Tag Archives: building energy management

Tax Reform = Energy Management

As the elections season begins, tax reform is quickly becoming a national focus.  With support coming from both democrats and republicans, legislation should be introduced next year. Simplifying the tax code and eliminating many credits and deductions should be on tap.  Tax reform provides us with an opportunity to remove barriers to efficiency investments imbedded […]

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A Website for Buildings, Honestly – Honest Buildings

Really a website for buildings?  Yes, Honest Buildings is a brand new beta website that allows users to find and compare information, rating and reviews for every commercial or residential building in the U.S.  Search an address in one of 5,570 cities, and ratings on the building’s walkability, energy use, and LEED compliance shed light […]

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Both Companies and Cities Take on ‘Better Buildings Challenge’

The Secretary of Energy announced  recently 14 initial partners who are committed to President Obama’s ‘Better Buildings Challenge,’ resulting in more than $500 million & 300 million square ft dedicated by private sector partners & local governments to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is part of the president’s Better Buildings Initiative launched as a way […]

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Green Buildings Generate Goodwill for Businesses

A September 3rd article by the Chicago Tribune declared “Businesses see advantage in green buildings”. Restaurants, cafés and grocery stores using green building practices are motivated by energy savings, customer goodwill and marketing. Buildings that utilize building automation, lighting control, energy efficient HVAC systems and other methods of energy management are reaping the benefits. Some […]

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Energy-Efficient Homes Becoming More Affordable

A non-profit group, called the People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. is building affordable energy-efficient homes in a poverty-stricken county of Kentucky. The first certified green home was purchases by a county school employee for $90,000. It is only the third home in Kentucky that has earned the LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The […]

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