EPA Finalizes ENERGY STAR Ratings For Smart Thermostats, Nest First To Qualify

By Joshua Hill, originally published on Clean Technica, 9 Mar 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats, a move which resulted in the Nest Learning Thermostat becoming the first smart thermostat to receive an ENERGY STAR rating. The first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats were determined back on December 23, …

The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) is now modeling the future of energy-efficient building design

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport, 9 March 2017   The first zero-net-energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California, this standard has penetrated the residential market, and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. A building in greater Los Angeles goes far beyond that …

California legislation to require solar panels on new buildings

By ECT Jan 9, 2017, East County Today  California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced he will be introducing legislation on Monday that would make California the first state in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings. According to his post on Medium: Previously, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I authored similar solar legislation, …

Less CO2, more natural light and ventilation leads to 26% higher cognitive function, better sleep, more

By Joe Romm, 17 Oct 2016, Think Progress, Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep:  Better indoor air and lighting likely drive gains. New research from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that workers in high-performing, green-certified buildings think and sleep better than those in similar buildings that were not green-certified. Led by Dr. Joe Allen, director of Harvard’s …

World’s first solar panel road (1 km) opens in France, in Normandy – test will see if it can power road lights for village of 3,600 residents in a cloudy area

Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period.  The area has just 44 days of strong sunshine a year compared with 170 in Marseilles but will test functioning in conditions that are often cloudy or wet and can involve snow and ice. The company says it hopes to reduce …

Time-shift Your excess solar with ice storage

November 25th, 2016 by Susan Kraemer cross-posted from Clean Technica Ice Energy has announced a new model of its thermal energy storage in ice, designed purely with the solar homeowner in mind. The Ice Cub lets a homeowner time-shift their own excess solar generation by storing solar generated at midday for use in their own air conditioning system. In the system, refrigerant used in …

Bamboo – for buildings, bikes, and more!

By Aisha Abdelhamid, August 29th, 2016, originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans. Offering significant …