GUEST POST: Five of the World’s Most Sustainable Building Concepts

As most of us know from hearing the word too many times, sustainable building covers a very wide range of definitions. But regardless of how we might define something and spar on who has the best meaning, the idea of practicing sustainability for what we build and how we live is a measure we should put into practice as often as possible. Here is one competent analysis by guest writer, Jay-Jay Stephens concerning five of the world’s most sustainable building concepts.

GUEST POST: Declining Bee Populations Present a Catch-22 Situation

Flower pollination is essential to maintaining the high crop yields needed to ensure that food remains affordable for the majority of people. When we consider that the European Crop Protection Association claim that “honey bees are the valuable pollinators of agricultural crops worldwide,” news that their populations are in decline should be a major cause for concern.

GUEST POST: Measuring Efficient Emergency Products

Although you may not appreciate or even notice them, emergency products in public buildings keep us safe every day. Building safety code requirements have been beefed up over the past 30 years to ensure public safety resulting in the need for many products to remain compliant like exit signage designated near or above every exit,…

GUEST POST: Solar Shingles = Innovation In Green Roofing

The older design of solar shingles left much to be desired. Outsized shiny sheets of metallic shingles detracted from the building’s appearance, making many homeowners think twice. Not any longer.

Affordable Housing Goes Green in Georgia

NWGHA recently worked with Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) Architecture creating 10 public-housing, energy-efficient, green apartments called Village Green in Rome, Georgia.

GUEST POST: Seven Ways to Conserve Energy in Your Home

The cost of energy just seems to keep on rising, making it harder and harder to make ends meet. Not only does it cost us in dollar terms, but most of us understand that using energy negatively affects the environment, too. All is not lost, though; there are many ways to help ease the energy…

Heat Pipe Technology’s Case Studies Show Rapid ROI for Passive Energy Recovery and Dehumidification Systems

Heat Pipe Technology specializes in passive energy recovery and dehumidification systems for commercial applications. Employing the very latest in passive-heat-transfer technology, Heat Pipe Technology designs and supplies the core energy recovery technologies to the world’s leading commercial air-handling equipment manufacturers.

GUEST POST: LED Lighting Rebates & DSIRE

An excellent resource for consumers and businesses looking for ways to save money is available online at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) can help anyone save money by replacing inefficient appliances and lighting systems with those that are energy efficient or that use renewable energy sources

GUEST POST: Dining to Fit Your Green Lifestyle!

Despite “greenwashing” by even the biggest and least environmentally committed fast food chains, it’s difficult to evaluate just how green a restaurant is behind the scenes. While the most obvious green issues for restaurants involve the food offerings, many other elements affect the sustainability of a commercial kitchen, including energy efficiency, water efficiency, decor, takeout containers, cleaning practices, insect and rodent control, food preparation procedures and waste-handling.

GUEST POST: How to Get a Clean, Sparkly Kitchen and Avoid Unnecessary Chemicals! – Part II

If you visited our site yesterday, you will have read Part I of our guide to getting a clean sparkly kitchen while avoiding buying more unnecessary nasty chemicals.
Today we’re posting the second half of that article, by starting off talking about scummy sinks and looking at how you can clean them really effectively with what’s already in your cupboard!

GUEST POST: How to Get a Clean, Sparkly Kitchen and Avoid Unnecessary Chemicals! – Part I

When you walk along the cleaning aisles of the supermarket, you’d be excused for thinking every surface in our kitchens, bathrooms, toilets and bedrooms all needed a different cleaning fluid! Each one costs a tidy sum and I dread to think about the chemicals contained in them.

Synergy Dairy and CH4 Biogas to Launch New York State’s Largest On-Farm Co-Digestion Biogas Project Estimated to Power 1,000 Homes

State’s Largest On-Farm Biogas-to-Energy Project and First On-Farm Facility Specifically Designed for Co-Digestion to Help Reduce Dairy’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

GUEST POST: Go Green Without Spending All Your Green

Currently, one of the biggest trends for homes is “going green.” Unfortunately, the biggest problem with going green is…green. Remodeling a room to be eco-friendly can really cost you a lot of money. That price tag is something that scares a lot of budget-conscious people away. It doesn’t have to be like that though. Going…

Guest Post: Going Back to Your Grass Roots, or Roofs – and a Dash of Solar

We live now in a world that is environmentally conscious, to put it bluntly, every bit of packaging that is thrown away, every tree that is cut down, every aerosol sprayed, somewhere in the back of our minds there are the questions; how big is the hole in the ozone layer, do these emails really need to be printed out, how many trees died to make this brochure?

Guest Post: Sourcing Eco-Friendly Wood and Wooden Products

Wood is one of the greener materials you can use; it is renewable, doesn’t release any harmful emissions (though the products used to treat it can) and can last for years making it easy to reuse. The problem is that using wood from the wrong sources is to take part in a system that leads to deforestation, exploitation of indigenous peoples and shipping tons of wood from all over the world.

Rush University Medical Center by Perkins + Will Goes Gold

The tower at Rush University Medical Center opened in January 2012 designed by Perkins + Will. It is the largest new construction health care facility in the world to receive LEED gold certification. Its shape takes form from a butterfly but it received high sustainable remarks in tons of other areas as well including green design, construction and operation.

GUEST POST: Underfloor Heating Fuels Energy Efficiency

Underfloor heating is an incredibly efficient way to heat the rooms of a house; it can be relatively cheap to install, there are no mechanisms on show and no maintenance. One of its main benefits is that the heat is distributed evenly about the air space of a room, again making it more efficient to run.