This Week in Energy News – February 22, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, New York City is preparing for the next big storm and a California land rush could result in alternative energy providing the state with 100% of its power needs.

New York City East River Blueway Plan

Proposed: Four Miles of Manhattan’s East River to be Redeveloped with Storm Barrier

WXY Architecture + Urban Design, working with local officials and community groups, has developed the East River Blueway Plan to redevelop a stretch of Manhattan’s waterways to combat storm water surge, calling “for the creation of wetlands, parks, bicycle and pedestrian pathways and bridges, and the redevelopment of a disused beach under the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Toyota Sponsors 4,500 Trees for New York Restoration Project MillionTreesNYC

Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has launched the MillionTreesNYC effort, a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other local organizations that has plans to plant one million trees in New York City by 2017. Toyota has already agreed to sponsor the planting of 4,500 trees towards this year’s annual goal of 15,000.

Renewable Energy Projects in California Could Meet 100% of the State’s Power Needs

A land rush on California’s farming region to plant solar farms adds up to 227 proposed solar projects that, combined with wind and other renewable energy sources, “generate enough electricity to meet 100% of California’s power needs on an average summer day,” the California Independent System Operator says.

Net-Zero Certification Program Launched by EarthCraft Virginia

Currently in a pilot stage, a two-art certification program being designed by EarthCraft Virginia will provide projects and homeowners with “Net-Zero Ready” and “Net-Zero Certified” status for energy-neutral and energy-positive residential buildings. The program is targeted to new construction in the southeastern United States.

National Research Council Report Advises Department of Defense to Continue LEED Efforts

A new report that has been compiled by the United States National Research Council, as requested by Congress, on “the use of energy-efficiency and sustainability standards for military construction,” has reviewed previous efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to achieve LEED Silver or equivalent ratings in new construction and major renovations and gave them the “thumbs up.”

Renewable Energy Breakthrough Uses Geometry to Trap Solar Power

Researchers at Illinois’ Northwestern University have found a way to triple the period of time that light can be trapped within thin-film photovoltaic cells by “manipulating the arrangement of a polymer layer on an organic solar cell.”

Emerging Technologies Could Affect Building Industry Sustainability Efforts

A list of the most promising technology breakthroughs, released by the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Emerging Technologies, which are expected to enable humans to deal with problems related to tackle population growth, resource demands, and other sustainability issues, included organic electronics, three-dimensional printing, self-heating materials, and remote sensing.

Public Demonstration of Tiny Houses in Washington D.C. Aims to Change Minds and Regulations

Boneyard Studios, founded by Brian Levy and Lee Pera, has created a community of tiny, movable houses as public demonstration of the trend in residential downsizing, hoping to “encourage changes in local laws to permit smaller, more affordable living options here and on vacant land across the city.”

Changing Business Models to Embrace Sustainability Equates to Increased Profitability

A study conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group has revealed that “companies reporting profits from sustainability rose 23 percent in 2012, to 37 percent of the total” and that “that companies in developing countries change their business models as a result of sustainability at a far higher rate than those based in North America, which has the lowest rate of business-model innovation and the fewest business-model innovators.”

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VTECH Skylights Receives Approval from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for Use Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 09, 2011

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) recently approved and listed the VTECH Industries 4×4 CMC Hurricane Polyurethane Glass, Impact Resistant Skylight (Evaluation SK-28) is compliant with the wind loads specified in the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC).

VTECH Industries is pleased to announce their skylight as the first and only TDI approved skylight in the industry for use in the designated catastrophe areas along the Texas and Florida Gulf Coasts. The 4×4 CMC Skylights are created by utilizing the innovative, patented Reaction Injection Molding process. The RIM process is similar to traditional injection molding, except that a chemical reaction occurs under low pressure within the mold. A single-piece system is created by fusing the aliphatic polyurethane directly to the lighting surface. A continuous, high-performance bond is formed, eliminating the chances of failure due to improper installation, weathering or large hail.

Founded in 2001, VTECH Industries has been leading the industry in meeting expanding building codes requiring roofing materials that meet high wind loads, protect against hail and resist wind driven rain. From Miami-Dade Hurricane Approval, to TDI and AAMA Gold Certification, VTECH Skylights are your best line of defense from the worst mother nature can throw your way.

For more information about VTECH Skylights please contact our manufacturing headquarters at 866.491.0843 or visit us online at To view and/or print a PDF copy of the Product Evaluation, please visit the Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Program website located at


Bluegreen Resort Works with Dennis Fire Department to Create Training Session

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) October 25, 2011

Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG), a leading provider of Colorful Places to Play, is pleased to announce its Dennis Port, Massachusetts resort, The Soundings Seaside Resort, opened up one of its buildings to host a training session for the Town of Dennis Fire Department, as well as five other surrounding municipalities. The combined training exercise allowed the departments to test, teach and update the skills of approximately 80 firefighters.

The Bluegreen-managed property opened 44 of its doors to The Town of Dennis Fire Department Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The resort building that was used as the training base of operations is set to be demolished in the coming weeks in order to make room for a new resort building. The Town of Dennis Fire Deputy Chief set up four stations within the building:

1. Lecture on Accountability – a seminar on the importance of knowing where all team members are at all times, so no member is left behind.

2. Roof and Ventilation Operations ? a session on ventilating burning buildings. Teams were able to put knowledge to use and actually cut holes into the building roof.

3. Forced Entry Through Doors ? Fire fighters practiced breaking through barricaded doors, as well as creating other entryways, called ?breaching the walls.?

4. Obstacle course ? Brewster, Mass., Fire Chief Bob Moran created an obstacle course through adjoining rooms for fire fighters to gain experience in large building procedures.

?Having lived on the Cape for over 20 years, and having to rely on the fire department for many services, I welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the Town of Dennis Fire Department and Captain Tucker and give something real back,? explains R. Jake Jacobus, General Manager of The Soundings.

Jacobus was not the only one pleased with the session?s results, as the Deputy Chief of the Dennis Fire Department added, ?The experience at The Soundings was just fantastic.? He reported, ?Feedback from the crews who participated in the training session was positive, as everyone was pleased with the drill. And there was an outstanding level of support from the staff on hand.?

The Soundings Seaside Resort rests upon 365 feet of private beach along the Nantucket Sound. The studios, one- and two-bedroom suites offer all the modern accommodations to be expected of a luxury Bluegreen resort, yet continue to maintain the traditional charm of Cape Cod.


Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE:BXG) is the leader in providing Colorful Places to Live and Play? through its vacation ownership resort and residential real estate business segments. Our more than 3,500 employees are passionate about delivering extraordinary experiences for our owners, travelers and business partners. Since 1996, Bluegreen has managed, marketed and sold a flexible, real estate-based vacation ownership plan with more than 222,600 owners, over 54 owned or managed resorts, and access to more than 4,000 resorts worldwide. Since 1985, Bluegreen Communities has developed master-planned residential and golf communities primarily in the southern and southeastern U.S., and has sold over 55,000 home sites. We also offer a portfolio of comprehensive, turnkey, fee-for-service resort management, financial services, customer generation and sales solutions to third-party developers and lenders. For more information, visit us online at See what Bluegreen owners are saying on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


The Symphony Apartments Opening Announced by McCormack Baron Salazar, City of Phoenix Housing Department

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. and the City of Phoenix Housing Department are celebrating the opening of a new, mixed-income community known as The Symphony Apartments. The development located in the Central City South Neighborhood near 16th Avenue and Buckeye Road replaces the former 76-unit Krohn West public housing site. The revitalization effort was initiated through a 2007 HUD HOPE VI Grant resulting in the development of 83 attractive, garden-style and townhome rental units.

Tony Salazar, President of McCormack Baron Salazar?s West Coast Operations, stated ?The redevelopment of Krohn West represents a critical step in the revitalization of the Central City South Neighborhood. This revitalization allows the City to diversify incomes, expand affordable housing opportunities, implement a strong community and supportive services program, and replace severely distressed public housing with a high quality, well designed multi-family community.?

MBS in partnership with the Housing Department collaborated with community stakeholders to design and implement the revitalization of the 5-acre site. ?This investment, following the completion of the Henson Village community, really makes this neighborhood adjacent to downtown a great place to live and helps drive the momentum of revitalization. The Symphony is a great addition,? said Councilman Michael Johnson.

?These partnerships are possible because of strong and committed leadership from our City Council,? said Kim Dorney, Director of the Phoenix Housing Department. ?MBS has met the challenge to create a beautiful mixed-income housing community that could fit anywhere in the Valley and that will serve as a catalyst for ongoing investment in Central City South.?

In addition to the demolition of the existing buildings and removal of outdated infrastructure, the plan also called for the construction of 14 residential buildings, a 1,500-square-foot management/community building to provide office space for on-site property management and recreational and meeting space, as well as newly designed infrastructure and multiple public improvements, such as a new water and sewer system, underground utilities, and improved street lighting and signage. The development also includes implementation of supportive services programs for residents. ?We are very pleased to partner once again with the city of Phoenix in providing a new, high quality, well-designed neighborhood that celebrates the diversity of this community,? said Louis Bernardy, MBS Vice President.

The Symphony Apartments feature market rate amenities that include central air conditioning, a community building and swimming pool , as well as in-unit energy efficient appliances, such as washers/dryers, and dishwashers. The apartments were designed and built using materials and appliances certified by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) and Energy Star. High quality construction materials, high grade insulation, energy efficient roofing, windows and doors have been incorporated throughout the community. The Symphony has accessible units and larger units have multiple baths. All units are equipped with free wireless internet access to all the households and will also utilize a solar system that will provide electrical power to the common areas, resulting in substantial energy and costs savings for the property. Rental applications are currently being accepted. Visit for more information.

Drexel Metals LLC Metal Roofing Systems Receive Texas Department of Insurance Approval

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 23, 2009

Drexel Metals LLC is pleased to announce that it now has 11 of its metal roofing assemblies evaluated and listed with the Texas Department of Insurance for use in the designated catastrophe areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Drexel Metals now offers the largest selection of TDI approved standing seam metal roofing panels in the industry. Drexel Metals offers these products in 32 colors in both steel and aluminum.

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