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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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PulteGroup Zero Net Home in California

PulteGroup Zero Net Home in California | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
PulteGroup, Inc. has completed construction of its zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Brentwood, California. The new Pulte home, which is designed to mini…
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Incredible net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center turns rainwater into drinking water

Incredible net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center turns rainwater into drinking water | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

An incredible new building in Virginia is raising the bar for sustainable architecture worldwide. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, designed by SmithGroupJJR, just achieved the world’s toughest green building standard, the Living Building Challenge, an accolade only awarded to 10 other such “ultra-sustainable” structures in the world. The net-zero education building not only generates nearly twice as much energy than it needs, but has also become the first commercial building in the U.S. permitted to “drink” its harvested rainwater.


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This is an amazing achievement on this scale. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.

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Climate Action's curator insight, July 15, 2016 4:20 AM

The Living Building Challenge has been awarded to only 10 buildings in the world! 

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LEED for Homes Rehab Project: Hybrid Sustainable Framing Method - FSC - YouTube

This video is about LEED for Homes Rehab Project in Chicago. How I used a hybrid framing method including FSC sourced framing materials as well as 100% recyc...
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A look at sustainable building practices in a recent LEED for Homes rehab project in Lincoln Park (Chicago). One in a series of videos to be published on the topic of sustainable building practices supporting my Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative. 

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What Buyers Want in a Green Home

What Buyers Want in a Green Home | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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heating and cooling costs are a common buyer interest but trending too for younger buyers is the cost to commute

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Healthy Homes Bill Fails - Scoop.co.nz

Healthy Homes Bill Fails - Scoop.co.nz | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A bill intended to bring in minimum standards for rental housing has not passed its first reading.
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The idea of improving standards for all housing types should be applauded. The idea of applying the healthy homes principles to the rental market is one I've had for a long time. Kudos for the efforts. 

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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 :)

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:12 PM

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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‘Net Zero’ Green Building Certification Coming Soon ·...

‘Net Zero’ Green Building Certification Coming Soon ·... | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

‘Net Zero’ Green Building Certification Coming Soon · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News From Green Buildings, a Flipboard topic environmentalleader.com

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environmentalleader.com · In an effort to reduce emissions from the building sector, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is launching net zero building certification

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Green & Sustainability in Real Estate

Green & Sustainability in Real Estate | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green is no longer a niche; it's a lifestyle. Show your buyers that they can both find an eco-friendly living space and settle into a new home without pouring too many fossil fuels into the environment. The Search If your buyers are looking for green homes, you can’t just type “green” into the MLS.
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Consider 'green' buyer criteria when searching for properties for your residential buyer clients. It is not only PITIA but also energy costs to service and maintain a home as well as the distance you commute and the mode of transportation to work. It all adds up!

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LEED for Homes Rehab Project: Hybrid Sustainable Framing Method - FSC - YouTube

This video is about LEED for Homes Rehab Project in Chicago. How I used a hybrid framing method including FSC sourced framing materials as well as 100% recyc...
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A look at sustainable building practices in a recent LEED for Homes rehab project in Lincoln Park (Chicago). One in a series of videos to be published on the topic of sustainable building practices supporting my Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative. 

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Look who is chatting about #LEEDforHomes on his #LEED rehab project in Chicago!

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Healthy Homes: Landmark Construction focuses on reducing carbon footprint

Healthy Homes: Landmark Construction focuses on reducing carbon footprint | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Sesame Street’s Kermit the Frog once lamented “It’s not that easy being green.” But after contemplating green-ness a while, he concluded, “It’s wonderful. I think it’s what I want to be.”
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Thank you Landmark Builders! Leadership and future growth of the sustainably built environment. 

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How Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes?

How Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
AsbestosMineral fiber once commonly used in many building materials, including insulation, fireproof siding, and resilient flooring. Inhalation of invisible asbestos fibers can lead to chest and abdominal cancers as well as scarring of the lungs. The use of asbestos in some products has been banned by the EPA and the U.S.
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I get this question all the time. Should I be concerned about asbestos in my home? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is explained in this article.
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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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