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Relocation Transforms Akzonobel Facility into Energy Efficient Smart Building

The $10 million relocation of a research facility in the US has enabled AkzoNobel to transform its biggest energy user in North America into one of the smartest and most energy efficient.
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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio September 28, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Completed in November last year, the company’s new Strongsville Technology Center in Ohio is only a third the size of the former location. Designed to use less than a third of the natural gas, electricity and water, the facility has now been recognized under the worldwide LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program.

Code Alert: 8 Must-Know Requirements in the Energy Code

Code expert Jim Meyers will offer insight into the most pressing and important requirements in the changing energy code, including key amendments and field findings.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
2:00 Eastern

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
2:00 Eastern

Taipei 101: The ‘Greenest’ of Skyscrapers

by Emma Kantrowitz

The Taipei 101 skyscraper, once the tallest structure in the world, recently added another notable distinction in its short-but-accomplished history: it’s now the world’s “greenest” tower. The 1,667-foot supertall recently earned 90 points under LEED’s new v4 certification, the highest score to date under the most updated green building standard.

Automotive Industry’s New Standard for Corporate Social Responsibility Demonstrates Commitment to Ethical Sourcing and Business Practices


The automotive industry’s most widely used international quality standard (ISO/TS 16949) has been updated to IATF 16949 by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). One of the most revolutionary updates to the standard is the inclusion of new ethics requirements, a first for automotive quality standards worldwide.

Developing Tools to Measure IAQ

We know high-performance buildings can lead to problems with IAQ, so researchers are working on ways to solve the issues.

A better building envelope and improved ventilation systems are important first steps in improving the problem. But without knowing exactly how good or bad air quality inside a home actually is, these problems can’t be measured. That’s why the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is working to develop an IAQ scoring tool.  

The scorer will function much like a HERS score. It will take a series of measurements conducted by a third party to determine the home’s IAQ rating.

Solar Energy on Campus (Webinar)

Key considerations for solar developers working with higher education institutions
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September 22, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Solar developers and renewable energy marketers are increasingly interacting directly with end-use customers interested in purchasing solar energy or supporting the development of solar PV projects. Developers engaged in these deals have to be prepared to address a range of concerns and goals that differ from those of their traditional customers, mainly utilities and electricity providers.

Definitive Advice from the Industry’s Best on Selling and Marketing Green Homes

Green Builder Media hosted a webinar on selling and marketing green homes with CR Herro of Meritage Homes. CR gave compelling advice and unique insights into how to turn green building into a brilliant business opportunity.

Builders haven’t historically been known for their marketing savvy, and many green builders have told us over the years that they have struggled with communicating the benefits of their advanced offerings to homebuyers. Recently, production builders like Meritage Homes and KB Home have changed the game, marrying cost-effective, high performance, resource efficient, solar-powered homes and sophisticated marketing strategies.

SCS Named Editor's Choice Honoree by US Builders Review

Award Recognizes Innovation and Forward-Thinking in the Built Environment
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., September 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ - SCS Global Services (SCS), an international leader in third-party certification of environmental and sustainability achievements, has been named one of US Builders Review’s 2016 Editor’s Choice honorees in the run-up to GreenBuild 2016.

Smart Security Can Also Boost Efficiency

Let your clients know that new IOT-enabled security systems can double as energy watchdogs.

These days, security systems can do more than just signal when an intruder enters a building. Today’s security systems can be integrated into other home systems to provide energy savings.

“When thinking about using an alarm system, we often think about the system only being used for burglar alarm capabilities,” says Tom Mechler, applications design manager for Bosch. “However, while these systems are monitoring doors or windows, why not use their capabilities for other things?” 

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Press Release

Los Angeles, September 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of the global social, economic and environmental impacts of CBRE’s operations. “Inside Advantage—2015 Corporate Responsibility Report” highlights the significant accomplishments and milestones of CBRE’s corporate responsibility program throughout 2015 and early 2016.


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