News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Dan Morrison / BUILDER / January 6, 2014
SolarCity, the nation’s largest PV installer, has another good idea: use batteries to store the power. Just like the golf cart batteries that stored energy from the little PV panel I had on the roof of my old cabin in western Montana—and the big battery under the hood of a shiny new Tesla—SolarCity is providing batteries to some of its largest commercial utility customers so they can fuel their power needs when peak demand does not match the sun’s output, like late in the day. OK, they are not just like the golf cart batteries in my old cabin, but they are just like the Tesla batteries.Read More
Staff Report / Remodeling magazine / December 11, 2013
Big names (Hillary Clinton, Bon Jovi) and big themes (climate change, disaster recovery) tended to get the big headlines at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia late in November. But for remodelers, some of the more important topics covered by editors of sister titles to Remodeling involved energy rating labels and the notion that manufacturers should reveal more about what’s in the goods they sell.
The so-called “transparency” movement contends that by making information more available, consumers will make greener choices. But skeptics worry thisRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDINGpulse / November 25, 2013
I have Greenbuilditis and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Symptoms include sore and sometimes swollen feet from walking convention center halls; achy shoulders from carrying an oversized bag to carry convention gear; a raspy voice eerily reminiscent of Peter Brady in a well-known episode of The Brady Bunch; and a unique mix of near-total exhaustion and a sense of invigoration. It’s an affliction you can wear with pride (and can be cured with lots of sleep).
What has me so worn down yet fired up? Here’s some of what I was exposed to in Philadelphia last week:
“Green is here to stay. It’sRead More
Peter Goldstone / HW.com / November 7, 2013
November marks the next phase in Hanley Wood’s progress as a leader in the sustainable design and construction market. We will host the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia later this month – the first Greenbuild since we acquired the show and established a strategic partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. But this year’s event also symbolizes the moment when the sustainable building movement itself begins to escalate… to globalize… and to go “next level.”
Greenbuild is an established, highly valued brand that embodies the missionRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 27, 2013
While New York City buildings are responsible for 74 percent of citywide greenhouse gas emissions, 94 percent of total electricity use, and 85 percent of potable water consumption in the city, these buildings are making progress on reducing their energy use, according to new data released by the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week in the New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report. Local Law 84 (LL84) requires all privately owned properties over 50,000 square feet and multiple buildings with a combined gross floor areas of more than 100,000 square feet to annual measure and reportRead More