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Green to the max

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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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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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Swedish city builds 'passive houses' as part of ambitious CO2 reduction targets

Swedish city builds 'passive houses' as part of ambitious CO2 reduction targets | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Passive housing is catching on across Europe, but Växjö boasts innovative highrise project to help country realise goal of eliminating CO2 emissions by 2050 (#Sweden plans to completely eliminate CO2 emissions by 2050 & building 'passive houses'...
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Fracking opponents take their fight to Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Fracking opponents take their fight to Chicago - Chicago Tribune | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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Fracking opponents take their fight to Chicago
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By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter. November 29, 2013.
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What is the future of sustainable design? - open thread - The Guardian

What is the future of sustainable design? - open thread - The Guardian | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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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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Sustainable Growth for a Shrinking World

Sustainable Growth for a Shrinking World | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
October 2011. Do you remember where you where around that time? If you do then you’ve certainly got a better memory than me!

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The Warehaus by Residential Attitudes

The Warehaus by Residential Attitudes | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Light, volume & space were the primary influences behind this passive solar residence designed for multi-generational living. A central courtyard with two storey mezzanine walkway forms the focal point of the home.

The free form living area features a central polished plaster ethanol fireplace and is adjacent to the state of the art kitchen with a concealed cool room and pantry. The remainder of the ground floor is comprised of a library, powder room, laundry and a separate master wing with dressing room, ensuite and private courtyard.


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Tips for Starting an Employee Wellness Program

Tips for Starting an Employee Wellness Program | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Starting an employee wellness program requires strategic planning, well-thought-out goals and ongoing evaluation. (Tips for Starting an Employee Wellness Program: Introduction Good health is good business.
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Cycling is sustainable and healthy so why aren't more of us on our bikes?

Cycling is sustainable and healthy so why aren't more of us on our bikes? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Safety fears and lack of employer engagement are holding back a cycling revolution, writes Wayne Visser (Londres espera reducir el 60% de la polución a punta de Bicicleta.
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Good question. I love seeing the bike share in Chocago really taking off. Daily I see empty bike racks which hopefully means people are using them on a regular basis. Get out and walk or bike this summer!

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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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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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LEED-ND Series: Determining Gaps in the Rating System

LEED-ND Series: Determining Gaps in the Rating System | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced the LEED rating system in 2000 and with the boom of construction came a boom in the popularity of energy-efficient buildings.
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There are always gaps in the system especially at the neighborhood scale. 

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Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings - Huffington Post

Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings - Huffington Post | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings Huffington Post The images in this article depict ECO Modern Flats, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Multifamily Platinum project located in Fayetteville,...
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Stars of the sustainable show

Stars of the sustainable show | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Australians should start thinking of buildings as producers not consumers, given the pace of efficiency gains over a decade of voluntary Green Star ratings, an industry expert says.
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Content Carnivores's comment, June 2, 2013 10:42 AM
JIm, thanks for finding all this cool stuff.
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Speed Dating Sustainable Architecture | SDSD

Speed Dating Sustainable Architecture | SDSD | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Who wants free advice on how to make their house sustainable. Speed dating for sustainable architecture #Melbourne http://t.co/4ufiKH4LVD
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Australian leaders in sustainability join global green schools network - Architecture and Design

Australian leaders in sustainability join global green schools network - Architecture and Design | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Australian leaders in sustainability join global green schools network
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“Too many students in Australia learn in school buildings that are too cold in winter, too hot in summer, badly lit and poorly ventilated.
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Placemaking | MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Placemaking | MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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While the place is important, the “making” builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens—in short, it builds social capital. As architect Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair organization puts it, “the physical projects are just an excuse for people to meet their neighbors.” … The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.

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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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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development | Obama News Report Store

Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development | Obama News Report Store | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Pick and Sirkin show how IMIFAP, a Mexican NGO, has employed a development strategy to encourage the establishment of a participatory, healthy and educated citi

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:29 AM

If you teach a man to fish ....

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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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Everything you need to know to pass your Green Associate | U.S. Green Building Council

Everything you need to know to pass your Green Associate | U.S. Green Building Council | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: Everything you need to know to pass your Green Associate on www.usgbc.org (Everything you need to know to pass your #LEED Green Associate: http://t.co/oan0iBW02M)...
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One of these days I will take my exam. Ugh!! Gotta make this a priority but summer is such a hard time with so many other projets going. 

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New report: 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings | U.S. Green Building Council

New report: 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings | U.S. Green Building Council | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: New report: 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings on www.usgbc.org (Which countries outside the U.S. have the most #LEED Professionals?
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This is an awesome accomplishment! I am hoping to be one of the occupants of our upcoming rehab project soon

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Indoor Air Quality for Sustainable Building

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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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DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.

 

DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.

Find more details and images at the article link.


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we love this! ty Lauren!
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very impressive!
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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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The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA)

The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA) | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new effort to promote a truly clean energy agenda has emerged from the collaborative efforts of grassroots organizations all around the country.
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