Filed under: CleanTech, Climate Change, Green Building, Sustainability | Tags: DOE, Energy Star, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Standards, Sustainability Practices, Wind
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has launched a “Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.” This is a combined effort of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office. The initiative has the two pronged objective of increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness (1) in the production of clean energy products, and (2) by increasing energy productivity. (more…)
Filed under: Green Building | Tags: ASHRAE, Green Building, LEED V4, LEED®, Standards, Sustainability Practices, USGBC
LEED V4 is the most recent update to the LEED rating systems. There are 23 credits with substantive changes, with primary changes in three categories: new market sectors, increased technical rigor and streamlined services. In order to vote on the proposed changes, (more…)
The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785)
Scottish national poet (1759 – 1796)
Renewable energy was to be the future for man’s thirst for power. Alas, at least for that derived from the sun, it has become bogged down in a squabble that continues to play out in the international trade arena. The U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) on October 10, 2012 released its final affirmative determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, From the People’s Republic of China. Commerce determined that Chinese producers/exporters have sold solar cells in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 18.32 to 249.96 percent ad valorem, and received countervailable subsidies of 14.78 to 15.97 percent ad valorem.
The petitioner for these investigations is SolarWorld Industries America Inc. The U.S. solar industry is seriously split (more…)
A coalition of more than 27 building and construction industry associations announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) to “promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data.”
As discussed in prior blogs, concerns have been expressed about the adoption of a revised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) (more…)