The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

March 7, 2013 by  
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With growing concern for indoor home health, rising energy costs and climate change, both builders and homeowners are turning to the Passive House  building system as a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional residential and commercial construction. The Passive House  system is based on the concept of passive design — that is, design that doesn’t use mechanical systems like heaters and air-conditioners for heating and cooling, but instead relies on making efficient use of sealed buildings, insulation, the sun’s energy and natural ventilation through careful design strategies. Passive House represents today’s highest green building standard and promises to dramatically cut an average household’s energy consumption and monthly energy bill. If you’re interested in learning more about how passive homes  are influencing architects and helping to shape the building sector, then be sure to check out the  Passive House Northwest 2013 Annual Conference coming up on Friday, March 15 at  Seattle Pacific University . Co-sponsored by Hammer & Hand and NK Architects , the conference will investigate the ways that Passive House  is propelling the built environment towards a higher and greener performance standard. Hit the jump to find out what’s in store at this awesome conference! Read the rest of The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment , Bullitt Foundation , Denis Hayes , energy efficient building , energy efficient construction , energy-efficient homes , green conference , green conference 2013 , green events , green events 2013 , J.O. Dockx , Katrin Klingenberg , passive home , passive house , Passive House certification , Passive House Institute US , Passive House Northwest , Passive House Northwest’s 2013 Annual Conference , PHnw , Seattle Pacific University , Seattle Washington

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India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

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World Bank to Raise $500 Million for Geothermal Energy Investment in Developing Countries

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The World Bank launched a fund on Wednesday to expand renewable energy generation in developing countries with a substantial investment in geothermal power. The Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP) will provide assistance and support in bringing geothermal energy -a currently underutilized resource-into the mainstream as a clean, cheap and reliable source of locally-produced power. The fund was launched at the Geothermal Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, a nation in which around 26.2% of energy is supplied by geothermal sources. Read the rest of World Bank to Raise $500 Million for Geothermal Energy Investment in Developing Countries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Climate Investment Funds , energy developing countries , geothermal energy , Global Environment Facility , Global Geothermal Development Plan , global geothermal energy , Island geothermal energy , renewable energy sources , World Bank Geothermal fund , world bank renewable energy program

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Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time

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Australia has had one heck of a summer this year, from flooding to fires and multiple record high temperatures . But until now, the link between these events and climate change has largely been ignored by the nation’s government and media. That changed this week when Australia’s independent Climate Commission released their “ Angry Summer ” report, which details just how climate change is impacting the nation’s escalating extreme weather. Read the rest of Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australia Brush Fires , Australia Climate Commission , Australia Flooding , Australia Summer 2012 2013 , Australian Heat Wave , Climate Change , global warming , global warming impact , Increasing Temperatures , The Angry Summer Australia

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400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

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Plant-Based Beyond Eggs Taste Like the Real Thing Without Environmental or Ethical Impact

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Photo via Shutterstock We’ve heard about lab grown meat and even 3D-printed steaks , but now one company is seeking to launch the leading plant-based egg substitute.   Beyond Eggs , made by Hampton Creek Foods, may not look like real eggs, but once hydrated, they are reported to taste remarkably like them. The grey powdery substitute is made from plant products like sunflower lecithin, canola, peas and natural gums from tree sap- providing a healthy, cruelty-free alternative to eggs. Read the rest of Plant-Based Beyond Eggs Taste Like the Real Thing Without Environmental or Ethical Impact Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beyond Eggs , cruelty free eggs , eco design , egg substitute , green design , Hampton Creek Foods , Josh Tetrick , plant based eggs , sustainable design , vegetarian eggs

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