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New homes planned for NOLA


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New homes planned for Lower 9th WardThe Daily AdvertiserNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former professional football players are teaming with New Orleans area builders to construct at least three new homes in the Lower 9th Ward — and they’re hoping to have it…

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

More good things happening down in NOLA

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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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British construction companies amongst keenest to invest in sustainable buildings


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Green building practices are becoming the norm across the globe, with Singapore and the UK setting the best examples, according to a new poll.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Is the US willing to shift our building practices towards a more healthy sustainable design path? We can do better than 65% but Britain is moving it forward. Let’s get going here at home.

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Master of Science in Sustainable Construction: 4 MS Programs for Green Building – Green-Buildings.com


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Master of Science in Sustainable Construction: 4 MS Programs for Green BuildingGreen-Buildings.comRoger asks: I’m working a LEED HC/NC construction project in Taiwan for almost 2 years, and with 5 years in sustainable civil engineering experiences.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

A nice collection of programs available for those interested in advanced degrees in Green Building Sustainable Construction programs.

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Congress Creates New Water Heater Energy Efficiency Ratings


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new water heater energy-efficiency rating system for the US

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

From my last post about making no small plans to this post about the smallest of common housing systems; the domestic hot water heater and the congressional rating system about to be established for our country. Small plans too are just as important as the larger ones.

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A Sustainable Community – Constructech


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A Sustainable CommunityConstructechGreen building is growing at a rapid pace. Rather than one-off, high-tech, sustainable buildings, many governments have something a bit larger in mind—sustainable city centers.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Daniel Burnham said (amongst other wise things) “Make no small plans”. Take heed Chicago and global friends. Think sustainable at the neighborhood scale and city center scale.

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Rugged, Sustainable Architecture at Shoal Bay, New Zealand


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The owners of this small weekender in Shoal Bay New Zealand wanted a getaway that was rugged, rural in character and felt unpretentious. Architect Gerald Parsonson responded with the design of a beautiful cedar clad bach in the form of two offset pavilions.

Architects Statement:

“Shoal Bay is a remote settlement on the rugged east coast of southern Hawkes Bay. The building is designed to be part of the rural setting, raised off the ground and sitting beside the original woolshed, which has served the bay since the early 1900’s. The bach is rugged yet welcoming and offers unpretentious shelter, it is the type of place where you kick off your shoes and don’t need to worry about walking sand through the house.
The bach is formed of two slightly off-set pavilions, one housing the bedrooms and the other the main living space. Decks are located at each end of the living pavilion allowing the sun to be followed throughout the day. Sliding screens at the north-west end provide adjustable shelter for the different wind conditions, offer privacy from neighbouring campers and act as walls for outside sleeping.”

The sustainable, passive design features an interior spatial arrangement oriented for solar gain, shaded in the summer by the sliding shutters, which also provide shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. Also increasing the efficiency are high levels of insulation, along with solar panels that sit between the two pavilions…

Visit the link to view more images of this contemporary passive design that responds to its site and rural context…

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Seven ways to a healthy home: Make well


Seven ways to a healthy home: Make wellness a priority this winter – Houston Chronicle http://ow.ly/fZ3ti #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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Making a Difference One Healthy Home at a Time


One builder is making it right in Valpo Indiana. Sustainable and green housing design/build concepts with an outline of some real numbers and the specific systems used to meet their Healthy Homes targets and beyond. Great job!

Since building the Gem, the first National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Emerald-Certified House in the state, Treasure Homes Inc. continues to be a green building leader in northwest Indiana.

“Green building is much more than energy efficiency. It’s a holistic approach to healthy homes that minimizes environmental impact and is certified through third-party verification,” Sarah Oudman of Treasure Homes and leader of the Green Building Alliance for the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA of NWI), explained. “There are 7 keys to a green home – lot design, preparation and development; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance and building owner education.”

Making a Difference One Home at a Time.