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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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Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative
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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The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” says Dutch water expert Henk Ovink.
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Looking to the future in water management is of great importance especially large scale developments but equally important in small scale as well.
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Planes, trains or automobiles: What's the most carbon-efficient way to travel?

Planes, trains or automobiles: What's the most carbon-efficient way to travel? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Reduce your carbon footprint by using public or shared transport, and walking or biking for short trips.
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Tesla solar roof tile connector system explained in new patent

Tesla solar roof tile connector system explained in new patent | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
At this point, we already know a lot about Tesla’s solar roof tiles with the launch in May and details released through certification. But not much is known about the mechanism that links all…
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Musings about Martin Holladay's Musings of an energy nerd (book review)

Musings about Martin Holladay's Musings of an energy nerd (book review) | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Everybody who designs or builds houses should read this book, but it needs a bit of an edit.
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For those who know Martin Holladay, he recently put his thoughts into his book aptly titled Musings of an Energy Nerd. It's worth buying, reading and putting into action!
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Low Maintenance Cladding

Low Maintenance Cladding | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Habitech is an Australian modular design and building system that creates
modern, super strong and highly insulated houses. Offering full design
flexibility, Habitech's houses are not only much faster to build, but offer
a much more sustainable solution to creating a high-performance housing.
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“We use magnesium oxide board for its stability and longevity. It’s made with 50 per cent sawdust, and the manufacturing process actually absorbs carbon dioxide.”
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Report Hails Chicago as 'Green' Leader for Year-Over-Year LEED, Energy Star Strides

Report Hails Chicago as 'Green' Leader for Year-Over-Year LEED, Energy Star Strides | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Chicago, IL - Chicago’s city office buildings are 66 percent LEED or Energy Star certified
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Have I mentioned Chicago is the greenest commercial real estate city in the nation? Well it's worth repeating
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How To Live Calmly: Bring Wind And Water Indoors

How To Live Calmly: Bring Wind And Water Indoors | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Dancing sunlight patterns reflected onto an interior ceiling from a wind-disturbed external water surface.
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An interesting study about the effects of bringing natural elements "indoors" to calm its inhabitants.
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Magic: plastic turned into energy

Magic: plastic turned into energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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This is a massive technological achievement if it is successful commercially. Our plastics are only partially being recycled and a bulk are ending up in landfills or the ocean.
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Chicago named nation’s greenest city

Chicago named nation’s greenest city | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The Chicago market claimed the top spot with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified according to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University.
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This is a massive achievement for my hometown of Chicago and it should be celebrated as a very impressive achievement in commercial real estate. It's success was partly due to Chicago's benchmarking efforts. It is time to move the benchmarking to the residential housing market and be equally as successful.
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A national company recognized for its welfare-to career program

A national company recognized for its welfare-to career program | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
This socially conscious approach to business has endeared Cascade to partners and customers alike, and demonstrates the importance of thinking beyon
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Another successful business sharing our core business model of people, planet and profit...a socially responsible capitalism. Check it out

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Is Amazon Prime eco-friendly or wasteful?

Is Amazon Prime eco-friendly or wasteful? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Is Amazon Prime eco-friendly or wasteful? Does the ease of free, one-click shipping outweigh the potential environmental costs?
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An interesting question to consider. I have the packaging waste but the transportation distances are cut way down and must be a positive for carbon footprint from cradle to customer. 

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Obama’s energy secretary responds to Trump’s attacks on his legacy

Obama’s energy secretary responds to Trump’s attacks on his legacy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
MIT’s Ernest Moniz has taken on new roles preventing nuclear war, advocating for clean energy, and criticizing Trump’s policies.
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Mr Moniz will be missed...if nothing else because he looks like a founding father

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Chicago Named America's Greenest City

Chicago Named America's Greenest City | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green buildings are here to stay and Chicago is firmly on the bandwagon.
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Chicago had the highest commercial square footage at 66% of its total area footprint. Lead on Chicago!

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Milestone: 150 Mayors Endorse 100% Clean Energy!

Today, the Sierra Club’s Mayors For 100% Clean Energy initiative reached a major milestone: 150 mayors from across the country have signed onto the campaign and pledged to power their communities with 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Civic leaders from across the country are stepping up to make it known that they care about the health of their residents and the strength of their local economy by advocating for 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
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Potential carbon capture game changer nears completion

Potential carbon capture game changer nears completion | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
If it works as expected, the Net Power natural gas demonstration plant will capture carbon at nearly no cost.
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Watching this closely. Could be a brilliant technological breakthrough in energy production.
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A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane

A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.
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This is about the same footprint as a typical Chicago single floor dimension on a standard lot. Lots can be achieved with this two part crane erected house.
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‘Green building’ measures may have fuelled London inferno

‘Green building’ measures may have fuelled London inferno | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Construction and fire experts have warned of the dangers of covering the exterior of buildings with types of panels, some of which have been banned in the US under certain circumstances
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Following up with an earlier post about SIP panels. While this isn't exactly the same material it's similar enough to warrant a connection and warning.
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To SIP or not to SIP? It’s complicated.

To SIP or not to SIP? It’s complicated. | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Australian builder Habitech uses Structural Insulated Panels to build very efficient homes that go up fast.
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Evaluating green roof effectiveness

Evaluating green roof effectiveness | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
How effective are Green Roofs?
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You've got to dig down to get the answer but this is an interesting study from my research brethren at the University of Illinois Champagne
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Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé. A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered by advocates like the US's Rhod
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The arts or A were left out of my education until I brought it in during grad school in my MArch degree. We need the balance of art with the sciences to be innovative when considering human factors in design.
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STUDY: 'Green' homes in Texas command $25,000 premium

STUDY: 'Green' homes in Texas command $25,000 premium | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Homes in Texas built to meet green building standards are worth an average of $25,000 more in resale value than other homes. The study looked at more than 3,800 green-certified homes built in Texas between 2008 and 2016 to determine if certification raised the resale value of homes.
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It makes sense that healthy efficient sustainable buildings get a premium on resale but this is an impressive 6-7% premium for green homes in Texas.
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Grid batteries are poised to become cheaper than natural gas plants in Minnesota

Grid batteries are poised to become cheaper than natural gas plants in Minnesota | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new report suggests the economics of large-scale batteries are reaching an important inflection point.
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Coal is dead. At least its life as the primary energy source on our planet is finite. Within my lifetime I am sure. Here is one article how electric storage is getting more and more affordable in Minnesota

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7 Off-the-Grid Homes That Will Make You Want to Unplug - Zillow Porchlight

7 Off-the-Grid Homes That Will Make You Want to Unplug - Zillow Porchlight | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Living sustainably doesn't mean roughing it.
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Volvo Launching 5 New All-Electric Car Models in 2019

Volvo Launching 5 New All-Electric Car Models in 2019 | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Volvo Car Group announced last week that in 2019, every model rolling off the automakers’ assembly line will, at a minimum, be partly powered by an electric battery system.
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Volvo's announcement to move to 100% electric cars will put serious pressure on the Tesla Corp since Volvo already has the ability and customer base to mass produce automobiles worldwide. Tesla CEO Mr Musk welcomed the competition and I am glad Volvo made the move for 2019

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Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials

Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Lifehaus, started by architect Nizar Haddad, is developing energy neutral, self-sufficient homes that can produce their own food and clean power.
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