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Lastest newsletter from the Kendeda Living Building Chronicle: Zero energy buildings multiple, while Kendeda Building ki...
02/15/2018
Zero energy buildings multiple, while Kendeda Building kicks off site development

Lastest newsletter from the Kendeda Living Building Chronicle: Zero energy buildings multiple, while Kendeda Building kicks off site development -

Construction, they say, is full of surprises. That’s particularly the case when your project is designed to meet the exacting standards of the Living Building Challenge. Read the story here.

Pilot Projects inspire mindful building. On the cusp of construction, a couple more updates on the Kendeda Building — an...
01/31/2018
Pilot Projects inspire mindful building

Pilot Projects inspire mindful building. On the cusp of construction, a couple more updates on the Kendeda Building — and some insights into the solar tariff

Georgia Tech students provided updates on six pilot projects that are connected to the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.  Read the story here.

Dennis Creech on equity, leverage and Living Buildings. Check out the Kendeda Living Building Chronicle's latest newslet...
03/07/2017
Dennis Creech on equity, leverage and Living Buildings

Dennis Creech on equity, leverage and Living Buildings. Check out the Kendeda Living Building Chronicle's latest newsletter ... and subscribe to it!

The Southface founder explains why he's so focused on spreading the gospel of regenerative buildings across the Southeast. And more stories available at the Kendeda Living Building Chronicle.

07/23/2016
FOX 5 Atlanta

Channel 5 opinion pieces by former Common Cause chief Bill Perry warns of the sprawl-related traffic secretly approved SunTrust Park is likely to generate in Cobb County.

OPINION: William Perry says the $400 million taxpayer investment for the new Braves stadium was approved in just three weeks during secret meetings called "rolling quorums", while Cobb's backyard chicken ordinance took SEVERAL MONTHS to debate. He is calling for "No more governing in the dark." Do you agree?

Kendeda dubs WorkingBuildings' McFarland on Tech Living Building
05/18/2016
Kendeda dubs WorkingBuildings' McFarland on Tech Living Building

Kendeda dubs WorkingBuildings' McFarland on Tech Living Building

ATLANTA — John McFarland, Vice President & Principal at The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies, was selected as the Donor's Representative for the Living Building Challenge Certified Facility through The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based philanthropic organization.



McFarland will p...

GreenLaw picks David M. Paule as executive director
05/17/2016
GreenLaw picks David M. Paule as executive director

GreenLaw picks David M. Paule as executive director

ATLANTA – The Board of Directors of GreenLaw has selected David M. Paule as the organization’s next Executive Director following an extensive search process.
Paule assumes the position previously held by Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who is currently Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability f...

PSC hearings next week Georgia Power 3-year electric plan
05/12/2016
PSC hearings next week Georgia Power 3-year electric plan

PSC hearings next week Georgia Power 3-year electric plan

Atlanta - The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) will continue its scheduled review of the Georgia Power Company 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in Dockets 40161 and 40162 on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. The hearing will continue on Wednesday18, 2016 and on Thursday May 19, 2016 (...

Better Buildings Challenge energy savings now top $1.3 Billion
05/12/2016
Better Buildings Challenge energy savings now top $1.3 Billion

Better Buildings Challenge energy savings now top $1.3 Billion

WASHINGTON — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today released Better Buildings Challenge partner results, announced three new focus areas in local communities, and highlighted overall signs of growth in the initiative’s reach and influe...

WorkingBuildings Atlanta office earns LEED Platinum
02/25/2016
WorkingBuildings Atlanta office earns LEED Platinum

WorkingBuildings Atlanta office earns LEED Platinum

ATLANTA — The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies received LEED PLATINUM for Commercial Interiors for their corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia.

WorkingBuildings was able to achieve this highest-level certification by using a number of sustainable practices. They were able to minimize material use and diverted over 75% of construction waste materials from landfills. They implemented measures to reduce water and energy use by 35% over typical offices such as replacing bathroom fixtures with new, more water-efficient fixtures and installing new overhead lighting LED task lighting. Interior materials were carefully selected to enhance the indoor air quality such as the purchase of Green Label Plus carpet tiles and GREENGUARD certified office furniture.

"The sustainability team was able to guide us to achieve the highest LEED certification on a very tight budget. I'm very proud that we have demonstrated it is possible to be both economical and sustainably focused," said John McFarland, one of the Principals of WorkingBuildings.

The office also shares a space with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Georgia Chapter.

On February 3, Beth Cope, the new Director of USGBC Georgia came to personally present WorkingBuildings its LEED Platinum plaque.

"Our company wanted an office space that reflects the practices and environmental policies that we offer as services," said McFarland. "We're very proud of our sustainability team."

About WorkingBuildings
The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies began as WorkingBuildings in July of 2000. Initially, the firm was dedicated to providing quality assurance programs, and sustainability services. As the company has expanded and grown, we have organized The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies into 8 divisions, each focusing on their specific expertise in delivering professional services. For more information, visit www.workingbuildings.com

Source: http://www.workingbuildings.com/

More megawatts of solar than natural gas installed in 2015
02/22/2016
More megawatts of solar than natural gas installed in 2015

More megawatts of solar than natural gas installed in 2015

BOSTON, MASS. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - In yet another record-breaking year, the solar industry in the United States installed 7,286 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the historic figures today ahead of the March 9 release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight report.



For the first time ever, solar beat out natural gas capacity additions, with solar supplying 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2015.

Led by California, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts and New York, the U.S. solar market experienced a year-over-year growth rate of 17 percent. Geographically, the market continues to diversify with 13 states installing more than 100 MW each in 2015. States that made major solar strides include Utah, which jumped in ranking from 23rd to 7thplace, and Georgia which moved from 16th to 8th in the nation.

The residential solar market grew 66 percent year-over-year and, for the first time in history, eclipsed two gigawatts (GW). The residential solar segment now represents 29 percent of the entire U.S. solar market – its largest share since 2009.

For the fourth year in a row, the non-residential market broke the 1 GW mark, but remained roughly flat year-over-year.



The utility-scale sector, the mainstay of the U.S. solar market, grew six percent year-over-year and represented more than half of all solar PV installed in 2015.

Cumulative U.S. solar PV installations have now topped 25 GW, up from just 2 GW in 2010.

“Without a doubt, 2015 was a monumental year for the U.S. solar industry, and perhaps what’s most amazing is that we’re only getting started,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “Over the next few years, we’re going to see solar continue to reach unprecedented heights as our nation makes a shift toward a carbon-free source of energy that also serves as an economic and job-creating engine.”

“The U.S. solar market remains concentrated in key states, with the top ten states accounting for 87 percent of installed capacity in 2015,” said Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President of GTM Research. “But growth has been widespread, and 24 of the 35 states that we track individually saw market growth in 2015.”

On March 9, GTM Research and SEIA will release the complete U.S. Solar Market Insight 2015 Year-in-Review with detailed market analysis and updated forecasts.

Key Findings:

The U.S. installed 7,286 MWdc of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2015, the largest total ever and 17% above 2014
The 7.3 GW installed in 2015 is 8.6 times the capacity installed five years earlier in 2010
Residential was once again the fastest growing sector, installing over 2 GWdc for the first time and growing 66% over 2014
Utility solar PV also had a record year with over 4 GW installed, up 6% over 2014
110 MWac of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity came online in late 2015 when SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes project began sending electricity to the grid
Non-residential solar was essentially flat for the third year in a row, installing just over 1 GWdc
Cumulative solar PV installations reached over 25 GWdc by the end of the year, up from just 2 GW at the end of 2010

For more information, visit http://www.seia.org/smi.

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About U.S. Solar Market Insight:

The U.S. Solar Market Insight report is the most detailed and timely research available on the continuing growth and opportunity in the U.S. The report includes deep analysis of solar markets, technologies and pricing, identifying the key metrics that will help solar decision-makers navigate the market's current and forecasted trajectory. For more information, visit www.seia.org/smi.

About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2016, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online atwww.seia.org.

About GTM Research:

GTM Research, a division of Greentech Media, provides critical and timely market analysis in the form of research reports, data services, advisory services and strategic consulting. GTM Research's analysis also underpins Greentech Media's webinars and live events. Our coverage spans the green energy industry including solar power, grid modernization, energy storage, energy efficiency and wind power sectors.

 

Source: U.S. Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3 GW of Solar PV in 2015 | SEIA

Is cheap clean energy better than expensive dirty energy?
12/01/2015
Is cheap clean energy better than expensive dirty energy?

Is cheap clean energy better than expensive dirty energy?

Bill Gates, George Soros, Alibaba's Jack Ma are among a bunch of other super-capitalists pledging $2 billion in investments for clean energy.

Their objective: A "breakthrough" that would allow clean energy costs to plummet. Then, cheap clean energy could replace fossil fuels to cut carbon emissions.

Would making clean energy affordable in every corner of the world prove a more effective approach than using credits and/or taxes to increase the cost of dirty energy?

Even if it would be over the long run, don't we need to suppress demand for fossil fuels right now? And shouldn't tax/credit revenues from carbon and methane be plowed by governments into the basic clean energy research that private investors will never be willing to put their money behind?

Gates, fellow billionaires look to plow $2 billion into clean energy initiatives | The Japan Times.

Check out this gallery on pedestrian-bicycle bridges I just put up on our Freedom Bridge ATL page.
02/10/2015

Check out this gallery on pedestrian-bicycle bridges I just put up on our Freedom Bridge ATL page.

OK. OK. Let's just dream for a while: Which do you like? What do you like about them? Oh, and remember: share this with every living being in Atlanta.

Here's a little project for which RenewATL did a tad of viral marketing over the last couple of days: More than 500 Like...
02/10/2015
Freedom Bridge ATL

Here's a little project for which RenewATL did a tad of viral marketing over the last couple of days: More than 500 Likes since we first promoted the site 36 hours ago.

I'd like to take credit, but truth is that the idea is a great one. Please go to the page and, if you like the idea, Like, the page!

We're a group of Atlantans dedicated to connecting Atlanta by foot and by bike by building a bridge over Moreland Avenue on the Freedom Park PATH.

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