Net-Positive Earth Moving Equipment?

Massive earth moving equipment ranks among some of the heaviest and most costly machinery in the world, outside of experimental particle physics, of course... Not surprisingly, the mostly diesel-powered mammoth vehicles typically employed for major infrastructure projects require a great deal of that diesel fuel to get the job done. Considering that in many such … Continue reading Net-Positive Earth Moving Equipment?

33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

California will require that all residential housing comply with zero net energy requirements beginning in 2020. My own personal conversations with many of the builders in Southern California points to a real reluctance — if not outright denial, in some cases — about meeting those goals. Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, reports that across North … Continue reading 33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

Net Positive is the new black – but what is the return on investment?

Ralph DiNola works for the nonprofit New Buildings Institute "working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings." He recently presented at a conference focused on Net Positive Energy + Water in San Fransisco. During the conference, one of the major themes was cost and value associated with such high performing buildings. What does this … Continue reading Net Positive is the new black – but what is the return on investment?

What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

Hammer and Hand is a Portland, Oregon-based contractor specializing in high performance residential construction. Sam Hagerman, Skylar Swinford and Dan Whitmore, three of the green building experts at Hammer and Hand, put together their predictions for high performance residential construction in 2014. The entire article is worth the read. Here is a summary: Focus will … Continue reading What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

Lots Happening in San Diego This Week For Construction and Legal Professionals

For the week of September 9th, 2013, there are some important events that professionals in the construction and legal industries should be aware of. Zero Energy Zero Water Building Conference My colleagues and co-conspirators at the San Diego Green Building Council will be putting on a really cool mini-conference focusing on how Net Zero Energy/Water … Continue reading Lots Happening in San Diego This Week For Construction and Legal Professionals