The Next Jeep Wranglers Will Be Made Of Aluminium

The Jeep Wrangler will now be built with an aluminium body. Jeep will continue its body-on-frame design. I have seen people comment on the concept of switching to a unibody design, but there was a great deal of opposition to that. Some opponents of the switch cited that unibody designs are not as durable as [...]

University Of Louisville Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The US Green Building Council of Kentucky has awarded LEED Silver certification to The Nucleus building of the University Of Louisville in downtown. This is decent, as the LEED certifications are Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum (remember that certifications in general are not common). The building, [...]

San Diego Airport Receives The First LEED Platinum Certification

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively [...]

U.S. House Passes Energy Efficiency Bills H.R. 4092 and H.R. 4801

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The US House of Representatives passed two energy efficiency bills, one of which is to better assist schools with energy-efficient enhancements, and the other instructs the Department of Energy to research the effect of insulation on energy and water usage on federal buildings. The School Energy [...]

How Ventilation Works To Keep You Cool

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. There is a common concern about ventilation bringing warm air into rooms. While this is true, it still helps to keep you cool by blowing out the even warmer air inside your home, and by helping to reduce humidity which makes you feel warmer. In many [...]

Baking In The Summer Heat? Here Are Some Ways To Cool Down

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the bitterly cold winter is ending. However, the summer heat is going to cause discomfort all over again. Not to worry! I’m here to provide you with cheap ways to keep cool this summer, and without any expensive upgrades or purchases. [...]

Certain Building Designs Make It Hard To Live Without A/C

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. I have made numerous efficiency-enhancing suggestions to people who can’t afford air conditioning. However, they said that their homes’ designs can’t accommodate those enhancements easily. After encountering that road block so many times, I decided it was necessary to discuss it (along with potential solutions) in [...]

New York Will Offer Up To $8,000 Per Household In Incentives

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The state of New York will provide $34 million of incentives to individuals and zero-net-energy homes (buildings which generate more energy than they consume). This works out to be $2,000 to $8,000 per household. The Real Deal says that “A zero-net-energy building relies on, among other things, solar [...]

Cree Introduces A New Highly Efficient Outdoor LED Luminaire

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. Cree, a manufacturer of cutting-edge LEDs has released a new LED parking lamp: The OSQ™ Area LED luminaire. This is designed and priced to replace 54 million high intensity discharge (HID) parking lights across the United States, facilitating energy savings of up to 70%. The OSQ Area LED luminaire [...]