) Silver Certification for their office building located at 2620 East Prospect Road in Fort Collins, the first existing building in the city of Fort Collins to earn this distinction. The certification was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by [...]