We’ve all heard of LEED certification, but a lesser-known set of green building guidelines is going strong in the Southeastern United States. The Earthcraft designation overlaps with Energy Star guidelines, and incorporates building practices optimized for the climate and environment of the Southeast.
Many large-scale renovations only make sense for homeowners. Naturally, you don’t want to invest your hard-earned money on costly upgrades that get left behind when moving out of an apartment or rental home. But luckily, there are lots of ways to reduce your environmental footprint and save money even if you don’t own the property you call home.
Springtime has sprung – soon flowers will be blooming and vegetables will be sprouting. Maybe your garden needs a little jumpstart, but there’s no need to flood the soil with artificial chemicals. Jobe’s produces a line of 100% organic fertilizers that deliver fast and effective results.
Minnesota Power has developed this cool interactive tool to help identify and prioritize improvements in your home’s energy efficiency. Upgrades are arranged from the cheapest and simplest options at the bottom, to the most advanced possibilities at the top.
The newly-released line of LED lightbulbs from North Carolina-based Cree, Inc. could be a game-changer. They deliver all the performance and energy efficiency you’d expect from an LED bulb, with a familiar screw-in shape and a price tag of just $9.97.
One of the hallmarks of a home’s energy efficiency is its thermal performance. So it’s important to understand the distinction between the concepts of thermal mass and insulation.
Keeping the lights off in unoccupied rooms is a sure-fire way to save money on your power bills. And now you can take the “forgetful human” element out of the equation.
Some of this week’s top news from the world of green building and sustainable design.
The Business Case for Green Building from World Green Building Council
World GBC report highlights several benefits green buildings offer various stakeholders throughout a building’s life cycle.
NYSERDA Offering Low-Income NYC Residents Energy-Efficient Building Assistance
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and nonprofit Community Environmental Center (CEC) are partnering to provide energy-efficient building solutions to low-income residents affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Impermanent Solutions to Make your Apartment More Energy Efficient
Investing in efficiency isn’t just for homeowners – renters can also do plenty to save energy and money.
“Green” Buildings Gaining Status
The commercial real estate construction and investment philosophy that places a premium on location and quality is giving way to interest in sustainable design, according to market analysts.
Zero Energy Home Uses 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles for Insulation
Italian architectural firm Traverso-Vighy and the Department of Physics at the University of Padua have teamed up to create an innovative zero-energy home utilizing insulation made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles.
Ronacrete paves the way ahead at Eco Build
Ronacrete showcases the first top to bottom, fully-eco resin bound surfacing at last week’s UK Eco Build.
We’ve never seen this before, and we can’t quite wrap our heads around the underlying concept of how it works. But if the manufacturer’s claims are accurate, every home should have one of these bad boys plugged in to the wall.