Sustainable American Cities [Giveaway]

*Leave a comment below through the end of Thursday, February 2, 2012, to be considered for a random giveaway of one copy of Sustainability in America’s Cities.

In the next two articles, I want to share a couple books that I think you may find interesting. The first is Sustainability in America’s Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis, which is edited by Matthew I. Slavin. The book, published in April 2011, was sent to us by Island Press and includes a collection of case studies from cities across the country and first-hand insight into key sustainable strategies.

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My Green Bath Rehab on HouseLogic

I was happy to read all the comments and suggestions to my first article on HouseLogic, where I’m documenting a water-wise bathroom remodel.  So you know, my next installment is live today and, as with the first article, HouseLogic is offering a chance to win another $100 with this second article.  I hope you enjoy me sharing some of the process of this remodel — it’s been fun!

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Efficient Apartments, Hungry Homes, Benefit Corps, + Passive House in Shambles

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Passive House Retreat in Rhode Island

Recently I realized that we neglected to follow up on a Passive House project discussed in pre-construction way back in March 2010. It turns out the New England Passive House, or Little Compton Retreat, received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC in recent months. The background is this is a home by ZeroEnergy Design, who performed mechanical and architecture services, and Aedi Construction, who built the home.

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Solar Decathlon Takes Talents to the OC

For the Solar Decathlon enthusiasts and early planners, here’s a heads up that Solar Decathlon 2013 will be held at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, according to the Department of Energy.  In August 2011, we mentioned that the DOE was shopping around for a new location.  Turns out the new location is the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, which Irvine will convert into sustainable parkland for family recreation.  Teams will install their homes on the paved runway.

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The Environmental Value of Building Reuse

It turns out that “building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction,” according to a new study published by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Green Lab published its findings after a life cycle analysis of environmental impacts of various buildings located in four cities around the country.

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