In a forthcoming keynote address to the Green Cities conference of the Green Building Council of Australia, green building guru Jerry Yudelson intends to tackle a important concern in the sustainable building world: performance. His keynote, entitled “If it doesn’t perform, it’s not green,” is at the center of a hot button topic that seems to be taking on new fervor these days.
You’ve probably already seen this toilet and sink combination before. It’s the W+W – short for washbasin and watercloset – from Roca. The product, currently available overseas, reuses waste water from the sink in the discharge of the cistern, which helps it reduce water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 liter dual-flush toilet.
- Perspectives on sustainability.
- About the new 10 million solar roofs bill.
- NY panel suggests 100 ways buildings can be greener.
- EPA and DOE form State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
- Economy forces a holistic view of corporate responsibility.
- Seattle bends the rules for up to 12 living buildings.
- Los Angeles might require rainwater capture.
- Fly ash designation could be problematic.
A little over a month ago, this home received the first LEED Platinum certification for a home in the state of Indiana. Located in Franklin, the 2,000 square-foot contemporary residence has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a family of three and a dog. Castalia Homes built the home, which has a number of green features.
Despite the fact that we are now living in the 21st century, aerogel insulation seems like a material out of science-fiction. It is the lightest solid known, although by volume it is 99% air. It is breathable, but it doesn't absorb water. It is incredibly strong for its weight. But most importantly, it is a fantastic insulator.
As in the prior years, HGTV is planning the giveaway of a new green home. The HGTV Green Home 2010 is located in The Pinehills neighborhood of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The home is still under construction, so HGTV is in the process of trickling out new details from time to time. Here’s a little of what we know so far: