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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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Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture

Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

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.


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No Net Energy, No Net Water, No Waste In Portland [PHOTOS] | EarthTechling

No Net Energy, No Net Water, No Waste In Portland [PHOTOS] | EarthTechling | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
We tour an eco-friendly Portland, Oregon living building home that consumes no net energy, no net water, and sends no waste.

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Scientists Propose a New Architecture for Sustainable Development ...

Scientists Propose a New Architecture for Sustainable Development ... | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago and the North Shore.

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We officially launched our Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative yesterday in Chicago and worldwide! Join our mission and awareness campaign today. 

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Mapping an Alternative Energy Future for New York | Sustainable Cities Collective

Mapping an Alternative Energy Future for New York | Sustainable Cities Collective | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert New York’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by wind, water and sunlight.
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Home Improvements for Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Home Improvements for Healthy Indoor Air Quality | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
With winter on the way, we're all about to spend more time indoors, so the timing couldn't be better for making home improvements for healthy indoor air (RT @aolrealestate: Healthy Homes= Healthy Homeowners.
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 There's No Place Like (A Wellness) Home

 There's No Place Like (A Wellness) Home | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
It's more important than ever to craft our homes into a healthy sanctuary. Sherri Danzig, a neuromuscular therapist and wellness consultant gives us statistics and strategies for improving wellness...
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Tax Credits for Installing Solar Panels

Sky-high electric bills and a sunny climate combine to make installing solar panels attractive.
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More credits!!!

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Tax Credits for Small Wind Energy Systems

An uncapped tax credit makes a sustainable small wind energy system more financially feasible for some green-leaning and penny-pinching home owners.
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Wind energy may not be for you BUT it is making a move here in Chicago the "windy city". It makes sense. The only recent negative feeback has been some shadow 'strobe' effects on neighbors so be sure if you install wind power in an urban area you check on the shadows in all seasons to avoid these issues.

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Scaling Up Systems to Make Cities More Sustainable | Sustainable Cities Collective

Scaling Up Systems to Make Cities More Sustainable | Sustainable Cities Collective | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Cutting-edge designers and policymakers explained how some cities can use a systems-based approach to become more sustainable.
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How Energy Efficient Homes are paving the way for the future

How Energy Efficient Homes are paving the way for the future | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

At that time, the value of distinct genuine estate properties had been decreased by an common of $ 10,000 and the housing industry was crashing. In simple ...

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Sustainable and Impressive Looking Home in Costa Rica - Freshome

Sustainable and Impressive Looking Home in Costa Rica - Freshome | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

We recently received photos and information about a highly modern project, defined by an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. Andrés Serpa designed this.

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Green Building Is Growing Around the World

Green Building Is Growing Around the World | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
A new research study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction on world green building trends demonstrates that green building is well-established across the globe and is expected to grow even more over the next five years.
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Stay ahead of the curve. Don't fall behind it. Join the Healthy Homes Initiative and start going green today. We will show you how.

 

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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

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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.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 PM

First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

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If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
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The financial value of green buildings to business communities

The financial value of green buildings to business communities | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Apple Says 75% of Its Power Comes From Renewable Energy

Apple Says 75% of Its Power Comes From Renewable Energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago and the North Shore.

Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago and the North Shore. | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
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Healthy Design Becoming a Factor in Construction

Healthy Design Becoming a Factor in Construction | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Some projects are now including health impact assessments, which include environmentally friendly materials and ways to promote physical activity. (RT @Seattle_Housing: A nice mention of our High Point Breathe Easy Homes in the @nytimes!
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Dubai to have mandatory green building rules - Gulf Today

Dubai to have mandatory green building rules - Gulf Today | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Dubai to have mandatory green building rules Gulf Today DUBAI: The Building Department of Dubai Municipality (DM) has intensified its efforts in providing educating and training in the field of green building under the slogan 'Be Educated on Green...
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Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater

Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Modern water heating options lower costs, improve efficiency.
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Nothing screams excitement than a post about how to pick a new hot water heater....read on green addicts if you're truly green!

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Kitchen Trends in 2013

It’s a brand new year, and for some of us that means a brand new kitchen! If you’re planning a kitchen redesign but you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve got some of 2013′s hottest trends wrapped up: 1: Perfect lighting.
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Always interesting to see what is coming down the pike...some of these are a bit surprising but generally looking good!

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The Asplund family

The Asplund family | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
For the Asplund family that lives in Stockholm, Scandinavian design is something more than just a superb way of arranging their living environment.
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Clean simple bright clean and healthy all go hand in hand.

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'Active' House Blends Old and New Energy Efficiency Methods

'Active' House Blends Old and New Energy Efficiency Methods | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
"Active" construction blends energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and designs that make the most of sun, shade, and breezes.
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Go Green Wilmette Participates in State Rep's Environmental Forum - Patch.com

Go Green Wilmette Participates in State Rep's Environmental Forum - Patch.com | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Go Green Wilmette Participates in State Rep's Environmental Forum Patch.com EGo Green Wilmette's participated in Illinois State Rep.

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New York's Green Roofs Are Crawling With Fungi - The Atlantic Cities

New York's Green Roofs Are Crawling With Fungi - The Atlantic Cities | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities New York's Green Roofs Are Crawling With Fungi The Atlantic Cities Demand for green roofs might plummet if they became known as "fungal roofs." But that is what they are, at least in New York – and contrary to what it may sound...
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