Articles - April, 2011

April Green Month in Review

This month we won a JDR 2011 Industry Blogger Award and plan to use the award to facilitate some site enhancements in the works for unveiling this summer.  The most popular article on Facebook was about a stunning container house in the Mojave Desert, while the most shared article on Twitter was about a survey on green home improvement plans.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from April.

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SLI Prefab System for Modern Mid Rises

This is a prototype apartment unit built using what is likely the only fabrication system on the market that can be scaled to construct mid-rise buildings.  The system is called Sustainable Living Innovations, or SLI, and it was developed during the downturn of the last few years under the leadership of CollinsWoerman and three other firms, McKinstry, Lydig Construction, and DCI Engineers.

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GE Unveils New Cyclopentane Fridges

GE just announced a big improvement in what it uses to make 16-, 17-, and 18-cubic-foot top-freezer refrigerators in Decatur, Alabama.  After retrofitting its existing plant (to keep jobs in the states), GE swapped out HFC-134a as a foam-blowing agent in favor of using cyclopentane, a blowing agent with significantly less global warming potential.

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The Steward of Our Forests [Video]

Every FSC product and building material has a tracking number that points to the source of the wood or paper.  It shows, as explained in this personal story by Franke James, “Who Cares About the Forest.”  If you’re in charge of purchasing wood products, you should watch this informative and thoughtful video (while keeping in mind that it was underwritten by FSC Canada).

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Fuel-Free Yard Work with EcoMower

You can do one of two things with a grass lawn.  First, you can get rid of it and save water and fuel.  Or, second, you can minimize the lawn surface and avoid fuels when maintaining it.  If the latter is your approach, this new Helix HX1000 from family-owned EcoMower could come in handy.  The light, 21-pound reel mower takes a 16″ path with heat-treated, carbon steel blades designed to cut without much upkeep.  Maintain the quiet, get some exercise, and ditch carbon-based fuels with this reel mower selling from $220.

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