PGW Wants You to Save Energy and Save Money!

Don’t miss out on PGW’s EnergySense programs. PGW is helping residents and businesses save energy and save money by providing rebates for energy efficient equipment for both new and rehab projects. New construction and gut-rehab projects can receive grants up to $60,000 per commercial or multi-family building for energy efficient design. Single-Family homes can receive… More

LEED Proven Provider

Some people get to go through the pre-screen line at airports. Re:Vision can’t help you with that, but we are now a LEED Proven Provider, which is kind of like a LEED pre-screening. We earned the designation due to our consistent excellence in administering LEED projects, says the Green Building Certification Institute. This designation will… More

Deep Material Vetting: How Do You Do It?

How do you avoid the worst offenders? How do you use disclosure tools such as HPD, EPD, MSDS, and Declare Label? And how do you spot an information gap? Our Living Building Challenge Ambassadors, Scott Kelly and Chris Lee, answered these questions (and more) during a live interactive webcast with BuildingGreen.com that focused on how to vet material… More

Aerzen’s Solar Dashboard

It’s Friday, October 31, 2014 and Aerzen’s headquarters in Coatesville, PA is generating 48.57 kW on a mostly clear day. Thus far the solar array has generated 484006.99 kW hours since February 2013. It’s CO2 offset equals to saving 8,712 trees and its energy generated equals to 39,204 gallons of gas saved. How did I,… More

Post-Occupancy Plea for Data

Dear Owners, We design, we consult, we model, we stress about an insane amount of minutiae, and then we sit and wonder how projects are actually performing.  One easy gauge is your utility bills.  We deeply appreciate when you send them to us…you are helping us identify possible issues and shape what we do on… More

Re-Purpose Ideas

I am in awe of the wide array of salvaged materials generated by this company, as well as the creative re-purpose ideas they feature from their customers.  75,000 unused kitty litter bags anyone?  How about an ACTUAL RAILROAD BRIDGE?  Their periodic newsletter is oddly addictive, and useful. Repurposed Materials website

NET ZERO ENERGY, REALLY???

I suppose a blog is as good a place as any to get out your pet peeves.  One of mine is the “Net-Zero Energy” label on buildings that are still in design.  As I write that, I am thinking “Oh crickey, I bet I am guilty of that.”  Yes, I may have gotten sloppy myself… More

STAFF PICKS

I field lots of calls of homeowners curious about building their own home. In order of frequency, here are the most typical questions: costs (!!!), process (who does what?), schedule, and pros/cons of new vs renovation. Every so often you get a wild-card question too, like yesterday when Craig Claudin (a cameraman who got the… More