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Our impact mission is to build sustainable net-zero affordable healthy pre-fabricated housing for 60-100 AMI Chicago, Illinois area residents. Visit our site at ecothresholds.com for more details and information.
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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide)

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) book down http://t.co/e3N44jxg0e
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This is a great book for builders and homeowners. I was just referring to it again today. Get it and add it to your library. 

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Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica

Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based firm OMA have defeated two teams made up of local powerhouse architects to win a one million square foot mixed-use development project in Downtown Santa Monica on Arizona between 4th and 5th Streets. OMA’s winning proposal, which is being called the Plaza at Santa Monica, was part of a package submitted in response to an RFP issued by the City of Santa Monica earlier in the year. A selection committee made up of officials from several city departments chose the scheme.

This will be OMA’s first ever project at this scale in Los Angeles. They have tried to break into Los Angeles on three other occasions with proposals for LACMA, downtown’s Broad Museum, and Universal Studios in the San Fernando Valley. This time, the City of Santa Monica granted them their wish...


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LEED-ND Series: Determining Gaps in the Rating System

LEED-ND Series: Determining Gaps in the Rating System | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced the LEED rating system in 2000 and with the boom of construction came a boom in the popularity of energy-efficient buildings.
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There are always gaps in the system especially at the neighborhood scale. 

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Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings - Huffington Post

Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings - Huffington Post | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings Huffington Post The images in this article depict ECO Modern Flats, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Multifamily Platinum project located in Fayetteville,...
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Stars of the sustainable show

Stars of the sustainable show | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Australians should start thinking of buildings as producers not consumers, given the pace of efficiency gains over a decade of voluntary Green Star ratings, an industry expert says.
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Content Carnivores's comment, June 2, 2013 10:42 AM
JIm, thanks for finding all this cool stuff.
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LivingHomes - Modern Modular Prefab Homes

LivingHomes is a leader among prefab green modular homes builder. Our homes combine world class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.

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If you have any interest in prefab you have to visit this site. Amazing quality and success in LA. 

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Paint that cleans the air now available in the US (video)

Paint that cleans the air now available in the US (video) | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
A paint developed in the Philippines that literally cleans the air in a room will be available in the United States.
KNOxOUT™ Air Cleaning Paint developed by
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I prefer the house plants for this but this does look like an interesting technology I wanted to share.

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America's Most Bikeable Neighborhoods

America's Most Bikeable Neighborhoods | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

'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.


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Bike the Drive this weekend in Chicago!

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New York Library / TEN Arquitectos

New York Library / TEN Arquitectos | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

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...


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Becky Poisson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:10 PM

Don't know if it is practical to retrofit but it is a clever use of space and creates accessibility at a somewhat non-technical level.

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Celebrate Earth Day With Gorgeous Green Homes From Around the World

Celebrate Earth Day With Gorgeous Green Homes From Around the World | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
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...
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9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities

9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

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...


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Nine basic concepts to achieve healthy sustainable buildings and cities. Piece of cake.

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Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:05 PM

Exactly :)

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:12 PM

100% Green is not fooling around.

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Healthy Homes

Healthy Homes | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation's leading public health threats—childhood obesity.
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It is not only about the homes but about how we live in our healthy homes that makes us completely healthy
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CDC - Healthy Homes | Health Topics | Indoor Air Quality

CDC - Healthy Homes | Health Topics | Indoor Air Quality | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Good Health Begins at Home — Learn what you can do to help yourself and your family to have better health at home.
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Indoor Air Quality for Sustainable Building

Indoor Air Quality for Sustainable Building | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Learn about the importance of indoor air quality in sustainable building from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
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Use Greenguard when specing your next built project at scale. I love their definition of sustainability too: 


"the mission of sustainability is focused on balancing environmental, economic and social concerns in order to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”


a balance between profit, planet and people is achievable. We don't throw any of the three out the window. 

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DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.

 

DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.

Find more details and images at the article link.


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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, July 30, 2013 4:35 AM
we love this! ty Lauren!
Maryline Khan's comment, July 30, 2013 6:50 AM
very impressive!
Conrado C. Guzmán's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:09 PM

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The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton

The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Huffington Post The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton Huffington Post In this ever faster-moving world, a growing number of people want access to a simpler more sustainable way of life, in which traditions...
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Everyone should build their own home but if you're not up for that large of an undertaking then why not start with a table? Cool idea!

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The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA)

The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA) | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
A new effort to promote a truly clean energy agenda has emerged from the collaborative efforts of grassroots organizations all around the country.
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Green Building Links Indigenous Americans to Past

Green Building Links Indigenous Americans to Past | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
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...
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Why Looking for "Low-VOC" Paint Isn't Enough

Why Looking for "Low-VOC" Paint Isn't Enough | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
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.
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When you can you should go for NO-VOC paints according to this white paper from Prud Green Home.

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Look for plants that improve indoor air quality for home or office

Look for plants that improve indoor air quality for home or office | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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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 Eco-Thresholds 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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Control your smart appliances from the palm of your hand

Control your smart appliances from the palm of your hand | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Homeowners in the Chicago area will be among the first to get their hands on Whirlpool's mysmartappliances app to control the new line of smart appliances.
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Chicago welcomes this smart technology! This is a glimpse of the future of home systems.

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World Health Day - Battle of the Cities | Infographic

World Health Day - Battle of the Cities | Infographic | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it

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...


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Jim Gramata's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:55 AM

Way to get fit Chicago. We take first place...where's the medal?

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Green to the max

Green to the max | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
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...
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950 sf platinum beauty!
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New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council

New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council | Healthy Homes Eco-Thresholds Initiative | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 on www.usgbc.org (Re-circulating cooling systems & more in our latest post, "New ways to save water in #LEED v4": http://t.co/RCFJqAkS9u)...
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For the LEED geeks like myself out there....
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