Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy, recently gave its material of the year award to Novacem for the company’s “carbon negative” cement. The product is being touted with increasing frequency and — it would seem from the literature — has the potential to change the world of concrete in 2014-15 when it hits the market.
Passive House is an increasingly popular low-energy standard. Passive Houses must be airtight (0.60 ACH at 50 Pascals) and low energy (4.75 kBTU/ft2/year max heating and cooling demand and 38 kBTU/ft2/year maximum primary demand) — requirements that slash energy demand by about 90%. Due to increasing popularity of Passive House, media mentions like this mini-series in The Tyee — are becoming more common.
Tonight President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union Address with a message of innovation, education, and reformation. The President discussed clean energy, oil subsidies, high-speed rail, and a number of other things that will directly impact how we living in the future. Here are some soundbites from those remarks.
A few days after Christmas, the EPA issued updated guidance on how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (“CFL”) bulb. CFLs are made with a small amount of mercury that can be released as vapor when broken. That vapor is a health risk, although the EPA still encourages the use of CFLs to save energy and reduce GHG emissions. Here’s an outline of the EPA’s CFL cleanup guidance:
As with last year, green building consultant Jerry Yudelson published a top-ten list of green building trends for the next year. Yudelson explains that green building is growing in popularity across the globe — that “more people are going green each year, and there’s nothing on the horizon that will stop this trend.” I’ve hand-picked some of Yudelson’s trends that will apply in the residential sector below: