LED Takes the Lead in Power Tools

Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:02
Posted in category Green Buildings

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For decades we’ve been holding the key to efficient lighting technology in the palm of our hands. Universally acknowledged as the most sustainable choice in the crowded light bulb aisle, LED lights have been embedded in your television remote control for the past 50 years. Since 1962, when GE’s Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first visible-spectrum light emitting diode, that little red indicator light on your TV remote has been an LED bulb.

While LED has been slower to catch on in the home and business illumination market due to its relatively high price point, its integration into the realm of power tools has been swift and impactful. Early on, these tiny diodes were recognized as the perfect replacement to fluorescent bulbs as indicator lights, due to a longer lifetime and smaller size. Now, LEDs’ crucial lack of heat is being put to better and wider uses in even the most arduous of work environments. Read the rest of this entry »

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    5 Most Common Credits for LEED Certification

    Friday, November 16, 2012 10:04
    Posted in category Green Buildings

    LEED BuildingThe decision to apply for LEED Certification is both exciting and daunting for designers and managers. Having your building recognized by the USGBC is a badge of honor in the design and construction industry, but it also means more planning, measuring and upfront costs. What’s more, a simple “LEED Certified” designation no longer holds the same weight as it once did; in fact, the most common designation is now LEED Gold. This requires getting at least 60 out of the 110 possible points under the current LEED rating system. Points vary tremendously in ease and cost, so make sure not to miss any of the low hanging fruits in this list. Also, you shouldn’t worry about whether these options will still be available under LEED V4; a project can still apply to the current system, LEED 2009, until mid-2015.

    1. Include a principal participant with a LEED Accreditation

    In terms of ease and benefit, the number one thing any project should do is to make sure you have a LEED AP on the team. LEED AP’s have passed the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP Exams, as well as documented experience on a project seeking LEED Certification. They will have the expertise required to design a building to LEED standards and to coordinate the application process. LEED APs also go through continuing education to ensure they understand the latest in integrated design and how to consider interactions between the various credit categories. Remember that they must have a LEED AP designation, which tests for advanced knowledge of a particular rating system; not simply a LEED Green Associate, which only tests a fundamental understanding of green buildings.

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      What is LEED Certification?

      Monday, October 22, 2012 9:47
      Posted in category Green Buildings

      USGBCLEED has grown to a household name in architecture and engineering circles, but it is still a foreign concept to many who are beginning to recognize the potential that a LEED Accreditation can offer.

      From lawyers who now need to demonstrate a working knowledge of LEED to handle specific cases, to those in the hospitality industry who need to speak coherently about the green features of their hotel or resort, those in non-technical industries are looking to be LEED accredited and often don’t know where to start. In addition, as LEED solidifies itself in the global green building market, more technical industries, such as HVAC, electricians and plumbers are looking to become LEED accredited.

      So let’s start from square one. What is LEED Certification?

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