Tag Archives: Smart Building

Building the Green Economy and Job Creation


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Main Authored by:  Maggie Comstock Media Feature image:  Prolonged applause, two standing ovations, a full crowd erupting in…

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Pushing forward the concept of sustainable building and job creation!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs: 5 Strategies to Help You Spend Less


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Experts predict we’ll use more fuel this winter. Try these energy-efficiency tips to prove them wrong.

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Some good practical ways to save on your heating bills this year and for years to come. Start small! Think big.

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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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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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A Sleek Pre-Fab Design For The Modern Homesteader


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Many high-design concepts for sustainable housing remain just that: concepts. We see them on blogs, but they’re either too expensive or impractical to make it to our neighborhoods.

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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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Sustainable Style : Rebuilding or Renovating Your Home with Reclaimed Wood


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I first talked about reclaimed wood, briefly, in my piece 10 Eco-friendly ways to Renovate your Home…. Now, on the heels of Hurricane Sandy many of us are looking to rebuild or renovate our homes after suffering severe damage and devastation.

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