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The greenhouse effect of climate change involves primarily the absorption of infrared radiation by greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Other components besides GHGs also enhance or decrease the distribution of incoming solar radiation by either absorbing or reflecting the sunlight. Land and ocean surfaces have a variety of different albedo values for reflecting or absorbing...

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Every two years since 2004, the International Highrise Award (IHA) has been awarded to the world’s most innovative highrise design. This past November, the prestigious international award was bestowed again for the 6th time in history. The 2014 International Highrise Award The IHA, jointly initiated in 2003 by the City of Frankfurt, the German Architecture...

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As cities become increasingly developed to make way for our growing population, there’s one thing that we are sacrificing: green space. Roads, parking lots, buildings, homes and other urban developments are taking the place of forested areas, wildlife habitats, and agricultural lands. The resultant loss of green space means that the quality of environment is...

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With the exception of those living on an exotic island or far away from populated areas, most of us dwell in an environment surrounded by buildings. Each building, regardless of if it’s residential or commercial, consumes energy daily in order to operate. The total energy consumption of a single building will vary drastically, and in...

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The compounding benefits of green technology will ultimately lead to a business’ ability to meet consumer demands, further positioning the enterprise for success. Defining Green Technology Green technology (or environmental technology) encompasses methods and techniques in which advanced knowledge is applied to the protection, preservation, and improvement of our environment while creating long-term economic and...

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10 Benefits of Healthy Homes

November 3, 2014 |

Healthy homes are design models which enhance the health and wellbeing of the home’s occupants. Healthy homes are a great option for families or anyone concerned about the potential dangers of building materials and other factors in a home’s design. Many builders and architects are beginning to specialize in this design style because of the...

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Humans have effectively adapted to diverse climate regions throughout the world. Especially now, it’s clear that we can build homes, productive centers, and sustainable infrastructure almost anywhere. Comfortable habitation in otherwise hostile natural regions like deserts has become a norm. However, since the emergence of industrialized nations and dense urbanization over the last century, certain...

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8 Sustainable Building Trends

October 13, 2014 |

As urban centers continue to expand, developers and cities are working together to ensure that newly constructed buildings meet modern standards of ecological design. There are many aspects of urban development that impact our surroundings, the most obvious being buildings. However, there are some exciting new sustainable building trends that will continue to grow in...

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A recently released report from the World Green Building Council indicates “overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.” At PowerHouse Growers, design is something we emphasize constantly, creating awareness in regards to our surroundings. When it comes to a place of employment specifically, we believe that green design...

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Although many consider growing up an only child to be negative, it has really shaped who I am today and, for that, I am thankful. My childhood expanded my imagination to impossible limits. It has instilled in me a desire to learn, to explore, and it has given me the creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that...

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