Mobile Trading Apps And Environmental Companies

Being kind to the earth involves more than buying an electric car. Heating and cooling our homes and commercial buildings now creates more carbon emissions each year than the transportation sector. Using sustainable building materials can reduce the amount of energy we consume to to keep those building comfortable and save money in lower utility bills at the same time. It’s a win/win situation for us all. Green building techniques will play an increasingly important role in the building trades…

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Arizona State University Health Services

AIA Top Ten Green Buildings for 2014

The American Institute of Architects Committee On The Environment has announced its top ten green buildings for 2014. In its 18th year, the award’s winners highlight the unique synergy between the built and the natural environment. Arizona State University Student Health Services, Tempe, Arizona Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow The Arizona State University (ASU) Health Services Building is an adaptive reuse project that transformed the existing sterile and inefficient clinic into a clearly organized, efficient, and welcoming facility. The building’s energy performance is…

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Building Protection Forum Links Building Stakeholders

Product manufacturer Inpro is leading the charge in connecting buildings to their users. The Building Protection Forum offers the first ever site dedicated solely to protecting buildings and their users. It offers stakeholders the opportunity to post and respond to questions or problems related to their buildings. “We have always done obsessive things to make sure our clients can protect their buildings, but this initiative takes that obsession to a whole new level,” said Mark Alan, Senior Vice President of Product…

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A Journey Through the Natural Building Techniques: Cob

Hopefully, through my last articles, I’ve created a curiosity in many of you about the creative world of Natural Building. But before you decide to march off into your backyard, stick a shovel into the ground, and start building your very own cob cottage, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of what cob building actually is. If I had a dollar every time someone asked me if Cob means Corn on the Cob, I’d be a little richer!…

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Building Small: In Many Industries, Economies of Size is Shifting to Economies of Numbers

This trend—observable in nascent form in several industries ranging from small, modular nuclear reactors, chlorine plants, and biomass energy systems to data centers—is resulting in a switch from large to small optimal unit scale, the authors found. The shift mirrors a similar revolution that began thirty years ago in the supercomputer industry. The traditional approach to producing higher capacity and greater speed in computing was to build increasingly powerful, specialized machines with ever-increasing processing power.

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Eastern Michigan University’s Science Building Strives for Silver LEED Certification

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).

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Trash House

There is plenty enough to know about all the trash we create and the wastefulness of our ways. But when you meet Colorado architect, Doug Eichelberger, you are happy to find a person who is all about solutions, putting trash to use as a building material. A visit to his Lucky Ranch reveals a very special looking barn, built out of trash. He used scrap plastic for the foundation blocks, then erected walls of baled trash paper. The wall materials…

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Hand-Build an Earth Sheltered House For $5,000

Cash, that most basic element of our economy, can be in abysmally short supply for new young families scraping by on marginal jobs. Sustainable housebuilding may not be foremost in their minds. But one young couple in Wales managing on an annual income of just $10,000 went ahead and built their own cheap home anyway, sustainably, mostly out of materials from “a rubbish pile somewhere.”

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Alliance Between USGBC and AIA

There has been a lot of news out of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the last few weeks, including the draft version of the new LEED standard. But an alliance between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and USGBC will help bring green building even further into the mainstream.

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Grand Rapids Has the First LEED Museum

Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of the greenest cities in the country, at least if you go by the number of LEED certified buildings it has. And now it adds to its distinction with the first LEED Gold certified art museum in the country. Grand Rapids is tied with Pittsburgh and Washington at #5 on a list of cities with the most LEED certified buildings, surpassing even cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York. Grand Rapids also has embraced…

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The Calendar of Green Building Events

Increasing numbers of home builders and home remodeling programs across the country are embracing green building and sustainable design. Some programs are specifically focused on green building while others are including it as a part of the wider event program. In either case, these events can be an excellent (though sometimes overwhelming) source of information for home owners as well as building professionals. In communities like Plano, Texas and Santa Monica, California events are sponsored by the local government and…

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