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Energy Efficiency Grants and Getting the Coconut

December 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Josh Greenfield,
Energy Services Manager, Primera Engineers

Like the old energy adage goes “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” the same goes for energy efficiency upgrades, “You can’t make a good portion of energy efficiency upgrades economically viable without grants.” Okay, maybe that’s not a widely used adage by anyone, but the statement holds a lot of truth. With the simple payback period and internal rate of return metrics on building owners’ minds in this tough economy, these values can be make-it or break-it when it comes to the decision of implementing various energy efficiency upgrades or not.
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Chicago’s Bungalows: A Hundred Years of History, Ten Years of Sustainability

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Eugene Weibel

“Bungalow” means different things around the world. To some it’s akin to a country cottage, to others it’s a beachfront mini-resort. The word is unmistakable in Chicago, however, as anything other than the modest, narrow, single-family brick houses that dominated home construction in the area during the first half of the twentieth century.
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Greenbuild Legacy Projects Announced

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)-Illinois Chapter Host Committee awarded six grants to Chicago area “legacy projects” in conjunction with this November’s Greenbuild Conference. This action advances the Chapter’s goal of developing green building at the grassroots level. The Greenbuild Conference is looking to give ten full conference scholarships to Greenbuild 2010 for those making a difference locally, as a way to encourage diversity within the green building community.
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