GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

June 10, 2014 by  
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Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home. Exposure to natural light affects your immune system  as well as your circadian rhythms , sleep cycle and hormones, and studies have linked lack of sunlight to depression (S.A.D), immune problems, diabetes and cancer . According to researcher and director of SUNAC (Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center) William B. Grant , “over 20,000 Americans die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D, and half of those with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had had more UVB exposure.” Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer , circadian , circadian rhythms , Daylighting , energy efficient lighting , Green Building 101 , green design , green lighting , Health , illumination , lamps , LED , LED lamps , LED lighting , lights , paint , reflection , skylight , skylights , sunlight , sunshine , Sustainable Lighting Design , vitamin d , voc , well-being , wellbeing

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces

May 22, 2014 by  
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Feeling good in our homes or offices isn’t just a matter of having a beautiful space: No matter how fabulous your furnishings, a poorly designed indoor environment can literally make you sick . Building green means considering not only the environmental impact of materials and construction, but also the physical and psychological health of the occupants. The next phase of our series covers Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)—one of the criteria of the  USGBC ‘s  LEED  rating system—and how you can achieve it in your own space. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , air , Air quality , bright office , clean air , Environmental quality , Green Building 101 , Green Walls , healthy building , healthy home , healthy office , Indoor , indoor air quality , indoor environment , indoor environmental quality , indoors , LEED-H , pure air , sick building , sick building syndrome , skylight , voc , volatile organic compounds , window

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3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control

May 22, 2014 by  
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A wildfire burning out of control between the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff in northern Arizona was most likely “human caused,” say authorities. The blaze has been dubbed the “Slide Fire” due to its proximity to Slide Rock State Park, which was recently named one of America’s 10 Best State Parks . The fire began on Tuesday but “exploded” yesterday, threatening hundreds of homes and businesses and putting over 3,000 residents on evacuation alert. 300 homes are under mandatory evacuation. Read the rest of 3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona Slide Fire , Arizona wildfire , Flagstaff , forest fire , Hotshot firefighters , Oak Creek Canyon , Sedona , Slide Fire , Slide Rock State Park , wildfire , Yarnell Fire

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Stay in Lloyd’s Prefabulous Sustain Mini Home at the Timber House Eco Resort in Ontario

May 22, 2014 by  
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Our friend Lloyd over at Treehugger is celebrating his 10,000th post , but before he became a star of one of the world’s most influential green blogs, he sought to sell this eye-catching Sustain Mini Home designed by Andy Thomson. “Prior to working at TreeHugger, I was trying to promote and sell the Sustain Minihome,” he wrote. “I still own the prototype. I was convinced that the future of housing was small, efficient mobile housing units in green trailer parks.” Lloyd eventually gave up the game, because people said the houses were too expensive and there was nowhere to put them, but you can still spend a night in his prototypical Sustain Mini Home at the Timber House Eco Resort in Ontario. Read the rest of Stay in Lloyd’s Prefabulous Sustain Mini Home at the Timber House Eco Resort in Ontario Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco prefab , green homes Canada , Green prefab , live large in a tiny home , lloyd alter , pre fabulous design , Prefab friday , Prefab Homes , small house movement , Sustain Mini , sustain minihome , Sustainable Prefab Housing , Timber House Eco Resort , tiny houses , treehugger

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

May 21, 2014 by  
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In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we’ve given you the low-down , it’s time to get specific. While the variety of options and applications in this category can be overwhelming, it happens to be one of the easiest avenues for going green at home. From decking and roofing to countertops and indoor paints, these are the places where the decisions are yours; and they matter. Read on for tips, resources, and product recommendations that will guide you towards beautiful materials that ensure a safe, healthy home. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , bamboo , carpet , carpeting , concrete , cork , counter , countertops , eco-friendly paint , floor , flooring , green architecture , Green Building 101 , green design , indoor paint , indoor paints , LEED-H , linoleum , low VOC , materials and resources , paint , Plyboo , recycled wood , Rugs , sustainable wood , voc , Wood , zero-voc

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

May 16, 2014 by  
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There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation, most of us treat this precious resource as a given. The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day, and while less than half of that will be used for cooking or drinking, chances are that all of it is treated, potable water from the municipal provider. What many people don’t realize is that it’s fairly easy to implement systems for recycling and reusing water on your own property, thereby decreasing the demands on shared supplies, and reducing your water bills. Read on for details on the three LEED-H criteria for water efficiency at home, plus additional info on wastewater treatment and reuse. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “water collection” , catchment , cisterns , Design , ecology , Environment , garden , Green Building 101 , green roof , green roofs , home , irrigation , landscape , plants , rain catchment , rainfall , rainwater , rainwater catchment , runoff , shower head , showerhead , showerheads , showers , sprinkler , water conservation , water efficiency , water issues , water treatment , water-wise

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3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend

May 16, 2014 by  
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When DUS Architects announced plans last year to 3D print an entire canal house , the design world was skeptical. But all skepticism vanished recently when they unveiled the first 3D-printed walls to the public in Amsterdam. During the unveiling, the firm showcased a set of 3D printed plastic pieces that will lock together to build the canal home’s façade. In addition to demonstrating the possibilities of 3D printing with different materials, the project provides a tangible example of the next-generation technology that may well spur a whole new housing trend. Read the rest of 3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d Printed canal house , Canal House , dus architects , DUS Architects Canal House , eco design , first 3d-printed house , giant 3d printer , green design , KamerMaker , room builder printer , sustainable design

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

May 15, 2014 by  
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Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we’ll begin to discuss ways you can improve upon any home site. The “Sustainable Sites” section of USGBC ‘s LEED for Homes program outlines various “green” opportunities for reducing the negative impact your home has on the environment. Most of these principles can be implemented at any time, whether you’re still in the design process or if you’ve been in your home for years. Here are a few measures you can take to create a more sustainable site : Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , “sustainable architecture” , erosion , green architecture , Green Building 101 , green roof , green roofs , GreenBuilding 101 , indigenous plants , landscape design , LEED for Homes. USGBC , LEED-H , native environment , native flora , native vegetation , pergola , rainwater , shade , Sustainable Sites , Trees , water issues , water runoff , water table

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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

May 15, 2014 by  
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Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into hydroponic micro gardens by filling the bottle with water and replacing the old cap with the Petomato seed-filled alternative. Read the rest of Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gardening , Gardening , growing tomatoes indoors , home gardening , hydroponic gardens , petomato , recycle plastic water bottles , seed filled caps

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

May 14, 2014 by  
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  We’ve already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation , but what about your home’s location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as water conservation, sustainable building materials and how to save energy are great, but let’s take a step back and consider steps needed for making an environmentally conscious choice on where to live. We’ll share a few tips below on “Location and Linkages”; a term defined by LEED as a method of sustainable site selection and development. Hopefully these guidelines can help to reduce energy consumed by Americans in pursuit of cheap land and more closet space across the (seemingly) infinite supply of pasture and native habitats. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , “sustainable architecture” , building for climate , climate , commute , commuting , ecosystems , green architecture , Green Building , Green Building 101 , Green Building 101: Location and Community , infill , leed certification , LEED tutorials , LL , location , Location and Community , Location and Linkages , passive solar , Sustainability , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , urban sprawl , usgbc

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