It"s inevitable that the way we build our homes, cities, and communities have to change, and they are changing, but are we truly building towards the future while we can still celebrate our past. If one can only imagine if the city of Rome, Italy decided after WWII, with the Marshall Plan, that part of their revitalization for their city was to tear down the colosseum and build a brand new sports complex, or metro center in it"s place., what do you think would have happened? Prosperous you say...no government in their right mind would destroy their history. Well it happened, Joesph Stallin did it after WWII as he tore down some of Russia"s greatest historical buildings, and churches. Buildings and churches that today would have been economic engines based on tourism, such as the great colosseum of Rome, Italy. The colosseum is a perfect example of smart urban planning , a true clean renewable resource that is a major economic engine. ReNewable Construction likes to use this example because it shows the possibilities when we take a step back and plan for how we construct our future societies. Whether it is the materials in our homes, the buildings we design, or just wise urban planning, here we help you learn the smarter way of truly constructing a smarter future.
Goya Foods opens state-of-the-art and
sustainable production facility
Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States celebrating its 80th anniversary, opens a 240,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art and sustainable production facility in Secaucus, New Jersey as part of a $250 million investment.
The facility, equipped to manufacture and distribute over 4 million cases of Goya products annually, features new production machinery with cutting edge technology, including a continuous motion line that produces 600 boxes of Goya's rice mixes per minute, six times faster than the company's past production capability. "The opening of our new production facility in Secaucus, along with our current headquarters in Jersey City, not only enables us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively but most importantly, extends 80 years of Goya's heritage in providing our consumers with authentic, high quality and affordable Latin products," says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.
Committed to the construction of environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly facilities, Goya's new facility is also equipped with 6,552 solar panels on 3.7 acres of rooftop to generate over 70% of the building's energy supply and provide a net zero carbon foot-print. Goya is currently working on the installation of rail service, located alongside the facility, which will significantly reduce transportation costs, traffic congestion and fuel consumption.
The opening of Goya's new facility reinforces the company's role as an important and long standing member of New Jersey's business community and ensures the retention of over 61 existing local jobs and 16 new positions. In total, Goya has 26 facilities and employs over 4,500 people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain. In 2014-2015, Goya opened up four new facilities in Texas, California, Georgia and the company's current headquarters in Jersey City. Goya's cutting edge, high tech facilities will maintain its mission to produce over 2,500 authentic and affordable products with premium quality and superior taste to national and global markets.
Holistic Approach to Affordable and Attainable Sustainable Building
Sustainable Holdings Inc. today introduced My Eco House®, a groundbreaking, newly holistic approach to residential green building. This innovative integration of technologies will produce high-performance homes that reduce homeowners' energy consumption by 70 percent, improve indoor air quality and significantly reduce carbon footprint.
Utilizing the Sustainable Holdings patented WalKor® track and panel building system, the My Eco House® system combines the use of first-class, proven eco-friendly technologies in an unprecedented way. As the foundational element and exterior walls of all My Eco House® homes, WalKor® enables fully integrated functionality that would not be possible without it. From studs to finishes, all components of My Eco House® work harmoniously to support conservation, fight off external environmental harms and empower change in resident behavior.
"At Sustainable Holdings Inc. we are dedicated to 'building a better box'," said CEO Alex H. Edwards III. "By this, we mean looking at the framework of residential building in a completely different way – a way that that makes the human right to live a healthy and sustainable life an attainable reality for all Americans. The introduction of My Eco House® to the marketplace presents a cost-effective solution to building exceptional energy-efficient homes, and we are proud to begin the movement towards dispelling the notion that achieving a sustainable lifestyle is too expensive."
Additionally, My Eco House® provides a patented, sustainable building model that can be replicated by builders and architects nationwide, allowing homeowners across the country the chance to own an affordable and durable home that helps them achieve effortless sustainable and healthy living.
The construction of My Eco House® homes in the United States will begin within the next 30 days, as Sustainable Holdings Inc. begins the journey to build fully sustainable communities nationwide and complete 100 homes this year.
Are Floating Turbines The Way of The Future?
Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain have designed and patented a durable floating platform for offshore turbines modelled on deep sea oil rigs which could go far deeper, and lower the cost of offshore wind power by 12 euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
Called WindCrete, the prototype is a long pole-like structure with a heavy ballast base and floating top to ensure it remains stable in rough seas and high winds. Researchers Climent Molins and Alexis Campos from Barcelona’s School of Civil Engineering said the important innovations of their design were making the cylindrical float one seamless monolithic structure, along with using concrete for construction instead of costly steel.
“By using concrete instead of the more expensive steel that has been used previously, the construction cost is reduced by 60%. In addition, concrete is more resistant in the marine environment, so the structure has fewer maintenance requirements and a life of about 50 years,” a UPC release states.
The WindCrete platform is designed to carry a 5MW wind turbine, but the concept is compatible with turbine capacities of up to 15 MW with a minimum increase in the cost; making it far more economical the researchers say.
The floating system requires minimum depths of around 90-metres, deeper than the vast majority of current offshore wind sites, but has almost no technical maximum depth. Oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are currently anchored at depths of up to 2,300-metres.
“The new system reduces the cost of wind energy to 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). This is half the price per kWh of this type of energy (about 24 cents) in the Canary Islands, one of the regions where wind power is to be promoted,” according to UPC.
The WindCrete prototype was included among 18 other designs in the same UK Carbon Trust report that nominated floating wind turbine technologies like Hywind Scotland as lowering wind generating costs by £85-£95 (US $129- AUD $ 144) per MWh.
Solar Projects, No Better Time Than Now
The rapid expansion of America’s utility-scale solar sector since 2009 has forced the price of solar electricity down to record low levels according to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Plummeting installation costs, vastly improved system performance and a frenzy among developers to cash in on a 30 percent federal tax incentive for big solar power projects before its 2017 expiration date has resulted in an average solar electricity price of USD5₵/kWh, compared to the national wholesale electricity price of 3-6₵/kWh.
The findings are contained in Berkeley Lab’s latest annual “Utility Solar – 2014” report, which examines trends in the U.S. market of ground-mounted solar energy systems above 5 MW in capacity.
It found the median up-front cost of solar installations had dropped from about $6.3/W in 2009 to $3.1/W for projects completed in 2014, a fall of over 50 percent in just five years. Newer and more efficient solar systems also performed far better in 2014 than their predecessors, with those built in 2013 reporting average capacity factors of 29.4 percent (in AC terms), compared to 26.3 percent and 24.5 percent capacity for systems built in 2012 and 2011.
“This improvement among more-recent project vintages is due to a combination of several trends: newer projects have been sited in better solar resource areas on average, and have increasingly oversized the solar collector field and/or employed tracking technology to increase energy capture,” the report states.
These factors have resulted in a 70 percent drop in the cost of power purchase agreements (solar PPAs) since 2009, to a point where it’s now the norm to see utilities and corporations signing contracts for under USD5₵/kWh, even outside the sun-baked Southwestern states.
At the end of 2014, 45,000 MW of solar capacity was still in the planning stage across the U.S. – over five times the current installed capacity of the entire nation. This, the report says, is a sign that developers are rushing to lock in solar contracts before the federal government reduces its federal tax incentive from 30 percent to 10 percent in 2017.
“Though not all of the capacity in these queues will ultimately be built, presumably most of those projects that are able to proceed will try to reach commercial operation prior to 2017,” the report states. “This looming deadline suggests a frenzied pace of construction over the next 15 months – as well as a wealth of new data to analyse in future editions of this report.”
Utility-Scale Solar 2014: An Empirical Analysis of Project Cost, Performance, and Pricing Trends in the United States can be viewed in full here .
May Change How We Build Forever
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is getting closer to bringing the company’s proprietary electricity-generating windows to market – and is making some pretty big claims as to the impact it might have.
The technology behind SolarWindow involves applying ultra-thin layers of liquid coatings on to glass and flexible plastics that turn these surfaces into solar cells. The coatings are primarily made of hydrogen and carbon and a color wheel of tints has been achieved.
“I’ve never seen a technology with the kind of potential that I see with SolarWindow™ where you have the very real prospect of turning entire skyscrapers into electricity power generators,” said Curtis Watkins, Project Manager, Emerging Technologies, Duke Energy, and a SolarWindow Advisor.
“Utilities need to address renewables in a couple of different ways. Our customers say renewables are important to them and we have to find solutions for them so we’ve developed a Distributed Generation Group and SolarWindow presents a fantastic opportunity for that,” said Watkins.
The company says the technology is suited to high speed roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet manufacturing and its methods do not require expensive high-temperature or high-vacuum production techniques. Developed for direct integration with existing fabrication and glass manufacturing processes, the coatings can be also be applied at the glass plant after the glass is manufactured.
“Our technology works. We are on track to bring the world’s first-of-its-kind electricity-generating window to market,” said John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow.
“The tinkering is over. All of us are witnessing one of the biggest breakthroughs in clean energy and we are focused on commercialization over the next 28 months – a very short home stretch, and the steps I have outlined in the webcast will get us there.”
The company claims SolarWindow technology can generate 50 times more electricity than rooftop solar power when modeled for an installation on a single 50-story building; and can achieve more than 12 times the environmental benefits. Electricity can be generated using natural, shaded, and even artificial light.
An estimated 35 percent of electricity is consumed by commercial buildings in the USA, the target market for SolarWindow. The company says financial payback can be achieved in one year with its product.
Installed on a single 50-story tower, SolarWindow says its product can avoid the carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving over 2.2 million miles each year, compared to rooftop solar systems at 180,000 miles.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. was first incorporated as Octillion Corp. in 1998 and the company name was changed to New Energy Technologies, Inc. in 2009. It was again changed earlier this year to SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. to align the corporate brand with the core product.
Green Health Care Construction
Building design, construction, and operation practices affect public health on three levels (adapted from the Green Health Care Construction Guidance Statement of the ASHE Green Building Committee):
The immediate health of building occupants.
The health of patients, staff, and visitors is affected by the quality of indoor air, which in turn is dependent on a building’s physical and mechanical design (e.g., ventilation, airflow and pressure, location of wastes and toxins), choice of building materials, management of construction emissions, and building operations and maintenance. In addition, access to daylight has been found to favorably affect staff productivity and patient outcomes.
The health of the surrounding community.
Local air and water quality is affected by building design choices for both new construction and renovation projects). Off-gassing (release of chemicals into the air through evaporation, sometimes over a number of years) of building materials and finishes, fumes from construction equipment, and exhaust from HVAC systems can emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), particulates, and other materials into the air of the surrounding community that can contribute to formation of ground-level ozone (smog) and induce allergic attacks, respiratory problems, and other illnesses. Thoughtful land use and transportation planning, landscape and water management on the grounds, and responsible air filtration, waste disposal, and energy and water conservation efforts within the building all influence the amount of toxic emissions released to the water and air throughout the life of the building.
The health of the larger global community and natural resources.
The health impact of a building stretches far beyond its immediate community. The production of building materials can release persistent bio-accumulative toxic compounds, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other toxic substances. The compounds in these materials threaten not just the communities where they are manufactured; in fact, many of them potentially threaten the health of communities and ecosystems far from their place of manufacture and use because of their long life and disposal hazards.
Energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change. Climate change resulting from the burning of fossil fuels is expected to increase the spread of disease vectors far beyond their current regions, destabilize ecosystems, and ultimately, to threaten worldwide food supply and quality. Rainforest depletion from unsustainable forestry practices may result in the loss of medicines and important genetic information that could help fight diseases. Moreover, the release of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) damages the stratospheric ozone layer, allowing increased levels of ultraviolet rays to reach Earth’s surface, where they cause heightened potential for skin cancer.
The Precautionary Principle
Prevention is a fundamental principle of providing quality health care and protecting public health. Indeed, preventing disease is vastly preferable and more effective than treating disease after it has occurred. In the face of uncertainty, precautionary action is appropriate to prevent harm. This public health approach makes sense both in the clinical setting and in response to environmental and public health hazards. Similarly, a precautionary and preventive approach is an appropriate basis for decisions regarding material selection, design features, mechanical systems, infrastructure, and operations and maintenance practices.
Integrating Sustainable Principles into Project Delivery
The ASHE Green Building Committee developed a construction guidance statement to answer the question of what sustainable design and construction means in the context of a health care facility. Although this material is intended as a guideline for new construction, many of the principles can be applied to existing buildings as well. The Roadmap covers most of these principles in greater detail throughout the site, with an emphasis on improving existing facilities.
Common practices for integrating sustainability into the design process address those aspects of planning, design, construction, and operations listed below. For descriptions of these practices, read the ASHE board's guidance statement.
Renewable Energy On The Battlefield
It’s ironic how most wars begin over disputes for energy resources, and that now green energy is abetting in these disputes in some ways. Being green does not mean peaceful anymore as defense companies join NATO in testing renewable power, in particular solar batteries and wind turbines, for battles and humanitarian operations.
Some 1,000 NATO soldiers will spend 12 days in June in Hungary testing smart energy technology like self-contained power grids, solar panels and wind turbines, Bloomberg reports citing Susanne Michaelis, the organization’s action officer for smart energy.
Companies including US unit of French aerospace company Thales SA, Thales Defense & Security, Germany-based Multicon Solar AG and Austria’s Smartflower Energy Technology GmbH are collaborating with the NATO on the project.
Among the technology to be tested are small solar power plants, which open like flowers to the sun within 10 minutes, solar-powered battery chargers and highly insulated tents. All of them should replace traditional fuels delivered via vulnerable supply lines.
According to NATO, the test comes after 3,000 US soldiers were killed or wounded in attacks on water and fuel convoys in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“A lot of people are crippled or die transporting fuel and water. If you attack a fuel truck, it explodes and burns all fuel. There’s no stopping it. If you shoot at solar cells, one may break, but it doesn’t explode and all the other cells will still be working,” Michaelis told Bloomberg.
To test the smart energy equipment, NATO soldiers will simulate power cuts, flooded roads and diesel and water contamination, as part of war-game scenarios.
Big customers from military industry can offer power companies the market which is less dependent on global economy fluctuations than any firm from private sector, according to Michaelis.
By 2025 the US Army plans to install 1 gigawatt of renewable capacity at its bases, Bloomberg says.
To cut the number of supply convoys in the most dangerous missions, NATO commanders want to squeeze the most from energy sources and make them more efficient.
In countries like Afghanistan, NATO spends 5 gallons of fuel to deliver 1 gallon, according to NATO’s assistant secretary-general for emerging security challenges, Sorin Ducaru. MORE
The Flat-Pack, Solar Powered ‘Better Shelter’
The masters of flat-pack design, IKEA, have developed solar powered emergency accommodation for refugees.
Launched at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), the flat pack Better Shelter is a temporary structure designed for a service life of 3 years.
It is assembled on site without requiring additional tools or equipment, and can be constructed by three other people in 4-8 hours.
The Better Shelter is 17.5 square meters, free-standing and offers full standing height, durable panels, a lockable door and a strong light-weight steel frame. 71 framework pipes and 35 panels make up the structure, which weighs less than 100 kilograms. The structure is designed to withstand all harsh conditions: extreme cold, extreme heat, sandstorms, rain and powerful winds.
The solar panel is installed on the roof and charges an included LED lamp during the day. A daily charge can provide 4 hours of light at night and the system also offers mobile phone charging features.
The IKEA Foundation and UNHCR have been working on the design for several years, with extensive testing and development carried out in real-world conditions in partnership with refugees in Ethiopia and Iraq. IKEA says "the experiences and needs of the 40 refugee families have been at the heart of the development process”.
The IKEA Foundation contributed SEK 40 million (nearly AUD $6 million) to the Better Shelter company to allow it to move from testing to industrial manufacturing, sales and assembly of shelters.
All profits from sales are to be reinvested within the company or distributed to its philanthropic owner, the Housing for All Foundation; a non-profit foundation established by the IKEA Foundation.
IKEA says production of the shelters is about to commence, and later this year UNHCR will start distributing the shelter to thousands of vulnerable families in refugee camps who are fleeing violence, conflict, persecution and natural disasters.
“Better Shelter will ship 10,000 units to UNHCR in 2015 for use by UNHCR operations globally – and that is just the beginning,” says Johan Karlsson, Head of Business Development at Better Shelter.
” We will continue to develop the Better Shelter and also provide other solutions to benefit the many displaced people. Innovation is our strongest driving force.”
A Power Source of Clean Energy
UGE International Ltd. has installed two on-site wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower as part of a major renovation to the first floor of the iconic structure.
The two UGE VisionAIR5 wind turbines will produce 10,000 kilowatt hours annually, enough to power the commercial areas of the Eiffel Tower’s first floor.
The vertical-axis VisionAIR5 turbine has a height of 5.2m and a width of 3.2m. It has a cut in wind speed of 3.5 m/s and a survival wind speed of 50 m/s. UGE says the VisionAIR5 has been designed for a service life of at least 20 years and is ‘quieter than a human whisper’.
“The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most renowned architectural icon in the world, and we are proud that our advanced technology was chosen as the Tower commits to a more sustainable future,” said Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE. “When visitors from around the world see the wind turbines, we get one step closer to a world powered by clean and reliable renewable energy.”
In addition to wind power, the first floor renovation also included LED lighting and a solar hot water system mounted on Ferrié Pavilion; the output of which will supply approximately 50% of the water heating needs of the first floor’s two pavilions.
A rainwater recovery system has also been installed to provide flushing water for toilet facilities.
High-performance heat pumps have been integrated to improve temperature control and glazing has been used to reduce summer solar heat gain by more than 25%, reducing air conditioning related energy consumption.
The renovation project was the most ambitious Eiffel Tower refurbishment in nearly 30 years.
- The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. At 324 metres, it’s the tallest structure in Paris and was the tallest man-made structure in the world until 1930. The iron in the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes and the entire structure is approximately 10,000 tonnes. Holding together the iron latticework are 2.5 million rivets.
- As with the Golden Gate Bridge, painting is a major maintenance task. 60 tonnes is used for every 7 year repaint.
- More than a quarter of a billion people have visited the Eiffel Tower since it was opened
30 Year-Old Dream Comes True With The Construction Of Israel’s Biggest Solar Power Plantt
Some of the earliest pioneers of solar energy started in Israel 30 years ago with the company Luz. Luz went on to become Luz II, then BrightSource, which is now a US-based solar power company about to flip the switch on a massive 377-megawatt solar thermal farm in the California desert.
And at the start of 2014, the sun and stars will align and a dream will be coming true for Israeli solar pioneers and visionaries like BrightSource Israel CEO Israel Kroizer.
BrightSource will break ground on one of the world’s largest solar thermal energy plants, in Israel. The Ashalim plant is expected to produce 121 megawatts of solar energy in the Negev Desert by 2016, providing enough "green" energy to fuel 40,000 Israeli homes.
After many bureaucratic hurdles, BrightSource —— which uses mirrors called heliostats to focus the sun’s rays on a tower to create steam to drive turbines —— is finally returning "home" and is fulfilling a dream to help make Israel energy secure, says Kroizer.
He was with BrightSource from its genesis and says that the new solar plant, developed by the Megalim consortium of BrightSource and France’s Alstom SA, is more than a business deal — it’s personal. BrightSource, he notes, employs about 400 people, 300 of whom are engineers and development staff working mainly in Jerusalem, where its international R&D happens.
Sunning the engineers close to home
"The staff is very happy to be working in the country, in Israel. It’s a real help to have a big project next door to us," he tells ISRAEL21c. "We will learn a lot from it, instead of flying 10,000 miles to California every time we want to learn something."
The $1.1 billion solar thermal energy plant being developed in Israel is the country’s first large-scale solar energy field, and one of the biggest of its kind in the world. It will heighten Israel’s prominence on the map of clean-tech entrepreneurship and green energy production.
Kroizer says: "The government gave us a very good structure and we appreciate it very much. The way we will run this project is as though it will be the crown jewel of all our projects. Yes, even over our project in California."
|Green Building Construction Accelerates Globally through Economic Downturn |
- Green building has become a long-term business opportunity with 51% percent of study firms planning more than 60 % of their work to be green by 2015, up from 28 percent of firms in 2012
- The largest opportunity areas for green building globally are in new commercial construction and renovation of existing buildings
Around the world, the green building marketplace is accelerating, according to a new study being released by McGraw-Hill Construction in partnership with United Technologies today at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco.
The study indicates a shift in the global construction market, now viewing green as a business opportunity rather than a niche market. Overwhelmingly, firms report that their top reasons to do green work are client demand (35 percent) and market demand (33 percent)—two key business drivers of strategic planning. The next top reasons were also oriented toward the corporate bottom line—lower operating costs (30 percent) and branding advantage (30 percent). In contrast, the top reason in 2008 motivating the green building market was doing the right thing (42 percent) and market transformation (35 percent), followed by client and market demand.
"This research confirms that green building advances environmental stewardship while providing value to the market," said Geraud Darnis, president and CEO, United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security. "It also confirms that we now see more pull than push for green buildings."
In the next three years, the sectors with the largest opportunity for green building around the world include new construction and renovation projects. Sixty three percent of firms have green work planned in new commercial projects and 45 percent in new institutional projects by 2015, and 50 percent have plans for green renovation work. In the United Kingdom and Singapore, green renovation projects were planned by the greatest number of firms at 65 and 69 percent respectively. In Brazil and UAE, new projects pose the largest opportunity. In Brazil, 83 percent of firms are planning to work on new green commercial projects over the next three years, and in the UAE, 73 percent have new green institutional projects planned.
"It is notable that over the next three years, firms working in countries around the world have green work planned across all building types, incorporating both new construction and renovation," said Harvey M. Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction. "The existing building market is a ripe opportunity for green building, and we are seeing that play out in the market. It is clear that green is becoming an important part of the future landscape of the global construction marketplace, and firms will need to be prepared for that transition."
Green buildings are also expected to garner business benefits for building owners. For new green building projects, firms report median operating cost savings of 8 percent over one year and 15 percent over five years, as well as increased building values of 7 percent (according to design and construction firms) and higher asset valuation of 5 percent (according to building owners).
For green retrofits, operating savings are higher than for new buildings with operating costs reported to decrease by 9 percent over one year and 13 percent over five years. Asset valuation is also expected to increase, though at more moderate levels than for new green buildings—design and construction professionals expect 5 percent increased building value from green retrofits, and owners expect higher asset valuation of 4 percent. For green projects, payback on efforts is expected within 8 years for new projects and 7 years for retrofit/renovation work.
Other significant findings include:
- Human factor benefits are driving green building more today compared to three years ago—55 percent cite greater health and well-being as the top social reason for green (tied with encouraging sustainable business practice), up from only 29 percent in 2008.
- Energy use reduction tops the environmental reasons for green building—72 percent say it is the important environmental reason to engage in green building.
- Water use reduction is more important today. 25 percent of study respondents cite reduced water consumption as the top reason, up from only 4 percent in 2008. It is particularly important in the UAE (64 percent cite it as a top reason), Brazil (39 percent), and the U.S. (32 percent), ranking as the second most important environmental factor in these countries.
- Improved indoor air quality is also more important today—17 percent cite it as a top reason to engage in green building, up from only 3 percent in 2008.
- For firms not currently doing any green project work, the primary driver that they think will motivate future green activity is the desire to do the right thing. This is in sharp contrast to those involved, suggesting this market is not as familiar with the business case for green building.
"We’ve been on the ground watching the markets shift to green around the world. Today, there are green building councils in 92 countries around the world—more than double what it was when we first looked at the green building market globally in 2008," said Jane Henley, president of the World Green Building Council. "The business case is helping move the markets, and this study underscores the importance of measuring and reporting those benefits."
"This study validates what we’ve experienced the past couple of years — that the business community has fully embraced green building as a strategic business imperative that also happens to have a strong societal benefit. We see this as a success of LEED and all the rating systems that have helped drive green building movement globally," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council.
The study also revealed that approximately 48 percent of the work by U.S. respondents was green—with that share expected to increase to 58 percent by 2015. These results are consistent with McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2013 Dodge Green Construction Outlook that sized the green building share of new construction starts in the U.S. to be 44 percent by value, and up to 55 percent by 2015.
The findings are drawn from a McGraw-Hill Construction survey of firms across 62 countries around the world. Firms include architects, engineers, contractors, consultants and building owners. The sample was drawn from firm members of the World Green Building Council in 62 countries, other global industry associations, and the ENR Top Lists. Of the respondents, 92 percent are members of Green Building Councils around the world. The results include a feature of 9 countries around the world with sufficient sample for statistical analysis. The study expands and contrasts against McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2008 Global Green SmartMarket Report study. Given the survey sample source, McGraw-Hill Construction compared the sample against a non-GBC member audience, which was comparable in terms of involvement in green and planned activity. Further, the U.S. sample was consistent with McGraw-Hill Construction’s extensive analysis of the U.S. construction market through its Dodge project data.
The study was produced in partnership with United Technologies with support from the World Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. Other research association partners include the Chartered Institute of Buildings, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils), Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Conseil International du Bâtiment (International Council for Building), Architect’s Council of Europe, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. A separate survey of global manufacturing firms was also conducted.
The results of the study will be presented today in San Francisco at the International Summit at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center—West Building, with remarks by Geraud Darnis, president & CEO United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security at noon pacific time and presentation by Harvey Bernstein at 4:15 p.m. pacific time. The study will also be discussed at a panel from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. pacific time on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the McGraw-Hill Construction Booth #3539 in the Moscone Center—North Building Exhibit Hall. The panel will feature executives from McGraw-Hill Construction, United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security, World Green Building Council and U.S. Green Building Council.
|Massachusetts Constructing Sustainable Libraries |
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded eight communities General Construction Provisional Grants awards. Governor Patrick increased funding for the Public Library Construction Program in the administration’s FY13-FY17 Capital Plan to allow for these eight additional grants, which will assist with the cost of construction over the course of the next few years. This all began back in October 2012, and ReNewable Now continues to follow how this project will not only updated these great libraries, but also how it is helping to embrace sustainability, and green environmental practices through Massachusetts very own Green Library Incentive. Here's the background:
“Public libraries are a valuable resource for cities, towns and residents across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “These grants, and others before it, will assist municipalities with construction of top-notch, environmentally-conscious facilities that will serve residents for many years to come.”
The grants, which provide crucial funding to local libraries for repairs and updates, are part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to providing valuable resources to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.
“We’re fortunate that the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Legislature understand the importance of libraries” said MBLC Chair Frank Murphy. “The success of this program and our ability to award grants that have such a significant local community impact come from working collaboratively with Governor Patrick’s office and local community leaders,” he added.
The average grant award is 50% of the eligible costs with the remaining cost incurred by the town.
Communities receiving grants are as follows:
|Municipality||Library ||Award |
Belmont Public Library
Edgartown Free Public Library
Salisbury Public Library
Framingham Public Library
Scituate Town Library
Shrewsbury Public Library
Russell Memorial Library
All eight libraries plan to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification which will qualify them to receive additional state funding through the Green Library Incentive. The Green Library Incentive was created by the Board of Library Commissioners in 2008 so that libraries can plan energy efficient systems and construction at the outset of the project. For these grant recipients Green Library Incentives totaling $837,659 to $1,465,903 will be available depending on the level of LEED certification.