Green Building Certifications in Largest U.S. Metros at Record High

According to recent article in the World Property Journal, the nation’s largest cities are getting even greener. As noted in the 5th annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University, researchers have found green certified office space across America’s 30 largest metros has reached 41% of market totals – the highest in the index’s history. “Green” office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, USGBC LEED certification or […]

GreenBuild Revisited

It’s been several weeks since the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo set up shop at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, but the buzz continues to spread throughout the industry. By all accounts GreenBuild has become the biggest gathering for engineers, architects, contractors and just about anyone else interested in sustainable building. And if you’re at all affiliated with the construction industry or home performance markets, that certainly includes you. This year, Greenbuild hosted about 750 suppliers and top […]

Capital Plaza Hotel, Convention Center, Kentucky Saves Thousands in Energy, Maintenance Costs

To say that the owners of the Capital Plaza Hotel in Kentucky were energy conservation skeptics would be an understatement. “If it worked, everyone would be doing it” was a familiar sentiment. Today, they are true believers. With the help of Aeroseal, the 10-story hotel and convention center, in the heart of the state’s capitol, has just become the first Energy Star certified hotel in the state. Owners estimate that duct sealing and other “low hanging” energy saving measures […]

2012 – The Year Of The Duct

2012 is really shaping up to be the year of the duct – air duct that is. Starting on the very first day of 2012, the updated Energy Star 3.0 specifications for the home takes full effect and that means any builder looking to receive Energy Star certification for their constructions will have to meet the more stringent requirements. A big part of these requirements includes lower duct leakage rates. And that’s good news for anyone looking to save on […]