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Green Code Conflict

Jun14 2011 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability No Comments

By: Bill Warkentin

 

The history and application of zoning codes until quite recently remained an evolutionary tale that began after the Chicago fire in 1909 and spread across the nation, big cities and small, dense urban areas and rural communities as well. The result is a century of antiquated, badly conceived and poorly written zoning codes. In particular, at least in Southern California, there are some significant gaps between current zoning law and sustainable development criteria, resulting in conflicts to designing and developing green buildings and communities. RESCUE Greens Bill Warkentin has studied this problem in some local jurisdictions and what follows are examples of discrepancies and conflicts between zoning codes and sustainable design criteria.

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Cleaner Rain Water Coming Our Way!

Jun14 2011 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability No Comments

By: Andrew Walcker

 

The new Cal Green Building Code is to Architects as the Regional Water Board’s Order No. R8-2010-0033 / NPDES No. CAS 6180033 is to Civil Engineers!  Not to be forgotten by all the anticipation of the new building code, the above mentioned revisions to Region 8’s Water Quality Management Plan will create many changes in storm water mitigation.  The new order was adopted on January 29, 2010 and will come into enforcement July 29, 2011 by Riverside County Flood Control District (Principal Permittee) and all 15 cities (Co-Permittees).

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The Future of Solar

Jun14 2011 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability No Comments

By: Jon Dougal

REBATES

Rebates and tax incentives are the engines that drive the solar business. The Rebates or subsidies can be used in various ways as incentives while producing two very different results.   Rebates here in the U.S. (just federally reauthorized) work for home owners by reducing their capital outlay for energy upgrades (by approx 30%).   The now defunct PACE program which was a means of financing energy efficiency levied a lien on the mortgage of a building to be paid off over the duration of the loan, thus defraying upfront costs while realizing the benefits of efficiency, this program will be reinstated.  Rebates or tax incentives therefore drive demand.

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LEED Automation

Jun14 2011 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability No Comments
By: Laurie Williams

LEED Automation was announced at GreenBuild 2010 and has the potential to positively impact the industry for many years to come. It provides bi-directional integration with LEED Online, which is the USGBC’s tool for submitting all of your documentation and project certification requirements.  LEED Automation allows third-party tools to deliver value to the LEED certification process and is the next phase of the market transformation, ultimately streamlining the process.  It improves efficiency, reduces cost and is a natural evolution as the green building industry matures.

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Plant Room Clips on to Existing Apartments, Provides Food and Energy

Aug02 2010 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Sustainable Materials No Comments

As a person who studies design, I found this construction of a “clip-on” porch quite interesting.  This attachment onto the usual apartment complex, allows for the owners to take advantage of the sun and rain as a resource.  They are able to grow a nice green area, perhaps full of a few vegetables and herbs.  Definitely the perfect place for an herb garden.

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Stop Going Green

Jan28 2010 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

The headline reads like a manifesto against where you think we should be focused now. What you say? Who is this madman espousing the opposition’s mandate. After all – climate change is a hoax. Well isn’t it? Thousands of scientists creating bogus data and trying to snow Al Gore. Who’s also trying to snow us? The Kyoto Accord (treaty) asked for voluntary reductions in GHG’s. There haven’t been any. Voluntary actions by governments don’t work. But read on there is merit and good reasoning in the following thought pattern. The future calls for bold actions not just making yourself feel good from buying a Prius, or recycling newspapers. Oh wait, yeah, there is no recycling market right now and those dutiful trash separators are outta work.

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Energy Recovery Ventillators

Jan27 2010 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

The last couple of years have left me observing what an interesting time we are at when comparing the business climate, the social climate, and well, the climate climate. In spite of the business climate having about bottomed out, we actually see a desire by building owners to implement steps to be more environmentally friendly. Sometimes the bottom line dissuades these owners, but everyone is certainly talking about it and at least investigating what steps they can incorporate in their project.

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The Power of Alternative Energy

Jan27 2010 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Alternative Energy No Comments

Southern California is now poised to generate clean renewable energy that will help fuel its society and economy for generations to come. The state is geographically located in an area where renewable energy is available in the form of geothermal, wind, and solar. Plentiful solar energy allows for extraction of other energy derivatives, such as biofuels. Numerous issues, however, must be addressed in order to transition California from dependency on fossil fuels and imported natural gas to reliance on California’s own renewable energy. This article will focus on the issues related to bringing solar energy produced in the high desert area of Southern California’s San Bernardino County to local consumers.

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The Copenhagen Consensus

Dec21 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

After two years of pre-negotiations and two weeks of international discussions in Copenhagen, hope turned into disappointment. What resulted was an accord between the US, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, France, Germany, and the EU over the scientific case for global warming and the goal of capping temperature increases at 2°C. Leaders agreed that cutting emissions would provide the most effective strategy at reaching this goal – but not at the expense of development and economic prosperity. Additionally, the accord calls upon developed nations to provide annual payments of $30 billion, rising to $100 billion in funds to less developed nations by 2020 – however there are no guidelines as to who the provider and beneficiary of these funds will be.

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