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Air Barriers and Insulation: What's the Biggest Energy Saving Bang for Your Buck?

Citing a case study of a fluid-applied air barrier, the author argues that air barriers may be underrated in terms of their energy saving impact.

Historically, state energy codes have focused on conductive heat transfer through prescriptive R-value and U-values for building enclosure systems. Lesser focus has been place on air leakage control and air barrier requirements.

Smart Appliances Still Must Win the Hearts of Buyers

Now you can talk to your refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher through your phone, but what's the value added?

For several years now, the advent of smart home devices have allowed you to turn on and off the house lights, change a room’s temperature settings and record your favorite TV shows or movies from your phone without even being home.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation Funds Fellowship to Accelerate Climate Solutions via Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Project Drawdown
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June 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Project Drawdown to fund the Ray C. Anderson Fellowship.  The Fellowship is designed to foster the development of a new cohort of global leaders (scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates) who will analyze the best available research on one hundred of the most substantive and readily available climate mitigation solutions.

Checklist: 7 Steps to Build a Framework to Manage Risk in the Energy Sector

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Aberdeen conducted a study of over 175 respondents surrounding how the energy sector approaches risk management. Specifically, it looks at how leaders in the industry ensure safety and compliance, maintain asset reliability, and outperform their peers in an increasingly complex environment by controlling risk holistically, across the enterprise.

This checklist covers the seven steps to build a framework to manage risk in the energy sector. Explore it and get to know this must-read report even better.

TransCanada Releases 2014 CSR Report

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CALGARY, Alberta, June 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) officially released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report (csrreport.transcanada.com) today. The 2014 CSR Report was released during Canadian Environment Week as a testament to the company’s focus on CSR and commitment to operating safely and in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

Smart Irrigation Maker offers a "Pro" Designation for Landscape Designers

A new program from Rachio allows landscapers to offer remote, WaterSense-certified monitoring of multiple clients.

Multi-family building managers know the hassles of using water efficiently for landscape irrigation. Animals can nibble off irrigation heads, lawnmowers can damage them or re-orient them. As seasons change, knowing how long to water and when, and what to do if a municipality puts in place watering restrictions are really important. But interconnected, remotely monitored irrigation is here—and affordable, for both commercial and residential properties.

Solar On and Under Fire

Solar is soaring, but some are stopping at no end to stall its success.

Solar is on fire. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Report, solar and wind represented 100% of the nation’s new generating capacity in April. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports that, among the U.S. renewable portfolio, solar is growing the fastest, primarily because of the cost benefit—the price of solar photovoltaics (PV) has plummeted 99% over the last four decades, from $74/watt in 1972 to less than $.07/watt in 2014.

Axa to Divest of Fossil Fuel Assets and Make Green Investments - The Minute

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Axa has become the first global financial insurer to divest from its investments in coal companies. Until now, the campaign to divest from fossil fuel businesses has been led by private money management firms like that of the Rockefeller family and public institutions such as Stanford University.

Water Wars: EPA Rule Front and Center

EPA’s Waters of the United States rule on the regulation of water pollution is creating polarity—and some unlikely allies.

For decades, farmers, businesses, developers, environmental groups, and elected officials have been confused by the scope of federal jurisdiction over the types of water bodies protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act, which ensures the safety of drinking water.   To clarify its authority over water pollution control, the EPA proposed a controversial and widely criticized rule last year that would prevent the pollution of streams, tributaries, and wetlands that feed water sources.

Water Efficiency Rating Score Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

The fledgling Water Efficiency Rating Score, or WERS, program has been recognized by the City of Santa Fe for its potential use as a tool for driving water conservation.

The City of Santa Fe's Sustainable Santa Fe Commission recently announced that the Water Efficiency Rating Score’s (WERS) development team earned a Sustainable Santa Fe Award. The Commission bestowed the honor in the “Water Adaptation” category for “developing an accurate and flexible tool to drive water conservation in measurable ways.”


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