Maintenance Tips: Installing Foam Gaskets to Insulate Your Electrical Outlets

Green Living Ideas

Electrical outlets are usually one of the last items in a house to be insulated with foam gaskets. Does this make a difference in overall heating efficiency? If your exterior wall outlets are not insulated, they are little more than a hole in the wall leading outside. The post Maintenance Tips: Installing Foam Gaskets to Insulate Your Electrical Outlets appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

Insulating older windows without replacing them: cost effective Window Inserts product review

Green Living Ideas

R values (a measure of insulation, measured in “resistance” of heat passing from one place to another) are very, very low for older windows. The post Insulating older windows without replacing them: cost effective Window Inserts product review appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Energy Efficiency Green Building/Remodeling Home Improvement inexpensive Insulation single pane window insert

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Tax Breaks for Energy Efficient Homes

Environmental News Network

The tax credit commonly applies to businesses and organizations, however, recognizing the economical as well as environmental benefits that could be reaped from “green” systems, some governments, particularly the U.S., offer tax breaks for home improvements that make homes more energy efficient. To qualify for the Federal tax credit, homeowners must have qualifying energy-efficient properties in their main residences within the period of 2006 through 2013.

Design your own LEED energy efficient dream green prefab with Blu

Green Prophet

Design your own fantasy shack from the comfort of your keyboard with California-based Blu Homes – makers of fully customizable, prefab, green housing. Tap into their “Configurator” software (link here) and choose one of their nine basic models of 1- and 2-story buildings. Developed by professional architects, the predesigned building components ironically remove the architect from the design process. Energy-efficient lighting and appliances.

Green Building Perspectives: ‘g’ Green Design Center

Green Life Smart Life

Continuing once again with our Green Building Perspective series, this week Nicole Goldman, owner and founder of the ‘g’ Green Design Center was kind enough to provide us with some answers on their role in the project and green design. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project to date? What interested ‘g’ Green Design Center about participating the project? Green building will become the standard in the next 5 years.

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Green Building Perspectives: ‘g’ Green Design Center

Green Life Smart Life

‘g’ Green Design Center’s franchise company serves homeowners, designers, architects, and building professionals, as well as businesses, organizations, and institutions with a full array of green materials and services. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project to date? What interested ‘g’ Green Design Center about participating the project? Green building will become the standard in the next 5 years.

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Saving Money with Solar and Energy Efficiency in Southern California

Sierra Club Compass

New Ads Highlight World Banks Deadly Coal Plans For Kosovo » Saving Money with Solar and Energy Efficiency in Southern California. Green Building Council to hold a forum on energy efficiency and solar installations. The forum was the first in a series in 2013 as a part of the USGBC and Sierra Club's Green Home Series. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Saving Money with Solar and Energy Efficiency in Southern California : Comments.

Restored Galilee home becomes sea of sunlight

Green Prophet

The design team of Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar have converted a centuries-old building in Safed into a thoroughly modern home, strategically introducing new glass windows and doors to the old stone structure to flood the interior with sunshine which paints the rooms with a changing wash of light and shadows. Previously hidden under plaster, the old rock now stars as main feature of the restored building.

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What is LEED, and How You Can Qualify

Green Home Blog

Almost as many would like to get “green” certification for their efforts, if it weren’t for a complex and maddening set of rules called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design). As a result, LEED certification has resulted in fewer buildings that meet green best practice standards. Of course, LEED isn’t the only building paradigm. The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) can stand alone or complement LEED.

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Going Green With Radiant Barriers

Green Living Ideas

A popular and efficient way is to have a radiant barrier installation. A radiant barrier is a supplement to your home’s insulation that helps reflect or radiate away transferred heat. the benefits of radiant barrier insulation; image from Green Energy of San Antonio. Radiant Barriers do not function like common insulator materials, like rock wool, fiberglass and synthetic cellulose. Green Living Ideas was not compensated for this post.

Solar retreat in the Liwa Desert – futuristic functionality or rich man’s folly?

Green Prophet

Simple technology for solar energy production can readily supply the building with all its daytime electricity needs, but there is no information regarding nighttime power supply. Similarly, there is scant info on planned efficiencies for building systems and appliances. How will the structure be insulated to reduce heat gain and loss ? But by glossing over the fuller environmental impacts of a new building (how will it be accessed?

Will Qatar’s Passivhaus Baytna experiment perform in intense heat?

Green Prophet

An energy-efficient house in Barwa City, Qatar will be put through its paces to see if it can perform to computer-modeled expectations. We first visited the idea of Passivhaus in 2012 , but much has progressed in making a new energy efficient standard green building for hot climates. In the 1990’s, two German researchers developed specifications for a building whose thermal mass and super insulation could protect its interior from a harsh external climate.

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16 Penny-wise Ways to a Weather-proof Home

Environmental News Network

With the emergence of energy efficient home designs in the market today, weather-proofing your home should not cost you a great sum of money. With the amount of insulation brought about by the drapes and heater, plants could provide moisture inside your home while adding aesthetics to your home as well. If you live in an apartment or condominium, having plants at home through container gardening is an energy-efficient way to keep the moisture locked inside.

Fast and Frugal Tips for Greener Living This Winter

Environmental News Network

Compared to winter, it is easier to live green during any other time of the year. It may seem hard to live green during winter, but it is not impossible. The ways by which you can continue living green during winter may surprise you since they are mostly simple steps that aim to prevent waste of important energy before they even happen. ? INSULATE THE HOUSE. Insulate entrances to your home to ensure that heat does not escape and the cold does not get in.

First Pictures of the New Siemens Headquarters at Masdar City

Green Prophet

We recently reported that Siemens has teamed up with Masdar to develop a new generation of sand-resistant solar panels that will make more sense for desert environments, and that building the firm’s Middle Eastern headquarters in Masdar City is part of their commitment to see that project through to completion. Construction of the 65, 617 square foot building is well under way and should be complete by the end of 2012.

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Greening Cities, One Home at a Time

Green Life Smart Life

Being in the business of financing real estate, David Borinsky was keenly aware of the “green&# trends appearing in new construction and rehab. That’s why when he attened the US Green Building Council conference last fall and saw a demo of a “net zero&# home, it hit him. “If low income families could find energy efficient homes to live in, they could actually save a good amount of money on their energy bills. $100

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Starting Over With Two New Cairos

Green Prophet

When I last traveled through the city, small children huddled in dirty doorways, a bloody-faced man groveled on the ground looking for money, and trash piled up at the foot of every half-built red brick building. In particular, many designers are considering glazing to reduce solar gain, responsible building materials, good insulation to improve energy efficiency, and passive design that will minimize energy dependency in the first place.

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Home Energy Tax Credits - How You Can Benefit

Green Life Smart Life

Congress has now passed a total of 2 bailout bills in less than six months and in both pieces of legislation are a suite of tax incentives for homeowners and consumers interested in energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources in their homes and cars. Improving your home’s (and your life) energy efficiency can not only save you dollars in heating and electric bills but can also give you a nice little check from the government. . via The Daily Green.

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How Living Roofs Improve Solar Panel Performance

Green Living Ideas

Both green roofs and solar panels have their own set of unique benefits that make them well worth considering on their own, but these green technologies can also work together. Green roofs have been used for many decades and benefits including absorption of rainwater, improved insulation, mitigation of the heat island effect and many others which are well documented. Image via Green Roof Technology. Image via Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy .

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LEED for Homes Point by Point – Energy & Atmosphere

Green Life Smart Life

points achieved out of 36 points available :: The overall goal of EA is to optimize energy performance of the building. Based on a 100 point scale which is an average home, a home achieving HERS 85 is 15% more efficient. In addition we achieved 2 points for the efficient design of our hot water system which included compact plumbing runs achieved thorugh back-to-back bathrooms and a superheater added to our hot water tanks. Energy and Atmosphere : 21.5

LEED for Homes Point by Point – Indoor Environmental Quality

Green Life Smart Life

designing and installing a gorgeous and uber efficient mudroom to store shoes, reducing household contaminants and installing filters with a MRV 10 rating. We did really well in minimizing pollutants from the garage through our spray foam insulation , CO2 detectors, and painting of the garage walls, as well as the installation of an exhaust fan which turns on based on an occupancy sensor installed in the garage.

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Want to start your own weatherization business in NE? NESEA offers a class

Green Life Smart Life

The residential weatherization industry is expected to grow dramatically as utility programs and government incentives make it more affordable for homeowners to make their houses more energy efficient. Whether it is improving insulation, replacing old windows, or sealing foundations, there will be millions of dollars spent on weatherization projects over the coming years, and there is a strong need for more contractors to provide these services.

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Top 5 Ways to Chill out this Summer with ENERGY STAR

Environmental News Network

Consider adding attic insulation so less heat radiates down into your house from your hot attic. Sealing air leaks and improving your homes insulation could save you up to $200 a year in cooling/heating costs (or about 10 percent of your annual energy bill). So get a contractor to test your ducts, seal them, and insulate them so you’re not paying for cool air you don’t get to use. Plan & Renovate: Improve insulation between your attic and roof.

Green Life Smart Life - Untitled Article

Green Life Smart Life

When my husband and I embarked on this project I believed green living and a tech lifestyle could co-exist, what I found was that technology helped us be more energy efficient, more connected and smarter in the way we designed, built and live in our home. Today marks the final blog entry on Green Life Smart Life but I will continue to blog on green and energy topics on our Caster Blog and hope you join us there. Happy greening!

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Top Ten Reasons To Choose Reclaimed Wood Floors

Green Life Smart Life

As you all know, we are going to great lenghts to find and purchase reclaimed wood for as much as possible in this build. Wood production is much cleaner than other building materials. Finally, wood is more energy efficient. The cellular structure of wood traps air, giving it superior insulating properties. It takes 15 inches of concrete to equal the insulation qualities of just one inch of wood.

Points and Beauty for Roof Tiles in a LEED Home

Green Life Smart Life

Building a green home takes a lot of effort and determining just what products meet the standards of being environmentally preferable and also helping us get LEED-H points is not always easy. We needed a product that would meet all of the energy efficiency requirements of the home but also had to be rated Class 4 for impact resistance, have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have a Class A fire retardance rating. .

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LEED for Homes Point by Point – Materials & Resources

Green Life Smart Life

points achieved out of 16 points available :: With the intent of designing durable buildings and limiting waste, MR 1 addresses the framing order waste factor, of which we achieved less than 10%. We also used framing efficiencies which included extensive pre-cut framing packages sizing headers for loads, blocking for the installation of drywall and cabinetry, and other high performance building techniques. Insulation — Western GacoGreen 052 Wall Foam with VOC of 30.4

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Tips for interviewing and Choosing a LEED professional for your project

Green Life Smart Life

The LEED exam measures a person’s knowledge of high-performance green building standards - everything from best building practices and site sustainability to energy management and water conservation. It takes experience, hands on experience in the field with a project to understand what it takes to to build a completed LEED home. I know this for a FACT; I’ve been building one for 9 months and I learn something new every single day.

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Day 4 of Geothermal: What Does a Geothermal System Cost?

Green Life Smart Life

One of the most popular questions we’ve gotten on the project is what does it cost to go green. The current trend of lowering your building’s operating costs is one that is only going to continue. As we look to build a smart grid over the next ten years and increase our renewable energy supplies, geothermal systems will be a key element in making a home comfortable and efficient. Energy efficiency of the two systems.

Day 1 of Geothermal: Why We’re Doing It

Green Life Smart Life

The outside air temperature, however, varies significantly over the year, making a geothermal heat pump much more energy efficient that a traditional air conditioner. You’ll see all of our ductwork is sealed with cement and insulated to an R-6 for the greatest performance and efficiency of the system. When I mentioned to my parents (among others) that we were installing a geothermal system in our new house, they had blank stares. “What does that mean?&#.

5 Hot Tips to Keep You Warm this Winter

Environmental News Network

2. Heat your home efficiently. You can also check out ENERGY STAR’s Rule Your Attic —an effort to help more homeowners to measure and improve their attic insulation, which could result in up to 20 percent on heating bills. Climate Green Building Green Technology Sustainability Weather Tips From: ENERGY STAR. Keeping your home warm has a big energy impact—taking up the biggest portion of your annual utility bill.

5 Hot Tips to Keep You Warm this Winter

Environmental News Network

2. Heat your home efficiently. You can also check out ENERGY STAR’s Rule Your Attic —an effort to help more homeowners to measure and improve their attic insulation, which could result in up to 20 percent on heating bills. Climate Green Building Green Technology Sustainability Weather Tips From: ENERGY STAR. Keeping your home warm has a big energy impact—taking up the biggest portion of your annual utility bill.

EPA Green Homes Website

The Green Changemakers

Home owners, buyers and renters have a new resource for going green indoors and outdoors. EPA’s new Green Homes Website will help people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation and water usage, as well as improving indoor air quality. The Green Homes Website addresses that need by providing guidance on approaches to greening each room of the home as well as the surrounding yard.

Green homes: Building on eco-friendly solutions

The Green Changemakers

Green Building Council and a 5-star rating from Austin Energy's Residential Green Building Program. Green Building Council. Since then, Treviño has always wanted to build green. When she and her husband moved to Austin from Buenos Aires in 1999, they found themselves in a city with a green building program. A few years later they went on a Cool Homes tour and saw some green homes up close.

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NYC Takes the Red Tape Out of Building Green

Celsias

The New York City Council has just adopted the country's most sweeping green building plan. Zone Green is seen as the most comprehensive effort of any city in the nation to sweep aside obstacles to green buildings and energy efficiency – eliminating barriers to green roofs to energy generation and to rooftop agriculture.

Eco-Friendly Universities Are Leading the Way to Sustainability in the U.S.

Sustainability Ninja

Educating young people in how to go green is a great step in the right direction toward an eco-friendly future. We can design buildings on paper that are made with recyclable materials and energy-efficient systems. Bar Harbor, Maine : Students live and breathe sustainability at this college that consistently tops lists of the most green school. The college was declared carbon neutral in 2007 and is dedicated to green building as well as preservation and conservation.

5 cheap ways to build an eco-friendly house

Green Prophet

Greenbuilding has become not just a trend in recent years, but a legal requirement in some countries. Of course, large building firms have budgets to cope with such changes in the law, but you can change your home to a greener, more eco friendly house cheaply enough. Here are five cheap and easy ways to green your home all by yourself: 1. Invest in good insulation. Choose energy efficient equipment. Green Tech and Gadgets

5 Green Remodeling Ideas for Your Home

Eco Chic

Some may put a bigger focus on their home’s energy efficiency, while others may want to include more green building materials in their home’s design. One thing that most people can agree on, though, is that green building and remodeling is a trend that’s here to stay. Green homes are not only more energy efficient and better for the environment, they are also more comfortable to live in. By Guest Author Matt Lee. This post is sponsored.

Arab Building Showcases Traditional Green Architecture

Green Prophet

A building in the Lower Galilee which showcases traditional architectural Arab styles with ecological benefits demonstrates that modern concerns can be resolved with ancient techniques. One way to do this is ensure buildings are better regulated so we don’t have to spend lots of money and energy either heating or cooling our homes and offices. However, this doesn’t mean we have to jump on the latest energy-efficiency technologies.

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15 Future Wonders of Green Technology

The Green Changemakers

Written by Urbanist on July 8th, 2008 As the world increasingly focuses on sustainable initiatives, green architecture is a booming industry. Everything from single-family residences to giant 1.2-million-square-foot complexes complete with giant skyscrapers is getting the green treatment, and the innovation that’s going into these plans is more complex than ever. The building’s heat will be supplied entirely by the body heat of visitors and the equipment located inside.

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Building Green Makes Housing More Affordable

Sierra Club Compass

If you think of "green" homes and solar panels as luxury amenities for high-end housing, you might be surprised to learn that these are becoming standard features in low-income housing, even here in Virginia. Buildings with added insulation, better windows, energy-saving light fixtures and Energy Star appliances translate into big savings on utility bills. Units renovated to EarthCraft standards average a 43 percent improvement in efficiency.

Slash your UAE utility bill by 20% – copycats welcome!

Green Prophet

Farnek openly shared their blueprint for increased efficiency, which includes installing energy-efficient air conditioning units, timers and LED lights, parking lights, roof insulation, waterless urinals, water tap aerators, reduced flow shower heads and high efficiency car washes. “By The firm is a leader in greening up large-scale facilities in terms of fixed infrastructure, and is taking sustainability into ongoing operations and maintenance too.

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German solar city (Sonnenschiff) produces four times more energy than it consumes

Green (Living) Review

Although net-zero projects have been creating a lot of buzz lately in the field of green building, the Sonnenschiff solar city in Freiburg, Germany is very much net positive. It seems like a simple strategy – but designers often incorporate solar installations as an afterthought, or worse, as a label, and that is not an efficient way of doing it. we would be able to run things even more efficient.