After many years of blogging, and consistent with my desire to move toward retirement, we have ended the Insights blog. Thanks to Doug Bedell for his years of blog support.

A Federal Building With Zero Energy Costs

Posted on November 18, 2010
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Government Technology magazine has a story about a new federal building – the Research Support Facility  (RSF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Goldon, Colorado, that produces as much energy as it consumes. It costs hardly anything to keep the lights on or the air-conditioning humming. In fact, there is no actual air-conditioning, because there’s no need for it. The building has a “pink-noise” generator that mimics the sound of a forced-air system. That’s because the lack of such “white noise” in an office is considered distracting. And the building is lit 100 percent by daylight. There’s artificial lighting, but it’s used only at night or during stormy weather. Read more

Ralph Lauren’s Alternative Reality

Posted on November 12, 2010
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Wd don’t attempt to keep up with events in the fashion world, but when one of those events incorporates advances in visual technology – fusing movies, 3D projection and fashion – it gets our attention. That’s what Ralph Lauren’s “4D” shows did this week at their New York and London stores. Read more

A Soaring Energy Refit

Posted on November 8, 2010
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We’ve been on a high recently, writing about rooftop power plants, “invisible” airplanes and “skylifter” flying saucers. But here’s one more – New York’s iconic Empire State Building, now 80 years old,  is finishing up an energy-saving windows upgrade.

Yes, all of the Empire State Building’s 6,500 windows are being enhanced with an energy-saving film and inert gas being added between their double panes, at the rate of 50 windows a night. Read more

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