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Non-Green Buildings to Cost More Money

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At this point it is my experience green buildings are receiving the same financing they would get for any high quality building with a good tenant … what I think will change is that lenders will start assessing a premium on financing for any building that is not designed to green standards.

Comparing green buildings to the advent of air conditioning, the quote continues:  “At first buildings that came equipped with air conditioning were seen as luxury developments.  But within a short period of time any building that didn’t have it was considered functionally obsolete.

– Jim Amorin, president-elect of the Appraisal Institute [via]

Welcome Park City TV Viewers!

Mountain Morning Show

I want to take this quick opportunity to welcome any viewers dropping by from the Mountain Morning Show on Park City TV.  I was on the show for a quick little bit talking about green building and what’s going on right now.  For a guy that’s trying to work off four hectic years of grad school weight, the camera angle isn’t that great, but we’re making progress on that front.  I want to thank the wonderful hosts and crew for having Jetson Green on their award-winning morning show!

[+] Mountain Morning Show – 6/23/08 – 1:50 – 1:57

Pallet Structure Gets A Human Touch

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About ten years ago, I worked at UPS in their "boneyard" — a place where all the pallets were unloaded and strewn in huge heaps on an asphalt parking lot.  We’d neatly stack the pallets, place them in a trailer, and UPS would get rid of them, netting about $0.25 per pallet saved.  At the time, I didn’t realize the amount of pallets in circulation around the globe.  It’s estimated that there are about 2 BILLION ordinary unit load pallets in circulation globally, and about two-thirds of these are only used once.  It’s further estimated that U.S. companies throw away roughly 4 billion board feet of wood pallets every year.  Pretty crazy, I know. 

So HDR Architecture came up with Unit Load_Redux, a temporary exhibition intended as a probe for sustainable living through the redux of pallets and the use of bicycle energy.

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Jetson Green Partners with West Coast Green

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I’d like to take a quick sec to invite you to join us at West Coast Green 2008.  This will mark our 2nd year as a premiere Media Partner with what has now grown to be the world’s largest conference & expo on green innovation and green building!  This year’s event has a whole new look and a brand new location in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The event takes place on September 25-27, 2008 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

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Town of Babylon to Provide Funds to Make 65,000 Homes Energy Efficient!

In an innovative move, the Town of Babylon has set up an extensive program to work with citizens to pay for energy efficiency upgrades for every home in the town.  The basic premise of the program is that the town wants to help residents use less energy, so here’s what they plan to do.  They’re going to loan up to $12,000 at the super low interest rate of 3% to pay directly for renovation costs.  Under the program, residents get home energy audits that include recommended actions for renovations, including adding more insulation, changing out the HVAC system, etc.  The town pays for the renovations and the homeowner then makes payments to the town based roughly on the reduction in payments caused by having a more efficient home.  So it’s quite the innovative system. 

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Five Suggestions for Businesses Confronted with Green Fatigue and Green Noise

You may have noticed an article by Alex Williams in the NY Times yesterday entitled "The Era of Green Noise."  The article hits on some trends we're seeing, especially in the green lifestyle area, with people worn out by the green barrage of choices and information.  Green advertising and/or pitches might get a roll of the eyes, or worse, some backlash.  People may just repel and fight against the message.  So businesses are starting to get concerned about the proper way to move forward given this "green fatigue" from the "green noise."

I've been thinking about this and have a few suggestions for businesses that want to keep a quality connection to their customers. 

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