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iPhone Love for Schlage LiNK App

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You've probably seen one of the latest Apple commercials.  The husband turns to his wife and asks, "Did we turn off the lights."  The savvy wife, with her iPhone and Schlage LiNK app, responds with something like, "WE turned off the lights," while she does the same on her phone without her husband's help.

The commercial caught my attention, and I wanted to see what kind of capabilities this Schlage LiNK app had.  Turns out the system is powered by Z-Wave technology to smarten typically unintelligent aspects of living.  Some of the things you can do include:

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Testing a New Dynamic Solar Facade

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Just a few days ago, the $41 million Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental & Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), a 55,000 square-foot building designed to LEED Platinum certification, was dedicated.  The facility was built to be a living laboratory and platform to showcase technological innovation.  Currently, the south facade of the laboratory wing includes a spot to test building envelope and window systems, and it's currently testing this innovative integrated concentrating dynamic solar facade. 

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EPS: Miles Per Gallon Rating for Homes

When you buy a house, there’s no clear way to know what you’re getting.  There’s no miles per gallon sticker, as with cars, or nutrition label, as with foods.  You’ll pay for an inspection and walk through the place any number of times, but you definitely can’t see through the walls.  It’s strange that we allow ourselves to spend, or mortgage, so much with so little information.

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The Bloom Box and Buildings [Video]

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If you had the chance to catch 60 Minutes on Sunday, you saw their exclusive on Bloom Energy.  The company has been in stealth mode for some time, but all of that appears to be over.  As reported by Lesley Stahl, which you can view in the video embedded below, Bloom makes a fuel cell that will be used to power homes (in the future) and commercial buildings (right now).

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Sloan Valve Tests Rooftop Aeroturbines

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Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-efficient plumbing products, including the AQUS greywater system, last summer installed two small wind turbines in Illinois from Aerotecture International.  The Franklin Park headquarters building now has two 712V Aerotecture vertical-axis models.  One is over the front entrance and another is over the employee entrance, while both are ballasted to the roof. 

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Small Wind Turbine Farm Nearly Complete at Quinnipiac University

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Adobe’s installation of 20 small wind turbines on the sixth floor of their headquarters building made big news recently.  But this is even bigger.  Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is putting the finishing touches on a micro wind turbine cluster on its new green campus in York Hill.  The “wind garden” is made with 25 vertical-axis turbines from Mariah Power and estimated to generate about 32,626 kWh annually.

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