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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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'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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Walgreens To Build First Net-Zero Energy Retail Store | Sustainable Brands

Walgreens To Build First Net-Zero Energy Retail Store | Sustainable Brands | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Walgreens says it will build the country’s first net zero energy retail store, producing energy equal to or greater than it consumes.
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Green Buildings Checklist Addresses Energy, Waste And Sustainability Issues - Town Topics

Green Buildings Checklist Addresses Energy, Waste And Sustainability Issues - Town Topics | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green Buildings Checklist Addresses Energy, Waste And Sustainability Issues
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When Princeton Council next convenes on April 1, an ordinance designed to make the town more environmentally sustainable is likely to be adopted.
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New York Times kills its 'Green' blog

New York Times kills its 'Green' blog | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
First the Times shut down its environment desk. Now it's shuttering its environment blog. But the paper claims it'll keep reporting on green issues. (Sorely disappointed.
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A step backwards for sure. This was a really well formatted and content rich section of the NYT. Not good for the revolution.
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Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide (Book Review)

Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide (Book Review) | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
David Bergman's new book is a concise summary of some of the latest thinking.
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Green Building to Accelerate, Survey Finds

Green Building to Accelerate, Survey Finds | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Construction companies worldwide are shifting their business toward green building, with 51 percent of respondents to a survey by research firm McGraw-Hill Construction saying they expect more than 60 percent of their work to be green by 2015.

This is a significant increase from the 28 percent that said the same for their work in 2013 and the 13 percent in 2008, according to the company’s latest SmartMarket Report, World Green Building Trends.

This trend is not localized to one country or region; fom 2012 to 2015, the number of firms anticipating that more than 60 percent of their work will be green more than triples in South Africa; more than doubles in Germany, Norway and Brazil; and grows between 33 and 68 percent in the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, the report says...


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I think this will be the true global tipping point once big business sees there is so much money to be made in the green movement. It remains to be seen if that ends up being a good thing but the momentum is shifting and that is certainly good.

 

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Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative

Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Creativity is defined as the ability to create, but sometimes, we seem to lose that ability all of a sudden. 

Luckily, Jordan-based art director Islam Abudaoud has created a useful infographic that teaches us ways to stay creative. 

Titled ‘29 Ways To Stay Creative’, the infographic illustrates the “creative process and methods to keep a person moving forward and motivated to keep doing more”. 

For more information, check out the infographic at designtaxi.com...


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Be open. Break the rules. And one of my least listed to rules...Don't make it perfect.

 

So many times I want to hold until I make the release perfect but I am learning to release the beta wait, listen, adjust and re-release if it makes sense. If not learn from it and move on.

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EVERYone can be creative. 

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 8:22 PM

Love this inforgraphic! Very "creative!!"

Julien CHARLES's comment, May 16, 2013 7:40 AM
Really interesting and inspiring - Thx a lot.
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LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council

Worth checking out: LEED v4 on www.usgbc.org (Final public comment period for #LEED v4 open now - 3/31.
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Offer your opinion on LEED 4.0

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Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence | Sqezy

Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence | Sqezy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Sustainable Modern Home Conversion in California: Temple Hills Residence http://t.co/VtaZkM0njk #architecture
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Ahead of the Bell: US housing starts - Businessweek

Ahead of the Bell: US housing starts - Businessweek | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Ahead of the Bell: US housing starts
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For all of 2012, builders started work on 780,000 homes. That was still only about half the annual number consistent with healthy markets. But it represents a 28 percent jump from 2011.
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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world and has managed to make their mark with sustaianble architecture, with their designs.

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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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Green Home & Living Guide

Green Home & Living Guide | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

Green Home & Living Guide hits newsstands this weekend
Mountain Xpress. This directory focuses on healthy choices, environmentally friendly construction, valuable concepts, sustainability practices, community and more.

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If you have a copy of this send me one! I'd like to take a look.

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Historic modern house renovated to Passivhaus standard

Historic modern house renovated to Passivhaus standard | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

A mantra here is that "the greenest building is the one already standing." There have been far too many posts about the loss of yet another Paul Rudolph houseor the razing of yet another brutalist classic. Often it is claimed that modern buildings are energy sinkholes and are impossible to modernize.

Then there is the Williams-Levant house, built by architect and former Frank Lloyd Wright employee Barry Byrne in 1934 for the pianist/ comedian Oscar Levant in Westport, Connecticut. It not only has been saved and modernized, but it actually has been renovated to Passivhaus standards, no easy feat, by Doug Mcdonald of Mudagreen.com, with Ken Levenson and Gregory Duncan as Passive House consultant...

 

The original Passivhaus standard was designed for new construction, with siting and sun angles being an important consideration. You can't do much about that in a renovation, so a special standard, EnerPHit, was developed by the German Passivhaus Institute. It calls for a reduction in thermal bridges, improved air tightness, high quality windows and a LOT of insulation, resulting in energy savings of between 75 and 90%...


Read the complete article for more on the strategies employed in the modernization of this historic structure.


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Roofs Alive! – Benefits of Green Roofs | Simple Green Design

Roofs Alive! – Benefits of Green Roofs | Simple Green Design | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Roofs Alive! – Benefits of #GreenRoofs http://t.co/gHC3cRK4hu #green #sustainable #architecture
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World's first search engine dedicated to green building launches - Greenwise Business

World's first search engine dedicated to green building launches - Greenwise Business | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
World's first search engine dedicated to green building launches Greenwise Business Pinpoint has been developed by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) with backing from EPR Architects, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Mitsubishi Electric, Wates Group...
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Not sure why Google hasn't thought of this but I guess most of these results will show up in their results anyways. At least that is what I am thinking.
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Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders

Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Subtitle: Until recently, PHIUS focused its training sessions on designers and architects — but now it is beginning to focus on builders Images: Green Building News A new training program developed and presented by the Passive HouseA...

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We should learn from this method of building.

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4 Ways To Help Us Keep Homes Safe and Healthy

4 Ways To Help Us Keep Homes Safe and Healthy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

 

4 Ways To Help Us Keep Homes Safe and Healthy http://t.co/Y2ndCzV0xp http://t.co/RHBQE8HjVh

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Green Sustainable Cities

Green Sustainable Cities | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Beautiful modern #architecture, #sustainable, #solar powered Texas home. (Beautiful modern #architecture, #sustainable, #solar powered Texas home.
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LEED Certification under scrutiny (and attack) by some claiming it falls short

LEED Certification under scrutiny (and attack) by some claiming it falls short | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Financial Post Analysis: Buyer Beware – Not all green certifications are created equal Financial Post Growing doubts have surfaced about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, hitherto the gold standard of sustainable...
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Until these community groups and councils can offer a better replacement let's keep moving LEED forward.

 

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H House: exploring different shades of opacity

H House:  exploring different shades of opacity | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
In Maastrich, The Netherlands an unusual approach was given to the conventional concept of a house: H House seems to defy the notion of opacity in domestic architecture.
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Really cool modern sustainable design in The Netherlands. 

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