"The US could heat tens of millions of homes and businesses with waste....."
08/18/2014 - Repost: Intelligent Building Today
The US could heat tens of millions of homes and businesses with waste, according
to new study by Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center.
The study found that using energy
generated from waste products could supply the US with 12% of its electricity.
In addition, it would keep 123 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, and would reduce the use of
coal by about 100 million tons a year.
“Many developed nations are further along in embracing and expanding their use of energy recovery technologies as a vital
part of their sustainable resource management systems. This presents an important opportunity for city planners and policy makers in the United States,” says Nick Themelis, director of the
Earth Engineering Center.
In the states District Energy St. Paul is the largest biomass-fueled hot water district heating system in North America – currently providing heat to over 180 buildings and 300
Other capture projects around the world include a first-of-its-kind project in London to capture waste heat from the underground system and use it to heat homes in the city.
Going further, the report also suggested exhaust from waste-to-energy plants should be used for district heating, commonly done seen in developed European countries.
07/02/2014 - The DHLK Group is on the Move!
From our Business Director ~ Darryl King.....
"The DHLK Group is offering Biomass products to the market, Phase Change Material (PCM), this thermal energy storage material is totally
eco-friendly and provides excellent energy efficiency & savings. The DHLK Group is moving forward and will continue to establish successful relationships in our world's growing global
sustainibility movement. We look forward to teaming with you in 2014 and beyond, as we grow together, through development and execution of sustainable cost effective, value
driven solutions for your business and project needs".
"The DHLK Group is also pleased to announce that we have signed a teaming agreement to work on HVAC energy saving solutions with Total
Energy Solutions (TES). TES sells and installs Energy Saving Technologies using Toshiba Variable Speed Drives". ~
Variable Frequency Drives - Adjustable Speed
TIC entered the North American adjustable speed drives market in 1981 and has continued to grow the market with our products. By
following the most stringent standards, our drives are recognized and proven to exceed the requirements for virtually any industry, application, and environment. Today, we produce award-winning
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Right now over 70 percent of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. ...Most of humanity wants to know how to make the
change. It's one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast... Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson, The Cultural Creatives....
HOMEOWNER SOLAR ADVANTAGES - 06/24/2014
06/18/2014 Repost: This Chinese company can 3D print 10 houses in a day!
|Wednesday, 16 April 2014
From pizzas to prosthetic limbs, 3D printers never cease to amaze – and now the technology can help us build 10 houses in a day.
Image: WinSun Decoration Design Engineering
A gargantuan 3D printer is making up to 10 houses in less than 24 hours out of recycled materials.
The masterminds behind the clever technology work at WinSun Decoration Design Engineering in Shanghai, and they hope their invention
will make the housing market more affordable, giving everyone the opportunity to buy their own home.
Each 3D-printed house is about 60 square metres and costs US$4,800 dollars.
Although this is not the first attempt to 3D-print houses, so far it’s the fastest and cheapest.
According to Gizmodo, purists argue WinSun’s project isn’t truly
3D-printed because they don’t use plastic and the houses are printed in blocks that are then assembled on site, but does it really matter?
We think we should just be celebrating the fact there is a new technology in town that can provide affordable housing for those who need it most.
06/18/2014 - Repost:
President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council -
Better Neighbors Wanted...
Every once in a while, I find myself between a rock and a hard place.
It's pretty exciting when big, really high profile projects decide to use LEED. We've
worked very hard to evolve LEED into a true global standard for defining what a green building is -- and in our view, it is critical that any new construction initiative be built to the highest
design and performance standards possible.
Why? Because LEED-certified buildings save energy, save water, save precious resources,
reduce waste, mitigate climate change and provide improved indoor environmental quality that enhances the health and well-being of the people who live, work, play and learn in these LEED buildings.
In short, while LEED is a rating system, a performance tool, a technology platform and an educational system, it is also a leadership brand, and one that I am committed to protecting at all
But while LEED is the de facto standard for defining green building, it is not, and was
never intended to be, a proxy for defining a good corporate neighbor. This is the province of elected officials and community leaders, and all of us depend on them to step up to their civic
obligations across many issues.
But sometimes companies who make good design decisions on paper should take a much
closer look at the truly questionable decisions they sometimes make around the context of their design.
LG, a world-renowned company, and its project team have created truly beautiful
renderings and high performance blueprints for a proposed North American headquarters that aspire to LEED Platinum. But they want to put it in the Palisades, in New Jersey, and have it rise to a
height that will break the tree line of this magnificent vista, a design that is hugely objectionable to its neighbors. To suggest that somehow LEED is forcing them to make this bad decision is
ludicrous. Good project teams can always find creative ways to meet a LEED credit's intent and honor the place the building will stand.
Place matters in ways we're only beginning to understand, and I'm pretty sure that a
company that it is known for innovation, high design and high-functioning problem-solving can find a creative solution that gets them to LEED Platinum and burnishes their credentials as a good
corporate neighbor at the same time. And I urge them to seriously try.
A slight delay in construction to reconsider the design in the context of an
extraordinary National Natural Landmark could result in a more universally acceptable design solution. That is the kind of leadership all of us would like to celebrate, and would garner the kind of
accolades any world-class company deserves.
Follow Rick Fedrizzi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/rickfedrizzi
LEED-Certified Buildings That Will Totally Surprise You!
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Donuts , Georgia Tech , Leed , Leed-Certified , Palazzo Hotel , Photo Galleries , Starbucks , Vdara , Venetian , Green News
There are over 5000 LEED-certified projects in the United States alone. They run the gamut
from hotels, schools, public libraries, sustainability think tanks, and condos.
Check out these projects that have us raising our eyebrows.
Many green-minded travelers might gag at the thought of visiting Las Vegas, what with all of the light shows, huge water fountains, and the air of conspicuous consumption all around.
Perhaps they will rethink that position. The city is on the leading edge of sustainable construction, with the Palazzo
Hotel and Resort Casino, CityCenter’s Aria and Vdara (pictured), Venetian Resort and Sands Expo and Convention Center, and the Venetian all breaking green building barriers.
Among the usual high-tech design elements like solar panels, efficient lighting, and a robust recycling program, the Venetian and Convention Center even sends food waste off to a pig farm to use as
compost or feed.
Title 24 Residential Lighting Guide
Published: Tue, 05/27/2014
The California Lighting Technology Center's (CLTC's) updatedResidential Lighting Guide is designed to help builders and lighting
industry professionals navigate the residential lighting portion of California's newest Building Energy Efficiency
Standards (Title 24, Part 6). The new standards take effect July 1, 2014 and include updated requirements for high-efficacy lighting, lighting controls, and LED quality.
Explanation of the new requirements for residential lighting are organized by space type
(kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor lighting, etc.) and accompanied by best-practice
recommendations and sample lighting plans. The new guide also includes information on current lighting technologies.
The guide was sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and developed in
collaboration with the California Energy Commission.
It is available for download, at no cost, HERE.
DOE Starts Approval Process for Energy Standard
A preliminary analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found that ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings
over the 2010 standard of approximately 8 percent.
This is the first step by the DOE in issuing a ruling that could establish the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state
building energy codes.
In an announcement in the Federal Register, DOE attributes the greater energy savings to improvements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013,
Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, related to better lighting, fans, commercial refrigeration, boilers and controls.
The DOE is now receiving comments on the preliminary determination. More information can be found at http://www.energycodes.gov/regulations/determinations.
If the preliminary determination is finalized, then states would be required to update their codes to meet or exceed the 2013 standard.
Currently, states must meet or exceed the 2010 standard, which serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes
under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.
The DOE noted that the 2013 standard contains 52 positive impacts on energy efficiency that were incorporated into the analysis. These impacts included
changes made through the public review process in which users of the standard comment and offer guidance on proposed requirements. Specifically the major impacts include:
- Control requirements for lighting alternations
- New requirements for individual fans
- Reduction of energy usage for large boilers
- Reduction of fan energy usage
- New efficiency requirements for commercial refrigeration
- More controls in more spaces and reduction of time to reduction or shut off of those controls
- Reduction of lighting power density in most building types
- See more at: http://ieconnections.com/doe-starts-approval-process-for-energy-standard-p459-121.htm?sthash.mqtefvwG.mjjo#sthash.mqtefvwG.npJv24Qv.dpuf
*Energy usage impacts our day to day lives....
Energy Savings / Efficiency for Businesses starts with a few simple steps....
Your workplace lighting could be impeding your business growth. In most office buildings, lighting accounts for 39% of annual electricity use. The figures climb higher in specialized settings such as
healthcare facilities (43%) and hotels (55%). As energy costs rise, creating an energy-efficient workplace is top priority
to every business.
How Energy Strategies Work
Begin with Dimming
Dimming your lights is a great start to saving energy. A single Dimmer saves a business more than $85 annually, and these commercial dimmers are designed to last at least 10 years. Upgrading to
dimmers not only improves the comfort of your space – it improves your return on investment as well.
Single-room Light Control
Installing single-room systems in heavily trafficked spaces increases your energy savings while enhancing a room's comfort levels. Additional installations like sensors can also be integrated with
lighting to further curb operating costs. With occupancy and vacancy sensors, your system will remember the lights often forgotten by employees.
Our Lighting Partners dedication to reliable and advanced light control systems has produced innovative and effective solutions. Whether single rooms or entire buildings, We find the best balance
between energy savings and beauty.
Energy Rebates & Incentives
Your energy-saving efforts may qualify for federal and state rebates, as well as additional incentives from your utility company. For your convenience, We have created a thorough list of stimulus
funds, tax incentives and other programs that could help to provide financial assistance for your project.
† Actual savings may vary depending on use and application. Stated savings based on dimming (4) 75 W incandescent reflector lamps (rated at 1500 hrs each, costing $1.75 per lamp or 3000 hour halogen
bulbs costing $3.35 per lamp) by 50% (perceived light level corresponding to 40% reduction in power level) for 5 hrs per day with electricity cost of $0.104/kWh. To calculate your own savings contact
us at email@example.com
The DHLK Group Goes Biodegradable!... 05/15/2014
DHLK Group signs distribution deals to distribute " All Mighty Green" bio degradable , non toxic ,hypo-allergenic ,all natural environmentally safe cleaning solution.
" This products provide the strength of industrial cleaner with out any harmful effects" per our managing director Darryl King . DHLK is extremely excited to represent such a great product as we
continue to grow our " GREEN " business strategy.
05/15/2014 - SPOTLIGHT: Daryl Hairston -
Senior Project Manager
With over 20
years experience in construction and facilities management in Texas and Californa, Mr. Hairston brings a wealth of "hands on" past performance in managing large and small projects.
"From the first day I began managing projects, I have consistently realized my
objective of bringing every single project in on time and under budget. However, I have never believed that meeting those criteria alone was good enough. If you agree that well-managed projects
should exceed customers' expectations in terms of quality and service, we should talk. "Contact me for more information on helping you with Sustainable Solutions, Energy Efficiency / Project
Management Services... Daryl 323.218.4411
The DHLK Group is pleased to start the New Year off with our next project... 12/13/2013
Sr. Project Manager Daryl Hairston will head to the Abilene, Texas area to assist Diamond T Construction with their project administration needs the second week of January. Mr. Hairston
expects a minimum six to nine month stint as a sub-consultant for DTC's newly awarded $2.2 mil in natural gas pipeline contracts.
Do you want to make an appointment? Please contact us by phone at +1 (949) 272-6130; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our online contact form.