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Tuesday Roundup

July 6th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

While you’re catching up on your email from the holiday weekend, here’s a grab-bag of pertinent and interesting articles from the past few days:

The Case for PACE: Clean-Energy Financing for Commercial Buildings Holds PromiseCostar Group

Greenprint Foundation Announces Leitner as Chief Executive OfficerBuilding Energy Performance News

Government Gives Out $76 Million for Green BuildingsEarthTechling

Lab at St. Elizabeths is local team’s entry in green-building research center competitionThe Washington Post

Joulex strives to keep network power management simpleGreenTech Pastures on ZDnet

You might remember GreenPastures writer Heather Clancy from our little poll on attractive greentech writers. More importantly, she’s joined Melissa Hincha-Ownby in covering this energy management company of late. The IT-focused energy management company is getting quite a bit of attention of late. To reference “When Harry Met Sally,” (you know the scene? After Meg Ryan’s “performance” in Katz’ Delicatessen, when the lady talks to her waiter…?)

We’ll have what Joulex is having.

"I’ll have what she's having."

Joulex, “agentless” power management for enterprise systems (“if it’s on the network the Joulex Energy Manager software can turn it off. That includes everything — IP phones, servers, routers, hubs and such,” says Clancy’s post). CEO Tom Noonan says these policies can help save between 40 percent and 60 percent of the IP device power consumption in an organization, with an estimated ROI in six months.

And lastly, how could The Building Advisor skip this gem:

beekeeper in dusseldorf tests air quality

Beekeeper in Dusseldorf Biomonitoring

Honeybees Deployed to Test Air Quality at German Airports – New York Times

The idea being to sell the honey made from airport-based bees, to prove to the general public that the air cannot be polluted if the honey tastes that good.

When in Dusseldorf…bring The Building Advisor back some Dusseldorf Natural.

Images courtesy The New York Times, djueat, and From the Front


June 17th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

It’s tough to find non-oilspill related news these days, what with the Presidential address Tuesday and all. So The Business Advisor is going to take this time to focus on what’s truly important for energy efficiency in commercial buildings, but we need your help:

Which Green Biz/Tech Blogger Celeb do you find most attractive?

Your choices will be pictured throughout this post. Please consider as you browse through the grab bag of energy efficiency news for commercial buildings:

Martin LaMonica, "Green Tech" for CNET: rugged.

Heather Clancy for ZDNet

Heather Clancy, "Green Pastures" for ZDNet: pretty cute.

  • Speaking of the devil, this week the Energy Efficiency Forum held its 21st Annual Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the U.S. Energy Association). The site is chock full of live webcasts and blog posts.
  • The New York Times cited $140 billion as the amount of annual savings the U.S. could save by making buildings more energy efficient, according to a resolution from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who met this week to back a mandatory green construction code.
  • The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has tons of great energy efficiency news and resources here, including a nifty counter of Energy Savings So Far this Year. Is The Building Advisor late to the game on this one? It’s ok, you can tell me.
Melissa Hincha-Ownby, GreenBiz for mother nature network

Melissa Hincha-Ownby, GreenBiz for mother nature network: definitely at a disadvantage here, being a cartoon.

  • And for you HVAC fans out there, did you see this? “Built around LG’s inverter compressors, the Multi-V series delivers one of the highest EER ratings available in the VRF equipment category, along with low sound operation. Using VRF technology, the Multi-V system provides commercial businesses greater temperature control therefore avoiding unnecessary energy usage in unoccupied rooms.” Ooh, technical….


Joel Makower: Original Gangsta

Joel Makower: Original Gangsta