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How healthy is your home? The idea of a healthy home seems so simple but what does it really mean? Let's talk about how to make healthy homes in Chicago, Illinois 60614 · http://healthyhomeschicago.com
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DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.

 

DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.

Find more details and images at the article link.


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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, July 30, 2013 4:35 AM
we love this! ty Lauren!
Maryline Khan's comment, July 30, 2013 6:50 AM
very impressive!
Conrado C. Guzmán's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:09 PM

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The financial value of green buildings to business communities

The financial value of green buildings to business communities | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new comprehensive report recently released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders ...
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No Net Energy, No Net Water, No Waste In Portland [PHOTOS] | EarthTechling

No Net Energy, No Net Water, No Waste In Portland [PHOTOS] | EarthTechling | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
We tour an eco-friendly Portland, Oregon living building home that consumes no net energy, no net water, and sends no waste.

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The Asplund family

The Asplund family | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
For the Asplund family that lives in Stockholm, Scandinavian design is something more than just a superb way of arranging their living environment.
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Clean simple bright clean and healthy all go hand in hand.

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Roofs Alive! – Benefits of Green Roofs | Simple Green Design

Roofs Alive! – Benefits of Green Roofs | Simple Green Design | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Roofs Alive! – Benefits of #GreenRoofs http://t.co/gHC3cRK4hu #green #sustainable #architecture
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Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence | Sqezy

Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence | Sqezy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence http://t.co/VtaZkM0njk #architecture
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Technology Green Energy: Sustainable Design

Technology Green Energy: Sustainable Design | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
architecture building and culture a unique compendium of links for those interested in and building a good start when moving toward making life easier on the earth bridge the oregon chapter of the american apwa ...
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A wealth of topics and resources on sustainable design & energy grids

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A Sustainable Community - Constructech

The HinduA Sustainable CommunityConstructechGreen building is growing at a rapid pace. Rather than one-off, high-tech, sustainable buildings, many governments have something a bit larger in mind—sustainable city centers.
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Daniel Burnham said (amongst other wise things) "Make no small plans". Take heed Chicago and global friends. Think sustainable at the neighborhood scale and city center scale.

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New York Library / TEN Arquitectos

New York Library / TEN Arquitectos | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

In a neighborhood of high-end retail and luxury residences, this new branch library will fulfill a much needed role as a public space and touchstone for the local community and visiting tourists across from the Museum of Modern Art. 

Despite the library’s site being predominantly below grade and set at the base of a new 40-story hotel, this design proposal transforms the dark, subterranean space into an inviting, open and light-filled civic landscape in the heart of Manhattan...


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Becky Poisson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:10 PM

Don't know if it is practical to retrofit but it is a clever use of space and creates accessibility at a somewhat non-technical level.

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Libeskind's Villa: Sculptural Design & Prefab Construction

Libeskind's Villa: Sculptural Design & Prefab Construction | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

The Libeskind Villa is a 2 floor (with full basement), 4 bedroom, 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. The Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space.


Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards worldwide.

 

A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelops the Villa in striking angles, creating a dramatic, asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.

In addition to large floor-to-ceiling windows, the aluminum façade, adorned with mullions and concealed fittings, offers maximum thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance...


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Kitchen Trends in 2013

It’s a brand new year, and for some of us that means a brand new kitchen! If you’re planning a kitchen redesign but you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve got some of 2013′s hottest trends wrapped up: 1: Perfect lighting.
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Always interesting to see what is coming down the pike...some of these are a bit surprising but generally looking good!

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'Active' House Blends Old and New Energy Efficiency Methods

'Active' House Blends Old and New Energy Efficiency Methods | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
"Active" construction blends energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and designs that make the most of sun, shade, and breezes.
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Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative

Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Creativity is defined as the ability to create, but sometimes, we seem to lose that ability all of a sudden. 

Luckily, Jordan-based art director Islam Abudaoud has created a useful infographic that teaches us ways to stay creative. 

Titled ‘29 Ways To Stay Creative’, the infographic illustrates the “creative process and methods to keep a person moving forward and motivated to keep doing more”. 

For more information, check out the infographic at designtaxi.com...


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Be open. Break the rules. And one of my least listed to rules...Don't make it perfect.

 

So many times I want to hold until I make the release perfect but I am learning to release the beta wait, listen, adjust and re-release if it makes sense. If not learn from it and move on.

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Jacqui Hogan's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:26 AM

EVERYone can be creative. 

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 8:22 PM

Love this inforgraphic! Very "creative!!"

Julien CHARLES's comment, May 16, 2013 7:40 AM
Really interesting and inspiring - Thx a lot.
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Seattle AIA on way to 2030 Energy Challenge

Seattle AIA on way to 2030 Energy Challenge | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
  AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects (#sustainable #design more critical than ever - establish yourself as a leader http://t.co/DzRyDvw0 #architecture #building @arch2030)...
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Seattle AIA on their way to meet the 2030 Energy Challenge of being carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate). For more check out architecture2030.org and join the mission.

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Build Green to Save Green: The Lure of LEED in Senior Housing - Senior Housing News

Build Green to Save Green: The Lure of LEED in Senior HousingSenior Housing NewsThe healthy building trend can be seen almost anywhere nowadays.
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Building senior housing with healthy sustainable concepts and a look at why.

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