Top 10 Green Building Tips

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Top 10 Green Building Tips. If you are considering building a new home next year, there are loads of how-to books that will tell you the best and greenest ways to do so. Insulation. Tagged: green building , green home , green roof , natural paint , PVC pipe , steel.

13 Green Building Tips From Nader Khalili Student

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If the architecture mentor is successful, his or her student will first absorb and then build upon their lessons until they eventually supersede the original teachings with new knowledge. Build to Last. Build to last as much as possible and save the earth while you’re at it.

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. If your exterior wall outlets are not insulated, they are little more than a hole in the wall leading outside.

Keeping Your Home Comfortable – and Healthier – With Wool Insulation

Green Living Ideas

The post Keeping Your Home Comfortable – and Healthier – With Wool Insulation appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Sponsored Posts green building materials natural wool sheep wool sustainability wool wool insulation

Is Your Insulation Bad For the Environment?

Green Living Ideas

Turns out that many of the insulation materials we use to reduce our energy use (and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions), are themselves extremely potent greenhouse gases. You are better off using a fiberglass like CertainTeed’s Sustainable Insulation, or mineral wool, or cellulose, [.] [ Is Your Insulation Bad For the Environment? from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Green Building/Remodeling Insulation global warming potential GWP Uh-oh.

Denis Vranich – “Spray Foam Insulation Critical for Net Zero Energy Construction”

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Spray foam insulation is a versatile and easy way to cut energy consumption and costs while being environmentally conscious. The post Denis Vranich – “Spray Foam Insulation Critical for Net Zero Energy Construction” appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Sponsored Posts green buildings green construction net zero buildings spray foam insulation

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

Green Building Perspectives: ‘g’ Green Design Center

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‘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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What Makes a Building Green?

Green Home Blog

What Makes a Building Green? What makes a building green? The answer might seem obvious—any building that has a minimal impact on the environment should be called green, right? What’s so hard about defining green? What makes a building green?

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Greenstone Revolutionizes Lebanese Building Industry One Green-Roof Villa at a Time

Green Prophet

This villa is part of a growing movement in Lebanon that is revolutionizing the green building industry. The LGBC has eschewed UK standards for a rating system that more accurately addresses the Lebanese building context.

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Spray foam Inspection and Thermal Bypass Testing for LEED-H

Green Life Smart Life

Insulation on the house was completed last week by the fabulous crew of Atlas Insulation. Ensuring that your home is properly insulated is a major factor to building a green home. U n-insulated or improperly insulated homes leak a home’s conditioned air outside, causing the homeowner to essentially pay to heat or cool the great outdoors. There are a lot of factors and products that go into deciding the insulation of your home.

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9 Simple Steps to a Carbon Neutral Home

Environmental News Network

Brandon Cheshire, Owner & Chief Technical Officer at Arizona-based SunHarvest Solar , recently spoke with Sierra Club Green Home about the benefits of going solar. 2. Insulation. I hired a contractor to install radiant barrier and extra insulation in my attic.

Restored Galilee home becomes sea of sunlight

Green Prophet

Previously hidden under plaster, the old rock now stars as main feature of the restored building. The structure has a tin roof, specially designed to prevent snow-build-up and to insulate the interiors from seasonal swings in outdoor temperature.

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Going Green With Radiant Barriers

Green Living Ideas

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. Green Living Ideas was not compensated for this post.

Your Guide to Choosing The Best Eco-Friendly House For Your Family

Environmental News Network

Daily reports about natural disasters have encouraged people to make green practices everyday, including making their homes ideal for living green. Want to join the green bandwagon? Green Agents For Your Greener Home. Have Your “Green” Fireplace.

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.

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

Green Prophet

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. Over a six month test period, a family of four will reside in both buildings – each with similar layouts, fixtures, and appliances.

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16 Penny-wise Ways to a Weather-proof Home

Environmental News Network

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. Decorative Curtain Insulator. As such, covering the window is one of the most crucial steps towards a well-insulated home.

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.

Jerusalem’s Natural History Museum is a Green-Roofed Subterranean Monument

Green Prophet

Although building a monument to nature is something of a contradiction in terms, o2a studio has done a wonderful job of finding balance between the built and unbuilt in this striking design for the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem.

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10 Easy-to-Make Home Designs That Promote Sustainability

Environmental News Network

According to various studies, buildings that use such design approach can mitigate their own energy consumption for a whopping 90 percent. Build a Solar Water Heater. Building a solar-powered water heater of our own is one of the best things that anyone can do for sustainable living.

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. I’m calling my project Green Home.

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New Green Roofed School in Kuwait Will Promote Hands on Agricultural Learning

Green Prophet

Educators are hoping to reinvigorate “the Cradle of Civilization” with a new green roofed school designed by Perkins + Will that promotes hands-on agricultural learning. Nader Khalili Built Earth Buildings Fit for Space.

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Highest BREEAM Score For Sustainable Building To Bradford University

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has built the greenest student housing building ever. The cost of the new green dorm was about $63 million with several apartment buildings and townhouses making up 1,026 bedrooms. The universities website states that their dorm has received the “highest BREEAM rating ever, at 95.05%, for any building. According to the BBC video (which I’ve posted below) each building has all kinds of devices for controlling and monitoring energy usage.

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Jerusalem’s Green-Roofed Gutman VC is a Home for the Birds and the Bees

Green Prophet

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel commissioned a very green addition to the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, and let’s just say the birds and the bees are making themselves at home! More Green Building Goodness on Green Prophet: Syria’s Beehive Shaped Architecture.

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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. INSULATE THE HOUSE. Insulate entrances to your home to ensure that heat does not escape and the cold does not get in.

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5 Hot Tips to Keep You Warm this Winter

Environmental News Network

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

5 Hot Tips to Keep You Warm this Winter

Environmental News Network

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

Jordan architect wants to green up the capital’s biggest eyesore

Green Prophet

The filthy glass facades soar above a street-level footprint ringed by old hoarding, abandoned building material and trash. Green Prophet met up with Salameh to get the full story. Green Prophet: Congratulations! “Green” is in my blood.

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., By: Guest Contributor, Aby League.

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.

Iranian Architect Nader Khalili Built Earth Buildings Fit for Space

Green Prophet

Earth bag construction is one of the most affordable and sustainable ways to build a home that is harmonious with the earth. Khalili’s earth bag constructions are incredibly simple to build and within reach of people with even the most limited resources, which was always his aim.

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Beirut’s Rooftop Revolution (INTERVIEW)

Green Prophet

Beirut is almost completely bereft of public green spaces. The idea of having a rooftop garden is not something new,” he told Green Prophet , “[but] the approach we took is a little bit different.”. How green roofs could work in Beirut.

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13 Principles of Sustainable Architecture From Nader Khalili Student

Green Prophet

If the architecture mentor is successful, his or her student will first absorb and then build upon their lessons until they eventually supersede the original teachings with new knowledge. Build to Last. Build to last as much as possible and save the earth while you’re at it.

First Pictures of the New Siemens Headquarters at Masdar City

Green Prophet

Construction of the 65, 617 square foot building is well under way and should be complete by the end of 2012. “A box within a box,” the Siemens office building is highly insulated with an airtight facade that reduces thermal conductivity.

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Plastic Eco-Brick Proposal Wins Dubai Resident a UN Citizen Ambassadorship

Green Prophet

The Filipino man living in Dubai suggested that people can build their own homes made out of discarded plastic bottles or “eco bricks,” thus empowering themselves and keeping plastic waste out of landfills.

It Took 15 Years to Build This and That’s a Good Thing

Green Prophet

Remember the good old days when it took decades to build major monuments? In China, a 15-story building was supposedly built in a record-breaking six days. To begin with, the Israeli government wasn’t so keen on approving a building made of earth.

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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. Two city extensions East and West of Cairo are each expected to accommodate 2.5

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The Green Buzz: Tuesay, June 25

Conservancy Talk

In today’s green news: are plants smarter than humans? Superstorms bring power outages — and another reason to design better insulated buildings. Animals Environmental News The Green Buzz Canada daily news design Discovery News endangered species green building green news LiveScience National Geographic plants power outage red panda right whale supermoon superstorm Treehugger USA Today

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. Image via Green Roof Technology. integrated solar and green roof can be functional and beautiful!

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Stackable, Packable, Livable- Innovation in recycled housing

Green Life Smart Life

The article also describes them as “well insulated, surprisingly quiet and comfortable&#. Considering the cut in costs to build the complex, I’m sure rent is less expensive than the average on campus apartment.Using the shipping containers not only frees up some dump space, but also cuts down on labor costs and material costs. Tagged: Building green, Green, green building products, Recycling, reduce reuse recycle.

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Electrical wiring considerations in a LEED project

Green Life Smart Life

If you’re building a green home, there’s one subcontractor that is going to have a harder time adopting green building methods than the others, and that is your electrician. For electricians who find themselves working on a green building project there are a number of areas we’re they can approach jobs from different perspective: Layout: Establish your pathways as far ahead of actual construction as you can.

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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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