June 18 , 2008


Nevada Power Sure Bet Program Joins Forces With EGB
Nevada Power Sure Bet Program will co-locate a conference and regional-partner exhibition with HPAC
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’s fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo Oct. 21 and 22 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Nevada Power Sure Bet Program will serve as the Elite Host Sponsor of EGB. Nevada Power is holding its event to raise awareness of its Sure Bet energy-saving and energy-incentive programs and to commemorate successes it has achieved. A trade show of exhibit stations staffed by regional partners will feature the latest energy-saving technology and energy-efficient-equipment installation services...MORE

Achieving Low-Cost LEED Projects
By Hernando Miranda
Determining the lowest-cost points in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System...MORE




Green Building on Rise in Cleveland

Scott Wolstein, chief executive officer of Developers Diversified and a Greater Cleveland native, plans to revamp Cleveland's Flats East district by turning it into a $225 million mixed-use neighborhood. Contractors will be required to recycle at least half of the debris from existing buildings, and multiple buildings in the district will have green roofs. Other green projects include Forest City’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- (LEED-) registered renovation of the Higbee Building. The Ameritrust site and Pesht in the Warehouse District verbally committed to LEED...MORE

It's Lucrative Being Green: Five Hot Green-Collar Jobs
The American Solar Energy Society, a nonprofit organization set on increasing the use of sustainable technologies, reports that 8.5 million Americans hold "green-collar" jobs in renewable-energy or energy-efficient industries; however, that number could grow to 40 million by 2030 because of increased demand for alternative energy sources...MORE

Mystic Seaport Goes Solar
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that the Mystic Seaport Museum is a recipient of a Solar America Showcases award. Recipients of this award will receive technical assistance from solar-energy experts for high-visibility, large-scale solar installations. The Mystic Seaport Museum, located in Mystic, Conn., is a center for maritime research and education. Experts plan to install a 1-MW photovoltaic system on the historic structure...MORE


High Performance Building: Perspectives & Practice
The Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council produced a 29-minute film, “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practice,” which features more than 12 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, as well as interviews with chief executive officers, school administrators, government officials, and building managers who are realizing the benefits of going green...MORE

USGBC Re-launches Greenbuild365
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) re-launched its Greenbuild365 Website. Visitors will find educational offerings, podcasts, and resources, including a course catalog of third-party-reviewed green-building courses; free brief "bytes" of green-building case studies and best practices; and access to the Greenbuild Conference and Expo Media Library...MORE

DOE Announces Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. L Prize is a government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace 60W incandescent lamps and PAR 38 halogen lamps. The competition will award cash prizes, as well as opportunities for federal purchasing agreements and utility programs....MORE


Commissioning and Green Design -- A Natural Combination
The majority of new buildings are not built with energy efficiency in mind, and most of the 5 million existing commercial buildings in the United States have never undergone any type of commissioning or quality-assurance process. As a result, they use more energy, cost more to operate, and perform well below their potential. Conversely, buildings that have been properly commissioned perform better and are more energy-efficient. Yet, the idea that commissioning is an unnecessary additional cost still often prevails...MORE