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Benchmarking: Finding What Buildings Really Use

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Benchmarking, the practice of measuring what is to find out how it measures up, is the first step in making buildings more energy efficient. Once we know what how much electricity, water and fuel a building uses, we can see how it measures up to other buildings and find out what needs to be... Read More...

Even in Energy Saving Buildings, Not a Lot of Measuring Going On

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Charlotte, NC's, new library uses more energy than expected because it has 50% more visitors and is used many more hours than designers anticipated. But the LEED Silver building didn't know it was still had energy savings of 28.5% over what a conventional building equivalent would use until somebody asked. Read More...

Surprise! U.S. Is Using Less Electricity

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Last year about this time U.S. electric companies received some 2007 statistics that were a big surprise: in numerous pockets across the country, Americans had cut their electric use during 2007. The cut amounted to as much as 5.6 per cent in some Midwest regions, including a substantial drop in residential use. While the... Read More...


Water: Our Most Precious Resource: by Marc Devilliers. This highly readable report on the looming global water crisis is amazingly informative on water issues around the world from China to Texas.