October 7, 2013
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope partnered with Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on "The Future of Energy," an interdisciplinary research program, according to an Oldcastle release. The full-day conference was held on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City."The Future of Energy" is devoted to exploring key questions facing...
September 3, 2013
Boosted by demand for energy-efficient building, output of low-emissivity glass in China increased by 33.3 percent in 2012, according to the Research and Markets Global and Chinese Low-E Glass Industry Report, 2013-2016 report. In 2012, more than 20 new low-E production lines came online, and a large number of low-E lines are expected to begin operating in 2013 and 2014, according to the report.
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Green Building Council voted to adopt LEED v4 and announced it will launch the newest version of the LEED green building rating system at Greenbuild this fall. “There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry...
May 2, 2013
The Green Building Advisory Committee recommended the General Services Administration use the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard as its primary means of measuring the overall efficiency of agency buildings, particularly in terms of energy and water. According to a FederalNewsRadio.com report, the committee made the recommendation after studying more than 160 tools and...
December 12, 2011
LEED-certified existing buildings are outpacing their newly built counterparts, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. As of this December 2011, square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis, according to a Dec. 7 USGBC release.Historically, USGBC has seen the stock of LEED-certified green...
June 24, 2011
Officials from Glasswerks announced the launch of E-Space Systems, June 24, during the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles. E-Space Systems is a group of ecologically minded designers, architects, engineers and manufacturers committed to creating building components that allow energy-efficient dwellings to be quickly assembled. Glasswerks is one of 11 E-Space Systems strategic allies, which also...
April 5, 2010
The oil giant Chevron has transformed an old refinery site in California into a test bed for seven advanced photovoltaic solar technologies, which the company is evaluating for use at its facilities worldwide, according to a March 22 article in The New York Times.
March 19, 2010
The International Code Council and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. have merged their efforts, rather than compete, to develop the nation’s first “green” model code for commercial buildings. The model code, released on March 15, is open for public comment through May 14 but now is available to jurisdictions. Version 2.0, based on...
February 22, 2010
A local glass manufacturing company is seeking a federal grant to help it expand, create dozens of jobs and form a partnership with the University of Connecticut to train students in green energy technology.Flabeg Solar U.S. Corp., the former Naugatuck Glass Co., plans to add about 80 jobs to its work force of 92 employees, according to a Feb. 19 Republican-American report.
January 29, 2010
The idea of integrating solar power with building materials has been an attractive concept for decades, but one of the biggest challenges, according to Anna Dyson, director of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, or CASE, has been aesthetics.Most applications thus far, Dyson said, “are pretty ugly and impede your view.”While visual elegance may not seem like a serious...