Lately I have been struggling with identifying the core concepts of green building and remodeling. For years I was comfortable with a list of four items: energy efficiency, durability, indoor environmental quality, and resource efficiency. Then I got an earful from my little unibrowed buddy, Michael Anschel, who pinpoints five core concepts: energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and site and community impact. We had a spirited discussion about it, recorded for posterity, where I convinced him that he needed to include durability, based on my argument that too many professionals still have a long way to go toward making buildings durable.Then Martin Holladay comes up with his “Green Homes Don’t Need to Be Durable” blog post, which he won’t let go of. Now I am really starting to question my own sanity and that of everyone else in the green building industry.Let’s Try to Come Up with a NumberAfter a quick review of green building programs that I am familiar with, LEED for Homes has seven sections; the National Green Building Standard has six; Minnesota Green Star has five; and EarthCraft House has nine. Okay, now I am totally confused.On top of this, I am currently working on a green building textbook with Abe Kruger, and we have come up with eight principles: energy efficiency, resource efficiency, durability, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, community impact, homeowner education and maintenance, and sustainable site development. I realize that in the end, everyone is heading in the same direction via slightly different routes. Demand is rising, both in the industry and among consumers, for a single green standard that everyone can follow. While I can see that happening eventually, I expect that it will take a long time for all the existing programs to distill themselves down to a single, consistent standard. In the meantime, we will have to work with what we have.
December 15, 2019
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Amanda Razani What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Ingenu has debuted its Smarter City program, offering a ready-to-use, beginning-to-end smart city platform that is based on the firm’s patented RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) communication technology and innovations from its various partners.The program will give access to municipal applications, offering solutions for the best deployment of smart parking, water and electricity monitoring, street lighting and proactive infrastructure management, along with environmental observation.See also: How will smart cities avoid data overload?Ingenu has partnered with the best solutions providers in order to support the Smarter City program infrastructure. Every company has serious IoT industry knowledge and offers a strong set of features to support the program.These partners include PTC, which offers the PTC ThingWorx platform, which is an enterprise-ready technology platform that helps innovators to accelerate the development and deployment of smart, connected solutions for the IoT. Also in the lineup, is Libelium, the creator and manufacturer of hardware and software development kits for wireless sensor networks that enable integration of trustworthy IoT and Smart City devices, with minimum time to market.“The Smarter City program will offer governments and municipalities a simple, reliable and cost-effective IoT network based on RPMA, while immediately delivering functionality and services for a host of smart city applications,” said John Horn, CEO of Ingenu. “Ingenu has a history of success with smart city deployments and these partners will further enhance the capabilities that we can offer to the market.”Ingenu gives cities accessCities can quickly gain access to solutions that would normally provide a double digit return on investment during the first year of deployment, through the Smarter City program. Furthermore, the program offers turnkey applications that are designed to support long-term smart city growth plans.The reach of the RPMA network is rapidly increasing as Ingenu plows forward with its build out of the Machine Network in the U.S., and further enlarge its Global Licensing Strategy across the world. Ingenu’s giant partner ecosystem also offers RPMA-enabled devices and software on the network to monitor and manage applications from waste management to agriculture. Follow the Puck Tags:#Ingenu#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities
December 1, 2019
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday said the Union government’s ‘Act East Policy’ needs to be made more proactive by promoting India’s economic cooperation, cultural ties and ties with South East Asian countries.Mr. Sonowal met Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan here to discuss ways to successfully implement the ‘Act East Policy’, which is the brain-child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and ensure that the North-East region benefits from it. The policy needs to be made more proactive by promoting India’s economic cooperation, cultural ties and friendly and strategic relationship with South East Asian countries by consistently harping on continuous engagement at bilateral and multilateral levels taking Assam and North East as the heart of the policy, Sonowal said.Mr. Sonowal requested the Union Minister to use this policy as a tool to furthering economic initiatives. He also said that continuous engagements of all the South East Asian countries in the fields of education, cultural exchanges and people to people contact would also go a long way to make Act East Policy more successful. The Chief Minister said since connectivity is another core area which can bring different geographic entities closer, he requested the Union Minister to use his office to fine tune the institutional mechanism for improved airways, roadways, waterways, railways and information ways in the north eastern region. If this is done, North East will get the real benefits of being the active stake holder in the country’s Act East Policy, Mr. Sonowal added.
December 1, 2019
The Punjab cabinet on Monday decided to fill around 19,000 vacancies in various departments. The vacancies to be filled on a priority basis included around 5,000 in the Police Department and 5,300 in the Electricity Department, an official release said. Around 2,500 teachers and 5,000 paramedic and specialised employees, including doctors and specialists, would be recruited besides filling 1,300 posts in the Revenue Department, the release added. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked other departments to submit their list of vacancies without delay so that the recruitment process could be initiated. The move would generate additional employment in the State, which had witnessed the creation of significant job opportunities through a series of job melas (fairs) and other initiatives in the past two years, said the release. The Council of Ministers also decided to ease recruitment rules for qualified civil services personnel in the State through amendments to various relevant legislations, thus paving the way for filling posts that remained vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates. The decision would help resolve issues related to the allocation of services on the basis of the Punjab State Civil Services Combined Examination, the release said. The Council of Ministers also approved proposals mooted by the Personnel Department to bring necessary amendments to the draft notifications of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules, 1982; Punjab Recruitment of Sportsman Rules, 1988; and the Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009. The Cabinet also authorised the CM to approve the final draft of the rules, the release said. In pursuant to the conduct of the Punjab Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination, 2018, the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) had forwarded the merit list of 72 candidates to the government for the allocation of services. These included posts of the Punjab civil services (executive branch), deputy superintendent of police, excise and taxation officer, tehsildar, food supply officer, block development and panchayats officer, labour-cum-conciliation officer and the employment generation and training officer. Of these, 17 reserved posts remained unfilled due to the non-availability of candidates, following which the PPSC urged the government to get the posts filled after taking an appropriate decision.