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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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The green façades developed by Climagrün, the specialists in this sector, represent the ideal solution to insert as an environmental and ecological construction element, which is able to not only contribute to the improvement of our cities’ climates, but also to increase the value of both the property and the surrounding environment through living building design. Green Facade...

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We know that making our homes green makes sense. Not only do we stop wasting so much money on utility bills, we positively impact our health and do our part to reduce our footprint on the planet. There’s also the potential for the increased value of green homes and a lower default risk.  Most importantly, we...

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You don’t exactly have to be a rocket scientist to notice that, over the past decade, we’ve been inundated with a whole new vocabulary related to the environment… recycle, reclaim, reuse, upcycle, downsize. We’ve all figured out little ways to make ourselves feel better about how we contribute to keeping the planet the way we found it...

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It’s common knowledge that Europe has lately been in a below-average economic situation. Some countries such as Italy are facing an especially bad crisis that started in 2007 and has not quite been relieved. This economic crisis has consequently effected the urban landscape of Italy; a lot of buildings, having been still under construction at the time,...

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This was a major shift in the way I saw the world. I saw to it that no matter what I did in life, my fundamental grounding would be of love and compassion. It’s one of my most vivid memories as a child, watching my father help a small bird entangled by a thread in a...

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Everyday infrastructures support and facilitate our lives, and although many people just take them for granted, our social and economic systems would be much different without their services. As a matter of fact, the development of infrastructure is an essential driver to boost the economy of an area. At the same time, it also has a...

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 Infill In urban planning, infill is the rededication of land in an urban environment, usually open space, to new construction. Infill also applies within an urban polity to construction on any undeveloped land that is not on the urban margin. The slightly broader term “land-recycling” is sometimes used instead. Infill has been promoted as an...

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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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