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    Harvard Study Reveals Coal Energy To Be One of the Most Expensive Forms of Power

    “The public cost is far greater than the cost of the coal itself. The impacts of this industry go way beyond just lighting our lights.”

    Coal-fired plants currently supply about 45 percent of the nation’s electricity, according to U.S. Energy Department data. Accounting for all the ancillary costs associated with burning coal would add about 18 cents per kilowatt hour to the cost of electricity from coal-fired plants, shifting it from one of the cheapest sources of electricity to one of ………. Click Here to read the rest.

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    Green Building Focus, Feb 24, 2011

    For you who don’t have plans on Thursday. Try attending the Green Building Focus at GA Tech. As the design, performance and competitiveness of buildings continues to become more focused on sustainable construction principals, architects, engineers, developers, building owners and facilities managers are faced with ever increasing responsibility for energy efficiency, water conservation and performance measurement. The Green Building Focus Seminar Series provides technical, practical and relevant courses providing solutions to these key issues including indoor environmental quality, mechanical systems, lighting, automation,………. For more info click on the link.

    • February

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    Resnet, Definition of Condition Floor Area

    So, if there has been any question about whether or not unfinished basements or attics that are indirectly conditioned or have one or two ducts should be included in CFA, that question has been conclusively answered. The great news is that for all of those stubbed out basements and attics that are fully ducted and ready for drywall, but haven’t been able to be included in the CFA, now there is some reprieve and these areas can now be validly included in CFA thanks to this formal interpretation.

    • February

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    For Excess Solar Flow, a Veg-O-Matic for Voltage

    A panel manufactured by Petra Solar can slice and dice voltage to prevent a surplus of solar energy from crippling power lines.

    • February

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    Ottawa is Home to Canada’s First Passive Haus House – Construction Digital

    Canada’s first “Passive Haus” residence is a testament to what Canadians can do. Designed by Chris Straka, Principal of Vert Design, Inc., the Ottawa duplex utilizes the standards created by the Passive House Institute, an impressive feat considering Ottawa is the world’s fourth-coldest capital city. Homes that are build to meet Passive House standards use 90 percent less energy for heating or cooling and are six to eight times more airtight than houses built by conventional standards. Homesol Building Solutions, a leading Canadian environmental and energy efficient building consulting services firm, certified the duplex as a Passive House.

    Located in the New Edinburgh district, the three-story, 3,300 square foot duplex features a 1200 square foot green roof, radiant heat floors, a geo-thermal heating system, high efficiency heat recovery ventilation system and rainwater cistern. Additionally, a solar power system will be installed in the home in the spring.

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    BAU 2011 Features Glass, Framing Innovations – USGlass News Network (USGNN)

    BAU 2011 welcomed approximately 235,000 attendees from all over the world to Munich, Germany’s Trade Fair Centre January 17-22. The trade fair featured 16 separate buildings with displays focused on architecture, building materials and systems for industrial, commercial and residential construction and for interior work. Under the theme of sustainability, the organization featured a special exhibition dedicated to the green envelope, specifically regarding windows, facades and doors.

    “There were a lot of glass companies, to my impression,” says Mathias Farnebo of Brunkeberg Industriutveckling AB in Sweden who attended the show. Farnebo adds, “From the glass perspective it was not as large as glasstec.”

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Costs of Custom Homes

The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market?  The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want.  Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.

Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:

New Construction:

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