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New Study: LED Lamps Save Energy!

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As first reported by the New York Times recently, a new life cycle assessment of illuminants conducted by Osram, a German lighting company, provides support for the belief that LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs.  In fact, over the entire life of the bulb, from manufacturing to recycling, incandescent bulbs use approximately five times more energy than compact fluorescents and LED lamps.

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New Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Outfitted with Solar Array, Green Roof

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Kids with special illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges received a new toy this summer at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia.  Designed by Amy Leathers, senior associate at Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the treehouse serves as a play area and educational space for learning about nature and sustainability.  It's wheelchair accessible and outfitted with a number of environmentally-sensitive features. 

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2009 Top-10 Green Building Products

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Yes, it's that time again.  For the eighth year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits, as well as from coverage in Environmental Building News.  The GreenSpec Directory has over 2,100 products, and these ten are some of the best of what's been added to the directory.  Any favorites among the group?

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New AES WindJet 5 Small Wind Turbine Installed in Kansas City [Video]

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This month, AES Wind installed its first demonstration AES WindJet 5 turbine in Overland Park, Kansas.  The twin-rotor turbine is rated at 5 kW and was designed to increase efficiency by up to 54% over existing designs.  With a slow rotor speed, the turbine is quieter, more durable, and less likely to create problems with birds. 

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Rocky Mountain Institute Launches Free Online Tool Green Footstep

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About a week ago, the Rocky Mountain Institute launched Green Footstep, a free online carbon calculator for reducing emissions in building construction and retrofit projects.  The website also features three case studies together with an explanation of the Green Footstep methodology.  With the tool, you can:

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Clay Roof Integrated Solé Power Tile

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We've seen building integrated solar by separate companies for use with both asphalt shingles and standing seam roofing.  Now SRS Energy and US Tile are preparing to unveil a new Solé Power Tile at Greenbuild.  The barrel-style technology was designed for a clay tile curved roofing system.  Using thin film solar, the Solé Power Tile integrates seamlessly with blue glaze or earthen tone tiles.  SRS Energy and US Tile will launch the system first on the West Coast and roll it out nationally through 2010.

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