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Sustainability in sports? No way. The stereotype for sports fans is a beer-drinking, wing-eating, hooting-and-hollering macho he-man wearing their favorite player’s jersey and holding a foam finger. But for that same exact guy to be a tree-hugging environmentalist? Not a chance. Don’t be so sure though. Because as of August 2015, 142 teams, 151 venues,...

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Have you ever held the belief that certain individuals who, based on what they have brought to a field, should be considered as vital to anyone’s set of influences like Charles Darwin is to any evolutionary biologist? When it comes to urban planning, Jane Jacobs was one of these individuals. Jane Jacobs, through her seminal writing,...

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It’s interesting to me how misconceived green infrastructure and stormwater management are by both the general public and educated community planners. Implementation of Low Impact Development has lagged in communities because of a lack of understanding of what it actually is, how to accomplish the design, a lack of support and promotion by a number of...

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Urban agriculture can apply a wide number of credit points when certifying a building with the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). The major categories that relate to urban gardening are Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Innovation & Design. The following information comes from the New Construction Guidelines from the LEED handbook. Sustainable Sites This category of...

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Peter Rumsey, one of the first green building engineers to design net zero buildings in the US, has a long history of championing energy efficiency combined with technologies such as radiant  heating and cooling systems and chilled beams.  He has led many of the world’s notable firsts in green design, including the first net zero...

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When you work with a large team on a high-performance building design there are a lot of opportunities for the project to get watered down along the way. Most of them have to do with the team not knowing how to collaborate in such a way as to make radical energy savings work on a...

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In 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is a system for rating the sustainability of new buildings. These ratings are based on aspects such as the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new structures. The certification program is intended to guide developers, and recognize exceptional...

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London isn’t only the main financial European hub – it’s also one of the most innovative and sustainability-oriented cities of the “Old Continent.” Indeed, many at PowerHouse Growers have been following how London’s “green” start ups, like Solarbox, have managed to find support from local authorities and appreciation among Londoners. Moreover, this positive context is attracting more...

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An array of solar panels. Photo via Mike Lewinski.

An Up-Close Look at Passive Homes

February 27, 2015 |

My parents have always been massive tree-huggers. Growing up, they’d take my sisters and I on birding outings, camping adventures, and road trips to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So, when they informed me that they were going to design and build an off-grid, passive home for their retirement, I wasn’t the least...

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One of the most important aspects of life, and consequently a building, is light. The excessive use of energy is consuming the world’s resources, but fortunately today we have promising options to consider when constructing a building. Starting here, you can learn some solutions to achieve sustainable lighting in future construction projects. Prioritize Day Lighting The first,...

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