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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.”

Geothermal Technologies Explained For the Rest of Us

The wind, sun and tides are all great sources of clean and renewable energy, but you have to take what you can get when the sun is shining, the wind is blowing and the waves are rolling.

THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) says that geothermal energy, a virtually untapped energy resource derived from the earth's heat, is more vital today than ever—it supplies clean, renewable power around the clock, emits little or no greenhouse gases, and takes a very small environmental footprint to develop.

Ventilation Cost Calculator: Balancing Efficiency with Flow

Ever wondered if you need ventilation. If so, how much, what kind, and most importantly, what will it add to the energy bill?

AirCycler's easy-to-use Annual Ventilation Cost Calculator has answers.

We all know that opening a window or having a drafty house adds to energy bills. So, if your home is of an age before the ready availability of home or energy recovery ventilation (HRV/ERV), what do you do to get needed healthy ventilation without adding too much to the energy bill? AirCycler is attempting to overcome the false perception “that bringing fresh air into these tight homes without recovery (HRV/ERV) incurs outrageous energy costs.”

Infographic: How Mobility Is Improving Workers' Safety

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Mobility can be a powerful tool in the right hands. It saves operator time and bolsters labor productivity, provides a system of record with one-to-one accuracy verification, and limits incidents by granting employees access to data in real-time.

4 Ways Mobility Can Improve Your Safety Strategy and Add Business Value


Best-in-Class companies operating today believe that delivering high-quality products is as important as successfully managing a policy around environmental protection and operational health and safety (EHS). The success of a business depends, in no small measure, on the people driving it forward on a day-to-day basis: their well-being is paramount, not only in ethical terms, but also in “making-or-breaking” a company’s bottom line.

Engineers Have a Role to Play in Minimizing Climate Change


AECOM Impact blog

Michael Li, an environmentally sustainable development engineer based in Melbourne, Australia, explains why he strongly believes that engineers play a role in minimizing climate change.  ​

Free Webinar on the Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency Practices for Conditioned Attics


Changes in California's 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Energy Code (effective July 2014) and implications of the International Residential Code (IRC) R806.5 have made conditioned vs. unconditioned attics an industry hot topic.

Green Builder Home of the Year Awards Call for Entries

Green Builder magazine is looking for the best green residential home projects.
Press Release

May 14, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder® magazine is looking for the best in residential, green homes for their annual Home of the Year Awards. The contest looks at innovative design, sustainable features, whole home performance, and integration with the natural environment.

National Grid Named Among Top Solar Utilities in United States

Press Release

WALTHAM, Mass., May 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ - National Grid in Massachusetts has been named among the top utilities connecting the most megawatts of solar energy in the United States in 2014, earning a spot on the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA’s) Top 10 annual utility solar listings.

Investing in History with Geothermal

A geothermal system breathes new life into an historic West Virginia farmstead, showcasing an innovative approach to cultural preservation.

The Cockayne Farmstead is an historic home and preservation project located near the banks of the Ohio River in West Virginia. Once a thriving sheep ranch belonging to the prominent and successful Cockayne family, the dwelling was named to the National Historic Registry in 2002.

When the house came into the custody of the Marshall County Historical Society, it was a living museum, stocked with over 1,500 artifacts dating back to 1850. But without a central heating or cooling system, they were in jeopardy.


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