Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Local efforts toward sustainability can yield social and ecological rewards. A couple of weeks ago, I received an appeal from my local neighborhood association (WENA) to volunteer to build affordable window inserts for my neighbors. Like many of you, I am wary of small homeowner organizations. They can too easily devolve into anti-change NIMBY groups, or become de facto-style police, control...

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  • The Building Industry is eager to rebuild in the wake of destruction, but seems opposed to adopting measures that will help prevent destruction. Back in November, I closely followed the weather reports in a month that proved to be one of the warmest on record for our part of the world. The television weather reporters and news anchors gleefully cheered the unseasonable temperatures, often in s...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • CES blackout highlights the vulnerabilities of grid-powered technology. The power and possibility of solar power got a boost today when thousands of CES visitors waited for more than an hour as a blackout struck most of the Las Vegas convention center.

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • It’s the beginning of January, which can only mean one thing: CES! Ocean of innovation, CES boasts everything from autonomous cars to smart home devices to virtual reality to wearables to all things mobile. This year, CES doesn’t stand alone—the conference overlaps with Design and Construction week in Orlando, and Green Builder Media’s own Sustainability Symposium, which promises to be the sust...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2017 Energy & Climate Developments. America’s energy efficiency standards program has quietly been saving U.S. consumers trillions of dollars off their utility bills over the last 30 years, and there are plenty more savings to still to be achieved. While 2016 ended on a high note with the Obama administration developing and finalizing 11 energy efficien...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Wifi gadgets can make you forget a stressful encounter at work, but they can dim the lights, cue the music, and remind you of the heavens. Unless you’re 20, have no children, don’t drink coffee or wine, keep your weight down, and have a completely stress-free life, you’ve probably had trouble sleeping. Insomnia seems to be a condition of modern life. There are many theories about why this is ...

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Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • The thought may strike fear into the hearts of teachers, but it’s a trend with real potential for leveling the educational playing field. I’ve known many teachers, and they’re among the hardest working, least recognized heroes I know. So it’s not without reservation that I pen this article. But doing some research for our futuristic Flex House project recently, I stumbled into a trend that cou...

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Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Heard of blockchain but not quite clear about what it is? Here is a down and dirty overview that will bring you up to speed in a flash about how it works, why it’s important, and how it will flip the energy industry on its head. In case you’re not familiar with the concept of blockchain, it’s a distributed database (sometimes called a ledger), comprised of many connected computers, that follow...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • The convergence of facial recognition with simple Alexa routines offers custom musical responses for your front door. New technology is just hitting the market that will allow you to trigger different musical alerts based on who’s standing at your door.  It’s not a feature that’s being spelled out by the smart gadget people yet, but it’s one that’s literally on your digital doorstep.

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  • The landscape of demand-side energy management is rapidly transforming. The rise of internet-connected smart appliances, advanced metering, dynamic utility tariffs, and distributed renewable and storage assets is creating new opportunities for customers and utilities to capture value from demand flexibility. Data-driven applications and emerging technologies like blockchain will provide homes and ...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • How will construction emissions change in the upcoming year? Here's some insight. When Congress passed the groundbreaking Clean Air Act in 1970, it gave the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the power to regulate and monitor sources of air pollution. Since then, the EPA and the State of California have led a nationwide charge to reduce vehicle emissions by pushing for increasi...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • French President Emmanuel Macron summoned global leaders this week to Paris for the One Planet Summit to discuss enhanced climate adaption, mitigation, and mobilization solutions and marshal funding—and a lot of it—for large-scale climate action deployment. Washington wasn’t invited. At the recent United Nations COP23 climate talks, the world responded decisively to President Trump’s withdrawa...

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Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • The combination of wifi sensors, graywater systems and smart irrigation offers a lifeline for besieged homeowners in parched neighborhoods. Along with the bigger forces of Climate Change, another contributing factor to the fierce wildfires in California this month has been the dry soil conditions. Light rainfall, combined with heavy use of aquifers by large farms, has created perfect condition...

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Green Builder Media, LLC
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Back to Basics

  • Don’t let fear make you hasty. Address the fundamentals, and your home will feel like the safe haven it should be. There’s a crackling tension in the air? Can you feel it? Part of it, of course, is the the chaotic state the world’s climate: from superstorms to uncontrollable wildfires. On top of these shudders from the planet is the often racist, childish and violent rhetoric from our politica...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • The Green Builder Media team is as busy as Santa’s fleet of helpers preparing for two major events in early January—the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change and the Flex House at CES. If you’re going to be in Orlando or Vegas (or both!) for Design & Construction Week or CES, or if you just want an excuse for a meaningful post-holiday getaway, please join us! In case you ...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • When battery powered weed wackers and solar panels connect, the result is pollution-free yard care. Until recently, battery powered lawn tools were the exception to combustion-powered monsters. But the tool landscape has shifted, at the same time power from solar PV now beats fossil fuels in cost per kilowatt. The result is a tantalizing new possibility: Net-zero landscaping with powe...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Let’s face it—not all events are created equal. Green Builder Media’s upcoming Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change, co-hosted with Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando on January 8, promises to be one of the most important and inspiring engagements of the year. If you truly care about a sustainable future and want to participate in the development of strategies for the tra...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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Get It in Writing

  • THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE of cowboy wisdom that says, “trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.” It’s another way of saying that while trust and communication are essential to a fair game and a successful outcome, in the final analysis, you have to watch out for your own interests, rather than leaving them in the hands of others.

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the plan...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • It won’t be long before green power is the No. 1 source for all homes. Note: This article is an excerpt from The Third Industrial Revolution Final Report RNE, a combination of narratives and proposals on technology and its use toward green business collaborations. THE BULK OF THE ENERGY we use to heat our homes and run our appliances, power our businesses, drive our vehicles, and ope...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • A smart, right-sized home from Green Builder Media and Shelter Dynamics demonstrates real-world applications for high-flying technology. Right-sized living meets next-generation smart house technology in the Flex House on tour at CES January 9-12, 2018,  in Las Vegas. The Flex House, the latest of Green Builder Media’s esteemed VISION House demonstration project series, is designed to...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are lovely, but I’ll take global socio-economic transformation any day. It’s that time of year to give thanks.  I’m appreciative of the evolution that is unfolding around us, with sustainability finally reaching a tipping point and countries, states, cities, and companies across the globe making bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions an...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • The Flex House demonstrates how to live right with less water. THE FLEX HOUSE WAS DESIGNED and built in California, a state that has just recovered from the worst drought in recorded history. With its large population and dependence on agriculture, the Golden State is—by necessity—leading efforts to reduce water use across the board. With emphasis on right-sized living, Shelter Dynamics and Green...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • This webinar explores the spectrum of financing options available for commercial projects that incorporate energy efficient design, products, and technologies, as well as strategies that are working and challenges that builders and developers are facing. Topics covered will include products that lenders look for when financing energy efficiency projects, players in the market, and available fina...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • With a vocal group of American politicians, sustainability advocates, and business leaders receiving more attention than the official U.S. delegation, a staged protest that halted a pro-fossil fuel panel, and overwhelming credence and support offered to the “We are Still In” coalition, the COP23 climate talks aren’t going the way that the Trump Administration had planned. The 23rd ses...

Green Builder Media, LLC
Green Builder Media, LLC
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  • Although varied by region and gender, new trends suggest a response to rising temperatures and online shopping. Apartment operators shouldn’t assume that today’s preferred renter amenities are defined by the regions where they operate. The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country hav...

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