Guest Post: Fungus As Building Material?

The lifespan sees practical application of Mycoform blocks used for housing in third-world countries. Planetary ONE has sought out grants to send its building materials and development plan to emerging economies to encourage startup manufacturing of the Mycoform bricks. Initially potential manufacturers spend $150 on a hydraulic press and $50 for the steel mold used to shape the aluminum. Manufacturers also need to build a greenhouse for growing the spores.

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Opinion: How is Free Energy Premature Technology?

hether you believe in manmade global warming or not is irrelevant. There is a viable option to install technology on your home that will allow you to run your technological gizmos. With financing options available, you can be done paying off this technology in just over eight years. If you live in your home for 30, you are living there without paying another electric bill for 22 years. For some of us, that’s a savings of $66,000 and up.

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Guest Post: Going Green Can Save Your Business Cash

For many businesses the economic situation of the last few years may have proved testing in a number of ways. However, one way that money could be saved and a brighter future secured is by going green. Here are a few ways this might be achieved and the good news is that many of the changes are easy to implement and needn’t cost the earth. Sort out the central heating During the summer months it’s easier to be economical with…

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Guest Post: How to Improve Your Garden During the Summer

Getting your garden into the perfect state may seem a daunting task but with hard work and commitment it can be achieved. With summer now upon us, this is the ideal time to be digging up weeds, planting seeds and bringing your garden to life. Follow these tips to get started. Flowers and Vegetables Nothing shows you look after your garden more than decorative flowers and plants. During the summer, you get the best chance to blossom beautiful flowers such…

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LEED Case Study: Ashland Youth Center

The building serves as an educational model for sustainable building, as it is expected to become the first Alameda County building to receive the coveted LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. From top to bottom, the designers featured green elements including a vegetated green roof, integrated roof-top photo-voltaic panels, rain gardens, natural ventilation, extensive north-facing glazing for art and activity rooms, and south-facing building recesses and projections providing shade. To reach the LEED Platinum recognition, product selection was crucial, and choosing Crossville’s tiles for interior and exterior applications provided not only the aesthetic features but also the sustainable requirements in product manufacturing to support LEED.

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Microplastic Pollution Now Prevalent in Lakes

EPFL researchers have detected microplastic pollution in one of Western Europe’s largest lakes, Lake Geneva, in large enough quantities to raise concern. While studies in the ocean have shown that these small bits of plastic can be harmful to fish and birds that feed on plankton or other small waterborne organisms, the full extent of their consequences in lakes and rivers is only now being investigated. The study, which is being extending under a mandate by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, was published in the latest issue of the journal Archives des Sciences.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Lawn Sustainable

Accordingly, lawn grass has become the single most water-intensive crop under cultivation in the US, straining aquifers and reservoirs even in humid areas of the country. Fortunately, there are steps that homeowners can take to reduce their lawn’s water-guzzling, without resorting to toxic fertilizers or letting it go brown.

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Guest Post: Bridging The Gap Between Fire Safety and Sustainable Design

The US National Association of State Fire Marshals has suggested that a number of today’s green developments discourage pedestrian traffic and favour large walkways which make it harder for fire-fighters to obtain access to building interiors and that the use of some lightweight materials can pose a bigger fire risk to those tackling the fire as well as the public and surrounding buildings.

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An Introduction to Natural Building; the Greenest Building Possible

Through Natural Building one can quite literally “sculpt” their home. From curved walls, to domes, and even eagle-shaped fireplaces, Natural Building materials are readily formable to create some spectacularly interesting homes. You can even build yourself a small shoe shaped house, if you are so inclined, and boast about the small footprint your home has!

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Guest Post: DOE Backs Down on Higher Furnace Efficiency Standards; Air Conditioning Standards also Being Challenged

In late 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced increases in the minimum efficiency standards of residential furnaces and air conditioners. In the 30 northern states, the minimum efficiency rating of new furnaces was to be raised to 90 percent from its current level of 80 percent, starting May 31st, 2013. In the 20 southern states, the minimum efficiency of air conditioners is set to be raised from 13 SEER to 14 SEER starting January 1st, 2015 (SEER is the estimated BTU’s of cooling provided by each watt-hour of electricity, so a 14 SEER unit will use about 7 percent less energy than a 13 SEER system). These changes were expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 113 to 143 million tons, and to reduce residential energy consumption by one-fifth.

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Guest Post: Sustainable Landscaping for LEED at Rio Salado College Downtown Green Learning Campus

The College’s goal of the 2 1/2 acre downtown location was to revitalize the existing campus with multifaceted LEED-certified buildings with sustainability focused education for both high school and adult learners. The first phase of development was to implement a two-story Adult Learning Center (15,000 S.F.) that offer a full array in-person adult basic education non-credit classes. It also provides regional support services for the College’s online students, such as testing, academic advising and tutoring services. The site improvements included learning gardens; shaded outdoor lounge area; pervious paved pathways; monuments/wayfinding; covered parking; student drop-off; and ornamental steel perimeter fencing and gates.

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Parking Structures Should Target LEED Models

Despite the growth of public transportation and other transportation alternatives, parking locations remain necessary in much of the nation. Even though parking consultants and design teams have been using sustainable practices for parking structures in recent years, many do not calculate energy use as part of their standard methodology. Unknown to most, a garage typically uses 15 percent of the energy that the building that it is designed to support uses.Worse, this energy use is often lost in the periphery…

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Guest Post: Creating an Environmentally Friendly Man-Cave

Every man needs his cave, or should I say that every woman needs a place for her man to go? Either way you want to put it; this is a space that benefits everyone involved. So why not turn it into a fun project? Green was once the way of the future; no longer, it has become the way of the present. At least for those with an environmental conscience. When producing the perfect hideaway for your hubby, remember to…

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