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$90 Billion or $300 Per Person [Editorial]

With the price of oil at $95 a barrel, economists estimate that U.S. households will spend an additional $90 billion on costlier gasoline.   Estimating our population at 300 million, that’s an average of $300 per person.   Between my wife and I, that means we’re giving up $600 of our economic pie to the recently increased cost of transportation, on average.

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By |November 16th, 2007|Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Land Use, News|0 Comments

Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)

50 Ways to Green Your Business 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide. Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green. UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not […]

By |October 27th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Agro-Housing Becoming an Option for China

In China, there’s a massive exodus from the rural to urban areas, but it’s controlled because the country doesn’t have enough housing for everyone that wants to live in a city.  At the same time, urbanization accentuates the air and soil pollution problems.  So, Knafo Klimor Architects proposed an agro-housing project that blends agriculture and high-rise housing in one structure.  This agro-housing project brings the food-supply directly to the building, and to the extent that residents can realize the benefits of urban farming, there is a decreased reliance on transportation for agricultural products (shopping and delivery to stores).  Plus, with the building’s integrated water capture systems, the project has the potential to reduce water consumption and runoff.  Residents could make money off the crops, too. 

This agro-housing project is going to be built in Wuhan, China.  As you can see from the renderings, the building has quite the elaborate labyrinth to control water, air, and heat.  Structurally, it will be made with SIPs and a majority of the materials will come from steel, aluminum, and terracotta — all materials that can be recycled at the end of the building’s life.  Via Dwell. 

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Austin to Require Zero Energy Homes by 2015

The City of Austin, after a year of serious research by the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force,  announced a huge initiative towards requiring all new single-family homes to be zero-energy capably by 2015.  Here’s how it works.  Today, the city adopted the first in a series of code amendments and a  road […]

By |October 19th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, News, Solar|0 Comments

Fight Global Warming Now by Bill McKibben, Book Give Away

I just received an excellent book by the noteworthy, bestselling author Bill McKibben called Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community.  And as I’ve done in the past, I’m giving a copy away.*  McKibben is the author of several books and with Fight Global Warming Now, he draws on […]

By |October 18th, 2007|book, News|0 Comments

PBS e² Series Returns with Pitt, Morgan Freeman

"How did progress take priority over human mankind? …"  I’m the proud owner of season one of e² design, a six-part series that aired on PBS last fall.  I can’t wait for the next season and it’s coming soon.  Go check out www.e2-series.com.  Brad Pitt’s back with “e² design."  This grouping of […]

By |October 13th, 2007|Conservation, Gadgets, News|0 Comments