Putting a Price on Carbon: The Social Cost of Carbon? Cap and Trade? Carbon Tax?

Carbon is the leading cause of global climate change, and carbon pricing offers a tangible, financial penalty greenhouse gas emissions. According to many economists, climate change is a “market failure.”Society at large bears the cost of emitting CO2, while the polluters accrue the benefits […]

Renewable Energy (More or Less) Survives the GOP Tax Bill

While some GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate wanted to kill federal subsidies for electric vehicles, wind, and solar power, the final version of the tax bill keeps the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and the electric vehicle tax credit. The bill does kill the nuclear and “other” technology credits (geothermal, for example), and may reduce the tax […]

California’s Fight Against Climate Change: Creating an Economic Boom in the Inland Empire

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Law, in a study commissioned by the nonprofit Next 10, found that California’s efforts to fight climate change added 41,000 jobs and $9.1 billion to the Inland Empire’s economy from 2010-2016. Many of these jobs were construction jobs that came from one-time construction investments […]

CA Bill to Provide Financial Incentives to Get More Californians Behind the Wheel of a Electric Car

When the federal government drops the ball on climate change, California is eager to step up to the plate. From fighting for the Clean Air Act Waiver to aiming for 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, California lawmakers are embracing their state’s role in leading the nation on green energy policy […]

California Plans for 100% Clean Energy by 2045

SB 100, a bill that mandates that the state will receive all its power from sources that do not produce carbon emissions by the year 2045, came one step closer to becoming a law, or at least landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The bill cleared two important hurdles in Sacramento this month […]

Staying Cool Without Warming the Planet: Cooling a Green Building

While the greenest air conditioning system is no air conditioning system, in some parts of the control, central air is necessary during the summer. Air conditioning systems can be real electricity guzzlers, but there are ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system. […]

California Grid Sets New Record

Saturday, May 13th was a pretty big day for renewable energy in the state of California. The right mix of sun, wind, and reservoirs at hydroelectric plants full from winter rains led to a record 67.2 percent […]

Green Recovery: The Sustainable Disaster Response Council

Disaster response and recovery is a complex and costly operation. Disaster response and property restoration firms, the insurance industry, architects and builders, property owners, and representatives of government agencies and NGO’s have to work together on a process […]

Renewable Energy in Red States: Wind Power in the Plains

While green energy is usually considered a liberal issue, some Republican states are warming up to renewable energy, particularly wind power […]

2016 and Beyond: China Is Set to Become the World-Wide Leader in Renewable Energy

Amid uncertainty about the future of green energy in the US under a Trump Administration, China is on the verge of cementing its place as the world leader in green energy investment and development[…]

Green Building in a Trump Administration

As a peaceful transfer of power looms on the horizon, the green building industry faces an uncertain future. The president elect is openly hostile to climate change […]

And the 2016 Energy Champion Award goes to... Palo Alto’s Development Services Department

The City of Palo’s Development Services Department received the 2016 Energy Champion Award from the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC) […]

The Green Rental Market: Green Apartments Increase Market Share and Fetch Higher Rents

“Green building” is most often associated with commercial buildings, public buildings, and privately owned homes, but according to a recent study, the American rental market is getting greener. According to a study by RENTCafe and YardiMatrix, the number of LEED-certified apartment units has grown significantly since 2008 […]

US Navy Partners with CA Energy Commission for Renewable Energy

On October 12th, the US Navy and the CA Energy Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a partnership that supports Navy and Marine Corps development of alternative energy sources and sustainable energy projects. […]

Palo Alto’s Road to NZE at Greenbuild

ID 360 Principal Melanie Jacobson will be moderating “The Road to ZNE: City of Palo Alto Case Study” at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This panel discussion will look at the background and implementation of the City of Palo Alto’s Green Building Vision and Net Zero Energy Roadmap. […]

BREEAM Crosses the Pond: British Green Building Certification Comes to the US

In the United States, LEED reigns supreme when it comes to green building certification, but BREEAM , a twenty-five-year old British certification system, is migrating to the US. The consulting firm BuildingWise is leading the effort to bring BREEAM to the American market.Trainings in the principles of the program began in August. The BLOC, a city-block renovation project in Downtown Los Angeles […]

Green Roofs: Utilizing Wasted Space

Most roofs in a city are covered in asphalt or black tar, reflecting heat and adding little to increase the city’s inhabitants’ quality of life. Green roofs, also known as living roofs take all that otherwise underutilized space and turn it into something useful.[…]

Five Years of Green Building: ID 360 Turns Five!

Summer of 2016 is a big deal here at Integrated Design 360 — it’s our five-year anniversary! The green building industry has, as a whole, grown tremendously over the past five years, and so have we […]

LEED Pilots Legal Wood

LEED has recently introduced a pilot credit to that aims to help eliminate illegally sourced wood from the supply chain. LEED has always rewarded leadership in sourcing materials and this new pilot credit does not replace LEED’s existing certified wood credit. The vast majority of new LEED buildings have not pursued this credit, however. This new pilot credit offers an alternate […]

Making Concrete Green

Concrete is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of green building materials, but given that concrete is the most common building material in the world, making the concrete manufacturing process greener is extremely important. Manufacturing the portland cement that binds concrete together is a serious CO2 emitter and energy consumption hog, and replacing a portion of portland cement […]

Palo Alto Goes Beyond CA Energy Policy: Getting to Net Zero In Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto recently approved the city’s first Zero Net Energy ready policy. The “Energy Reach Code” outlines local amendments to the 2016 California Energy Code, Title 24, Chapter 6. The Development Services Department and the city’s Green Building Advisory Group teamed up to craft the requirements. Although the state of California has some very ambitious NZE goals, Palo Alto is the first city […]

San Francisco Mandates Solar Power for New Construction

San Francisco just became the first major US city to mandate solar panel installation on new construction.1 Since 2014, California’s Title 24 energy standards have required that fifteen percent of all commercial and residential rooftops in buildings ten floors or fewer be solar ready. While “solar ready” can mean different things, in the context of Title 24, it means […]

State of the Drought: Perception vs. Reality

Even with an El Nino and the wettest March on record, the prognosis of California’s drought is mixed. In Southern California, El Nino has been a disappointment, but parts of the state have been thoroughly drenched. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides almost 30% of water used in California, is at about 87% of it’s […]

Is California’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ready for Growing Demand?

On one unspecified day in February, the 200,000th electric car was sold in the state of California, which is home to about half of all electric cars in the United States. Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order in March, 2012 establishing a path to 1.5 million zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) in California by the year 2020, and with new and improved electric cars available for purchase and ZEV-friendly codes and legislation, California is getting closer to it’s goal. Forecasts […]

Bringing CA Closer to ZNE: The 2016 Updates to Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The California Energy Commission (CEC) updates the Building Energy Efficiency Standards every three years, and 2016 is such a year, with all changes going into effect January 1, 2017. These standards are designed to achieve energy efficiency and improve indoor and outdoor air quality. The Building Energy Efficiency Standards cover new construction and construction on existing commercial and residential buildings in the state except for hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities […]

From LEED to WELL: Human Health and Wellness in Green Buildings

There is no doubt that, in the green building industry, LEED sets the standard, but with the emergence of WELL, LEED is not the only four-letter certification available to green builders. The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring a building’s impact on human health and well-being. WELL is the first certification […]

Roof Wars: Solar vs. the Utilities

The solar power industry in Nevada experienced something of a rollercoaster this past December. The federal government, despite fears to the contrary, maintained the federal solar investment tax credit at 30 percent. Yet despite this vote of confidence in solar power from the federal government, the federal tax credit did not solve the regulatory […]

Taking the PULSE: A New Way to Check Airtightness

A team at the University of Nottingham has developed an innovative test to measure the airtightness of buildings. The PULSE test determines the infiltration rate of cold air and the loss of heated air through gaps and cracks in a building, making it possible to create targeted strategies for eliminating drafts which in turn leads […]

Diversion to Deconstruction: Green-ing Construction and Demolition Waste

Image Link With the construction of every new building comes a big pile of construction and demolition waste. On an annual basis, the construction and demolition industry creates more waste than any other industry in the United States. The average new construction project creates 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot, and the average demolition […]

Green Building on the World Stage: Building Day at COP 21

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, also known as COP 21, was a big, news-making event, with the world’s attention mostly focused on global leaders’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels. But for the first time in the UNFCC’s conference history, green building had its day at the conference, too […]

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