LED Takes the Lead in Power Tools

Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:02
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For decades we’ve been holding the key to efficient lighting technology in the palm of our hands. Universally acknowledged as the most sustainable choice in the crowded light bulb aisle, LED lights have been embedded in your television remote control for the past 50 years. Since 1962, when GE’s Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first visible-spectrum light emitting diode, that little red indicator light on your TV remote has been an LED bulb.

While LED has been slower to catch on in the home and business illumination market due to its relatively high price point, its integration into the realm of power tools has been swift and impactful. Early on, these tiny diodes were recognized as the perfect replacement to fluorescent bulbs as indicator lights, due to a longer lifetime and smaller size. Now, LEDs’ crucial lack of heat is being put to better and wider uses in even the most arduous of work environments. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rising Relevance of the LEED AP Accreditation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:54
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greenbuildingImagine if the products employed in every day construction were manufactured with renewable resources, alleviating the need to use virgin materials. This is one of the objectives of LEED, among others, including improving indoor environmental quality and creating innovations that reduce inefficiencies in water and other resource consumption. With all the changes occurring in the environmental landscape, and the rise in value of green building, the LEED AP accreditation is becoming increasingly authoritative.

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Gateway to Green Building – LEED Green Associate

Monday, April 21, 2014 11:27
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Getting a LEED certification is not just a way of demonstrating a commitment to environmental wellness; it’s also a way of enhancing the asset value of a building.

More than 30 major cities across the US enacted disclosure requirements last year, requiring commercial building owners to disclose green building performance metrics. With the focus of the green building industry gaining importance, the practice of greening a building spans from existing constructions to new design projects.

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Push Coming to Shove For Those Seeking to Take LEED Exam

Monday, March 31, 2014 16:26
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LEED v4 exam prep

LEED version 4 is approaching, and with it comes a suite of changes to the exam content, material and format. Individuals who have passed the test before the changeover, which occurs in June, will be grandfathered into the updated designation without having to retest. Considering the extent of the modifications, many candidates are hurrying to sit for the exam while it is still in the decidedly more manageable version 3 format.

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Nailing Down the Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:52
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Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4As the standard in green building best practices, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the world’s preeminent green building rating program, with 1.5 million square feet of building space certified to LEED every day. LEED version 3, also known as LEED 2009, is now up for revision as USGBC members cooperate to vote on its next iteration, LEED v4.

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What is LEED Green Associate?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:48
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Before going into detail about the LEED Green Associate accreditation, let us quickly remind you, as we already went through it in previous articles, what LEED is. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification, providing guidelines on the development of sustainable buildings. There are several ways for an individual to be certified and recognized as a LEED expert and the LEED Green Associate accreditation is the first step, the one that will open you the door. Read the rest of this entry »

LEED certification and Hospitals

Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30
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Hospitals in the U.S are known to be among the largest consumers of energy. They are open 24 hours, have hundreds of people living and circulating in the buildings everyday and in addition to the usual systems that AC, Heating or Ventilation, they require high energy consumption machinery such as Refrigeration, Sterilization or Medical devices to run all day. Hospitals come third, only after food service and food sales, in terms of consumption of energy. But the energy consumption is not the only problem Hospitals currently face, water consummation and waste management are issues that Healthcare facilities must consider and resolve. Such high consumptions could persuade some of these hospitals to take actions and lean toward the LEED certification model.

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The Business Case For Green Buildings

Monday, September 23, 2013 16:28
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It is the question asked for so many times when talking about green building. Does it pay off to make your building green (or at least greener)?

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Is Getting LEED Accreditation Worth It?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 16:17
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Gaining Momentum

There is no doubt that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is gaining momentum despite the lagging economy. According to the 2013 study done by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), there are more than 44,270 USGBC LEED registered and/or certified projects in North America alone. The same study also points out that there are currently 185,000 LEED Accredited Professional credential holders and 1.7 million square feet of buildings (and counting) that are getting LEED certified each day.

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Case Study: Active House USA

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:43
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Active House – the “building that gives more than it takes “

There are a few green building standards competing for the industry’s attention in the US: USGBC’s LEED, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, the International Living Future Institute’s Living building challenge, the Passive House (aka Passivhaus).  And now, there is also the Active house.

Active Houses is energy efficient and uses only renewable resources.  The indoor climate of the Active House is designed to be comfortable and healthy, and the home itself is designed to interact positively with the local environment.

 

Active House is a very new concept, it was first conceived in 2011, at a conference in Brussels, although the movement itself started in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Since then, quite a few Active Houses were built in Europe.  And just this year, the first two prototype houses were built in North America, one in the US, and one in Canada.

Active House key principles are:

Energy:

  • a building that is energy efficient and easy to operate
  • a building that substantially exceeds the statutory minimum in terms of energy efficiency
  • a building that exploits a variety of renewable energy sources integrated in the overall design

Environment :

  • a building that exerts the minimum impact on environmental and cultural resources
  • a building that avoids ecological damage
  • a building that is constructed of materials with focus on re-use.