'Green' jobs no longer golden in stimulus
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Noticeably absent from President Obama's latest economic-stimulus package are any further attempts to create jobs through "green" energy projects, reflecting a year in which the administration's original, loudly trumpeted efforts proved largely unfruitful. The long delays typical with environmentally friendly projects - combined with reports of green stimulus funds being used to create jobs in China and other countries, rather than in the U.S. - appear to have killed the administration's appetite for pushing green projects as an economic cure. More
Time to update the Energy Star program?
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The government's Energy Star system, used to rate products and retrofitted buildings for energy efficiency, could use a fixer-upper of its own, a legislator said recently. The voluntary program uses relative instead of absolute ratings, comparing subjects to others in the same field, according to Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. More
The real value of LEED
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When it comes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified office buildings, benefits such as energy and water savings can be measured. But gains in employee productivity and health are tough to quantify — or even prove. It's a developing debate over the benefits of a LEED-certified building. More
Green building: A real estate revolution?
While much of the U.S. real estate market has been floundering, one area has not seen a dip. Green building now accounts for nearly one-third of new construction in the U.S. That's up from 2 percent in 2005, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, which tracks the industry. The numbers suggest a revolution is taking place within an industry that is historically slow to change. There are many factors — and many players — in this move toward green building. But one company and its rating system have been undeniably influential in changing construction practice and policy around the country, despite some people's reservations about whether it's really helping the environment. More
How to replace your windows for energy and tax savings
There may be a window in your home that is old and drafty, or even falling apart. You may have a window that sticks, or one that you have to prop open. You've tried caulking, taping, driving screws into that old window but there is nothing that you can do to fix it. It is probably time to give up on fixing that old window and consider a replacement. More
Green building takes off in real estate slump
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Green building remains the bright spot in an otherwise dull U.S. real estate market as companies and homeowners look to lower utility bills. It now accounts for nearly one-third of new U.S. construction, up from 2 percent in 2005, according to a report aired Tuesday by NPR, which cites industry data from McGraw-Hill Construction. The story attributes much of that success to the private U.S. Green Building Council, begun in 1993. More