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Tiny houses, big idea

Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.

The April 22 event at the city’s Green Building Resource Center outside downtown was hosted by the Texas Gulf Coast chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Dozens of people filled the spacious lobby of the building to hear about various aspects of the growing trend.

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Houston Plays a Role in Solar Green Energy Movement

The roof of Houston's Green Building Resource Center is lined with giant solar panels that help power the building. It's a facility that promotes solutions to improve the environment.

Program Director Steve Stelzer believes solar energy is the wave of the futures.

"We have more computer power in our smart phones than Neil Armstrong took to the Moon in 1969, and if we had put that kind of attention into solar panels, perhaps we'd be carrying around a little solar panel attached to our wallet that could power our car. And I think with the renewed interest from everyone ordering these solar panels, we're just gonna see the supply meeting the demand," says Stelzer.

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10 U.S. Cities Vow to Cut Emissions From Buildings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings.

Businesses and homes are a major source of carbon-dioxide pollution in cities, with most of it coming from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting. Many of the participating cities — Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia and Salt Lake City — already are working toward making their building stock more energy efficient.

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City of Houston Adopts Residential Building Energy Efficiency Codes

Houston City Council today approved another five percent increase in the Houston Residential Energy Conservation Code. With this increase the local minimum energy efficiency requirements for new construction of one and two family homes, townhouses and apartments up to three stories in height is 15 percent above what is mandated by state law. This is the third year in a row the local code has been increased by five percent.

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Houston Becoming a Green Power Glutton

The city said that in the two-year period beginning July 1 it will purchase “over 140 megawatts of renewable power” from Reliant Energy, the NRG Energy subsidiary, amounting to half of the municipal government’s electricity demand. “The City will be using almost 623,000 megawatt-hours of green power per year, which is equivalent to the amount…needed to power over 55,000 homes each year,” the announcement said.  

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The 5 Most Interesting Pieces of Obama’s New Climate Plan

After promising to make climate change a top priority in his second term, President Obama has finally rolled out his new plan for action. 

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8 Surprising Energy Hogs in Your Home

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Miscellaneous Energy Loads in Buildings, found that all of these random devices add up to 7.8 quadrillion Btus every year, nearly as much as water heating, refrigeration and cleaning and cooking combined.

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LEED v4 Overwhelmingly Approved by USGBC Members

After three years of development, six public comment periods, and plenty of controversy, USGBC members voted to approve LEED v4—in a landslide.

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Houston Permitting Center to install Wind Turbines and more Solar Panels

The City of Houston has received $900,000 in grant funding to add to the sustainability features of 1002 Washington Avenue...

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Houston's green efforts win accolades

The U.S. Conference of Mayors named Mayor Annise Parker the winner of Mayor’s Climate Protection Award…

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World Energy Use Over the Last 200 Years (Graphs)

The Oil Drum whipped up some charts of world energy consumption over the last 200 years. They tell a powerful story of human progress and the perils ahead:

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