Uncommon Good is an non-profit organization that fights against poverty in their local community of Claremont, Calif. The organization works to break the poverty cycle in families as well as benefit the earth through sustainable means. Uncommon Good takes things a step further by creating a new superadobe building that will benefit the residents of Claremont and of the earth.
Once again, GE Appliances & Lighting has been awarded Energy Star's highest award. This is the sixth year that GE has received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). GE has been offering more than 750 ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting and appliance products, all aimed at helping consumers reduce their energy spending and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The sun provides an unlimited resource for power around the world. And more and more people are tapping into that energy for their homes and businesses. Solar power is becoming a positive energy source for many people who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Despite solar power's great potential, few people are actually using it.
Attic insulation is one important way you can lower you energy bills and make your home more green. The attic is often one of the easiest places to add insulation to your home, making it a great place to start when making weatherizing changes for any season. Insulating your attic can help prevent air from escaping the house and stop outside air from coming in.
A newly designed home insulation does double duty at keep out the elements and pests. The new TAP insulation, made from recycled materials, featured a special borate additive process that helps keep bugs out of the home as well as protecting the home indefinitely.
The College of Fellows is one of the top honors that architects can get in their field. It is only for members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Of the more than 80,000 AIA architects in the US, there are fewer than 2,700 members who have been awarded with this honor.
Using recycled material for our homes is an important part of being more green. Everything from reclaimed wood floors to recycled rubber roof tiles. You can also use recycled material to decorate inside your home as well, adding a green and beautiful touch to your living environment. The company Curava believes this is important for every home, which is why they offer beautiful counter tops made from recycled glass.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is making their improved science building LEED certified through changes such as a green roof and a radiant cooling system. The $90 million dollar energy-efficient renovation of the Mark Jefferson Science Building should ring the building up to Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. One of the most impressive renovations is the design of a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).
Recycled rubber roof shingles are an innovative roofing material that saves home owners money and saves the environment. Made from recycled tires, these roofing shingles are durable, dependable, and more eco-friendly than ordinary wood or slate.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are going solar at their baseball field in 2011. The Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, will soon have a new solar array doing double duty at the stadium The 75 kilowat array will be pulling in solar energy to help reduce the amount of electricity used by the stadium during baseball season. The project, designed by HKS Inc. and built by Ironco division, will include electric car charging stations and battery storage for fans who want…
The leading UK house builder, Morris Homes, is undertaking a huge new green project: building zero-carbon homes. The 295-home development is being designed by sustainable architecture specialists to meet level 6 of the “Code for Sustainable Homes,” which is the technical guidance from the UK government to build homes that reduce carbon emissions.
The Oliver neighborhood in East Baltimore is full of vacant houses and run down buildings. That is why One Green Home at a Time Foundation stepped in to rehab the houses with a green touch. The nonprofit organization was started only 15 months ago, funded by Bridge Private Lending. Their aim is to purchase and rehabilitation of homes in low- to middle-income neighborhoods with a focus on eco-friendly building techniques. Giving the communities a green face life and springing them…
Clif Bar is more than just a yummy, healthy snack for active people. It is also one of the growing number of companies that is looking at green options for their businesses. The headquarters for Clif Bar has just installed one of the largest rooftop solar array on a communal building in North America. This installation will generate enough power for the entire headquarters building, harnessing just the sun.
Universal Floors has made it their mission to create beautiful floors from reclaimed materials. The family company takes reclaimed wood to create floors that sparkle. In some cases, 100 year old wood is being in many historic houses in the Washington area. Even the East Room of the White House features flooring from Universal Floors.
Gong green is often as much about saving money as it is about saving the earth. Building designers in Providence, R.I., have managed to do both by creating an office space from used shipping containers. The building not only reuses, it was also done for half the cost of the conventional building plans.
Costa Rica is known for the lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and amazing surf. Now they will also be known for their great sustainable buildings as well. The Boston Scientific medical device plant in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has just been recognized as the country’s first sustainable building. More are certain to follow!