KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California. What’s noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they’re the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label. And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so.
Perhaps you heard about a report by Environment & Human Health, Inc., which was published earlier this year, LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health. In it, to summarize, the authors suggest that the USGBC creates a false impression that buildings are "healthy" when the LEED system doesn't really do much to remove harmful chemicals from products and buildings. The report started a media frenzy on the topic.
If you’re looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers. These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs.
The small town of Oroville — north central Washington four miles from the border — has big aspirations. A developer has plans to build the first Passive House hotel in North America, according to Examiner.com.
While not as pronounced as the California Academy of Sciences museum, I think it's safe to say that this undulating green roof covering the new h2hotel is just as beautiful. The hotel, which gets its name from being the sister to Hotel Healdsburg, was designed by David Baker + Partners and is pursuing LEED Gold certification. It's also a nominee for the People's Choice Award from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA.
ThinkEco just announced that it's taking orders from business clients for its flagship product called the Modlet, which is short for modern outlet. Modlet is a smart outlet that monitors power usage and disconnects from the power to save energy when the plugged-in gadget isn't in use.
In other words, Modlet was designed to help reduce and prevent plug-load electricity waste. The smart outlet requires no time to install and a network of Modlets can be monitored for real-time consumption data, according to ThinkEco.
ThinkEco says companies that install Modlets site-wide can achieve reductions of anywhere from 35-80% in power consumed by each plugged-in device, resulting in up to a 10% reduction in overall electricity costs.