Can these 10 Cities Make a Dent in the Energy Efficiency Universe?

Call it a federation for our times. Ten big US cities have joined forces to figure out this energy efficiency thing and show the world how it’s done. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City announced their mission Wednesday: to achieve $1 billion annually in energy savings from … [Read more...]

How Energy Storage Design Saves Energy and Building Cost

This second article in a five-part editorial series, sponsored by Termobuild, which explains how thermal energy storage along with energy harvesting and green building design principles can make your next commercial build more comfortable and energy efficient. Best of all, these building principles cost no more than conventional construction. The … [Read more...]

Survey: What will it take to make buildings more efficient?

By Elisa Wood October 18, 2012 In 2010, China built more housing than Spain has homes. That factoid underscores the significance of energy efficiency for buildings in a report released this week by an affiliate of the respected publication, The Economist. Commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network, the report emerged from a … [Read more...]

Define ‘green’ please

By Elisa Wood July 27, 2011 Describing a building as ‘green’ makes a lot of people cringe. The word is overused. And what does it mean exactly? Serious efforts are underway to move away from the hype and offer a more specific analysis of a building’s energy performance. Think nutritional labels for food, except in kilowatt-hours instead of … [Read more...]

Reality check: Is green arrogant?

By Elisa Wood June 25, 2009 During a recent interview, a utility executive used the phrase “the arrogance of renewable energy.” He was talking about the need to keep costs in check and implying that green energy businesses do not. The executive asked that I not attach his name to the phrase. He was afraid he would anger those in the renewable … [Read more...]

Clean energy, jobs and the real estate market

By Elisa Wood November 20, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama wants to create five million new green jobs over the next decade. This is a big goal, but in line with what clean energy industry advocates see as possible. An upcoming international report provides some solid perspective on why green initiatives make for good job building … [Read more...]