Energy Efficiency

September 1, 2009, 5am PDT
LEED-certified buildings may be constructed with little energy, but some are just as energy-intensive as non "green" buildings once they're in use. This disconnect is prompting the U.S. Green Building Council to change its rules.
The New York Times
July 28, 2009, 9am PDT
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration are looking to increase energy efficiency incentives for homeowners, including opportunities for larger home loans.
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Architect Edward Mazria looks at the climate bill heading to the Senate for approval and argues that its most important part is the section on building energy codes, which he calls "more powerful than 100 nuclear plants".
Grist
June 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Van Jones tours a weatherization project in D.C., part of the $5 billion the Obama Administration is putting into weatherization projects to cut energy costs. (VIDEO)
WhiteHouse.gov
Feature
June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Stimulus money is available for a variety of energy efficiency projects, but many understaffed cities are having trouble meeting the impending deadlines. Jessica Millman, Joe Schilling, and Kathryn McCarty have found a loophole that can help.
Joe Schilling
Blog post
June 8, 2009, 7pm PDT

One important planning approach for sustainable living is how to locate and integrate the natural and man-made attributes of the land to configure a low-carbon site for large scale development.

Rick Abelson
June 8, 2009, 11am PDT
The act of running and building our homes is responsible for almost half of the U.S.'s carbon footprint. GOOD Magazine asks, so why are we so obsessed with making cars sustainable instead of homes?
GOOD Magazine
April 7, 2009, 7am PDT
We don't need to build new energy efficient homes as much as we need to refurbish the existing housing stock to make it more energy efficient, writes Richard Moe of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
New York Times
March 7, 2009, 1pm PST
A study released last week by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, concluded that green standards were not financially feasible for Class A office buildings. Not so, experts say.
CoStar Group News
February 5, 2009, 5am PST
From Boston to Austin to L.A., more and more cities across the U.S. are making efforts to reduce their carbon emissions and environmental impact by instituting green building codes.
Governing
December 17, 2008, 11am PST
The city of Houston moves to convert all the bulbs at its traffic stops to LEDs, aiming to save energy and money.
Houston Chronicle
December 1, 2008, 12pm PST
The mayor of London has announced plans to make the city greener than ever. He stated that opportunities abounded not just for emissions reduction, but for green job creation as well.
Guardian (UK)
November 16, 2008, 5am PST
Just as good economic times pushed housing sizes to mansion-like proportions, the downturn in the economy will force builders and consumers to size down and get energy efficient, according to this commentary from James S. Russell.
Bloomberg
June 18, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>An avalanche decimates an Alaskan city's energy infrastructure, leading residents to craft creative ways to conserve energy and lower their utility bills.</p>
The Next American City
April 24, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>All new homes in Montgomery County, Maryland, will be required to comply with environmental and energy-efficiency standards.</p>
The Washington Post
March 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Stan Cox argues that the massive square footage of so many modern houses -- no matter how "energy efficient" the construction -- is a luxury the planet can no longer afford.</p>
Common Dreams
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