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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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Illinois seizing clean-energy funds to balance budget

Illinois seizing clean-energy funds to balance budget | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A House-passed short-term budget fix to plug a $1.6 billion shortfall would snatch nearly $100 million in ratepayer-funded money to invest in renewable energy projects.
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The carrot has been and will always be a new revenue stream for governments and corporations to get on board. In this case the State and the new governor are taking the rate payer's money (my money) and using it to fill poor government management instead of pushing our state forward in the renewable energy field. That is disappointing. 

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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.


The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.

The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...

 

Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 PM

First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

Jim Gramata's comment, March 30, 2013 12:09 PM
If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
Anji Connell's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:59 AM

Great idea No !

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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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Industry Leaders Comment on Release of Sustainable Energy in America 2013 ... - Green Building Elements

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How Energy Efficient Homes are paving the way for the future

How Energy Efficient Homes are paving the way for the future | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

At that time, the value of distinct genuine estate properties had been decreased by an common of $ 10,000 and the housing industry was crashing. In simple ...

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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutions - Global Times

Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutions - Global Times | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutionsGlobal Times... not enough," he said.
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This post states that from 2020, new European Union laws will require new buildings to be built at net-zero energy consumption. If true very impressive...leading the way. 

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The World's Biggest Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

The World's Biggest Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

The Shams 1, a 100-megawatt concentrated solar power plant, has just started soaking up the Arabian sun outside of Abu Dhabi. That's the biggest of its kind on the planet.


A joint venture between the French energy giant Total, the Spanish renewable energy wizards Abnegoa, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean energy company, it will provide energy to some twenty thousand houses, and cut out of the atmosphere 75,000 tons of CO2 per year...


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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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Green building lifecycle costs can be reduced to 12 to 18 month ROI

Green building lifecycle costs can be reduced  to 12 to 18 month ROI | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Construction Week Online Green building lifecycle costs can be reduced Construction Week Online Adnan Sharafi, Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates/GBC) chairman said: "The construction industry in the region is witnessing robust growth, and...
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If they're concerned about energy in Abu Dhabi then this must be real. The statement seems very optimistic and I've not researched this but the article is claiming a 12 to 18 month ROI on sustainable building products. 

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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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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities | Video on TED.com

TED Talks How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need -- while reducing the time we spend in cars.
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Rethinking the global vision of moving towards urban net zero designs. As always TED rocks and so does Alex Steffen

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_steffen.html

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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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