In May 2014 the U.S. Global Change Research Program released it’s 3rd National Climate Assessment. One of the key messages is the increase in extreme weather events, including floods. Precipitation is also changing – more for the northern U.S. and less for the Southwest. Click HERE for more information. The incredible images above are from National Geographic Wallpapers.
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The incredible image above is from National Geographic Wallpapers.
“The Green Movement has gone from Political to Moral!” – quote from Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic as reported by Richard Wright, Publisher/Editor of Hearth & Home. Click HERE for more info.
“Colorado bus maker Proterra Thursday officially announced they plan to build a state of the art research and manufacturing facility at the Clemson University ICAR campus, an investment of $68 million that should create 1,300 jobs over the next seven years.” – excerpt from journalwatchdog.com. Click HERE for more information. The image above is from the article.
Doesn’t this home look like something straight out of The Hobbit?
The “low impact woodland home” exists in Wales.Â It was built by the owner with regard for the environment.Â It’s dug into the hillside, which means it’s probably energy efficient too.Â The foundation and retaining walls are made with mud and stone. Straw bales in the floor, walls, and roof help insulate the home.Â Reclaimed wood was used for the floor and fittings.
This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives. For example this house was made to house our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage. This is an excerpt from Alternative Housing
Many buildings constructed within the last decade have already experienced major failures due to water damage and air leakage across the building envelope that caused condensation and mold growth. Now, building scientists are emphasizing the benefits of using effective air barriers for homeowners and trades. Air barriers significantly reduce random air leakage, conserving up to 40 percent of a building’s energy loss and improving indoor air quality, when combined with mechanical ventilation. Air barriers also extend the life of a building by minimizing the flow of airborne moisture that can breed condensation, mold growth and decay.Icynene delivers high-performance solutions for efficient building envelopes, thermal comfort and a healthy living environment â€“ all of which are integral components of green building and design. Icynene can also contribute points/credits to LEED for Homes + the NAHB National Green Building Standard. – excerpt from Icynene.com
“A new publication provides a thorough yet easy-to-read overview of the issue of climate change in our state.Â “Climate Change in South Carolina” describes the impact of climate change on South Carolina’s environment, public health, and economy.Â It goes on to detail solutions both individual and collective:Â efficiency and conservation, renewable energy innovation, and political leadership.Â The 24-page booklet is the product of former Upstate Forever intern Colin Hagan’s yearlong Compton Mentor Fellowship and was co-sponsored by Upstate Forever, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Abell Muiltimedia”. – Excerpt from Upstate Update monthly bulletin.
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SC Guide to Climate Change
“The Sustainability Institute is embarking on a new project to make green building a little easier.Â The institute has launched the S.C. Green Building Directory, on online resource that lets users search for products and services that further green building efforts.Â Companies register on the site at no charge, and the institute approves each company before adding it to the directory.Â Users can search by company, product, service, LEED credit or construction topic.Â “Overall, the goal is that it (the directory) really promotes green commerce in South Carolina,” said institute Executive Director Bryan Cordell.Â “We hope it turns into a green building exchange.”
About 120 companies have registered, and Cordell said he hopes to quadruple that number.Â
The project is funded through grants from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Commerce and Energy Office”. – Excerpt from SC BIZ Magazine
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“Weâ€™ve all heard often enough that itâ€™s time to start thinking and acting green. Weâ€™re depleting the Earthâ€™s resources in record amounts, and itâ€™s becoming more and more clear that we need to start thinking in terms of protecting and preserving the Earth and her resources when we build. Despite all the public knowledge about the importance of sustainable and renewable building practices, thereâ€™s still a lot of resistance to the idea of â€œgoing greenâ€. One of the biggest reasons â€“ the notion that itâ€™s more expensive to use sustainable materials and consider environmental issues.
Obviously, itâ€™s not financially feasible for most of us to completely gut our homes and replace them with totally green and environmentally responsible buildings, but thatâ€™s not the only way to accomplish the goal of living a greener life. There are a lot of things that you can do on a shoestring budgetÂ that donâ€™t require any major investment of either time or energy. You can take bigger steps toward living a greener life when youâ€™re ready to make major renovations to your home. While thereâ€™s a general belief that choosing greener products and alternatives will cost you more money, thatâ€™s not always true. In many cases, the greener alternative costs no more than or even less than the traditional option. In nearly all cases, youâ€™ll make up any additional cost over the course of a few years.
No matter what renovations youâ€™re doing, youâ€™ll find that there are green alternatives that arenâ€™t much more expensive than the traditional alternatives, and many that cost even less. When you factor in the ongoing savings and the added value to your home, green is the best way to go”. – Excerpt from greenbuildingarticles.com.
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“Washington, DCâ€”The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has just published a monograph on the fieldâ€™s hottest topic: building green. Sustainable Design II examines important new developments, tools, and techniques in sustainable design that have occurred since the publication of NCARBâ€™s Sustainable Design in 2001.
Increasing concern about global climate change has raised public awareness about sustainable design and now requires architects to address these critical issues. â€œSustainable design has entered the mainstream as a significant environmental and economic force in building design, construction, and development,â€ according to authors Muscoe Martin, AIA, LEED and Gregory Franta, FAIA. Sustainable Design II takes an in-depth look at the emergence of green building rating systems, most notably the U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂ®) certification. It also examines the costs and benefits of green buildings and integrated design strategies.
Successful completion of the Sustainable Design II quiz earns 12 professional development units (PDUs) and/or AIA learning units in health, safety, and welfare. The monographâ€™s price includes the monograph, the web-based quiz, the score reporting process, and one free retest if needed. Online, fax, or mail orders are accepted for all NCARB monographs.
Order online or visit the publication section of NCARBâ€™s web site at
http://www.ncarb.org/publications/index.html to see other available titles.
Sustainable Design II
By Muscoe Martin, AIA, LEED, and Gregory Franta, FAIA
Regular Price: $275
NCARB Record holders: $175
NCARBâ€™s monograph series provides a convenient, low-cost way for architects and other design professionals to learn about new developments in the industry and meet continuing education requirements. Current NCARB Record holders may earn multiple PDUs in health, safety, and welfare for less than $16 per unitâ€” one of the lowest continuing education unit costs available today. All passing scores are reported to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at no extra cost.” – Copied from www.NCARB.org.
Click on the link below to find out more about this series.
Don’t you just hate all those styrofoam peanuts that you get in packages!Â Or those styrofoam blocks around electronics and the like.Â
Well, I received an email about recycling styrofoam and some tips on how to do just that.Â Some of the tips I had not heard of before but were good ones.
I had heard that you can take the peanuts to places that ship packages and they will take them.Â Just bag them up and take the bag to them.Â I think the smaller shipping places would appreciate them more than the “big named” ones.
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