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Fly Ash Concerns, Greener Ways, Living Incentives, + 10 Million Solar Roofs

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 […]

By |February 6th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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First LEED Platinum Home in Indiana

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.

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By |February 5th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments
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Ultra-Thin Super Insulation with Aerogel

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.

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By |February 4th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials|Tags: |36 Comments
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Preview of the HGTV Green Home 2010

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:

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By |February 4th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , |16 Comments
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Eco Cabin for Camp Emerald Bay Scouts

Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California).  According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics.  The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material. 

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By |February 3rd, 2010|Categories: Container Design|Tags: |4 Comments
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Solar Covered Kroon Hall Goes Platinum

Kroon Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded Platinum certification, according to the Office of Public Affairs of Yale University.  Kroon Hall was designed to use 81% less water and 58% less energy than a comparable building, helping it receive a total of 59 LEED points.  With the help of a massive and beautiful solar array, about 25% of this building's electricity should be generated on-site, too. 

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By |February 3rd, 2010|Categories: Educational, LEED, Solar|0 Comments
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