Earlier this week, GM announced that they were adding the world’s largest, rooftop, solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant located in Zaragoza, Spain (a factory that manufactures Opel vehicles for sale in Europe). When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the solar installation will have 85,000 solar panels covering about 2,000,000 sf of roof space. Bloomberg further reports that the $78.5 million installation will avoid about 7k tons of emissions per year.
- Appraisers look to measure value of green.
- Green buildings expected to receive lower financing.
- Going green is good for your wallet.
- Eco-friendly, custom-built prefabs in high demand.
- Life and death of green design and forgoing LEED.
- Geothermal heating/cooling systems hit home.
- Habitat for Humanity LEED home blends into neighborhood.
- Here are ten of the world’s dirtiest cities.
- How to scoot in a city built for cars.
- Green energy blooms in the desert of New Mexico.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
You may have noticed recent news that Home Depot will be providing free, in-store recycling of CFLs at all of its U.S. stores. But buried in that story is another interesting factoid — a tidbit of information in the likes of plucking the low hanging fruit. Home Depot announced that they will be switching to CFLs at all U.S. Light Fixture Showrooms and expect to save roughly $16 million in annual energy costs.
This news isn’t all that sexy, but it’s important. Make the switch, if you haven’t already and stop throwing money out the window. With the low hanging fruit, it’s true: money grows on trees!
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.
[2:16] As a global construction-services company in St. Louis, Missouri, Alberici sought to lead the transformation of the design and construction industry by renovating a 485-foot-long manufacturing plant into its new Class-A corporate headquarters. The desire to convey resource efficiency, integrated design, and corporate responsibility prompted Alberici to achieve substantial resource and cost savings by combining various strategies, including:
Make sure to check out this short little interview with Kavita Gupta, Director of Business Development for Perkins + Will, an architectural firm with a solid reputation for designing cutting edge green projects. Ms. Gupta talks about some of the drivers of green buildings, many of which are listed below. Green buildings: