Green en WaterFurnace’s 2014 sales meeting empowers, educates contractors <div class="node-body blog-body">At WaterFurnace’s 2014 sales meeting today, water always wins is the theme of the two-day meeting. The annual sale’s meeting began with an impressive video of what water is. Water </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geothermal Sustainably Speaking Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:27:00 +0000 32561 at NYSERDA’s HVAC Business Partners Program Delivers Energy-Saving Successes <div class="node-body article-body">The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that 1,227 projects across New York State in its 2013 HVAC Business Partners program reduced energy use by more than 1.5 GWh. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:02:00 +0000 32421 at There's Still Time to Catch the Emerging Technology Symposium <div class="node-body article-body">ARLINGTON, VA. — There’s still time to register for the biennial International Emerging Technology Symposium, where speakers from across the spectrum of the plumbing and mechanical industry will discuss the latest products, technology, trends and best practices in the field. The International Emerging Technology Symposium is co-convened by American Society of Plumbing Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association, Plumbing Manufacturers International, the United Association, and the World Plumbing Council.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Plumbing Technology Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:48:00 +0000 32381 at <p>The ETS attracts experts such as Gary Klein, seen here in the white shirt, who&#39;s an expert in hot water delivery systems and conservation.</p> You'll have to get into solar to retain market share <div class="node-body article-body">A new McKinsey & Co. article, "The disruptive potential of solar power," points out that global solar installations have continued to increase by 50% a year, even while the technology is getting hit hard by cheap natural gas, an end of subsidies from governments, the financial crisis, and the flood of cheap photovoltaic panels from China that bankrupted a number of panel manufacturers. The technology, McKinsey & Co. says, will be disruptive, especially for electric utilities.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Solar Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0000 32341 at <p>Building integrated solar.</p> Photo via KB Home's ‘Double ZeroHouse' is a model of water, energy efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">LANCASTER, CALIF. — While many homebuilders shy away from advanced mechanical systems, KB Home has unveiled its ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles County at the builder's Dawn Creek community here. The newest ZeroHouse 2.0 is the first KB home designed to achieve both net-zero energy status, and zero freshwater irrigation use by a family of four or more. Dubbed the “Double ZeroHouse” for its emphasis on both energy and water efficiency, the home is equipped to recycle drainwater on-site and reuse it for landscaping, minimizing the home's overall demand for new water and eliminating the household's need to use freshwater for the home's established low-water landscaping.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Plumbing Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:26:00 +0000 31971 at <p>The DoubleZero House 2.0 is both NetZero for energy and uses advanced plumbing and mechanical systems to save 150,000-gal. of water per year.</p> Most Americans have no clue how much water they use <div class="node-body article-body">Most Americans have no idea how much water they use and typically underestimate it by half, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. California is in the midst of a severe drought, so it was appropriate that the journal article was brought to our attention by the Los Angeles Times. The journal study was based on a survey of 1,020 people. We in the plumbing industry talk about water conserving tactics all the time, so it's startling to read about how off base most people are when asked about 17 common water-saving strategies. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Plumbing Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 31961 at <p>You can save plenty of water if you use a waterless toilet.</p> Photo courtesy of Water shortages threaten the beer supply <div class="node-body article-body">Most of a glass of beer is water, and the quality of the water is important, which is why brewers emphasize the pristine quality of the spring, lake or glacier that supplies their water. Even more water is used to irrigate the hops and barley that go into that beer. A beer like Pilsner Urquell, which is brewed in the Czech Republic, will need less water for irrigation that a beer brewed in a dry region, like Carling, which is brewed in South Africa. Faced with the prospect of global water shortages, brewing giant Miller Coors is planning for its future.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:01:00 +0000 31871 at IAPMO Supports Proposed WaterSense Tax Credit Legislation <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton, Calif.) on February 28 introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit toward the purchase of WaterSense-certified products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Plumbing Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:08:00 +0000 31381 at CSA, ICC Begin Joint Development of North American Rainwater Standard <div class="node-body article-body">With the appointment of a U.S./Canadian Consensus Committee, the International Code Council and CSA Group announced the start of a project to develop the new CSA/ICC 805 Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation standard. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Green Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:27:00 +0000 31341 at Top 10 Stupid Energy Saving Tips <div class="field-deck"> Plus 11 real tips and some weird and bizarre tips </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Consumer magazines, newspapers, websites, public utilities, non-profits and many other entities have offered up dozens of energy-saving tips and many of the most popular ones have never been quantitatively proven to save any energy. Some of them cost so much money that you probably will never save the difference. And some are downright bizarre. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Registered User Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:27:00 +0000 31121 at graphic from graphic from