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Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence | Sqezy

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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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It’s official: goodbye Code for Sustainable Homes

It’s official: goodbye Code for Sustainable Homes | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The government has officially put an end to eco-housing yardstick, the Code for Sustainable Homes
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Why Metal Buildings Are a Sustainable Option – Greener Ideal

Why Metal Buildings Are a Sustainable Option – Greener Ideal | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Going green, sustainable living, eco-friendly - however you refer to it, this way of life has become the trend in the last few years as more and more people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of this movement.
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PHOTOS: Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at US Greenbuild in San Francisco

PHOTOS: Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at US Greenbuild in San Francisco | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“ Seattle-based Method Homes has just unveiled their new Paradigm series of net-zero energy and water prefab housing at the US Greenbuild Conference and Expo in San Francisco.”
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Now net zero prefab. Fabulous!
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[INFOGRAPHIC] BuildingsGuide.com's Recycling Facts and Statistics: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

[INFOGRAPHIC] BuildingsGuide.com's Recycling Facts and Statistics: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Recycling is processing used materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air and water pollution. The infographic below shows some fun recycling facts about aluminum, paper, plastic, and glass along with the environmental impact by US state.


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Startup Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

Startup Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation.

A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Founded by a team including two electrical engineering Ph.D. candidates and currently raising funds on Indiegogo, CloudSolar lets people buy a solar panel, or a share in one, on a farm that is expected to be completed by 2016 (erecting the solar panels will only take a couple of months, but the company also has to deal with utility and land permits, which will take longer).


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LivingHomes sustainable prefab houses are judged by their own standard

LivingHomes sustainable prefab houses are judged by their own standard | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Back in 2013, Gizmag covered the launch of the C6 sustainable prefab homes from LivingHomes. The residences were designed to be low-cost and to be LEED Platinum certified. Since then, the company h...
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My absolute fav prefab sustainably minded LEED developers. Setting the new standard for healthy and sustainable homes. C6 is HERE!
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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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How to design a sustainable home

How to design a sustainable home | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“See how an architect turned her little Venice bungalow into a water-saving powerhouse”
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Some nice sustainable design solutions in this bungalow rehab
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Chicago Bulls to host sixth annual "Go Green" game tonight - Bulls.com

Chicago Bulls to host sixth annual "Go Green" game tonight - Bulls.com | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Mar. 23, 2015 - The Chicago Bulls will celebrate NBA Green Week with their annual “Go Green” night sponsored by Constellation at tonight’s game vs.
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Even the NBA is going green! Sort of. Well it is a start and we have to start somewhere....

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Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Effici - gekoo.co - Search, Find, Compare and Buy it Now

Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Effici - gekoo.co - Search, Find, Compare and Buy it Now | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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5 house plants that will clean your stale office air

5 house plants that will clean your stale office air | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Are you an indoor gardener? Keeping house plants is a hobby that really gives back, making spaces look, feel and even smell fresh.
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Another plant post but hey it works!

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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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How to Purify Indoor Air Naturally

How to Purify Indoor Air Naturally | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
During long periods of cold or inclement weather, it can be challenging to maintain good indoor air quality.
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sometimes it is the simple things that matter....like clean air. Just don't overwater. Mold spores could reverse the positive gains

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Study links radon levels in Pennsylvania homes to fracking

Study links radon levels in Pennsylvania homes to fracking | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers links elevated levels of radioactive radon in Pennsylvania homes to the flurry of natural gas wells drilled across the state using the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."...
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Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World

Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
These cities that are doing the best at embracing the future are focusing on improving technology, equality, sharing, civic participation, and more.

Over the past several years, the idea of the being "smart" has emerged as a key mechanism for cities to find innovative solutions to the challenges that they are facing. Increased demand for infrastructure, housing, transportation, jobs, energy, food and water are all straining city governments and infrastructure, as people around the world flock to urban centers in hopes of a better life and more opportunity. For many years, the push to create smarter cities was led by technology companies looking for uses (and buyers) for their products. But in recent years, cities have begun to think more holistically about what being a smart city could mean, and have innovated new ways to modernize how a city serves its citizens.


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Concrete home could be a glimpse of the future - Yourhome.ca

Concrete home could be a glimpse of the future - Yourhome.ca | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“ An innovative Habitat for Humanity pilot project has some concrete ideas about how NetZero Energy homes could be constructed. In a dramatic shift away...”
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Costa Rica hits 75 days powered entirely by renewable energy - CNET

Costa Rica hits 75 days powered entirely by renewable energy - CNET | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“ Heavy rainfall has allowed the Central American country of Costa Rica to be powered almost entirely by its hydroelectric plants.”
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Simplicity Rules: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated

Simplicity Rules: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Many luxury buyers seek homes with complicated floor plans, high-end finishes and the latest technology. But architects’ homes are often simple, sophisticated structures that merely look expensive.
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simple is good. The trick is making the complex appear simple. That is a great design challenge many do not quite find.
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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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See-Through Solar Is Tomorrow’s Threat to Oil

See-Through Solar Is Tomorrow’s Threat to Oil | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“ In episode 5 of The Spark, screens and windows that soak up light could power your home or your phone”
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Solar window systems. Brilliant!
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No problem. Amazing technology
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How Canada Could Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Solar Energy

How Canada Could Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Solar Energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

A new report from leading Canadian academics finds plenty of renewable energy potential if the government gets serious about climate change. It found that the country could get 100 percent of its electricity from low-carbon sources like wind, solar, and hydropower by 2035 and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. To achieve these goals, the report recommended that the federal government implement a nationwide price on carbon and eliminate subsidies to Canada’s fossil fuel industry — particularly, its tar sands industry.


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Catherine Potvin, lead author of the report and biology professor at McGill University in Montreal, told ThinkProgress that if Canada’s federal government has the will, the country could shift to being powered renewable energy as early as 2025. Already, according to the report, 62 percent of Canada’s electricity is produced from renewable energy — mostly in the form of hydropower. Just 23 percent is produced from fossil fuels.
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5 remarkable inventions improving water quality across the globe

5 remarkable inventions improving water quality across the globe | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Approximately 750 million people don't have access to clean drinking water around the world, but these five inventions offer some hope.
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Some creative innovative solutions to the global water problems

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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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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes is now the world's first and only project to attain all four of the highest sustainable building certifications on the planet.
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Glamorous living off the grid: Aktivhaus generates double the energy you need - CNN.com

Glamorous living off the grid: Aktivhaus generates double the energy you need - CNN.com | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
This modernist smart home generates enough power for you and your neighbors.
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Double net zero. Take that skeptics 

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