Green Building

Green Business Incubator Gets Funding | BuildingCTGreen

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) have announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved two appropriations bills with more than $1.95 million in funding for a number of projects across Connecticut. One of those projects is the The Green Urban Business Incubator (GUBI) in Bridgeport which will receive $150,000 to assist up to

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Fairfield County builders seeing increase in number of ‘green’ projects

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

The association surveyed its approximately 400 members and had a response rate of 44 percent. Eighty-five percent of the respondents said they use green building practices in some capacity. Sixty percent of the builders surveyed said their clients request green products in their building or remodeling projects. via Fairfield County builders seeing increase in number

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Event: Bird House Building with reclaimed lumber, Sat. 10-2, Hamden

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

Bird House Building with reclaimed lumber and reusable materials at Urban Miners, Sat, July 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 30 Manila Ave., Hamden, (203) 287-0852. Pre-cut kits and instruction available by Todd Wormell. All ages welcome! Pre-registration appreciated. $10 per structure. Tour the facility before or after your project is complete. Register by calling

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Builders Vie for Title in the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund is sponsoring the 2010-2011 Zero Energy Challenge competition for designers and builders of new homes in Connecticut. While the 2009-2010 Challenge is still going strong, the 2010-2011 Challenge will allow another group of high-achieving builders and homeowners to showcase their groundbreaking projects. “The response to the current Challenge has been

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New firehouse will achieve environmental certification

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

EAST HARTFORD — Fire station No. 5, slated to begin construction in August, will make history by being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified fire station in Connecticut. via New firehouse will achieve environmental certification | Journal Inquirer.



Work within existing footprints for LEED certification

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

All the towns’ players are abuzz about the concept of a “village common” as part of an overall master plan which among other things resuscitates a plan to remodel and expand Town Hall. The linchpin for a village common would be a crosstown move for the New Canaan Library from Main Street to Park Street.

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Firms learn about deconstruction (video)

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

NEW HAVEN — To the passing eye, a dilapidated house at 183-185 Saltonstall Ave. in the Fair Haven neighborhood is nothing short of an eyesore. But to several public, private and nonprofit entities, it is a treasure, of sorts. The two-family house is owned by the nonprofit housing developer Mutual Housing Association Inc., and for

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Center for Green Building’s 3rd Annual Sam’s Summer Solstice 5:30 p.m. June 17

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

The Center for Green Building is extremely excited to announce that our 3rd Annual Sam’s Summer Solstice will be held next Thursday, June 17, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. This event will feature numerous local environmental professionals who will provide free information about alternatives to make homes and lifestyles more green, healthy, and sustainable. In

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USGBC’s open letter about health and the LEED rating system

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

The U.S. Green Building Council writes an open letter to the Environment and Human Health Inc., addressing the issues of human health and the LEED Rating System. On Monday I wrote about a new report by Environment and Human Health, Inc (EHHI) in which the organization suggests that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating

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CT, U.S. garage operators copying LEED

Jun 10th, 2010 | By

Connecticut's biggest parking operators and electric utility have teamed up to create a certification for “green” garages, similar to the LEED format for environmentally sustainable buildings. Indeed, the U.S. Green Parking Council was formally established a month ago because the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) won’t certify any of the thousands of existing

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CT Group Gives LEED Failing Marks

Jun 7th, 2010 | By

The following is from Fast Company Magazine which looked at a recent study done by Connecticut based Environment and Human Health, Inc. The study questioned the true value of LEED® when it comes to Indoor air quality.



Can Hartford Developer Get Funding for LEED Platinum project?

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Unless I’m missing something, the 11-story, 296,000-square-foot, LEED Platinum office/retail building proposed for Constitution Plaza is the most promising project on Hartford’s drawing board. It has all kinds of things going for it — technology, sustainability, jobs, smart growth, even a tie to local schools. What it may not have in its favor is timing.

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Connecticut Green News from Building CT Green

May 28th, 2010 | By

News from Building CT Green: Propark Building World’s Greenest Parking Facility Hartford, Conn. – According to the Denver Business Journal, Hartford- based parking-lot operator Propark America is building an $18.6 million parking project near Denver International Airport that’s billed by its developer as the world’s greenest parking facility.



Council called on to update LEED

May 27th, 2010 | By

A North Haven environmental group is urging an organization that promotes environmentally friendly building standards around the country to make changes to the program it has for certifying buildings as “green.” Environment and Human Health is asking the U.S. Green Building Council to revamp its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. via

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Developers Compete In CT Zero Energy Challenge

May 22nd, 2010 | By

William Freeman was on a mission when he built an energy-efficient spec house on Heron Pond in Essex. He wanted to demonstrate that building green doesn't require sacrificing luxury or looks. The interior of the new energy efficient home built in Essex is completely lined with Agribalance soy-based open cell spray foam which turns the

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Another milestone reached in CCSU Sustainability Initiative

May 5th, 2010 | By

A new addition to this story that originally appeared on May 1:  Eastern Connecticut State University’s new Science Building was designed for LEED Silver Certification for its use of gray water to irrigate and its many other green features. In addition, a geothermal system provides heat and air conditioning to a 62,973-square-foot residence hall, the largest

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Yale’s Kroon Hall On AIA’s 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

May 4th, 2010 | By

Replacing a brownfield site, Kroon Hall was charged with being a net zero energy building. The architects and the University wanted Kroon Hall to set a new standard for schools around the country.



Metropolitan Business Academy Opens Its New Doors in New Haven

Apr 27th, 2010 | By

After years of waiting, Metro students moved into their own home, equipped with dizzying wall decor and some of the most cutting-edge technology in the school district. via $43M Metro Business Academy Opens Doors | New Haven Independent.



It isn’t easy being a green economy in CT or elsewhere

Apr 24th, 2010 | By

Since November, the U.S. Department of Labor has given $495 million to green job programs across the nation. Connecticut has received more than $7.4 million in Labor Department green job programs, with $4 million going to Bridgeport for a program that trains more than 300 people in green careers in the next two years.



Brothers Earn Top Green-Building Rating For East Hartford Home

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By

Artan Martinaj stood proudly on Wednesday afternoon in the new kitchen of the house he built. With him at the open house on Goodwin Street were about 50 people, including a few town council members and the mayor, who lifted a glass of champagne to the completion of the house that officials hope will be

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