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Category Archives: Alternative Energy
The concept of Net-Zero Energy homes appears to be moving forward toward main stream. California is leading the nation with a goal of having all new homes constructed by 2020 achieving net-zero under its Residential ZNE Plan. Builders and homeowners … Continue reading
The energy efficiency goal in the design of any home is ultimately passivity. Everyone would like to have a really comfortable home interior living environment with little or no cost for heating and cooling. But what defines a truly “passive … Continue reading
Earth Day is recognized in some 190 countries around the world. As concerns over climate change continue to raise awareness for the environment billions of people are more tuned in than ever to the need for energy efficiency. Earth Day … Continue reading
Natural Gas has emerged as the most abundant fuel supply in the U.S, particularly with “fracking” opening up access to huge domestic sources. This cleanest of fossil fuels has long been commercially supplied to homes for heating and cooking. Fleet … Continue reading
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association President Chris Hoch was a featured speaker at the White House this month. The first-ever Weatherization Supply Chain event was held June 15 as a forum to discuss the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP.) … Continue reading
Insulation helps us make more efficient use of energy, but that’s only one element in the pursuit of a greener, more sustainable energy infrastructure. Each year the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions cosponsor … Continue reading
The Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011 winning design is going on display in California. The “CHIP” had its ribbon cutting Tuesday, January 17th in downtown Los Angeles. You can learn about this innovative solar house of the future here. … Continue reading
The first thing you noticed about the 2011GreenBuild International Expo is the scale. Displays and exhibits covering virtually every aspect of green building, energy efficiency and sustainability filled two giant halls in the beautiful Toronto Convention Centre.
Walking the show aisles, among thousands of attendees, was quite a workout covering what felt like several miles. Along the way was a veritable extravaganza of innovative products and ideas. Here are just a couple of the new innovative products that were on display:
XLERATOR: It’s a hand drier on steroids that qualifies for LEED credits. It dries hands in 10-15 seconds with a high burst of air, uses 80 percent less energy than conventional dryers and purportedly represents a 95 percent cost savings versus paper towels. We were impressed with the “hurricane” forced air alternative to the typical process of waiving hands under a weak stream of heated air and then drying them off on your trousers.
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS: One of the oldest names in paint introduced its new Pro Industrial Zero VOC Acrylic. It is an almost odorless acrylic with no VOCs. It also offers superior stain and corrosion resistance, fast drying times and is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certified.
CORIAN: The solid surface counter tops by DuPont are new again. They look great, achieve sustainable design through the use of recycled resin content and according to the company do not support the growth of mold or mildew when used properly.
SYBTHEON: Elemix’s concrete additive is engineered for sustainability. The Elemix additive creates a lighter weight product that is designed to deliver several key improvements to the physical characteristics of concrete including resistance to cracking and fire, ease of placement, and durability to freezing and thawing.
We at the Greenest Insulation Blog support the efforts of GreenBuild and encourage everyone who shares our enthusiasm to join the organization and support sustainability. If you can, plan on attending the Expo in San Francisco Nov. 14-16, 2012 where we know more great innovative products will be on display.
The European Union and several of its member nations are moving forward rapidly with the concept of lowering the carbon footprint of houses. Concerns over climate change have driven this movement but many groups are now recognizing the practical implications–carbon … Continue reading