Elon Musk: Expect The Hyperloop In 10 Years

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and the founder of SpaceX said that the Hyperloop is coming in 10 years. The Hyperloop is a radical high-speed evacuated-tube transit system similar to the ET3 which is expected to achieve speeds up to 800 mph. The Hyperloop system is designed to transport people in pods through…

CCS Can Mitigate Climate Change For $17.6 Trillion USD

A study has now revealed how much it would cost to use Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change. It is $17.6 trillion dollars. Proponents of it said it is the only feasible way to mitigate climate change (apart from nuclear power) because coal and natural gas are cheap. Is this $17.6 trillion…

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…

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…