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Green Gift Idea of the Day – NEST Learning Thermostat

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

A thermostat for the smartphone generation

The next generation Nest has a new, slimmer design, is enclosed by a solid stainless steel ring and works with 95% of low voltage systems.

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. You just have to teach it well.

  • 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
  • Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most homeowners install Nest themselves in 30 minutes or less. After that, it’s just a matter of changing the temperature

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

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Residential Energy Efficiency to Reach Nearly $84 Billion per Year by 2020

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The rising energy consumption of the housing sector, which has an impact on nearly every aspect of a country’s economy, is driving diverse and increasing interest in residential energy efficiency for both new homes and retrofits of existing ones. Globally, more than half of the energy consumption in buildings – which is expected to rise from 31,983 terawatt-hours (TWh) to 51,253 TWh by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) – comes from residential buildings. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the energy efficient housing sector will expand rapidly over the remainder of the decade, growing from an annual market value of $14 billion in 2012 to almost $84 billion in 2020.

More than 118 billion square feet of energy efficient residential space will be created over that time period, the study concludes. Continue reading

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Smart Building Managed Services Spending to Surpass $1 Billion by 2020

As part of the effort to cut costs in the global recession, many commercial building owners and managers have installed building energy management systems (BEMS) to reduce energy use and operating expenses.  While these new systems can provide significant efficiency gains, their sophistication can be beyond the capabilities and resource levels of a building’s operating or maintenance staff.  Consequently, smart building managed services are growing in demand and popularity as a means of solving these and other building energy management market issues.

According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, worldwide spending on these outsourced services – which include data acquisition and analytics, as well as building maintenance contracts – will grow from $291 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion by 2020. Continue reading

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The North Face Gets A Sustainable New Headquarters

It’s a pretty exciting day for us at The North Face as today we moved into our new headquarters in Alameda California.  We are joined by our VF Outdoor coalition partners JanSport and lucy at this new location. The new 14-acre campus embodies the brands’ outdoor ethos and commitment to their associates, community and the environment. The goal from the beginning was to create a work environment that mirrored the commitment to the outdoors that The North Face believes in.

“I’m thrilled to welcome our VF Outdoor associates to our new home in Alameda. Today culminates nearly four years of thoughtful design and planning. Our new campus reflects our team’s unique culture and passion for the outdoors,” said Steve Rendle, Group President of VF Outdoor and Action Sports Americas. “VF Outdoor includes many of VF’s fastest-growing businesses and the co-location of the JanSport, lucy and The North Face brands at one central campus will lead to even greater product innovation, collaboration and business growth.”  Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Commercial Buildings Will Nearly Double by 2020, Reaching $152 Billion Worldwide

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge in a competitive building market, and, above all, the desire to reduce operational costs by reducing energy consumption. Regardless of the motivation, energy efficiency retrofits represent a rapidly growing market that will benefit the environment, building owners, tenants and communities alike. According to a new report from Pike Research, this global market will expand from $80.3 billion in 2011 to $151.8 billion by 2020.

“Retrofitting existing buildings offers one of the most cost-effective ways for a business to reduce its operating expenses,” says senior analyst Eric Bloom. “Many energy conservation measures can be implemented within strict investment criteria, and a growing number of financial instruments are deepening the scope of energy efficiency retrofits, driving continued investment in energy efficient HVAC, lighting and control systems.”

Western Europe will remain the largest market for energy efficiency retrofits in commercial and public buildings, but its share of world revenues will drop from 41% in 2011 to 37% in 2020. Essentially equaling Western Europe, Asia Pacific, which represented 32% ($26 billion) of the revenue stream in 2011, will increase to 36% ($54.6 billion) by 2020. North American energy efficiency revenues will more than double over the remainder of the decade, increasing to $35.3 billion by 2020. Continue reading

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Postal Service Plants Second Green Roof

SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 28, 2012 / 3BL Media / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The U.S. Postal Service today celebrated another example of environmental leadership as local officials announced a green roof atop the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office. The 11,300 square foot green roof will be built at no cost to the Postal Service through an innovative sustainability partnership with Onondaga County, NY.

“The Postal Service continues to lead the way when it comes to making a positive impact on the environment,” said Chief Sustainability Officer, Thomas G. Day. “We’re pleased to be collaborating with the good people of Onondaga County on our second green roof, which will help the Postal Service conserve water and energy in the Syracuse metropolitan area.”

Working cooperatively with Onondaga County’s Save the Rain initiative, the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office’s roof was deemed structurally sound to support the additional weight of the soil, vegetation and other requirements of a green roof. The green roof will consist of a new membrane, layers of drainage sheet, mat, separation fabric, indigenous vegetation and a wind blanket. The green roof plan fits perfectly into the Postal Service’s commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible. Continue reading

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The Market for Smart Glass to be Nearly $700 Million a Year by 2020

Smart glass is a class of products used in windows, glass screens, and partitions that provides glare, light, and heat control dynamically, based on ambient conditions or manual controls.  Also referred to as dimmable glass, switchable glass, or dynamic glass (or glazing), smart glass is used in a variety of applications, primarily architecture and transportation.  Although several barriers stand in the way of the broader adoption of smart glass, the market potential is significant.  Substantial new production capacity that is due to come online during 2013 will reduce production costs and help drive greater product adoption.  According to a new report from Pike Research, the market value for architectural and transportation smart glass, which stands at $84 million today, will grow to $693 million worldwide by 2020.

“High-performance buildings require a level of control over energy that many of today’s automation systems are only now starting to address,” says senior analyst Eric Bloom.  “Smart glass is an innovative technology that both provides building owners unprecedented control over solar heat gain and offers a visually impressive alternative to flat glass.” Continue reading

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Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management Systems to Top $4 Billion in 2020

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. market for sensors and controls for building energy management systems (BEMs) will rise at a 17% compound annual growth rate to $2.14 billion in 2020, while its European counterpart will reach $1.93 billion in 2020, a 19% CAGR. The market growth will be fueled by the strength of advanced technologies, downward price pressure, and government incentives, according to a Lux Research report.

“Advanced sensors and controls promise to significantly reduce the payback period of building energy management system investments for the small building market — the highest hanging but plumpest fruit in the global building stock”

Key to this growth is a slew of advanced non-invasive, cost-effective, and quick-to-install sensor and control technologies that can overcome the capital barriers of installing BEMs in an estimated 5.8 million commercial buildings under 50,000 square feet in the U.S. and 4.5 million similar buildings in Europe.

“Advanced sensors and controls promise to significantly reduce the payback period of building energy management system investments for the small building market — the highest hanging but plumpest fruit in the global building stock,” said Ryan Castilloux, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Sensors and Controls for BEMS: Providing the Neural Network to Net-Zero Energy.Continue reading

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