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That's Right! Greener Buildings Cut GHG Emissions!

Kabun

It’s like a light went on in media outlets around the world — journalists and bloggers all over the place are reporting this not so surprising, but important news.  Here’s the report that everyone’s talking about.  I’m just waiting for some bombastic headline like: "Building Green Is a Quick Fix for Climate Change!!"  It’s not all that exaggerated yet, but before diving into the merits and substance of the report, here are a few friends that have mentioned it:

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PTI: What You Didn't Know about "Jetson Green"

Jgbanner

This is purely random, but I had no idea a person named "Jetson Green" actually existed.  That’s right.  Sometime prior to July 1820, Jetson Green, a debtor, intermarried with Julian Bass, administratix.  Their problems came before the Supreme Court of Alabama.  I’d like to give you an idea of what was going on between Jetson and Julian, but seriously, try to give this opinion a read — language sure has changed in 200 years (and I practice law for a living!).  Anyway, it seems that good ole’ Jetson Green did well by marrying the person to whom he was supposed to be paying a debt.  At least for a short period of time, that is … I’m constantly amazed at what shows up on the internet. 

Green MBS and REITs, Solar's 90% Potential, Walmart on Sustainability, + Emissions Reductions [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

USGBC Tackles Residential Remodeling with Guidelines (not Certification)

Regreen

If you own a home, you’re likely to have a remodeling story. The good, the bad, the never-quite finished.  One thing’s for sure; every remodel is different.  Given the depth and breadth of residential remodeling, the USGBC, in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers, is formally releasing their REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines today at the INTERIORS 08 conference in New Orleans.  Not to be confused with the LEED for Homes rating system (a certification program), REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines.

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Prefab Low Cost, Fast Assembly Can Be Elusive [WSJ]

Napa Prefab

++The House in a Box [WSJ]

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++Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak
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Solar Tower of Power to Spain and Abu Dhabi

Torresol Tower

I just noticed fresh news of this newly formed company called Torresol that’s developing a Solar Tower of Power for both  Spain and Abu Dhabi.  It’s cool news and interesting technology, but it strikes me: Does anyone want to use their celebrity or political influence to bring more of these to the U.S.?  Hillary?  Obama?  Gore?  Buffett?  Pickens?  There’s a ton a raw land in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Texas, etc., and any given state could take a stab at a plan with transmission lines, right?  I know we talked about an EnviroMission tower before, but I haven’t seen any movement on that front.  It might take a green blogger coalition to get more of these built, but if we can’t figure it out, we’re going to see a new generation of dollars going to the same group of people.  If you know what I mean …

A concentrating solar concentrating power plant like the one pictured above could generate power for something like 30,000 homes (17 mw).

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