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Make informed decision about energy-effiency

Make informed decision about energy-efficient windows | ProudGreenHome.com http://ow.ly/gQ7G2 #healthyhomes


iGood Guide: The Green Sustainable Products Ratings Tool Mobile App

Here is the video on the mobile app I wanted to share too…

Mobile? There is an app for that! Download the phone app and scan products and get the results when out shopping. An amazing site, site features and mobile app too. A must for anyone focused on sustainable and healthy homes, products, appliances even cars! Check it out and let me know what you think.


Good Guide: The Green Sustainable Products Ratings Tool Online and Mobile app

When I found this guide I couldn’t believe the amount of information on sustainable. Measured results of all kind of products including personal care, baby foods, electronics and telephones too!

Download the toolbar app to your computer which automatically searches for product scores your searching for online!

Mobile? There is an app for that! Download the phone app and scan products and get the results when out shopping. An amazing site, site features and mobile app too. A must for anyone focused on sustainable and healthy homes, products, appliances even cars! Check it out and let me know what you think.


Climate Change and Human Responsibility

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It can’t be denied any longer: Sea levels are rising, major droughts are continuing, and record hot summers are being experienced all around the world. Climate change is real and, as residents of Earth, we have a responsibility to our planet to do something about it. A recent study conducted by Yale University and George Mason University finds that, for the first time since the research began in 2008, the majority of Americans believe that global warming is mostly a man-made phenomenon.

As sobering images of catastrophes are making headlines, this graphic looks at how people are recognizing that the effects of their actions aren’t just an increasing danger to the world but are a direct threat to the future for themselves and their families.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Decisions have consequences. In some cases irreversible and significant. Changing Tides….great post

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New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms

By Forum for the Future on 23 November 2012 in Asia and the Pacific, Buildings, Components with 2 Comments.
This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional)

By Alan Fookes at Green Futures

Innovative technology from Sunportal, a recent South Korean and British joint venture, promises to deliver natural daylight to windowless spaces through a series of high-tech pipes, without heat gain or loss.

A mirror tracks the sun throughout the day, reflecting its rays onto a parabolic dish, which then focuses the reflected daylight into a small ‘light pipe’ aperture. The concentrated light then travels through a series of relay lenses “over any distance and in any direction”, according to the company.  A diffuser ensures that light evenly reaches the desired areas.

The patented Sunportal offers luminance beginning at 80lux and peaking at 500lux (one lux is equivalent to light intensity during early twilight). What happens when the sun gets too faint? An integrated high-efficiency LED light kit, which can be connected to the mains, kicks in.

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.”

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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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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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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#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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Home Performance: The Importance of Home Testing

Home Performance: The Importance of Home Performance Testing in… — CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — http://ow.ly/fWnqB #healthyhomes

Green Gadget Holiday Gifts | Green Holiday

Green Gadget Holiday Gifts | Green Holiday Gift Guide http://ow.ly/fVTPB ^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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100% Sustainable: Product Design

100% Sustainable: Product Design | Inhabitat – #Sustainable #Design #Innovation, #Eco #Architecture, #Green #Building http://ow.ly/fTzhg ^HH

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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Chicago Mayor Jump starts the Electric Vehicle Industry

Mayor Emanuel Jump starts the Electric Vehicle Industry

Last week, Mayor Emanuel joined city, state and federal leaders to make a number of important announcements with respect to electric vehicles and batteries: a $15 million incentive program to encourage the adoption of electric trucks; Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. opening an electric-vehicle factory in Chicago; a new procurement program that will encourage city contractors to purchase electric vehicles; and a dramatic expansion of the city’s commitment to building an energy-efficient fleet. The week was capped off with the announcement of a historic partnership and a $120 million investment in Argonne National Laboratory that will turn Chicago into a world-renowned battery hub.

These five initiatives fit into one broad strategy that addresses every aspect of electronic vehicles, from their conception and design to their construction to, ultimately, their presence on our streets. In line with Goals #11 and 12 of the Mayor’s roadmap, Sustainable Chicago 2015, this strategy will lead to Chicago becoming the electric-vehicle epicenter for Illinois, the Midwest and beyond.


Nanotechnology Now – “Nansulate® Industrial”

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Heard about this really cool product today at the IIT IPRO presentations in Chicago. Energy savings up to 35% improvement with a simple coat of this nano-product! Case studies on the site. Thanks undergrads for the great lead and for all your hard work! “The paper titled, “Energy Conservation Using Nanotechnology Based Insulation Coating in Paper Machine Dryer At Seshasayee Paper” describes the benefits experienced in the pulp and paper industry by using patented …

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Geo Thermal Heat pumps. Theory and operation from Sibley. | lowcostheating

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Another from Mr. Herbert’s Science class, using a practical, personal application as a lesson, we study the operation and repair (Geo Thermal Heat pumps.


Healthy Home in Chicago Gets National Attention

The SF Chronicle ran an article about this Healthy Home in Chicago. If you’re a Healthy Homes maven, you probably know about it, but the Chicago Trib didn’t even do a story–at least that I could find. Here’s a cut and paste from the Chronicle piece (which is really a lift from the PR Release from Sponsor Dwell Magazine).

In a groundbreaking partnership with leaders and advocates in green design, Healthy Home 2012 is a real-life educational model for healthier living, raising the bar on sustainable design by focusing on healthier indoor environments. This one-of-a-kind endeavor is intended to help educate and inspire people to create non-toxic living environments, from foundation to food.

The contemporary home, built and designed for a growing family, is located in the prestigious Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and features an outstanding display of sustainable design, furniture, lighting and accessories – and showcasing the highest standards of environmental integrity.

Spearheaded by sustainable experts and green design leaders, Victoria Di Iorio and Jill Salisbury, the project has brought together a standard of healthy and stylish living that is unsurpassed. From construction to design to lifestyle choices, the home showcases the best in sustainable design, innovative technologies, green building materials and healthful living.
“We are going beyond the notion of what is sustainable to create a home that has health and wellness at the heart of our objectives,” noted Di Iorio. “This project seeks to raise awareness on all the ways we can achieve a healthier environment – from cleaning supplies and food choices to how we construct and decorate our homes – so anyone can aspire to cleaner, greener, healthier living.”

The Home
Designed by architect Joe Trojanowski, this modern home with large expanses of glass boasts the advantages of natural light and views of the neighborhood and the Chicago skyline. The exterior is clad in dark colored brick and large cast stone panels, and is designed to accommodate outdoor living with an enclosed yard, raised dining terrace, a large roof deck on the top floor designed for entertaining, and a private green roof for the Master Suite.
The homeowners desired a contemporary living space designed for entertaining while meeting the lifestyle needs of their family. The family’s consideration for environment, health and balance are reflected throughout all the interior spaces and in every selection made for this home. The unique double volume space in the living room and open floor plan allow for the entire first floor to illuminate with daylight with the incorporation of an open staircase and sliding glass doors. The basement and third floor are designed for family activities, entertaining and includes a private office, while the second floor is tucked away for privacy. The home reflects a neutral and earthy palate with clean lines and contemporary details that flow from the exterior spaces throughout the interiors of the home.

Green Highlights
The house employs a number of materials and technologies that are environmentally friendly by doing a number of things – conserve energy, use less water, improve its indoor air quality, reduce the ‘heat island effect’ in the city and utilize sustainable building materials.
The heating system of the house is 98% efficient, meaning nearly all of the energy consumed is converted directly to heat, rather than wasted
The insulation envelope of the house is very high performing with insulation that exceeds the standards set by the City of Chicago Green Homes Program Guidelines
The windows in the house are constructed of thermally broken aluminum frames, which prevent ‘thermal bridging’, or the direct transfer of heat through the window frame
The glass in the house is 1” thick insulated glass manufactured by PPG, with ‘Solarcool Grey’ reflective coating, which not only provides daytime privacy, but further reduces the heat loss and heat gain through the glass areas. This reduces the home’s energy consumption.

The home is designed to maximize greenspace and is extensively planted, which reduces the stormwater load, and helps to reduce the ‘heat island effect’ of buildings in the city

  • The metal roof has a high solar reflective index (SRI) which reflects much of the suns heat and helps to reduce the cooling load.
  • The house is enclosed in a continuous insulation including under the basement slab, which reduces the heating demand.
  • The house includes mechanical connections for future solar thermal and solar photoelectric systems.
  • All appliances are energy star-rated
  • All structural floor systems are constructed of engineered lumber which are manufactured from sustainably grown forests
  • All wood flooring in the house is FSC certified sustainably harvested bamboo
  • Renewably harvested cork flooring is used in the basement
  • All water fixtures are low water consumption
  • All interior paint finishes are no VOC
  • All adhesives are minimal VOC
  • Roof decking surfaces are made with composite wood decking, which is made from scrap wood and recycled products

Healthy Child Healthy World Healthy Child Healthy World is the nation’s preeminent nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects children’s health—to help create cleaner, healthier indoor environments for children and their families.
Healthy Home 2012 in collaboration with Healthy Child Healthy World is a residential prototype for best practices in healthy living and improved indoor air quality. By meeting some of the world’s most stringent indoor air quality standards — the house will serve as a model for safe, healthy, and breathable indoor environments for millions of children and families.
Greenguard Environmental Institute 
Healthy Home 2012 features dozens of GREENGUARD Certified low-emitting products and building materials—including paints, wallboard, flooring, countertops, tile, and certain furnishings. By meeting some of the world’s most stringent indoor air quality standards, these GREENGUARD Certified products help reduce the number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic contaminants in the home’s interior, thereby creating healthier indoor air.

Dwell magazine is the exclusive sponsor, giving Healthy Home 2012 in Chicago a national platform to educate the public on how truly green and healthier living can be achieved in a hip and design-forward way. The showcase home offers modern design enthusiasts innovative and stylish solutions for healthy living.

Here are some links from other groups that covered this very cool event.