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How firms innovate their business models for sustainability

How firms innovate their business models for sustainability | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
What does sustainable business model innovation look like? Hint: They're smaller companies that start from scratch.

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Indoor Air Quality for Sustainable Building

Indoor Air Quality for Sustainable Building | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Learn about the importance of indoor air quality in sustainable building from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
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Use Greenguard when specing your next built project at scale. I love their definition of sustainability too: 


"the mission of sustainability is focused on balancing environmental, economic and social concerns in order to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”


a balance between profit, planet and people is achievable. We don't throw any of the three out the window. 

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Eco Sustainable Architecture of the Future: Large-Span Translucent Buildings and Structures

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Eco Sustainable Architecture of the Future: Large-Span Translucent Buildings & Structures http://t.co/PeY6W1HiXH ;

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Ah the pyramid comes back into fashion. Has it ever left? 

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Four Healthy Homes Lifestyle Categories to Consider When Going Green

Four Healthy Homes Lifestyle Categories to Consider When Going Green | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
I have started to organized my thoughts on how to start going towards a fully healthy lifestyle by breaking down my healthy home choices into four separate categories which should be considered whe...
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Reposted from our Green Real Estate blog site. Follow me there too!

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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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Modular Solutions for Schools | Simple Green Design

Modular Solutions for Schools | Simple Green Design | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
#Modular Construction is #Green on many levels. Solutions for Schools http://t.co/VOZTq73j #sustainable #architecture
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Get rid of those trailers and replace with modular sustainable construction. Seems like a good idea for some situations both temporary and permanent.

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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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What Makes Radiant Flooring Sustainable?

What Makes Radiant Flooring Sustainable? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
What makes radiant flooring so green and such a smart home heating solution? Why has Warmboard heated flooring been green since inception? (What Makes Radiant #Flooring #Sustainable?
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I usually don't promote articles that are from manufacturer's unless I see some actual value or potential value in the product or services. This warmboard idea is something to tuck away for that next radiant flooring project requiring a LEED certified system.

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Master of Science in Sustainable Construction: 4 MS Programs for Green Building - Green-Buildings.com

Master of Science in Sustainable Construction: 4 MS Programs for Green Building - Green-Buildings.com | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Master of Science in Sustainable Construction: 4 MS Programs for Green BuildingGreen-Buildings.comRoger asks: I'm working a LEED HC/NC construction project in Taiwan for almost 2 years, and with 5 years in sustainable civil engineering experiences.
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A nice collection of programs available for those interested in advanced degrees in Green Building Sustainable Construction programs.

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In India, A “Universal Town” Has Become A Green Building Lab ...

In India, A “Universal Town” Has Become A Green Building Lab ... | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

In southern India, a community founded with a spiritual purpose has become a bit of a test bed for green building.

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