Energy Efficiency

Ending On a High Note at Greenbuild

Posted on November 25, 2015

Greenbuild Closing Plenary

A crowd of more than 3,000 green building supporters attended Greenbuild’s closing plenary, where I had the pleasure of participating in a panel on sustainability.

It was a busy and informative week at Greenbuild. I had the opportunity to meet with numerous green building professionals – and left Washington, D.C. inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment to transforming the built environment. Last Friday was the final day of the conference, which featured two great events. The…

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At Greenbuild – Quantifying the Green Building Value of Increased Productivity

Posted on November 19, 2015

What’s the value of increased productivity from improved indoor environmental quality in green buildings? At Greenbuild, we got the answer. New research released yesterday, entitled “Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings,” finds that doubling the ventilation rate in typical office buildings can be reached at an estimated…

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Recap: Greenbuild’s International Summit

Posted on November 18, 2015

Greenbuild International Summit

Greenbuild’s International Summit featured great conversation on important global issues.

The International Summit at Greenbuild was an important reminder of the work to come in December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. International leaders face critical decisions about how best to address issues including climate change and rapid urbanization. Tuesday’s summit discussed the latest solutions to these issues, featuring…

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Greenbuild 2015: The Week Ahead

Posted on November 16, 2015

Greenbuild sign

Welcome to Greenbuild!

As this blog posts, hundreds of green building professionals are convening in the U.S. capital to discuss the present – and future – of the green building movement. We’re two days away from the official start of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and there’s a lot of excitement here in…

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5 Reasons Why Green Building Powers Positive Change

Posted on September 25, 2015

How do green buildings power positive change? That’s the central theme behind this year’s World Green Building Week. Launched in 2009 by the World Green Building Council, the goal is to develop a more connected conversation around the role buildings play in creating our sustainable future. In the spirit of World Green…

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3 Millimeters – All That Stands Between Us and Harmful Radiation

Posted on September 16, 2015

Did you know? The earth’s ozone layer averages about 3 millimeters thick – about the thickness of two pennies stacked on top of one another. With only 3 millimeters between us and harmful ultraviolet radiation, that’s some important perspective for all of us – particularly today, on International Day for the…

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Today is Skyscraper Day – Did You Know…?

Posted on September 3, 2015

If you find yourself in a building today with more than 40 continuously habitable floors, congratulations – you are in a skyscraper on Skyscraper Day! Did you know: • Skyscraper Day is celebrated on September 3 in honor of Louis H. Sullivan, an American architect who is often called the “father of…

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Singapore – A Sustainable and Smart Nation

Posted on September 1, 2015

Today, I’m headed to Singapore to present at the 2015 International Green Building Conference. It’s a fitting host considering Singapore’s unprecedented green building growth, with a 12,000 percent increase in green construction from 2005 to today – well on the way to the ambitious and attainable goal of 80 percent green…

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17 Reasons to Celebrate July 17

Posted on July 17, 2015

On July 17, the 113th anniversary of Dr. Willis Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning, we’re celebrating a legacy of innovation and sustainability. In addition to keeping us cool and productive, his invention also enabled countless industries to avoid waste and preserve resources for future generations. It allowed new cities in…

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Summer Was Never the Same After 1902

Posted on July 15, 2015

Dr. Willis H. Carrier

Dr. Willis H. Carrier, the father of air conditioning, changed the way we live, work and play.

Are you reading this indoors in the Northern Hemisphere? If so, you’re probably simultaneously enjoying one of the most important and taken for granted inventions – modern air conditioning. Modern air conditioning was invented 113 years ago this week by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, founder of Carrier. Thanks to his invention,…

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