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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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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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Fossil Fuel Caps Urged as Scientists Warn of Climate Woes

Fossil Fuel Caps Urged as Scientists Warn of Climate Woes | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The world can only consume a fraction of the known deposits of fossil fuels if it’s to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, according to the biggest assessment of the issue.

Burning reserves of oil, natural gas and coal already identified by national governments and commodity companies would cause widespread droughts, more-violent storms and melting of polar ice caps, a long-awaited report by a panel of climate scientists gathered by the United Nations said.


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It is good to see the momentum in my local market moving so quickly towards solar. I myself contracted to get the max solar system on my roof here in Chicago. Weather permitting we get it in this year. Small steps on a large scale will make the difference. 

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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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Bijoy Jain: building architecture that 'contains the life' of its environs - The Guardian

Bijoy Jain: building architecture that 'contains the life' of its environs - The Guardian | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The Guardian Bijoy Jain: building architecture that 'contains the life' of its environs The Guardian Jain opened Studio Mumbai in 1995 and quickly gained attention, receiving the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from L'Institut Francais...
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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
Architecture and Design
“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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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
Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Effici in gekoo.co - Search, Find, Compare and Buy it Now - Deals and Offers Online - Discounts and Promotions
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Pre Fabulous!
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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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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Pre-fab + net zero + affordable = new housing development model

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2014-09-18 Sustainability Essentials-Reducing Harmful Toxins in the Home Combating the tight box syndrome

Jillian Pritchard-Cooke owner of Wellness Within Your Walls will share with the audience how the Tight Box Syndrome contributes to unhealthy living environments.…
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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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What is the future of sustainable design?
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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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