Archives for: May 2014

05/27/14

Permalink 07:32:22 pm, by mleslie Email , 63 words, 256 views   English (CA)
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Halifax Regional School Board launch "Lights Off, Green On" campaign

Halifax, NS - The Halifax Regional School Board is hoping a new campaign helps it cut high utility costs. The Lights Off, Green On campaign was officially unveiled Tuesday at Duc D’Anville Elementary School. The school is the winner of a logo contest for the environmentally friendly campaign. Winners Myah Bowley and Jacqueline Coleman, both in grade six, developed the idea together.

Permalink 07:30:21 pm, by mleslie Email , 104 words, 213 views   English (UK)
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The Secrets Behind the UK’s Biggest Timber Building - William Perkin High School

Built to a very tight programme – the school had to open within 12 months of construction work starting – engineers Ramboll chose to use cross-laminated timber for the William Perkin High School. The four-storey superstructure was built in only four months using 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian prefabricated timber panels, weighing in at 1,700 tonnes and covering a combined floor and wall area of 22,500 square metres.
While the building was originally planned as a concrete frame structure, the team, which consists of architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, contractor Kier Construction, and CLT sub-contractor KLH UK Ltd, switched to a timber superstructure because of the cost and time advantages.

05/20/14

Permalink 08:05:19 am, by mleslie Email , 149 words, 231 views   English (US)
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Biodigester opens on UC Davis campus

by Laura Fitzgerald - On April 22, the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) opened on campus and is currently working to produce more energy for campus facilities.

The University of California (UC) system has a sustainability policy that has guidelines for all UC schools regulating green building design, clean energy, climate protection, sustainable transportation, recycling and waste management, environmentally preferable purchasing and sustainable food services.

The biodigester takes waste from the campus and community and converts it into clean energy using bacterial microbes. These microbes feed on food and yard waste from both the campus and community, creating clean energy to be used as electricity for campus. The biodigester can convert 50 tons of waste into 12,000 kWh of renewable energy each day. The technology diverts 20,000 tons of waste from landfills in the Davis area each year. Project developers expect greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 13,500 tons per year.

05/16/14

Permalink 01:05:40 pm, by mleslie Email , 96 words, 203 views   English (CA)
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North Vancouver school district aims for greater energy efficiency

by Jane Seyd - If your annual bill for electricity and fuel was $1.6 million, you'd likely be figuring out ways to turn off more lights and dial back the thermostat. The North Vancouver School District has been doing just that, with the help of an energy management company focused on making energy use more efficient. The school district's goal is to cut down on energy use by 13 per cent overall by June 2016 by reducing electrical use by 18 per cent and fuel by 10 per cent. That's enough to power eight elementary schools or 400 homes for a year.

05/07/14

Permalink 03:34:20 pm, by mleslie Email , 51 words, 207 views   English (US)
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U.S. Department of Energy "Challenge Home" - Student Design Competition Winners

In its inaugural year, 28 teams from U.S. and Canadian universities competed in DOE's Challenge Home Student Design Competition to develop cost-effective zero energy ready homes for mainstream builders. The winning teams produced market-ready, state-of-the-art design solutions for high-performance homes that are energy efficient, comfortable, and durable. Here are the winners ...

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