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
Green Building Links Indigenous Americans to Past with Key to Future Jetson Green In a recent article on Indian Country Today Media Network, journalist Nate Seltenrich covered the sustainable building initiatives of several Native American tribes...
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are chemicals found in paint, building supplies, furniture, cleaning supplies and many other products; these chemicals have an atmospheric photochemical reaction that pollute the ozone layer.
Jim Gramata's insight:
When you can you should go for NO-VOC paints according to this white paper from Prud Green Home.
Even as the weather warms up and a walk in the fresh air looks inviting, the majority of the country must remain indoors to make a living.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Devil's Ivy - Epipremnum aureum. Not to be frightened by the name, Devil’s Ivy is an evergreen vine that requires little care while protecting from formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.
Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum. This flowered plant does not need a lot of sun or water to survive while it protects from pollutants.
Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata. Also called Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is native to West Africa and is an air quality expert that can go a few months during the winter without water.
Red-Edged Dracaena - Dracaena reflexa. This plant also requires little attention while ridding the air of formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene.
Is your city the fittest? In honor of World Health Day MapMyFitness hosted a global challenge to find the fittest cities.
The Battle of the Cities contest encouraged users worldwide to log workouts for city points. The winners were chosen based on the percentage of increased activity over the weekend compared to the last 30 days. Over 18,000 cities competed and the results are in...
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...
The Shams 1, a 100-megawatt concentrated solar power plant, has just started soaking up the Arabian sun outside of Abu Dhabi. That's the biggest of its kind on the planet.
A joint venture between the French energy giant Total, the Spanish renewable energy wizards Abnegoa, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean energy company, it will provide energy to some twenty thousand houses, and cut out of the atmosphere 75,000 tons of CO2 per year...
Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.
The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.
The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.
There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...
Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.
A new comprehensive report recently released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders ...
About 75% of Apple offices worldwide, including its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., are now powered by renewable energy — more than double the amount of green buildings the company had in the last year.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Apple is a leader in customer-focused product design, customer service and now renewable energy. Long time Mac user (like decades long) and loving their brand and fresh, forward thinking.
'In honor of Bike to Work Day, we pulled together a list of America's most bike-friendly neighborhoods.'
The neighborhood rankings below are based on the latest neighborhood-level data provided to us by Walk Score (Walk Score measures walkability, Bike Score measures bikeability).
Bike Score places neighborhoods and cities into four categories based on a 100-point score (ranked on bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share): Biker's Paradise (90-10), Very Bikeable (70-89), Bikeable (50-69), and Somewhat Bikeable (0-49). The data here cover more than 7,000 neighborhoods across the United States and the table at the article link shows America's 25 most bikeable neighborhoods.
In a neighborhood of high-end retail and luxury residences, this new branch library will fulfill a much needed role as a public space and touchstone for the local community and visiting tourists across from the Museum of Modern Art.
Despite the library’s site being predominantly below grade and set at the base of a new 40-story hotel, this design proposal transforms the dark, subterranean space into an inviting, open and light-filled civic landscape in the heart of Manhattan...
Sustainable design has many facets.Whether it's incorporating unique architecture that maximizes light exposure, furnishing with reclaimed materials, or reducing carbon emissions with green power, these houses showcase the best in innovative eco (RT...
Many cities are coming to the realization that creating a smart and sustainable city means ultimately attaining a high level of economic efficiency, a high quality of life, a highly desirable place in which to live and do business, and a meaningful commitment to environmental responsibility.
But what really makes for a green or sustainable city? And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?
LEED buildings and even LEED neighborhoods are surely a good thing, but they are not a sufficient thing to declare a municipality sustainable. This is an overview of the essential elements (there are many more, but these are the most basic):
Committing to greenBuilding greenBuying greenPowering greenConserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapesProtecting green: both water quality and water quantityLocating green: creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use communityMoving green: diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility(Not) wasting green: getting to zero on the production of waste
Read the complete article for more on the green elements listed above...
While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.
As a United Nations working group negotiates a set of “sustainable development goals,” 10 scientists and development analysts, in a commentary published today in Nature, have proposed a fundamentally different way to ...