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Affordable housing green standard, NEO first LEED-Gold school opens, surveying state legislature candidates on green building

 |  09/02/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings

At a time when more and more low-income Ohioans are in need of housing they can afford, the Ohio Green Communities initiative is working across the state to help ensure that as many apartments as possible meet an energy efficient green standard. With the support of PNC, three community development entities - Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), Ohio Housing Financing Agency...more

Shearer's eyes more than potato chips inside LEED-Platinum plant

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/16/10 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

How did Shearer's-a relatively small player in its field-come to build the first snack manufacturing facility with a LEED-Platinum rating? The answer can be found in the inversion of what Shearer's peers see as an exorbitant but necessary cost of doing business: energy. The reason only three other manufacturers globally have a LEED-Platinum facility is where energy is consumed. "The lion's...more

Surveying attitudes about green building reveals many (not always welcome) opinions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/21/10 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Green buildings

Was it pent up demand or downright frustration that The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council unleashed in some 200 local builders, architects and real estate developers who filled out a survey on how well the region is adapting to 'green' building practices? "People are increasingly more interested in adapting sustainable building techniques and may experience some confusion...more

The Fed looks to a 'Green Recovery'

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/10 @ 7:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Green buildings

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland highlighted research on the prospects for a 'green recovery', with one architect of the Stimulus Act's energy plan emphasizing that so much depends on how states invest their share. Ohio should expect $1.1 billion to create jobs for renewable energy generation and retrofits to make buildings more energy efficient. If Cleveland alone were to invest...more

Towards carbon neutrality: Impact of building codes

rogerchangwrl  |  04/06/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings

Climate change has become a hot button topic for discussion around the world, with many passionate people pushing forward initiatives to address this issue head on. With the Copenhagen summit, it is clear that passion alone will not solve climate change, given concerns over economics and developing countries. There seems to be an underlying question of what is fair for...more

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