Modern LEED Gold home embraces outdoor entertaining in Aspen

August 7, 2018 by  
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Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood is best known for its ornate Victorian houses, but one residence in particular is turning heads for its modern, award-winning design and LEED Gold certification. Local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design designed the ground-up home — dubbed “Game On” — that splits a historic landmark lot with a neighboring late-19th-century home. The new residence incorporates environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features throughout, from its solar roof tiles on the garage to its sustainably harvested materials palette. Constructed with a traditional gabled form and front porch that mirrors the surrounding architecture, Game On stands out from its neighbors with its clean lines and white-painted exterior. The 4,291-square-foot abode’s contextual design earned approval from Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission. The minimal design approach carries over to the restrained landscaping as well. “Inspired by the residential vernacular of Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood, this home brings a sense of clarity and elegance to a traditionally ornate Victorian form,” the architecture firm said. “With the clients’ personal and professional lifestyle in mind, the design is intended to accommodate a large number of guests for entertaining yet provides a sense of intimacy for private relaxation. The open plan connects the indoor and outdoor spaces with seamless lift and slide pocket doors. Interiors feature custom built-in and floating furnishings and custom fixtures.” Related: Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development In additional to solar roof tiles , Game On minimizes its energy footprint with a highly efficient mechanical system, radiant in-slab heating and heat loss control. The sustainable water strategy includes high-efficiency fixtures and an irrigation system as well as a bocce ball court in the backyard that collects and filters all stormwater runoff. The interior is dressed in natural and recycled materials with no VOC paints for a healthy indoor environment. + Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design Images via Brent Moss Photography

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The warmest ocean temperature in a century was just recorded in California

August 7, 2018 by  
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Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have recorded the warmest sea surface temperature in more than a hundred years near a pier in San Diego. The Institute, affiliated with the University of California, San Diego, has been collecting data on sea surface temperatures at the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier since 1916. The 2018 level surpassed an unusual 1931 record by 0.2 degrees, coming in at a whopping 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Related: Ocean heatwaves have risen by more than 50% since 1925 According to a press release from Scripps , “the ocean region off Southern California has been experiencing anomalously warm temperatures for the past week, and other observational networks farther off the coast have reported record or near-record temperatures as well.” The continuous rise in temperature will have serious implications for sea life and marine ecosystems. For example, it could help create a toxic algae bloom, such as the one that spread along the north Pacific coast in 2014, altering the biodiversity of the area indefinitely. This bloom had a devastating impact on sea lions and other marine mammal groups, closed fisheries, and pushed species of jellyfish and stingrays further inward to shore, causing a perilous domino effect of altered food chains. In 2015, El Niño significantly altered water temperature levels off the coast of California . However, after such environmental phenomena, seawater temperatures are supposed to return to historical averages. This time, it never happened. “It really is weird,” explained Scripps research scientist Clarissa Anderson in an interview with NPR. “We have different records going back decades and while [our ocean water] temperature is tightly connected with the equator, we’re now seeing [temperatures] stabilize at the equator while temperatures in southern California keep going up.” According to researchers, the record temperature is yet another sign of the mounting effects of climate change . + Scripps Institute Via NPR

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China Orders Its Airlines Not to Pay EU Emissions Fee

February 6, 2012 by  
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The country stepped up its opposition to the controversial Emissions Trading System, the latest move from a large number of countries that are opposed to paying for carbon emissions generated within European airspace.

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Weekday Vegetarian: An Artful Eggplant and Red Pepper Stack for a Hot Day

August 3, 2010 by  
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Photo: Emma Alter The eggplant that I have been growing in my garden has been extremely successful this year. The flowers are beautiful, which is always nice, and each plant is providing a large number of vegetables.

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Outdoor Industries Feeling the Heat from Climate Change

July 2, 2010 by  
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The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), a trade group representing more than 4,000 manufacturers, retailers, distributors and adventure companies, recently joined the business coalition BICEP to push for passage of comprehensive climate and energy legislation. These companies recognize that investing in clean energy and halting our addiction to emitting carbon pollution for free isn’t just good environmental stewardship, but also good economic policy.

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PG&E and Exelon Boast Nation’s Lowest CO2 Emissions Rates

July 2, 2010 by  
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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Exelon are the nation’s fifth and 35th largest power producers yet they boast the lowest carbon dioxide emissions rates of the top 100 electric utilities in the U.S., a new report shows. On the other end of the spectrum is Big Rivers Electric, the Kentucky-based cooperative that is the nation’s 79th largest power producer but holds the highest CO2 emissions ranking

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Household Dish Detergents Now Phosphate-Free

July 2, 2010 by  
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A voluntary ban on phosphates in dishwasher detergent, spurred by a large number of state bans, went into effect yesterday.

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Keeping Things in Perspective: An Electric Car is About as Power-Hungry as an Air Conditioner

April 7, 2010 by  
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Image on left: Nissan “EVs would come to an annual cost of between US$190 and $278 to consumers” There’s no doubt that a large number of electric vehicles would use a lot of electricity.

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18,000 Gallons of Oil Spill Into Louisiana Wildlife Refuge

April 7, 2010 by  
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Officials have reported that an estimated 18,000 gallons of crude oil have spilled into a Louisiana wildlife refuge 60 miles outside of New Orleans. The rupture occurred in a Chevron oil pipeline, and an evaluation of the damage to the ecosystem is underway. What’s known is that the spill has created a 5 mile long slick, and occurred in a remote area so difficult to access that caretakers weren’t able to reach it…

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Road Transportation Is the Greatest Culprit in Global Warming

March 7, 2010 by  
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A new study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has identified on-road transportation as the most significant overall source contributing to global warming. Power generation, while having the greatest total impact, also includes a large number of compounds that increase cloud reflectivity and provide other effects to offset some of the warming they are responsible for.

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