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Conserving Through the Cold Winter Months

Ready for Winter? Some conservation tips from @GreenKey_Global

Last month, The Weather Network shared their Winter Preview for the upcoming season, and while we were spoiled with a mild winter last year, the prediction is that we will experience a more “traditional winter” this season. 

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG Conference) Highlights IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Challenges and Solutions


On October 11, the AIAG IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference brought together representatives from various tiers of the automotive supply chain to learn tools and strategies for tackling the compliance challenges faced by the automotive industry.

Free Webinar: The Energy Rating Index (ERI): A Must-Know Code Compliance Path

This webinar will provide an overview of the ERI approach, how the use of renewables is integrated into this compliance path, and how the 2018 IECC will likely address the use of renewables in demonstrating compliance with the code.

The Energy Rating Index (ERI) in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code provides new code compliance flexibility and a streamlined platform for homes to get to net zero. The ERI, based on RESNET/ICC Standard 301, allows the code user to account for all energy used onsite and not just the energy used by the building envelope, heating and cooling system, water heating and lighting. This includes the use of on-site power production which typically means the use of solar electric (renewables) to offset the energy transmitted to the house from the grid.

New Series Uses Insights from University Presidents to Explore Ties Between Campus Living, Quality Of Life and Academic Performance

Goucher College President José Antonio Bowen first to offer insights on successfully designing an integrated environment on campus to create a Living Learning Community
Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 17, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services today launches the 2016-2017 President to President Series offering perspectives from university presidents for university presidents on the challenges faced by colleges and universities and explore potential solutions.

Eastman’s Corporate Business Center (CBC) Achieves LEED® Gold


Eastman is pleased to announce that the Corporate Business Center in Kingsport, Tennessee has been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building and construction.

Everything You Need to Know About the Energy Code

Energy Codes are becoming increasingly more complex as alternative compliance paths are developed, higher performance products are introduced into the market, and advanced testing and data collection practices are implemented.

How do building professionals navigate the evolving code landscape, and how do homeowners even know what questions to ask to ensure that their homes are efficient, resilient, safe, and healthy?

There is a growing awareness about the importance of codes—particularly energy codes—as climate change shifts from a theory to a harsh reality.  Codes have the ability not only to substantially decrease the amount of natural resources that our buildings consume, but also to enhance the resiliency, efficiency, durability, and safety of said structures.

City of Birmingham Joins Trane in Launching Energy Saving Upgrades at Sustainability Commitment Signing Ceremony

Press Release

Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In partnership with Trane, the city of Birmingham, Alabama, formalized its commitment to sustainability and launched energy saving upgrades to 125 city buildings at an Oct. 5 event at Titusville Public Library. Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

Slated for completion in 2018, the $61.3 million project is expected to cut annual energy and operational costs by more than 30 percent, saving more than $100 million over the next two decades.  

Maytag Providing Support for California HomeAid Project

Energy-efficient appliances to be donated to new transitional housing village in Marin
Press Release

October 12, 2016 /3BL Media/  - Maytag brand, a national corporate supporter of HomeAid America, has generously committed to contributing appliances to HomeAid Northern California’s Oma Village project, which will help families transition out of homelessness.

The project, which is under the direction of Builder Captains, Richmond American Homes and The New Home Company, is under construction and will be dedicated Oct. 19.

Climate Change Makes Addressing U.S. Septic Failures More Urgent

From runaway algae blooms to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, household septic systems may be making matters worse.

CONCEIVED AS A LOW-COST, low-tech means of disposing toilet waste in rural communities without sewers, septic systems have become a leading cause of the toxic algae blooms. Like a rainbow cloak, algae blooms drape across lakes, bays and coastal shorelines on Cape Cod, Long Island, and small waterbodies in other states. As the top source of contamination for disease outbreaks from residential drinking water wells, septic systems also contribute to illness across the country.

On the Path to Net Zero

High-performance housing developments bring energy efficiency and new technology to communities around the country.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSING is no longer limited to just a few homes here and there. Enter the high-performance housing development market, in which entire communities are built as efficiently as possible. These master-planned communities are engineered for efficiency and high-performance from the ground up. This shift from the solo to the communal is driven by a variety of factors: building code, environmental issues such as climate change, materials manufacturers and government policy.


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