Browsing the "green building" Tag

SodaBIB: the Plastic Roof Made from Reused Materials

November 6th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

We often refer to our homes as "the roof over our heads"... but, unless it needs repair, we generally don't give much thought to our actual roofs. That's often not the case in the developing world, where makeshift roofing of materials like corrugated tin often provides minimal protection in normal conditions... and often none when disasters like hurricanes strike. The SodaBIB system addresses some of the most common problems with roofing in the world's poorest areas

A Look Inside Active House USA

October 16th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The first home in the US built to Active House standards is well underway in Webster Groves, Missouri. The builders and contractors took a break from their work this past weekend to show off what they've accomplished so far

3 of the World's Most Ambitious Green Buildings

April 26th, 2012 | by Guest Author

The race to go green has driven the construction of several enormous projects around the world. These three ambitious green buildings are on a scale that could change the lives of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people

Chicago-based Eco-Friendly Dentist Doubles Down on Green

February 2nd, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

In Chicago, the hub of all things green in the Midwest, the ORA Dental Studio has really picked up the concept of eco-dentistry and run with it. Not only do they offer what is now the typical combination of Earth-friendly dental equipment in a relaxing atmosphere, but they do it in a certified green building

6 Gorgeous Small Rustic Cottages: Sweden's Urnatur

January 19th, 2012 | by ziggy

Urnatur is a family-owned retreat and tree house hotel, with private cabins in the incredible Swedish forest. It's a place where individuals can go to learn about traditonal skills (foraging wild foods, traditional building), or simply go for a bit of downtime

LEED Buildings Can Now Obtain "Bird Friendly" Credits

November 30th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Many of us are doing our part to protect the environment while reducing our impact as well. There are more people than ever embracing environmentally friendly, green technologies. There are solar powered garage doors, mobile device chargers, and even chargers installed into one's backpack

How Green Design in Government Buildings Saves Taxpayer's Money

November 28th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

We know that, on a personal level, efficiency saves money. It also reduces our impact on our strained environment which is becoming a bigger concern with each passing year. There are many average people who are changing their habits and the way they interact with their environments so as to embrace green living.

Great Green Home Insulation Product: Sheep's Wool Batting

November 21st, 2011 | by ziggy

Wool is one of the best natural insulators -- think of how precious that favorite wool sweater of yours is, or those toasty wool socks you can't leave home without on a cold winter day. Well, the benefits of wool extend to keeping your house comfortable, too -- it is a fantastic, highly insulative, and energy-efficient material that is a superior material for saving on home heating and cooling expenses

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