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In a review of existing evidence on the health value of fixes to housing, researchers say that improving buildings to enhance “thermal comfort” – with central heating or insulation, for instance – pays off in both physical and mental well-being.

“I think the main message is that housing improvement can improve health, especially if it’s warmth and energy improvements targeting people with respiratory illnesses,” said Hilary Thomson, the study’s lead author from the Medical Research Council in Glasgow, UK.

Several studies have tied poor housing conditions to poor health, but there are some questions about the quality of evidence for that link, according to Thomson and her colleagues.

Illinois’ Third Passive House built in River Forest


The home’s cobalt blue siding sets it apart from older brick houses in its River Forest neighborhood. But the color of the house on Jackson Avenue is the least of its distinguishing factors.

 

As northern Illinois’ first certified passive house, Corinna and Rodrigo Lema’s new house is a celebrity in architectural circles. Originated in Germany, a passive house has maximum indoor air quality and is super energy-efficient.

 

The Lemas’ house is the third certified passive house in Illinois, according to the Passive House Institute U.S., which certifies them. The other two are in Urbana and Champaign.

 

“If it were a car, it would be getting 300 miles per gallon,” said Mark Miller, executive director of the Passive House Alliance United States, which advocates for these homes. “Europe has embraced this for years. In the U.S., we’re just catching up. There are only 34 certified in the U.S.”

 

What impact do your recycling efforts have on the environment? Here is the answer


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Did you ever wonder how much your recycling efforts have on the environment? Check it out here! Every bit helps…

Check out Recycling Energy Saver here and let us know how you’re doing!

 

How Do the Top Brands for Refrigerators Rank on Energy Efficiency?


How Do the Top Brands for Refrigerators Rank on Energy Efficiency?

Great article from Home Energy Magazine outline and graphically showing significant differences and efficiencies from various brands and locations. Great article and keeper.

Before jumping at the next sale on refrigerators, you should be aware that fridge 
energy costs range from $277 to as high as $2,898 over the lifetime of the product.
Yes, you read that right. You may find, based on energy costs, it is cheaper to buy 
a state of the art new fridge than keep your old one. Just as MPG (miles per gallon) 
measures the fuel efficiency of cars, the Enervee Score ranks the energy efficiency 
of electronics and appliances by making it super easy to choose the best product with 
the highest score to save you money.

From: Enervee.com

This report answers the following questions:

  1. How much does an energy efficient fridge save? Choosing the most energy efficient 25 cubic feet Refrigerator can easily save $769 over 12 years.

  2. What is the most energy efficient refrigerator type? Top freezer models are far more efficient then any other type.

  3. Does size really make a difference on energy cost? The total volume of a refrigerator is a critical factor for energy consumption. The difference in energy cost between a smaller and a large fridge can be hundreds of dollars over the life span.

  4. Which brands have the most energy efficient refrigerators? Samsung is the energy efficiency leader receiving the “Platinum” award based on having the highest average Enervee Score of 68 across their refrigerators. The “Gold” award was given to LG with an Enervee Score of 66.

  5. Does where you live affect your refrigerator’s energy costs? Electricity rates vary greatly by provider and community. They can be as low as one third or as high as three times the national average.

  6. How much can you save by choosing a fridge with higher Enervee Score? On a 18 – 22 cubic feet fridge you can save almost $800 over 12 years.

You can read more about Enervee here: “Know Your Score: Energy Efficiency Made Easy

Make informed decision about energy-effiency


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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities | Video on TED.com


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The Sharable Future of Cities

TED Talks How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Rethinking the global vision of moving towards urban net zero designs. As always TED rocks and so does Alex Steffen

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Chicago City Council OKs electricity deal with zero coal-fired power


Chicago City Council OKs electricity deal with Integrys – Utilities News – Crain’s Chicago Business http://ow.ly/g3gYU #healthyhomeschicago

“Chicago will be the largest aggregator in the nation and the first major city to adopt this kind of a program,” he said. “And, in fact, I suspect Chicago will set a national standard by utilizing the cleanest power mix possible without increasing cost.”

In winning the deal, Integrys agreed not to purchase any coal-fired power in supplying the city’s residents and small businesses. Company officials told the City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday that the vast majority of the power will come from natural gas-fired plants.

While not without negative environmental effects, the burning of natural gas contributes significantly lower emissions of carbon gases that are tied to global warming. Coal also is connected to pollutants that contribute to urban smog.

Over the course of the two-year deal, city officials project the average household will save $130 to $150.

Said Mayor Rahm Emanuel today: “I think it sends . . . a clear message, the fact that we made sure for families that live paycheck to paycheck that our residents are going to get what the suburban residents have been getting for a while: saving on their utility bill.”

He also said the deal proves “a city the size of Chicago (can be powered) without any coal.”

How to get ahead in sustainable living.


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The GuardianHow to get ahead in … sustainable livingThe GuardianAdvising tenants on how to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy costs is becoming part of the core skills expected of frontline housing officers.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Sustainable living starts with healthy homes and having these core sustainable principles to all aspects of our built environment.

Post Topics:

green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, Smart buildings, green building, green energy, carbon footprint, housing

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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutions – Global Times


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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutionsGlobal Times… not enough,” he said.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

This post states that from 2020, new European Union laws will require new buildings to be built at net-zero energy consumption. If true very impressive…leading the way.

Topics Include:

Green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, sustainable architecture, healthy home owner education, green building energy efficiency, green building preparation and development

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Technology Green Energy: Sustainable Design


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architecture building and culture a unique compendium of links for those interested in and building a good start when moving toward making life easier on the earth bridge the oregon chapter of the american apwa …

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

A wealth of topics and resources on sustainable design & energy grids

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What Makes Radiant Flooring Sustainable?


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What makes radiant flooring so green and such a smart home heating solution? Why has Warmboard heated flooring been green since inception? (What Makes Radiant #Flooring #Sustainable?

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

I usually don’t promote articles that are from manufacturer’s unless I see some actual value or potential value in the product or services. This warmboard idea is something to tuck away for that next radiant flooring project requiring a LEED certified system.

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#USGBC Is at it again with this awesome interactive and innovative website they just launched to promote the global initiatives being discovered and improved around the world. GBIG


Green Building Information Gateway http://ow.ly/fYHml #healthyhomes

The First Net-Zero-Energy Stadium Will Be In The Next World Cup


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Brazil is about to do double-duty hosting international sporting events–first, the 2014 World Cup and then the 2016 Olympics. That means some serious sports center remodeling is in order.

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Stay out of my living room say some


Stay out of my living room say some. Smart meter installation | SmartPlanet http://ow.ly/fW5KR ^HH

More British homes to stay warm with heat pumps or solar | Greenbang


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If winter is making temperatures drop to frigid levels where you live, you’re likely grateful for a functioning home furnace … but dreading the coming heating bills. Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to have to worry about those, …

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Sustainable homes for Earth – Earthship Biotecture


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By Caitlin Howlett G Magazine Looking like something Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, the quirky Earthship homes are in fact some of the greenest ki…

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American Homes Filled With Fire Retardants | Care2 Healthy Living


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Spare change isn’t the only thing hiding in your couch cushions. Fire retardants are surprisingly common in everyday furniture items.

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The incredible origami house that can change shape depending on the weather


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This new incredible folding house is able to, in the words of its creators, ‘metamorphosize’ into eight different configurations to adapt to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions (The house that is EIGHT homes in one: The incredible…

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Shooting hoops for healthy hearts at HMS – Helena Independent Record


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Shooting hoops for healthy hearts at HMSHelena Independent RecordAbout 50 Helena Middle School students took to the basketball court Friday morning to keep their hearts healthy, learn basketball skills and celebrate their contribution to the…

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Homes go from blight to energy efficiency – Toledo Blade


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Toledo BladeHomes go from blight to energy efficiencyToledo BladeThat’s the goal of NeighborWorks Toledo Region, which launched construction Friday of two new houses on the 300 block of Toledo’s Chapin Street.

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