The Surges of Green Power

Feb. 22, 2010

The economy giveth and the economy taketh away. Owing to slowing investment, 2009 won’t be remembered as a stellar year for the advancement of green energy. However, White House efforts to harness alternative power may make 2010 a better year.

Such has been the story of green energy – a movement in perpetual advance and retreat, and more often subject to ink than action. New York City-based Ardour Capital Investments, for instance, reports that solar energy accounts for only 0.01 percent of U.S. generating capacity. Investors won’t see solar providers taking a place beside Exxon Mobil anytime soon.

Read more about green power …

Featured Sponsor:

Save Big with the Bulb Eater®!
Free up valuable storage space, reduce handling and related labor costs, and cut recycling costs by 50% or more with the EPA and OSHA compliant Bulb Eater®. The Bulb Eater® safely crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released!

Watch a demo video at or call 800-909-9709 for information and pricing.

Silver Linings

Designers don’t need to look far to discover the origins of the exposed-structure aesthetic. In many cases, it begins with the design of their own offices.

Many design clients also like the exposed-structure aesthetic. It’s clean. It’s spacious. It’s inexpensive. It isn’t, however, acoustically friendly. One problem is speech intelligibility; the other is speech privacy. Sound-absorptive ceiling panels can typically resolve both issues.

Read more about acoustical ceilings …

National Study of Integrated Project Delivery Method Demonstrates Efficiencies
A study completed jointly by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the AIA California Council (AIACC) demonstrated successful application of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in a variety of building types and scales in diverse regions of the country.
Click here for complete article … ASHRAE’s BACnet Committee Approves Final Publication of Addenda to Standard 135
The BACnet committee celebrated the approval for final publication of eight addenda to the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135 at ASHRAE’s recently held 2010 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL.
Click here for complete article …
A New High-Tech, Drive-Thru Grocer
Swiss Valley challenged Chute Gerdeman Retail to take on its brand transformation, including a new prototype drive-through.
Click here for complete article …
Green Power’s Future is Now
No matter where your buildings are located, you have the opportunity to make an impact by incorporating green power into your energy mix.
Click here for complete article …
Renewable Energy for Existing Buildings
Once all efforts have been made to optimize the energy efficiency of an existing building, the renewable energy technologies described here are some of the easiest to implement.
Click here for complete article …
The New Shape of Specialty Ceilings
An improved focus on integration and specification has allowed ceilings to break free from their traditional, uniform construction.
Click here for complete article …
Navigation Remote Controller by Daikin AC Inc.
The new, wall-mounted Navigation Remote Controller by Daikin AC Inc. features a backlit LCD display as well as intuitive menus available in English, French, or Spanish.
Click here for more information on this product…
Sloan ECOS dual-flush Flushometer by Sloan Valve Company
Sloan Valve Company has recently released a hardwire version of its popular electronic Sloan ECOS dual-flush Flushometer, which uses 30-percent less water when its reduced flush cycle is activated.
Click here for more information on this product…
KaiVac 1200 series by Kaivac Inc.
The KaiVac 1200 series – the KaiVac 1215 and 1250 – machines are the smallest No-Touch Cleaning systems ever developed by Kaivac Inc.
Click here for more information on this product…

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...