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Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes

Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like? 

A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...


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Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica

Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based firm OMA have defeated two teams made up of local powerhouse architects to win a one million square foot mixed-use development project in Downtown Santa Monica on Arizona between 4th and 5th Streets. OMA’s winning proposal, which is being called the Plaza at Santa Monica, was part of a package submitted in response to an RFP issued by the City of Santa Monica earlier in the year. A selection committee made up of officials from several city departments chose the scheme.

This will be OMA’s first ever project at this scale in Los Angeles. They have tried to break into Los Angeles on three other occasions with proposals for LACMA, downtown’s Broad Museum, and Universal Studios in the San Fernando Valley. This time, the City of Santa Monica granted them their wish...


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Look for plants that improve indoor air quality for home or office

Look for plants that improve indoor air quality for home or office | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Even as the weather warms up and a walk in the fresh air looks inviting, the majority of the country must remain indoors to make a living.
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Devil's Ivy - Epipremnum aureum. Not to be frightened by the name, Devil’s Ivy is an evergreen vine that requires little care while protecting from formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.

 

Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum. This flowered plant does not need a lot of sun or water to survive while it protects from pollutants.

 

Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata. Also called Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is native to West Africa and is an air quality expert that can go a few months during the winter without water.

 

Red-Edged Dracaena - Dracaena reflexa. This plant also requires little attention while ridding the air of formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene.

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9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities

9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Many cities are coming to the realization that creating a smart and sustainable city means ultimately attaining a high level of economic efficiency, a high quality of life, a highly desirable place in which to live and do business, and a meaningful commitment to environmental responsibility.

But what really makes for a green or sustainable city?  And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?

 

LEED buildings and even LEED neighborhoods are surely a good thing, but they are not a sufficient thing to declare a municipality sustainable.  This is an overview of the essential elements (there are many more, but these are the most basic):

Committing to greenBuilding greenBuying greenPowering greenConserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapesProtecting green:  both water quality and water quantityLocating green:  creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use communityMoving green:  diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility(Not) wasting green:  getting to zero on the production of waste

 

Read the complete article for more on the green elements listed above...


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Nine basic concepts to achieve healthy sustainable buildings and cities. Piece of cake.

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Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:05 PM

Exactly :)

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100% Green is not fooling around.

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New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council

New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 on www.usgbc.org (Re-circulating cooling systems & more in our latest post, "New ways to save water in #LEED v4": http://t.co/RCFJqAkS9u)...
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For the LEED geeks like myself out there....
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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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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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Green Home & Living Guide

Green Home & Living Guide | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Green Home & Living Guide hits newsstands this weekend
Mountain Xpress. This directory focuses on healthy choices, environmentally friendly construction, valuable concepts, sustainability practices, community and more.

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If you have a copy of this send me one! I'd like to take a look.

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

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Developers braced for 'green' building codes in Washington DC

Developers braced for 'green' building codes in Washington DC | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Developers braced for 'green' building codes in Washington DCSustainable Business OregonWashington D.C.
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Love the concept they're trying for here - to implement policy wide in DC better building code standards. In order to make the most impact on our local, regional and international methods we must move these ideas to the legislative levels.

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Building the Green Economy and Job Creation

Building the Green Economy and Job Creation | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Main Authored by:  Maggie Comstock Media Feature image:  Prolonged applause, two standing ovations, a full crowd erupting in...
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Pushing forward the concept of sustainable building and job creation!

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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide)

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) book down http://t.co/e3N44jxg0e
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This is a great book for builders and homeowners. I was just referring to it again today. Get it and add it to your library. 

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The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton

The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Huffington Post The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton Huffington Post In this ever faster-moving world, a growing number of people want access to a simpler more sustainable way of life, in which traditions...
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Everyone should build their own home but if you're not up for that large of an undertaking then why not start with a table? Cool idea!

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Control your smart appliances from the palm of your hand

Control your smart appliances from the palm of your hand | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Homeowners in the Chicago area will be among the first to get their hands on Whirlpool's mysmartappliances app to control the new line of smart appliances.
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Chicago welcomes this smart technology! This is a glimpse of the future of home systems.

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Green to the max

Green to the max | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
When architect Isabelle Duvivier of Duvivier Architects bought a dilapidated 100-year-old home in the neighborhood of her dreams, she kept the 950-square-foot floor plan but gave it a modern, environmentally friendly update that won a LEED platinum...
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950 sf platinum beauty!
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The Bullitt Center in Seattle Goes Well Beyond Green

The Bullitt Center in Seattle Goes Well Beyond Green | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The Bullitt Center in Seattle is an experiment in sustainability, using recycled rainwater, solar panels and composting toilets. (Is this the world's most sustainable building?
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Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater

Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Modern water heating options lower costs, improve efficiency.
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Nothing screams excitement than a post about how to pick a new hot water heater....read on green addicts if you're truly green!

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Green Building Is Growing Around the World

Green Building Is Growing Around the World | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new research study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction on world green building trends demonstrates that green building is well-established across the globe and is expected to grow even more over the next five years.
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Stay ahead of the curve. Don't fall behind it. Join the Healthy Homes Initiative and start going green today. We will show you how.

 

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New York Times kills its 'Green' blog

New York Times kills its 'Green' blog | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
First the Times shut down its environment desk. Now it's shuttering its environment blog. But the paper claims it'll keep reporting on green issues. (Sorely disappointed.
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A step backwards for sure. This was a really well formatted and content rich section of the NYT. Not good for the revolution.
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Green Building to Accelerate, Survey Finds

Green Building to Accelerate, Survey Finds | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Construction companies worldwide are shifting their business toward green building, with 51 percent of respondents to a survey by research firm McGraw-Hill Construction saying they expect more than 60 percent of their work to be green by 2015.

This is a significant increase from the 28 percent that said the same for their work in 2013 and the 13 percent in 2008, according to the company’s latest SmartMarket Report, World Green Building Trends.

This trend is not localized to one country or region; fom 2012 to 2015, the number of firms anticipating that more than 60 percent of their work will be green more than triples in South Africa; more than doubles in Germany, Norway and Brazil; and grows between 33 and 68 percent in the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, the report says...


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I think this will be the true global tipping point once big business sees there is so much money to be made in the green movement. It remains to be seen if that ends up being a good thing but the momentum is shifting and that is certainly good.

 

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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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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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Portland's green building hotline serves up answers - Sustainable Business Oregon

Portland's green building hotline serves up answers - Sustainable Business Oregon | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Portland's green building hotline serves up answersSustainable Business OregonThe city of Portland's green building hotline takes calls from experts and newbies alike.
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Seems like a great idea. I would volunteer my time to assist our Chicago hotline. Would you?

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