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  • Test # 2!!!

    Woo Hoo!

    Posted at January 22, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Solar Plane AHOY!

    From our friends at ECO People http://ecopeopleltd.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/is-a-bird-no-its-solar-plane/ Is It a bird? No, its Solar Plane! 19APR A 26-hour long flight was completed in 2010 starting from Switzerland and finishing in Morocco. So what you might ask? Well this plane was powered solely by solar energy. Impressed? Now the high-tech plane, powered completely by the sun, will attempt to fly coast-to-coast across the U.S. starting in May. On Thursday, Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg announced that they will take off from Moffett Air Field at NASA Ames Research Centre in Mountain View, California on May 1 and intend to head East to New York City. Along the way, they’ll make stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and either St. Louis, Nashville or Atlanta. They anticipate the entire trip will take approximately two months to ...

    Posted at April 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years by Morgana Matus, 04/09/13 Read more: Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

    This article re-posted from http://inhabitat.com/germany-quadruples-energy-surplus-over-the-last-two-years/ For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between 2011 and 2012. Europe’s leading economy has been pushing for a green revolution, becoming one of the largest markets for solar voltaics and where support for renewables is subsidized by taxpayers. The country’s Federal Statistics Office reported a surplus of 22.8 billion kilowatt hours over the last two years. The government has set a goal to source 80 ...

    Posted at April 10, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Electricity Free Lighting

    Check out this neat idea:   Water and bleach in a bottle fitted to a roof, refracts and reflects light to the interior of a building.  half of the bottle is outside and half inside, refracting light equivalent of a 60 Watt bulb without the need of a power source.  A drop of bleach in the water keeps it clear and germ free.     Go here to read more: http://dornob.com/solar-bottle-lamps-water-bleach-10000-liters-of-light/

    Posted at February 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Green Roofs May Boost Efficiency of Solar Panels

    Green Roofs May Boost Efficiency Of Solar Panels It’s no surprise that having both a green roof and a solar panel array on a building is a great way to double down on reducing energy bills for property owners. Two recent studies, however, raised some eyebrows by indicating that the plants on a green roof may actually improve the performance of the photovoltaic solar cells themselves. Read the entire article at Earth Techling.     http://earthtechling.com/2012/12/green-roofs-may-boost-efficiency-of-solar-panels/

    Posted at January 14, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Ontario Power Authority Releases 2011 Conservation results

    Well folks, let's see how good Ontario did turning off the lights in 2011! 2011 Conservation Results Report Thu, 12/20/2012 The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is pleased to provide the 2011 Conservation Results Report.  2011 Conservation Results Report This report provides insight into 2011 conservation programs and information on new innovative projects and technologies supported through the Conservation Fund. From 2006 to 2011, conservation programs have seen an investment of $2 billion and have saved customers $4 billion in avoided costs. Overall, 2011 conservation programs in read more

    Posted at January 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Merry Christmas!!!

    Wishing all a safe and Happy Holiday Season!  Merry Christmas! Let us all remember how fortunate we are to have arrived at this point again, safe and sound.  Our thoughts go out to those who are no longer with us, and those left behind after tragedies such as the one in Newtown CT. Best Wishes   Rick

    Posted at December 24, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Happy Anniversary Rascom GreenBuild Services!

    It's been one whole year since we opened our doors at Rascom GreenBuild Services!  As a small start up looking to capitalize on existing relationships but knowing we had an uphill climb to establish our brand and our credibility, we've had a roller coaster of a year as one might expect, but we are ending it on a high note having created new relationships, delivered on all projects, and we look forward to growing our business in 2013.   A great big THANK YOU goes out to those who gave us the opportunity to work together. Some of our projects can be found here: http://www.rascomgreenbuildservices.com/portfolio/   If you are a property manager and you don't know who to call, call us. We are experienced working with multi unit residential and commercial properties and our services range ...

    Posted at November 8, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Toll Roads

    The big news (at least on 680 A.M. radio) this morning is talk of how to fund new public transit infrastructure. Most of the talk is focused on a "tax" of some sort, a sore spot with Canadians who already feel that we are overtaxed beyond belief.   Here are the "Top 10" methods being considered by City of Toronto staff to raise the funds necessary ( an estimated $ 2 Billion per year over the next 25 years) 1. Increase in Personal Income Tax (C.O.T. residents) 2. Additional Sales Tax 3. Payroll Tax 4. Highway Tolls 5. Fuel Tax 6. Vehicle Registration Tax 7. Property Tax 8. Parking Levy 9.  Land Transfer Tax 10. Increased Development Fees Many, if not all, will hit the regions residents hard depending on how and where they live and commute at present. While not all options would be implemented (we hope), most end up being an ...

    Posted at October 2, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Net Positive

    You've heard of Net Zero Buildings, the ones that through the use of better building practices and the harnessing of solar, geothermal and wind energy produce as much energy as they use? Well, Delridge Homes of Markham is building something that produces excess energy, a "Net Positive" building. For years now, Del Ridge Homes has been using leading edge envelope technology to both control the building process and to build buildings  that are greener, use less energy and will last for generations. They initially did this through the use of Insulated Concrete Forms, once an alternative form of building envelope construction, now becoming more and more popular as the solution to building better to meet the new Model Energy Code. Now they are pulling every trick in the book to build better. Read on.... How a ...

    Posted at August 21, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
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