Monthly Archives: August 2011

LEED Lawsuit a Waste of Energy

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Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability Services

A year ago, a lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Green Building Council, claiming that LEED buildings are no more energy-efficient than other buildings. The plaintiffs cited a study released a few years earlier, which had looked at the efficiency of some of the first buildings… Read More

Solar power noise reduction

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Dave Gralnik
Energy and Sustainability 

Earlier this summer, a  major U.S. utility reportedly received bids from 110 different solar power firms in response to an RFP for a 40 megawatt solar power installation.

This overwhelming response, and the likelihood that maybe 10 to 20 percent of the bidders are really qualified to handle the job,… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.

Chicago re-defines ‘clean energy’

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

The streets of Chicago are cleaner today…thanks to the sun. In March, the city started installing garbage cans that use solar power to compact the trash. It’s a really efficient way to manage rubbish and take advantage of solar power at the same time.

First, the compactors hold about… Read More

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99 High faces the future – part 2

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Mike McGloin
Jones Lang LaSalle

The capital improvements program at 99 High has been far reaching. After phase 1 of the four year project was complete, we still had significant savings potential. Our work was far from done.

This past October we installed high efficiency, low pressure steam, natural gas fired Cleaver Brooks, and flex-tube boilers.… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.

Follow the money to solar investments and real estate

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

A good way to gauge the real interest in sustainability projects is to see where investment dollars are flowing.  More and more are flowing to solar investments.

IndustryWeek just reported that U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech companies increased 54% to $1.14 billion in the first quarter of 2011.… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.